What is it about IKEA that brings people in again and again?
I've had Billy bookshelves for years. They are cheap, cheerful (well mine aren't - they are a sorta metallic charcoal grey/black) and despite being made of particle board with flimsy paper-like backs, have lasted for quite some years. (They must be about 10 years old at least. I know I had my Starlet when I brought some home - I had to take them out of the packaging, open up the hatch, lay the front seat down (the passenger one!) and then load the long bits in there. Apparently the Starlet could only take things that are 2m long.)
On the weekend, since I had hired a car, we choofed off to the Seattle IKEA. My goodness. It is interesting seeing the differences and the similarities between IKEAs. I suspect they are basically the same - the layout might be a bit different, the electrical goods on offer are a little different (just as well - Oz runs on 240V rather than 110V and has different shaped plugs) - but the US and Oz ones really are so similar. Except for the prices. Oddly enough, the Stuff in the US is much cheaper. I am sure this won't surprise any Australians.
We bought Stuff. We bought lots of Stuff. And we had to go back on Sunday because we accidentally put other Stuff down whilst loading yet more Stuff onto our flatbed trolley (aka shopping cart). Ooops!
You would be surprised at what you can get into a Nissan Sentra, as long as the driver is willing to put her seat forward a bit. It has a loading area that is as long as my nose is high off the ground, assuming I'm standing up and have runners on. It actually took a box that was a bit longer than that but we had to do IKEA origami or maybe Tetris to get the thing in. It could not take 2m long stuff, though maybe if that Stuff was narrow and could go in the passenger side, but a Sentra doesn't have a hatchback to load stuff through.... The Fusion would've eaten all we had in one go and been waiting for seconds.
We also saw six people with a LOT of Stuff standing around a people mover, scratching their heads as they tried to get their Stuff into their car. It seemed they had not only bought a lot of Stuff, they had neglected to ensure that their people mover was long enough to take the really long Stuff whilst allowing the front passenger to sit in the front passenger seat. (Apparently they had two cars with them, which was good because I could not work out how six people and that much Stuff could fit in one vehicle, legally anyway.) IKEA Tetris is so much fun! (except for when you have to return stuff cos it just does not fit in your car...)
It also amazes me when I see what comes out of the boxes. Like this:
(Except that is the second chair and is blue, I hope)
We have a new desk (wood tabletop and wooden trestle legs), two office-type chairs (as above, green and blue) with Kolon mats to roll around on (that makes me laugh - rolling around on a kolon), a blue 8 drawer dresser, a mirror for Nathan to write on (so much cheaper than a whiteboard!), two little LED desk lights, a groovy table light...
|I love the groovy shapes on the wall.|
Now if only our stuff would appear from out of the ether (aka a container ship), it would be grand. We were told it would take a month, and it is now nearly seven weeks, and I really don't expect it for another two or three (though earlier would be good!) But we have not heard from the shipping people at all. We have a few furniturey items to get that we can't really fit in alongside the rental furniture at the moment (like a dining table) and set our place up as we want it. And we will have storage options, which we don't really at the moment. We do have closet space but only one comes with more than the above the rail shelf. There's only so much you can pile on the floor in a cupboard....
We did lots of other things on the weekend too, but this is enough for one post. Do I have to make a guilty confession too? Or have I already done that?