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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Ikea-Yay or Nay?

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/

I've been in the Ikea near Woodfield north of Chicago. I was totally overwhelmed. I bought too much stuff.


message 2: by ms.petra (new)

ms.petra (mspetra) the construction on a 400k+ sq ft IKEA superstore slated to open fall 2011 has begun in south Denver. I am not really a big shopper, but it looks like a fun way to kill a few hours. :)


message 3: by Dr. Detroit (last edited Sep 22, 2010 08:02AM) (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments There's one about 15 minutes from my house. They built a Fairfield Inn right across Haggerty Road from it just to accommodate out-of-towners who come to our fair city just to part with the big coin there. When it first opened, the Plymouth PD were on duty just to hold up traffic and escort the tourists back and forth across Haggerty. They wound up billing Ikea over $100,000 for their services.

I was there once, to buy bunk beds for my daughters. That was enough. RA is right. Too much stuff, most of which I don't need.


message 4: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments never been. my sis is nutty over ikea but we don't have one around here. i mostly leave any decoration up to my wife as she is oodles better and it. prob because she cares. do they have foam deer targets there? maybe i would go...


message 5: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments I can't say as if I've ever seen one, and don't have a big desire to hunt one out.


message 6: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Wow. So many Ikea-less people.

I will admit I have bought a lot of furniture there. First because it was affordable just out of college, and later because you can assemble it in-room which means a)I don't need a large car to get it home and b)I don't need to manipulate large pieces of furniture around the narrow corners of my third floor staircase.
I love the antique dressers that I inherited, but they were a bitch to get up there.
The cheap stuff is cheaply made and falls apart, but the nicer stuff looks good and lasts.


message 7: by Carol (new)

Carol | 1679 comments I think the closest one is about 6 hours away, so no IKEA for me, although I'm not opposed to wandering through a big store for an hour.


message 8: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I also recommend playing hide-and-seek in Ikea.


message 9: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Did anyone ever eat there? Their food isn't bad.


message 10: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I agree with Pi, by the way, about the benefits of cheap furniture. I'm at a different point, though, in which cheap furniture works well with spazzy children and even spazzier dogs.


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments RandomAnthony wrote: "Did anyone ever eat there? Their food isn't bad."

Zu's parents LOVED the food when they came to the US. They made us go back twice. Her sister and mother also spent about eight hours window shopping there.


message 12: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments RandomAnthony wrote: "Did anyone ever eat there? Their food isn't bad."


Yeah, it's alright. They have killer cinnamon rolls.


message 13: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Barb wrote: "I've heard about those cinnamon rolls, never had one though."

They're also known as heart-blocker specials.


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

I haven't been to IKEA for donkey’s years. Good cheap furniture for when you are first starting out. (I never went for the food.) I find the format of the shop really annoying. You are forced to walk past everything single piece of furniture in their store to purchase a single item. >:(


Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) Most of their stuff is a bit too modern for my tastes, but they have great lamps/kitchen type stuff.


message 16: by [ A ] (new)

[ A ] I've been there once when I still lived in MA. Crazy place!

I will say this, however-- I can buy 6 Billy bookcases with Olsbo glass doors for $1000. Cannot beat that for quality to price ratio.

Now if only their website would let me order them...


message 17: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24357 comments Mod
I get pissed off at Ikea every time I look down at my shitty stainless steel flatware. There was a time when I liked their stuff. That was when I was extremely poor, and before I'd bought their stainless steel flatware and discovered how shitty it is. Everyone says their kitchens are good quality. I think for what you pay, it's good enough quality. But as far as sofas and beds and rugs, none of that shit for me. I loathe their rugs. I will say I have an awesome outdoor wood and rope chair I got there, in the basement discount section, that I love, and also a nice tray, and an adequate pillow insert (which you cannot buy off the website for some inexplicable reason). But I'm done with Ikea and will not miss them if I never go back.

I ate their food a few years ago and have no memory of it.

It is annoying when you get to the checkout and discover they do not provide bags.


message 18: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24357 comments Mod
Gail "cyborg" wrote: "I haven't been to IKEA for donkey’s years. Good cheap furniture for when you are first starting out. (I never went for the food.) I find the format of the shop really annoying. You are forced to wa..."

Donkey's years! So that is a real phrase. I saw that in some Scandinavian crime fiction and I wondered if it was just a bad translation.


message 19: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7137 comments Never been to an IKEA. Most of my furniture came from antique auctions/ stores.


message 20: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11694 comments Cynthia wrote: "Never been to an IKEA. Most of my furniture came from antique auctions/ stores."

Can I be in your will?


message 21: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7137 comments Well it's not fancy, mostly 1930's era oak stuff. The nicest thing is our walnut bed, and we paid $150 for it.


message 22: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I've been to Ikea several times. Most of it is too modern for my taste as well, but I had fun organizing my craft room. (Changing profile pic, because I still don't know how to post a pic on a thread and am to lazy/stubborn to learn.)


message 23: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) BunWat wrote: "It is a real phrase, I have often heard it. Also used it from time to time."

If it isn't a real phrase, then it certainly ought to be.


message 24: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Barb wrote: "I've heard about those cinnamon rolls, never had one though."



They're marginal. Okay, but not worth the calories.


message 25: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I built that craft desk into the closet all by my little self, Barb. I measured, drew it out, went to HD and had them cut the bits I wanted...even used my own power tools! I'm pretty proud of it.


message 26: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) I think some of you know my thoughts on IKEA.

That place makes me hate the Swedes with an intense passion. This is a nation that gave us Norsemen, Ingmar Bergman, and ABBA, yet IKEA will be their enduring legacy. The fuck?


message 27: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Gus, the Japanese go there to spend the day, like going to the seaside! I'll try to find the link to the NPR spot.


message 28: by Meels (last edited Sep 24, 2010 08:18AM) (new)

Meels (amelia) My bad, Chinese, not Japanese...

http://www.theworld.org/2009/08/27/ju...



(It was a while ago I heard the bit, I'm not being racist!)


message 29: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Chinese, Japanese, they're all...

Never mind.

Chinese people have also started trips across America in search of homes to buy, especially ones that have been foreclosed. I read this somewhere, but I can't recall where, but the article mentioned banks have received and approved loans from mainland Chinese in vast numbers.


message 30: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) As vacation homes? To rent? To immigrate?


message 31: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) I think all of the above. Apparently, they have a ton of money to burn. Good for them.


message 32: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24357 comments Mod
We need Chinese money. Hopefully they will keep the houses looking spiffy too.


message 33: by Suefly (new)

Suefly | 620 comments I don't get the Ikea thing... I hate shopping to begin with, so I find the experience of an Ikea store almost painful. And to modern for my clunky taste.


message 34: by Jane (new)

Jane You know, the stores are enormous, obnoxious, grossly excessive, and makes one wonder about the human race...but when you're trying to furnish a new apartment having never had furniture of your own, it is awful damn convenient.

Lobstergirl, I forget about the bag thing every flipping time.


message 35: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Welcome to TC Suefly!


message 36: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Actually, at our Ikea they do have small, grocery store sized plastic bags. I tend to buy the 49c Ikea bag though, those things REALLY come in handy when you need to haul a bunch of stuff. They are seriously sturdy. Like, dragging gifts over to my sister's for Christmas (I go a little overboard with the niece), or that enormous amount of yarn I donated when my knuckles started to protest all of my crocheting. They're worth the trip in themselves.


message 37: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) You can have all of the lingonberries, BunWat.


message 38: by Michele (new)

Michele bookloverforever (lovebooks14) | 1970 comments as far as I know there are no ikea stores anywhere within a 25 mile driving radius from where I live.


message 39: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
RandomAnthony wrote: "Did anyone ever eat there? Their food isn't bad."

That's fun. I like that they have a cafe. Esprit in San Francisco used to have a killer cafe.


message 40: by Michele (new)

Michele bookloverforever (lovebooks14) | 1970 comments god, i miss san francisco. used to eat at the main library on occassion.


Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) Oh wow. I used to shop at Esprit in SF. Talk about a blast from the past.


message 42: by Michele (new)

Michele bookloverforever (lovebooks14) | 1970 comments Stacia wrote: "Oh wow. I used to shop at Esprit in SF. Talk about a blast from the past."

and their goods lasted forever.


message 43: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) So Cathy, you're saying it's a pain-in-the-ass?


message 44: by Lori (new)

Lori Cathy wrote: "ikea's pain-in-the-ass-to-put-together furniture isn't worth the pain-in-the-ass-trip to get there..."

Haha Clark, the last time I ordered stuff I paid to have them put it together, it took them 5 minutes and I felt like a fool.

I like Ikea - people make fun of people who have furniture from them, I don't care.


message 45: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Cathy wrote: "that's what i'm sayin'"

Got it. :)


message 46: by Phoenix (new)

Phoenix (phoenixapb) | 1619 comments I say YAY! I really like Ikea, not so much for the merchanise, but because the store itself is fun. My kids and I always have a blast there, even if we don't buy anything.


message 47: by Félix (last edited Dec 03, 2010 09:16AM) (new)

Félix (habitseven) I haven't lived anywhere that had an IKEA since I left Pittsburgh in the early 90s. We now have a Trader Joes here, which is fabulous.


message 48: by Kristina (new)

Kristina | 136 comments I love to look around Ikea. We have several pieces of furniture from there. I always find something I want from the store when I go.


message 49: by Lori (new)

Lori I think now that I have put together other furniture with crappy instructions I'd do stuff from Ikea, except for dressers. Which would take more time and energy.


message 50: by [ A ] (new)

[ A ] Without IKEA, I wouldn't have been able to completely furnish my book room for under $1000. So I'm pretty happy with them at the moment and my bookcases and doors are arriving today! Woo!


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