Today I went to Ikea for the very first time. If I had the time (and the disposable income), I would go back tomorrow and possibly the day after that. Ikea is like Bed Bath and Beyond and Linens & Things but on steroids and with lower prices. Even if you have not been to Ikea, it is highly likely that you have seen one of the catalogues or browsed the website. Maybe it’s my “first foray flush”, but I can tell you that neither medium holds a candle to the experience of shopping in the store itself.
For my first visit to the houseware Mecca, I went with one of my best friends. This turned out to be very smart. She had been there many times before and could guide me through the maze of rooms and show me the little quirks that make the “Ikea tour” so much fun (like how all of the books they display on the bookshelves are in Swedish—even in the children’s section). She also told me that Ikea is self-sufficient. The plates used in the cafeteria are sold in the store. So are the cups, the glasses, the cutlery, the tables, the chairs…you get the idea.
My favorite part of the store was definitely the lower level where they had the housewares. We saw coffee cups for fifty-four cents, wall art for $6.99 (I very nearly bought it), entire bedding sets for twenty dollars… My other favorite part of the store was just how family friendly it was. In every section of the store there was something fun for kids.
If you have an Ikea in your area and you have not yet taken a trip there, go now! You can make an afternoon of it—have lunch in the cafeteria and then spend the afternoon planning your dream home!