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ABORT! ABORT! ABORT!

We thought we would go to the new IKEA today, since we were going to be within blocks of it for lunch. WHAT was I thinking? Yesterday when I passed on the way home, the entrance on 121 was open. Today? Nope. They had it blocked off as an exit only. No problem, turn the corner (as part of the very slow moving procession of vehicles) and there is another entrance. Blocked off as an exit only!!!! Ok, what about the one on Gaylord, the third side? Nope. Blocked. They had it down to ONE entrance, which you had to completely circle around the building. After 45 minutes, and two legs of the journey, everyone in the car had to pee and the kids were pestering each other. So, we bailed.

We're going to try again first thing tomorrow morning. How sick is that?

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sweet_pea7482
Aug. 13th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
What exactly is IKEA?
trshtwns01
Aug. 14th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Oh, IKEA ROCKS! It is, I believe, Swedish in origin. They had the idea some years ago that they could reduce the price to the consumer while still providing quality products by simply reducing space, shipping and labor costs. All of their furniture is shipped flat in boxes, and the customer assembles it. Their stores are GREAT to go through - they have all of these rooms set up so you can wander through room ideas, see and test all of the furniture and products, and just write down the number on things that interest you. There is furniture, cabinets, appliances, dishes, linens, drapery, rugs, toys, all KINDS of things. They are great for storage products! Once you get done writing down what you want as you go through the display rooms, you go through the 'smaller product' area, where you can get placemats, linens, etc. and put them in your cart. Then you go into more of a warehouse area, where you find the number of the furniture you want and pull the boxes. You then check out. By the checkout, there is also a restaurant where you can get swedish meatballs, cheap meals, and other foods.

In the past, the closest one to us was Houston, which is several hours by plane. Every time I go to the Bay area in California, I go visit IKEA and usually end up bringing home a suitcase of stuff. On August 3, they just opened a North Texas one just blocks from our house. I'm SOOOO excited! They only have 26 stores in the US! One in AZ, 7 in CA, 1 in Connecticut, one in GA, 2 in Illinois, 2 in Maryland, 1 in MA, 1 in Minn., 3 in NJ/NY, 2 in PA, 2 in TX, 1 WA, and 1 VA.

Oh, they are also cool to take your kids to, because they have a kids playroom where you can leave them, or you can take them through the store with you and they are actually TELLING you to let the kids play on all of the furniture (to prove it is durable), have small play areas for the kids throughout the store, and it lets them pick out what they want. :)

IKEA web site
sweet_pea7482
Aug. 14th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
oh thanks! I've heard of it before, and I do believe I've even seen a sign for a store...not sure where (I live in Michigan), but anywho, I wasn't exactly sure what it was. Sounds very interesting!
genebob
Aug. 14th, 2005 05:44 am (UTC)
lemme guess: you're already queued at CompUSA to be first in line for Windows Vista (sometime in 2006)?
trshtwns01
Aug. 14th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
Absolutely not.

However, promise me a cheap way to store some of the CRAP I have around this house and I am THERE!
genebob
Aug. 14th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
PublicStorage.com, Trish!

that said, I learned (years ago) that so much of what I had was simply RUBBISH and could/should be tossed to others. I never looked back.
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