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Fata Morgana
2004-06-08 23:55
IKEA is a religion
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I went to IKEA for the first time ever today. I went in looking for a bookshelf. I came out with bookshelf parts, two wastebaskets, a lamp, and some batteries, feeling quite overwhelmed. The size and scope of that store borders on absurd. I must have been a sight, shuffling from arrow to arrow along the course they set to maximize the opportunities for us consumers to decide to buy stuff, gaping slack-jawed at the seemingly endless supply of cheap, trendy consumer goods.

I ate a late lunch of quiche and salad (all spinach! quite impressive) in their cafeteria, looking out over the freeways and bay and reflecting on how this experience compared with experiences at other megamarkets. IKEA does seem quite user-friendly compared to other similar stores such as WalMart and Bed Bath and Beyond. I appreciated the varieties of shopping carts available, as well as reusable bags, pencils and paper, and healthy (and so cheap! how do they do it?) fare in the cafeteria. I also appreciated that they were up-front about where items were made and how recyclable they were, and that they let us pull the items from the shelves and put them together. The process of shopping felt much more transparent than it does at other stores. And the Swedish names added an air of cosmopolite that I'm sure helped as well. :~)

I found it interesting that while I usually hate shopping, in IKEA several times I felt the urge to buy something I didn't really need just because it looked intriguing or cool. I usually try hard to minimize the amount of "stuff" I have to what I really need, but some of that stuff was hard to resist. I still managed to make it out with just things I actually did need, though (I've had years of practice overcoming the urge to get lots of books at bookstores, after all).
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David Molnar
ephermata
2004-06-09 07:07 (UTC)
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Yes, IKEA is wonderful. I am still far too amused by the fact there's a cute swivel chair model called LOVE.

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jillB
jilflirt
2004-06-09 07:46 (UTC)
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Almost all my non-bedroom furniture is from Ikea. When I first moved, I was in the store daily - just ask Krys. It's fun to build their stuff, too -again, just ask Krys.
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KrysCat
kryscat
2004-06-09 09:25 (UTC)
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*sweeps a bow* You rang, madam?
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jillB
jilflirt
2004-06-09 09:27 (UTC)
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Erm...would you mind building this chair for me? :P
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KrysCat
kryscat
2004-06-09 09:35 (UTC)
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Most certainly, madam. I am at your service. :p
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fanlain
fanlain
2004-06-09 08:09 (UTC)
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i actually do like ikea b/c i like the bright colors, modularity and just interesting designs. not all of it, of course. though nikita does not like going there. i managed to convince him once by finding an optimal kid-proof non-rush hour but i doubt i'll get to convince him again.
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-06-09 09:06 (UTC)
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I'd be interested to hear why he didn't like it. I'm not sure I want to go back anytime soon, either. It was certainly quite an experience.
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Becca
rebbyribs
2004-06-09 16:33 (UTC)
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I also really like IKEA. I feel like I shouldn't, but then I do anyhow. Bright colors, neat designs, furniture I can afford.... It was interesting to live so close to it at my last place and end up going shopping there for things like light bulbs (compact fluorescents!), candles, batteries, wrapping paper (recycled!), mugs, and picture frames - IKEA was actually closer and cheaper than the drugstores. I like that they have lots of recycled products, but I'm often tempted to buy things I don't really need. I'm not sure if I've ever left there without a new kitchen gadget.
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