“The simple act of shopping at IKEA yields a shocking number of
important life lessons. For example, I have learned that my life is
incomplete without a steady supply of lingonberry sauce in the pantry.
I have learned that there is an abundance of particle-board trees
growing in Swedish forests that make for economical shelving units. And
I have learned that you can never, under any circumstances, have enough
tchotchkes that hold tea lights strewn about your house.
These discoveries have revealed themselves to me over time, unfolding
slowly like the many layers of Abba’s ”Take a Chance on Me.” The
initial challenge to shopping at IKEA is navigating the mega store’s
labyrinthian twists and locating the appropriate shortcuts that will
lead you to the Swedish meatballs in an hour or less. Unlike two-floor
department stores, shopping at IKEA begins on the second floor, with
arrows that lead in a twisting path that eventually brings shoppers to
the first level…”
By Christopher Muther
Image: “Reflection Upon Ikea” by Wananga
Ikea Lovers @ FLICKR
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“I go to the IKEA in Nottingham UK which is a prety darn good one! I
have also been to the Birmingham one which is cool because the cafe is
really high up and looks over the motorway!…”
“we have ikea too in Dubai =)
i like it
“We now have about 3 Ikea stores in the Toronto (Canada) area… they’re
all pretty nifty, and all really big. The best thing… $1(Cad) + tax
breakfast! That’s super cheap ($0.84USD;0.48GBP; 0.72EUR) Not bad,
“Which IKEA is the best?”
Discuss @ IKEA Lovers/FLICKR
Image: “Love” by ilisu @ IKEA Lovers/FLICKR
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Oh, oh looks like these guys beat OH.
“IKEA, one of the world’s largest sellers of furniture and other home goods, is
getting closer to metro Denver.
The retailer plans to build a
310,000-square-foot store on nearly 23 acres in Draper, Utah, just south of Salt
Lake City. The store will be IKEA’s first in the Rocky Mountain region. The
Utah location is scheduled to open in the spring of 2007. It will employ 350
people. IKEA has been quietly scouting for land in the Denver area for the
last few years, and has talked casually with Lone Tree officials about building
one of its yellow and blue stores in that southern metro-area suburb.
Center mall, which includes Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch, according to retail
real estate sources. That region offers a retailer good access to Interstate
Denver BizJournal Image: ABF
There are Christmas trees and then there are Christmas trees. Some are even upside down. These ones are upright and done right.
“We are big Ikea fans, so much so, we even buy our Christmas Tree there! Yes I
said Ikea, they have an interesting ecological program that runs each
This is how it works:
~ You buy your ‘Sapin de Noel’ for 18
~ Take it home, put it up, decorate it etc, etc ….
Then from the 3rd – 17th January you take it back and Ikea will give you a
voucher for 17 euros (to be spent chez eux bien sur)
~ The used tree
will be transformed into compost and recycled
~ They then donate 1.00
euros to “L’Office National des Forêts”
“Three Cheers for IKEA”
Some products are best reviewed horizontally.
“The living room section in Beijing’s Ikea has got to be one of the funniest
things in China. It’s like this weird combination of furniture store meets
amusement park were the couches are the main attraction.
eager shoppers simply testing out a couch (you know, the basic 10 second
sitting/bouncing on a couch or bed), Beijingers bring in newspapers, blankets
(maybe even a personal pillow) and literally spend the afternoon testing
Sweden’s finest living rooms…”
“…In an effort to jam-pack our weekend with everything we cannot do
when untitledson is here, untitledhusband and I also decided to visit
Ikea. We shopped until we lost our religion (which for us, is about
four hours), then drove back home. One afternoon in that store, and I
would’ve thought nothing of suffocating the random screaming child in a
Our experience has left me enlightened. First, I
am in awe of that shopping cart escalator thing (you know, the device
that latches onto your shopping cart and heaves it to the next floor as
you ride the escalator next to it)…”
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Some counted 132. Whatever the final tally this photo gets a high score from me. Its eerie how many people take pictures of those carts.
“We were back at our home away from home since buying our house — IKEA
– to pick up random assorted items and while walking down to the lower
level I noticed this massive sea of shopping carts. This was one of
those times I’m glad I take the camera with me everywhere I go…”
“Approximately 128 Shopping Carts”
© 2005 Kendall Anderson