IKEA’d Out

October 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

If you’re like Scott and I (relatively broke but in dire need of furniture that isn’t falling apart and from college/elementary school days), IKEA is the place to go.  We luckily live within an hour of one (actually two) of these monolithic stores and we made a trek out there on Saturday.  As it does with IKEA, the simple idea of purchasing a new bookcase and bedroom dresser turned into a two-day long affair that included cursing, sweating, bitching and moaning.  At least on my part, because Scott enjoys this sort of thing.  IKEA is ideal for do-it-yourself furniture and luckily he’s good at putting stuff together, whereas I enjoy the organizational aspect of rearranging and was able to fill our new pieces with clothes, books and records.  We left Saturday morning and wandered around the store for a while, dreaming about the sort of apartment we will have after we win the lottery or rob a bank.  He talked me out of buying some things we didn’t need (a brand new entertainment center wasn’t exactly on the list) and convinced me to buy some things we did (we now have grown up glasses instead of plastic cups nabbed at Mardi Gras).  We made it out of the store and through all of the putting together/rearranging without killing each other so as my sister said, this relationship must truly be meant to be.

Be our guest!

We were able to get rid of the dresser/book case that Scott has had since he was a kid, as the drawers didn’t really close and it was on its last legs.  I teased him about it until he reminded me that when we met my dresser didn’t even have all its drawers, so that shut me up.  I also threw out a crappy little bookcase that really didn’t fit many books, as well as an end table that had been Scott’s coffee table in his bachelor days.  The dresser we added matches the one I bought about a year ago and the new bookcase…well, it really ties the living room together.  Even The Dude agrees.  We completely finished playing house Sunday afternoon and then spent the night feeling all grown up and very fancy.  If this isn’t the adult life, I don’t know what is.

I should mention that, in true IKEA fashion, the price couldn’t really be beat.  They were having some promotion where if you bought lunch and spent over $100, your lunch tab would be deducted from your final total upon checkout (that alone saved us a little over $20).  We managed to score the bookcase, dresser (with five shelves), two bedside lamps, three new rugs and the set of six glasses for a little over $200.  Since we had been saving up for such an excursion, it was totally manageable and could have only been better if everything had put itself together and arranged itself on its own, like something from Beauty and the Beast.  Maybe that’ll be the IKEA of the future?  One can only hope!


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