Okay, so Ikea is a new thing for us country bumpkins. In fact, there isn’t one in the great state of South Carolina, so we had to pile into the van and drive through the pouring rain (with threatened sleet) to Charlotte to see this wonder. (KneadtoKnow, before you get all superior about it, keep in mind how you don’t have any Publixes.)
We’ve come to the point where we’ve decided it’s either get organized or die trying, and we’ve been tackling our two worst rooms and come to the point where it’s time to get some furniture. (Organizing from the Inside Out has really been working for us, if you’re interested.) Our couch is getting kind of ratty, too, so we thought we’d explore couch options. And stuff, you know. Plus we wanted to get a look at this place. We drove a hundred miles to gawk at a new store - what can I say, there’s not a lot of entertainment round these parts. There was a story in the paper when the state Christmas tree showed up all ratty that quoted a couple from Pelion, which is not an inconsiderable distance from here, saying they’d come all that way to get a look at the tree because they heard it was kind of pathetic. The quote was, “We have a tree that we run over with our car a lot and it looks better than that.” Yeah.
Okay, so I’m not a huge fan of that kind of design, but we filled up an extended panel van entirely. We had five carts by the time we left. My back feels like a lake troll has been stomping all up on it. It reminded me of when I was a kid and every time we went fishing my parents would almost get divorced over the boat ramp. The nice helpful Ikea people were not there to help us unload our new friends Karstad, Detolf, Alve, and Expedit (especially that motherfucker Expedit.)
But how beautifully designed! How thoughtfully laid out! How ingenious, that all the boxes fit on all the carts! That all the smaller things fit on the checkout belt! That everything fits everything else and is so conveniently thought of and oh hell why not it’s only five bucks! That Expedit is friends with Lack but also with three other box-shaped things! That I can get Karstad as a loveseat, a sofa, or stick a chaise on either side and put on whatever cover I want! Which are all dry-cleanable!
That there were meatballs when I needed them most!
Seriously, it’s rare these days that a big store like that puts a lot of thought into the shopping experience and efficiency for the customer. Also, the bathrooms were pristine. Yay, Ikea!