I have a major weakness for pretty designs and colours. Ikea is so tempting with their fresh designs in punchy or soothing colours. I adore the shades they choose for their products and the clean lines. I feel like a kid in a candy store as the prices can be as low as a dollar. It all just goes so well together and I often end up buying things that were not on my mental shopping list. I came for towels and ended up with place-mats. Didn’t feel too bad because the cashier was nice enough to let me print out my vouchers from the points accumulated on my Ikea Family Card. I had 1000 points which translates to a $10 voucher. And I am very happy with the place-mat at just $1.90. My partner felt it was too bright but I love it. The green yellow combination uplifts me somehow.
This time we popped over to the Alexandra Branch. Somehow the Ikea Cafe is perpetually packed so we didn’t get a chance for a sit down.
I got a tea pot for $29.90 but I felt the glass got too dangerously hot. I couldn’t touch the sides and I was so afraid it would crack. Sometimes the design is great but the quality cab be rather flimsy, but I guess I can’t expect too much at the low prices. But often I feel that I am penny wise pound foolish. I should have gotten the $40 teapot from Jones the Grocer that I saw some time ago. Perhaps that one would have withstood the heat better but that one was opaque so I wouldn’t be able to see the tea leaves steep.
I love our IKEA shop in Sydney. For us it is a two hour drive to go there. So we can’t make it to often. Whenever we go there I love to have lunch there. Their cafeteria is always very busy. However there’s always ample seating available. I like to get the Swedish meatballs for lunch. They’re yummy! 🙂
You’ve made me grateful for stores less than 30 minutes away. But a not crowded Ikea sounds lovely 🙂