Ikea Craziness

So we just got an Ikea in my area recently. I’ve been hearing about Ikea for a couple years now, and when I heard we were getting one, I was so excited! Inexpensive furniture and home décor items? Yes, please.

Derek and I tried to go check it out the weekend after it opened, but guys, it was insane. We pulled into the parking lot, saw how crazy it was and decided to come back another day. It took us probably ten minutes to get back out of the parking lot. That’s how busy it was.

That was a month or two ago, and Derek had tickets to a football game a couple weekends ago, so I decided to head over there with Wyatt and finally check the place out.

We pulled into the relatively calm parking garage, I strapped the baby into the carrier, and off we went.

Can I just say the whole experience felt like a sporting event? It was still pretty busy because it’s still a new store. The feeling of walking through the parking garage, up the escalators, into the main showroom, with tons of people all around and a line for the café that was several hundred feet long . . . it did feel like we were at a convention or a game or something.

I found it interesting how they set up the whole store like a big maze. Or a big, long line, I couldn’t decide which. Basically you start with walking through the showroom maze, then you are corralled into the marketplace where you can pick up all the items you liked, and finally you are directed to the checkout lines – and there really isn’t an easy way to get to a specific part of the store. To get to one section you have to walk through all the others too. Are all Ikeas this way, or just ours?

Anyway, I’ve decided the small home décor items and the linens are probably the best deals in the store. I ended up getting this gorgeous Ofelia throw. I’m planning on putting it in the spare bedroom and/or just using it for very special things. It’s so pretty.

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I also got a tea ball while I was there (I’ve been looking for one), and a baby toy for Wyatt – he handled the whole thing like a champ, so I figured he deserved it.

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I’m wondering if it felt like a sporting event because our city is so Ikea-deprived? I’ve never been to another Ikea store. What is your local Ikea store like?

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Meghan said...

Ours is pretty similar in San Diego. The great thing is, once you get to know the store really well, you learn all the shortcuts through the maze and you can basically maneuver yourself to the sections you want without all the looky-loo backup. I never walk through the show rooms anymore. I come armed with a list of things and just navigate myself around (usually from the end first and walk towards the beginning) until I've gotten all of them. One of the other things I love is that they have a really awesome nursing and changing room for moms. It's private, quiet, and it's set up like a little nursery. I'm sure you'll have many more IKEA adventures in the future. :)

Emily P. said...

we LOVE LOVE LOVE Ikea. Just wait a few months and the craze will die down. They are all laid out like that but I really like it. I usually scope out what I'm looking for online first then go in with a game plan. We actually went this past saturday.

Kara @ Just1Step said...

I've only been to the Charlotte Ikea a couple times, but it's also crazy like that. Long maze, crazy line for the food, can't figure out where you're going...

But I love what they have to offer, so it makes it worth it. :) And really, I like the setups they have in the showroom...provides some good ideas.

Lauren said...

we don't have an IKEA really anywhere near us and I've never actually even stepped foot inside a store...sounds crazy to me!

Kirsten said...

Hi. I found your blog through my friend Meghan. It is totally a sporting event, but it will die down. I have been to several different Ikeas through out the years and they are all set up the same, but like Meghan said you learn the ins and outs and skip the showrooms. They do have good stuff like you said!!!

Melanie said...

We don't have any IKEA stores near us so I have no clue! Sounds like it was pretty crazy! I'd love to go to one though..just to see what kind of deals they have.

Lauren said...

The Ikea in Atlanta was pretty crazy too when it first opened. Just wait a few months for the newness to wear off and it won't be so bad. But you're right, the best deals are small home decor items and linens.

katie said...

Hey Callie,

We were in your area opening weekend and went to IKEA! We had driven through the city on the night before an I saw it and said I didn't know said-city had an ikea and that we should go! We had no idea it was opening weekend until we were pulling off the highway and were getting filtered into a line that took us almost twenty minutes to park! They directed us to park in a spot about 1/2 a mile from the IKEA garage because it was so busy.

We ended up spending almost TWO hours in the stores and were really just browsing through at a very steady pace. It was fun, but my husband and I just were not sure we could do it again unless it was a weekday and the crowds had died down. :)

I think it would be really nice to live close to one though!

Katie Beth

Melissa said...

I have never been to an Ikea! The closest one is in Houston, but i've still never been! I'd love to though!

Amanda said...

oh wow! that sounds exciting but crazy. i have been wanting to go to one soooooo bad. tim has even told me we could make a weekend trip and he would drive me to one....which the nearest one is 7 hrs away! i think it would be worth it just so i could experience it for myself.

Jenene said...

I must be the only one who doesn't like Ikea. I went to the one in Minneapolis, just to see what it was all about. I don't I'll ever go back to one, if I can help it.

Ashley said...

Yep! That sounds like the other Ikea I went to - but the new one does probably have more people since it's new. I still haven't gotten to the new one yet, but glad to hear you enjoyed it! And good job Wyatt!

Nicole said...

Yeah, all Ikea's are the same. We've visited 3 in different cities and they're carbon copies of each other. And they're all AH-mazing. I posted about Ikea once... check it out here:
http://tableforfour-nicole.blogspot.com/2011/04/ikea-worth-trip-every-time.html

Can't wait to get a house so we can have Ikea showrooms at home!

Felicia said...

We are getting an IKEA next year. Lots of people are excited. I've never been to one so I don't know how I feel about them. I think it will be a zoo for the first few months, because people will come from hundreds of miles away to their new closest IKEA, I think. So I'll probably avoid it for the first 6 months or so that it is open.

Rebecca Louise. said...

I love Ikea but it is crazy busy and it always will be! They have a yellow path in my Ikea you have to follow because you can so easily get lost!

Anne said...

They're all like that. It's good if you have a while to spend just looking at stuff, but not so great if there is one thing you need and you need to get in and get out. That's pretty much impossible. They do have some great deals, so for me it's one of those places that is a special occasion kind of place.

Stephanie said...

Well, I live in Canada and you have very accurately described our store here in Ottawa...I love going there but only if I have lots of time and am not rushed! And I try to think about my purchases and not get sucked in to impulse buying, which seems to be very easy at IKEA!

Kate Craig said...

people are nuts about Ikea! They make pilgrimages if there's one within half and hour! I'm NOT impressed with the furniture, but I like the organizational stuff.

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