I Like Ike(a)

It's been a while since I took a trip to Ikea. I don't go there for the furniture, since a lot of their furniture look cool but are rather flimsy (such as the cool glass-top oval conference/dinner table that got marked down to $19 from $129). I go for the little accents and accessories. When things go on sale, there are really good deals.

This time I went there for some fabric goods. My roommate scored a futon for our apartment (my hat's off to her diligence and amazing bargain-hunting skills), so we each went off to find a good cover for it. In the end, she took care of it, but it was still fun for me to look around.

Right now Ikea is clearing out the last of their inventory from the last catalog year, which is why some furniture is being sold at largely marked down prices. I went about closing time yesterday, not knowing that it closes early on Sundays, and the good stuff were all gone. This morning, whatever was left (including the aforementioned glass table) was piled in the as-is section. I was pretty disappointed at the left overs, but I was quite happy when I went to the fabric section. There were some great fabrics for a dollar a yard. I picked up 2 yards of some canvas-like fabric--one in burnt orange and one in navy blue--thinking that they'd be great for a particular project.

Now I'm thinking I should go back and get a few more yards to make some cushion covers. It'll be another interesting project, and of course, you'll get to see it if I go through with it.

On a final note--my brain appears to be misplaced. For the last couple of days, I seem to get confused easily. Today I couldn't remember where I parked in the Ikea parking lot. Clearly, I'm not quite recovered from the bar yet.


Helen | Pepperina Press said...

But Ikea carparks are enormous. I'd get lost too....

Hm, I need to get more cushion covers. Sounds like you got good finds!

Sales Rack Raider said...

I wish I can blame it on the big parking lot, but the place I parked should have been easy to find. I remember making a right turn right after a stop sign, then parking at one of the first few spaces I came upon. Unfortunately, I've been looking for the wrong stop sign. It took me a few minutes to figure out which one I turned at. =P

The cushion covers should be an interesting project, especially because I don't have a sewing machine. It's not like it stopped me before, but...yeah.

JustAnotherDay said...

oh man, I am heading to Ikea on Saturday, I wonder if any good stuff will be leftover.... :-/

Glad you got some good deals!


Bernie said...

I haven't been to an Ikea in ages and you definitely don't need to worry about being spacey- I do stuff like that every day. It's good to have you back! I'm sure you did great on the bar.

Sales Rack Raider said...

Thanks, Courtney! I hope you'll snag some good deals on your trip there.

Bernie--thanks =) It's good to be back.

alexgirl said...

Don't get me started on Ikea--I LOVE that place. You may think the furniture is flimsy, but my sofa has been a godsend. As well as my fabulous 7 foot tall bookcase.
And I have tons of little knick knacks from there too. Ugh, what a fabulous place. But it's always so crowded. I hate crowds, esp. when everyone moves soooooo slowly. Ugh.

Sorry you couldn't find the car! haha. That's why I always take the free bus to Ikea!

Sales Rack Raider said...

Alexgirl--I LOVE trying out all the couches because they're so comfy! But their tables and chairs (I'll generalize it to anything with legs longer than peg-length) are precariously wobbly.

If I'm going to pay $130 for a table, I expect it to be stable. I thought the table was cool until I saw a couple examining it. The legs literally swayed.

Eli said...

I dont understand why ikea never built a store in vegas...there was such a big housing boom here! so it sucks we dont have one near by, hmph. I love going to their as is section.

Sales Rack Raider said...

I'm surprised there isn't one in Vegas, too...it's a pretty major and fast-growing area.