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max venable
09-19-2006, 05:28 PM
Anybody shop IKEA (http://www.ikea.com/)?

My wife and I love it. We take about two trips to Pittsburgh a year to see the Reds and, more importantly to her, shop at IKEA.

I read recently that one's being built in West Chester. For those of you in the Cincinnati area that haven't visited one...you're in for a treat.

But I admit, IKEA is not for everyone. Their stuff has a disctinct, modern-contemporary-european flavor to it.

We first got turned on to IKEA in Chicago about three years ago. Now we make sure to visit whenever we're close to one.

http://www.bized.ac.uk/images/ikea.jpg

westofyou
09-19-2006, 05:37 PM
Not a big fan myself, my sister is..... I do like the concept, hate most of their sitting furniture, like their tables but I do go for the sparse design ethics that some of their stuff espouses.

Hate the idea of one in Westchester, thats' where my inlaws retired... Shoppingville, it's fast becoming northern Atlanta up there.

Sweetstop
09-19-2006, 07:25 PM
Been to the one in Chicago...restaurant isn't bad....I'll make the trek up to West Chester.

Red in Chicago
09-19-2006, 08:30 PM
I absolutely hate it. When I first saw the catalogue, I was kind of impressed. However, when I actually got there to physically see the stuff, it really turned me off. We've got two in my area (Schaumburg and Bolingbrook). I give them credit though, they are ALWAYS packed...just like another store I hate...Wal-Mart.

Rojo
09-19-2006, 08:39 PM
I like the concept better than the execution as well. A lot of their furniture doesn't hold up. Their cookware though is dirt cheap. I filled my kitchen with that stuff.

pedro
09-19-2006, 08:56 PM
I've never been to one. But I have been stuck in a traffic jam caused by the one in Emeryville California (Oakland)

I do like the song "Date with Ikea" by Pavement though.

The actress is always breaking things
The things you made and she took you for
And Im so tired -- Id be lying -- I hope the prarie buys you more
The fitness coast is growing near
The shores they dont stay blond this year
Thats why the marble lawns stay clear and warm in time

I want to stay but my time is wasting
The magic lands call my name
They want to fire a missle launcher
But I know I need to stay

We all know that by staying here itll be a good high this year
So whats the use to staying there if youve got no use for time
The fitness coast is growing near
The shores they dont stay blond all year
The continent moves with growing fears
Its all for expensive lawn

I want to stay but my time is wasting
The magic lawns call my name
I want to fire a missle launcher
But I know I need to stay

I know I need to stay
(and fight the day.)
I know I need to stay
(and fight the day.)
I know I need to stay
(and fight the day.)
I know I need to stay
(and fight the day.)

vaticanplum
09-19-2006, 09:48 PM
I've never been to one. But I have been stuck in a traffic jam caused by the one in Emeryville California (Oakland)

I do like the song "Date with Ikea" by Pavement though.

The actress is always breaking things
The things you made and she took you for
And Im so tired -- Id be lying -- I hope the prarie buys you more
The fitness coast is growing near
The shores they dont stay blond this year
Thats why the marble lawns stay clear and warm in time

I want to stay but my time is wasting
The magic lands call my name
They want to fire a missle launcher
But I know I need to stay

We all know that by staying here itll be a good high this year
So whats the use to staying there if youve got no use for time
The fitness coast is growing near
The shores they dont stay blond all year
The continent moves with growing fears
Its all for expensive lawn

I want to stay but my time is wasting
The magic lawns call my name
I want to fire a missle launcher
But I know I need to stay

I know I need to stay
(and fight the day.)
I know I need to stay
(and fight the day.)
I know I need to stay
(and fight the day.)
I know I need to stay
(and fight the day.)

:)

Oxilon
09-19-2006, 10:43 PM
I'm a college student who just moved into a new apartment. I just bought half of my furniture from IKEA, and for a very reasonable price. I can understand why older people wouldn't like it, but for college students and new families, it's a HUGE help. Not to mention, they have some good food for an extremely reasonable price. ;)

Red in Chicago
09-19-2006, 11:32 PM
I'm a college student who just moved into a new apartment. I just bought half of my furniture from IKEA, and for a very reasonable price. I can understand why older people wouldn't like it, but for college students and new families, it's a HUGE help. Not to mention, they have some good food for an extremely reasonable price. ;)

gee, thanks;)

Rojo
09-20-2006, 01:43 AM
I'm a college student who just moved into a new apartment. I just bought half of my furniture from IKEA, and for a very reasonable price. I can understand why older people wouldn't like it, but for college students and new families, it's a HUGE help. Not to mention, they have some good food for an extremely reasonable price. ;)

Yeah, their selection of rockers suck.

919191
09-20-2006, 01:59 AM
Is this the store the zombies want to go to so they can buy furniture after they eat brains in "The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror" by Christopher Moore?

SunDeck
09-20-2006, 07:11 AM
Ikea is like the mother ship to my wife.

zombielady
09-20-2006, 08:49 AM
Is this the store the zombies want to go to so they can buy furniture after they eat brains in "The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror" by Christopher Moore?

Zombies shop at Ikea? I never knew

I saw the catolog. The husband would never go for it, I'm pretty sure he's had his fill of medium density fiberboard...:thumbdown

Unassisted
09-20-2006, 09:29 AM
I'm pretty sure he's had his fill of medium density fiberboard...:thumbdownThe majority of their wood furniture is plywood, rather than fiberboard based. IKEA's furniture is nothing like the crappy office furniture from Sauder, which I consider to be the anchor at the bottom of the fiberboard barrel. To each his own, I suppose.

The official name is IKEA. The wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikea) is vague on the origins, but I've always figured it was capitalized because it is an acronym.

We just think it's good, utilitarian stuff. I've been to the Chicago store and the Houston store a few times each. I don't think we've ever walked out of IKEA empty-handed. There aren't many rooms in our house that don't have a piece or two of IKEA furniture. It's much more practical to have IKEA furniture when there are kids in the house than dark wood furniture with a fancy finish, which was the path we started down when we were first married.

Heath
09-20-2006, 09:44 AM
Yep, I like Ikea - the only thing is that the biggest $$ item I bought hasn't been very good - but the Poang chairs and footstool are absolutely the bomb. Very comfortable.

Hoosier Red
09-20-2006, 10:00 AM
Due to the sheer size and amount of time it takes to get through one. I consider IKEA to be an anchor in the 7th level of hell.

Needless to say my wife loves it.
And actually I like the stuff there, but if there's anything I hate more than shopping for housewares, its shopping for housewares all day.
Hopefully the one in West Chester won't have a "Container Store" nearby.

zombielady
09-20-2006, 10:07 AM
IKEA's furniture is nothing like the crappy office furniture from Sauder, which I consider to be the anchor at the bottom of the fiberboard barrel. To each his own, I suppose.



Oh, the stories I could tell you about Sauder... There were a few nice things in the catalog. But talking him into buying furniture is like pulling the proverbial teeth...:bang: particularly if it needs be assembled... Our kids know enough cuss words thank you very much. :D


Hopefully the one in West Chester won't have a "Container Store" nearby.
That sounds like a WONDERFUL place! I need to find a Container Store!

Our biggest problem is clutter. We need storage, badly. Like, another room.

Hoosier Red
09-20-2006, 10:19 AM
I had that chair and footstool in my old house. Absolutely right. As comfortable as can be.

Hoosier Red
09-20-2006, 10:24 AM
Oh, the stories I could tell you about Sauder... There were a few nice things in the catalog. But talking him into buying furniture is like pulling the proverbial teeth...:bang: particularly if it needs be assembled... Our kids know enough cuss words thank you very much. :D


That sounds like a WONDERFUL place! I need to find a Container Store!

Our biggest problem is clutter. We need storage, badly. Like, another room.

http://www.containerstore.com/

zombielady
09-20-2006, 10:38 AM
http://www.containerstore.com/

The nearest is in Columbus, so you're safe. I AM IN LOVE!:luvu:

15fan
09-20-2006, 10:44 AM
What Oxilon said. Would have been nice to have one around in my college days or immediate post-college days.

As it is, it's fine to pick up odds & ends for the kitchen, or stuff for our 3 year old.

Roy Tucker
09-20-2006, 10:54 AM
The nearest is in Columbus, so you're safe. I AM IN LOVE!:luvu:

Every time we go to Easton Mall, my wife spends a couple hours in this store.

I go to the Sharper Image and wonder who the people are that buy all this stuff.

pedro
09-20-2006, 11:51 AM
Is this the store the zombies want to go to so they can buy furniture after they eat brains in "The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror" by Christopher Moore?


Pretty sure yes.

One of my favorite authors.

Falls City Beer
09-20-2006, 11:52 AM
I go to the Sharper Image and wonder who the people are that buy all this stuff.

Indeed.

This country is not simply an embarrassment of riches, but a near-psychotic dime store and curiosity shop.

There's simply no end to the wonder I have at the dead-end ingenuity in this world.

Okay, so now I'm officially starting to sound like my father, God rest his soul.

pedro
09-20-2006, 11:59 AM
Indeed.

This country is not simply an embarrassment of riches, but a near-psychotic dime store and curiosity shop.

There's simply no end to the wonder I have at the dead-end ingenuity in this world.

Okay, so now I'm officially starting to sound like my father, God rest his soul.

You know what's an embarassment? Stephen Makmus' egregious new "porn stache".

zombielady
09-20-2006, 12:00 PM
Every time we go to Easton Mall, my wife spends a couple hours in this store.

I go to the Sharper Image and wonder who the people are that buy all this stuff.

I try to avoid the mall at all costs... Mostly because a trip to the mall puts the husband in the foulest of moods. I could spend ALL DAY in Hobby Lobby, though...

Falls City Beer
09-20-2006, 12:02 PM
You know what's an embarassment? Stephen Makmus' egregious new "porn stache".

Oh god. I can only imagine.

A couple of summers back, when I shaved my summer beard, I left the stache for a few days. The wife wouldn't talk to me in public. It was awesome.

Roy Tucker
09-20-2006, 04:48 PM
I try to avoid the mall at all costs... Mostly because a trip to the mall puts the husband in the foulest of moods. I could spend ALL DAY in Hobby Lobby, though...


Those darn husbands, they can be so annoying.

Hobby Lobby is probably my wife's second favorite store to go to. However, I am repeatedly stunned when I go there because there is not one solitary thing in that store I would pay money for. It's amazing.

But then, I crossed the curmudgeon line a few year's back.

GIK
09-20-2006, 04:53 PM
They just opened a monster-sized one here in MI. The traffic is insane, but my wife and I have been there multiple times so far.

zombielady
09-20-2006, 09:34 PM
Those darn husbands, they can be so annoying.

Hobby Lobby is probably my wife's second favorite store to go to. However, I am repeatedly stunned when I go there because there is not one solitary thing in that store I would pay money for. It's amazing.

But then, I crossed the curmudgeon line a few year's back.

Well, we play games with little miniatures and miniature terrain, and we get supplies there, so he doesn't mind hobby lobby, but I can't drag him into Michael's, not even kicking and screaming. He does that a lot ;)