Thursday, August 5, 2010

IKEA 2010

I told you IKEA was a big part of the vacation for me, right?  So much so that once was not enough.  On our way into the Chicago area the first night, we stopped at the Bolingbrook location, looked around a little, and ate supper.  They were running a special deal and kids ate free!

The last night (Sunday) we had a hotel in Schaumburg specifically so we could do our main IKEA trip at the bigger location.  We ate supper there again (kids still free); everybody but me had the Swedish meatballs.  Dinner for 5 for $10!!  Monday morning was the actual buying trip.  But first, we ate breakfast.  At IKEA!  They had scrambled eggs, 3 pieces of bacon, and cottage fries for 99 cents, plus free coffee!

Appetites satiated, we got down to business.  Unfortunately, I had limited funds this trip.  I shopped online at home and printed out my shopping list to bring with me.  Naturally, I deviated from that here and there, but I did pretty well staying within the budget.

My main purchases were for my bedroom makeover.  I got a pair of filmy white curtains for $9.99 (Wilma).  They are 98" long, so I can hang them pretty much at the ceiling.  I think I will make a rod pocket instead of using the tabs.
I also got a white 79" curtain rod for $19.99 (Lummig).  It's really quite nice and hefty, about an inch in diameter.

I intended to get two of these cotton velvet 26" (European-size) pillow covers for the bed at $15 each (Sanela).  However, the gray wasn't the right gray, and the white was more off-white.

Instead, I got two of the Ofelia Blad pillows, true white, also velvet, but with a down/feather insert, for $14.99 each.  I'll have to keep looking elsewhere for my Euro shams.

I got a few other little things, like drinking glasses and candles, but had to leave without the Ektorp sectional that I really want.  Maybe next time.

I'll leave you with this 2 second video of a baby that was at at the store.  He had shoes with squeakers and you could hear him was so cute!  You might have to watch it twice to catch the squeaky sneakers.


FrouFrouBritches said...

99 cents? Oh my gracious! I sooooo want to go to IKEA!!! Those whit pillows are GORGEOUS! Love them! Great deals too!

Those little squeakers are soo cute!

Sarah said...

Ahhh. A trip to Ikea is like a pilgrimage to Mecca. I live about 9 hours from the nearest one, which is the one you went to in Schaumburg. A friend and I actually have talked about taking a U-haul trailer for our next trip! Their food is so GOOD, in addition to being cheap! You're making me want to go...

Barbara said...

Cute shoes! I wish I could get some for my granddaughter.
I love Ikea. I'm glad you had fun.

Lucy Marie said...

I'm so glad you had a successful trip to Ikea -- or should I say 3 successful trips.

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds fun!
I didn't know you could eat there too. Where have I been?
Great finds. Looking forward to some pics.


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I absolutely LOVE IKEA! I bought drinking glasses too! The 59c ones, and when I went back with my friend, I bought more ;-) What a very fun place to shop.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Sounds like your IKEA Day was a success!!! :)

3LittleByrds said...

Holly, so glad your IKEA trip was successful. I loved the way you planned it all and even the food. You're a pretty good deal maker. :) I seriously need to check our IKEA out soon. Love the squeakers. My youngest has several pairs with squeakers in them and they help so much keep up with them.

Tricia said...

Okay. So much to say. Really, the most important though is that I think we are more kindred spirits than I knew. We (I) plan our vacations around IKEA too. I'm not entirely sure that I could get Jason to agree to three times though. You lucky girl! Does Craig like IKEA too? Jason does. Actually, he usually spends more than I do. Sshhh... don't tell him I said so. He'd deny it. ;)