I’ve finally got an Ikea store within a reasonable driving distance! When I moved to Florida in 2005, there were no Ikea stores here. Atlanta was the closest, and that’s about 9 hours away! Then they built stores in Sunrise and Orlando. The Orlando one was the closest at 2 hours away, but that’s a lot of gas money! So, when I found out they were building a store in Tampa, one hour away, I was thrilled! It finally opened on May 6, and yesterday was payday so I made the trip today! I was going to go with my friend Alicia, but she had to cancel. I figured it would be fine to go alone because then I could buzz around the store all haphazardly and not annoy anybody. 🙂
After having some apple torte and lingonberry juice, I started to shop! If you haven’t been to Ikea, let me tell you that it is the happiest, most inspiring store around! And the prices are great! Even a social worker like me can afford it! Here are some pictures of what I bought:
A table top from the ‘as is’ dept, with fun silver legs
Kids’ Poang chair, to match the 2 full size ones I already have!
flower wall lamp for Sofia’s room
blind duster, colorful frames, shelf brackets- all this for $20!
wall rail with plastic bins, for Sofia’s art supplies
Side table to replace the stool I was using, $60
Mundane, but super handy- bag clips and red gloves
pendant lamps, $9
Colorful $9 rugs!