Monday, February 16, 2015

Today's IKEA Adventure....

I venture out to my local IKEA about once every five years, and today was the day. President's Day. A brilliant choice for shopping at IKEA. No one would EVER think of going to IKEA on President's Day right? Today's shopping experience reinforced why I only shop at IKEA once every five years.

Minnesota shoppers do not necessarily follow the same rule as the East Coast shoppers. Get there before noon and you will be fine. If it is snowing chances are even better that the stores won't be packed. Not true in Minnesota. Snow and the chance to sleep in until noon on a Monday are not deterrents for IKEA shoppers.

My first clue should have been those 10 minutes my son Jack and I spent circling the parking ramps trying to find a parking spot. Second clue was the long line at the ball room entrance where parents drop their kids for their child-free trek through IKEA. Jack had never been to IKEA and was amazed that all of those parents would expose their kids to all of the germs in the ballroom filled with kids. Good point!

Jack and I had our list and were on a mission. But that didn't stop us from visiting the kitchen displays, trying out the mattresses, laughing at some very interesting lighting options, and imagining the perfect home office set up.

We did fine loading up our flatbed cart with items that can only be found at IKEA on our once-in-every-five-years IKEA shopping experience. We did not run over anyone as we wove our way to the checkout line. UGH, the IKEA checkout lines on President's Day. We were in for a wait as we joined the rest of humanity also in line, and as usual I chose the absolutely slowest line.

Finally after 30 minutes in line we were at the cashier. She rings us up and asks, "So where is Part 2?" "What Part 2?" we ask. "The Part 2 that goes with Part 1 of your desk," she replies. Really?! Part 2...all we can think of is spending another half an hour in line with Part 2.

But wait, we can just run back, find Part 2, and bring it back to her line. No extra waiting required. Great except that Part 2 is incredibly heavy, and we have left our loaded cart back at the checkout line. Jack decides it is a good thing that Mom lifts weights regularly, and he leads me (loaded down with Part 2) back to our checkout line.

Now I completely understand why the lady wearing the Luther College sweatshirt and her daughter who probably attended Luther College were so annoyed by me and Jack and Part 2 butting in line ahead of them to pay. Sorry but we had already waited in line for 30 minutes and were not about to let Miss Luther College weasel her way ahead of us. Let's just say they were not too happy, but we were just following the IKEA line rules.

Jack and I successfully got our load onto the elevator. I somehow managed a perfect 90° backward park into the loading spot (even within the lines) and heaved all of the heavy IKEA boxes into the Sienna. Success!

Idyllic IKEA moment
Halfway home, we remember that all of our items came in multiple colors/wood grains, which we did not really check for. Actually we did not check at all. We throw caution to the wind, hit a Caribou coffee on the way home, and hope for the best.

Jack did end up with a black desk instead of a walnut desk, but he doesn't seem to care. At least Part 1 and Part 2 ended up matching. I'm just happy that I will not have to visit IKEA for another five years!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love the pic ... :-)