WOW! That's all I can say. WOW! That store is crazy.
One day this week, I decided to attempt to go to the famous IKEA.
I walked away from there with a LOVE-HATE relationship.
This was also my first day at public transport all by myself.
I did a lot of sitting. It took me three hours to get there.
Like the clothes, it is WINTER!
It should have taken me around an hour an a half, but one bus was 10 minutes late, which made me miss the next bus.
I guess the Honduran way and Aussie way have a lot in common.
I had to wait for an hour for my last bus.
After one boat ride, one on time bus, one late bus, and one bus that only runs every hour, I finally made it.
I don't have any pictures from this adventure, my phone almost died because I had to keep looking up which bus to get on.
I kept doubting myself, public transportation will come.
I really need to learn how to take screen shots with a note 2.
It is probably better I don't have photos.
Your mental camera will fill in the blanks.
Let me explain IKEA to IKEA newbies like I was.
They heard you like cattle, treat you like lab rats in a maze, basically just want you to spend money.
The way an employee explained it to me,
"We do not charge you for what everyone does not want. If you do not want to get your things, there is a fee, if you do not want to deliver, there is a fee, if you do not want to put together, there is a fee."
Well that was a challenge, I am going to get out of here as cheap as possible.
After all the cuts and bruises I got, I might should have paid the fee for them to get my goods.
I kept telling people, watch out for those boxes, "They will cut you."
They just looked at me puzzled.
I guess Bon Qui Qui is not popular in Brisbane.
OK, back to explaining the store.
You walk inside, they have everything set up really nice, hand you a pencil and paper and tell you to write down anything you like. Easy enough.
Well there is where the first fee comes in.
Then you go downstairs and pull all your items you wrote down YOURSELF out of the warehouse.
Those boxes were heavy, and like I said, will cut you.
That probably is not bad, for someone who was getting a couple things, or maybe one room of things, but remember I have NO furniture in our house. Also, this place is pretty cheap!
By the time I got to the counter, I had three carts (Aussie terms -trollies), and had completely given up on getting living room furniture.
Everyone kept walking by me saying,
"Oh! Darling, you need a man."
"Did you do that alone?"
"Look at that poor girl."
Man, I wish I had a picture of this, but am sure your mental camera is doing just fine, and you are enjoying the laugh.
After I paid for everything, and not until then, the IKEA employees helped me push the carts ten meters to the deliver desk.
The next fee, I gladly accepted. Can you imagine all of that on public transportation?
Here is our deliveries.
Next comes putting this together.
Josh wanted to try to accept the challenge and attempt to put it together.
Youtube, putting together IKEA stuff.
There are some horror stories out there.
You even had to put parts on a concrete block to hold an umbrella.
We had parts everywhere!
But, I would say we did pretty good.
And, we only had a few left over parts!
Like I said, Love-Hate.
Cheap furniture, Stressful Place!
It's all about making memories, and Oh I will have Ikea memories, as well as scars forever!