March 30th, 2015

My First IKEA Experience

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I’m not going to lie: I was dreading the trip to IKEA. Big, overwhelming, crowded and just generally too much — this is what I was expecting. It just looks intimidating when pulling into the parking lot. Oversized and intimidating. Amy was on a mission to buy some items for her salon, Red Beauty Lounge, and I was tagging along for the adventure. Turns out, I love IKEA and will definitely be heading back there when it is time to accessorize my home.

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The fact that Amy had been there before and was on a mission to retrieve very specific items definitely helped me not get too overwhelmed.

What? They have a childcare center in the store. And a restaurant. They are definitely expecting you to stay a while.
What? They have a childcare center in the store. And a restaurant. They are definitely expecting you to stay a while.
Amy was "experienced" with the process at IKEA.
Amy was “experienced” with the process at IKEA.
Ok, now we are ready.
Ok, now we are ready. Oh, and she matches the store colors.

With her long legs, I was practically running to keep up where her speed walk through the store. As we went, she explained how the system worked. Including the arrows that direct you through the store. Never veer from the arrows, says Amy.

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We had fun along the way, and I even found a few things to include in the shopping basket.

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About 10 minutes from Little Rock, Amy realized that she forgot to buy this chair. We will just have to put it on the shopping list for our next visit.

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My stuff.
My stuff.
We made it to the checkout line with a full shopping cart and a flatbed dolly.
We made it to the checkout line with a full shopping cart and a flatbed dolly.
Rather than driving the car around to the front to load up, Amy decided to walk the massive parking lot pushing our purchases on the dolly.
Rather than driving the car around to the front to load up, Amy decided to walk the massive parking lot pushing our purchases on the dolly.
Our IKEA haul. And the massive mirror fit in the back of Amy's car. I've never seen her more excited.
Our IKEA haul. And the massive mirror fit in the back of Amy’s car. I’ve never seen her more excited.

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