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IKEA - aibu to ask what I should look out for?

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Flossyfloof Fri 20-Nov-15 10:02:56

My one experience at IKEA was about ten years ago. I hated it. I have seen something I need though and have just about time to nip up there today. I am unlikely to go back there before another ten years have passed. If you are an IKEA lover, is there anything I should look out for?
( I know it isn't a proper AIBU, but I need to set off in the next half hour and I would really appreciate it).

Grilledaubergines Fri 20-Nov-15 10:05:34

Mini dime bars
Tea lights.
Wrapping paper, tags, gift bags (some lovely designs)
Paper napkins (patterned)
Christmas lights

PennyHasNoSurname Fri 20-Nov-15 10:09:31

Set of two box cheese graters
Apple corer/segmenter
Octopus for smalls on the washing line
Gift wrap
A fleecy throw (under a fiver)
The 365 knives (we have the small and medium)
A pot plant

PennyHasNoSurname Fri 20-Nov-15 10:09:59

Oh and a bag of meatballs for the freezer

Grilledaubergines Fri 20-Nov-15 10:10:09

...plain white serving dishes - good shapes/sizes.

Canvas storage dividers for bedroom drawers.

ghostyslovesheep Fri 20-Nov-15 10:11:15

Yes Meatballs and gravy

I would advise you to take your time - walk round - stop and have a coffee or lunch then tackle the market hall

I really like their lamps, glasses, bedding and towels

Grilledaubergines Fri 20-Nov-15 10:11:47

Yes the undie octopus. Brilliant thing. Although two of my octopus's legs are currently sitting on the patio (detached from the octopus!)

Leelu6 Fri 20-Nov-15 10:21:32

bathroom stool
spaghetti jar
spice jars
kitchen cabinet shelf inserts (so you can have more space)
White frames with pictures of flowers and herbs for kitchen area
mini ironing board for the bed
Idealisk stainless steel colander (small holes so you can wash and steam rice)

Flossyfloof Fri 20-Nov-15 10:30:17

Brilliant, making notes thanks so much. Undie octopus??? Can't wait!

missmargot Fri 20-Nov-15 10:30:27

Frozen cinnamon buns from the food store.

Flossyfloof Fri 20-Nov-15 10:31:37

I am going for a fleecy throw as a backing for the. Advent calendar I am making. Thinking of buying a couple, they are bound to come in handy.

PennyHasNoSurname Fri 20-Nov-15 10:32:50

He even has eyes (the octopus)

DawnOfTheDoggers Fri 20-Nov-15 10:54:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

What should you look out for?

Couples having a row over drawer organisers whilst the DC cause havoc wink
<There was a thread a while back on trivial causes of rows between couples and shopping in Ikea was mentioned more than once>

Storage, cushions, playmats for the DC, toys (DS2 came back with a random owl glove puppet last time, tea towels.

cranberryx Fri 20-Nov-15 13:58:16

The ole couple argument in ikea is a right of passage <wistfully remembers>

I second the underwear octopus and all of the candles! grin

Iwanttobeadog Fri 20-Nov-15 14:05:33

drssing up stuff is always a winner

BarbaraofSeville Fri 20-Nov-15 14:07:51

Folding reusuable carriers to keep in your handbag. I'm trying to keep one clean for when buying clothes.

Washbags, refillable bottles for toiletries - quite nice and very cheap.

Pans have been mentioned on here recently as good and cheap.

Everything really - our entire house is Ikea and nothing has been a disappointment.

Frozen Daim cake, meatballs, cheese, reindeer salami. Pick n Mix. I have half an idea about doing my main food shop one week at Ikea. OK, I will have to buy bread, salad, milk etc somewhere else, but I could get meatballs, mash, daim, cheese, salmon, hot dogs, vegetable burger things, biscuits and cake, cheese, ham joint - enough for several meals at leat.

KittyVonCatsworth Fri 20-Nov-15 14:08:35

Nothing. Run in, locate wanted item, run out. Do not even bother to follow the markings on the floor, avert your eyes in the marketplace and at the kiosk. It's the Devils playground.

I hate, hate, haaaaaaaate ikea! Although mini daim bars are lovely.

Leviticus Fri 20-Nov-15 16:11:51

This OP inspired me to drive to a neighbouring city today...

I now own a red underpant octopus and some frozen cinnamon buns, amongst other things.

thebestfurchinchilla Fri 20-Nov-15 16:22:12

I go to Ikea a couple of times a year but never have i seen the indie octopus. Wth?

thebestfurchinchilla Fri 20-Nov-15 16:23:38

Just googled. Disappointed now cos i have one already, just not from Ikea and not with an octopus head.

thebestfurchinchilla Fri 20-Nov-15 16:26:37

I always stock up on tea lights, paper napkins in 100 packs, butterscotch chocolate spread(only choc spread dd can eat due to nut allergy.) They are fab for storage, bedding and kitchenware. Love Ikea.

lovemyway Fri 20-Nov-15 16:27:42

Kids finger puppet toys for 20p!!!!!!

TheWernethWife Fri 20-Nov-15 16:35:32

Cannot understand people being snotty about IKEA- if you don't like it then don't go, nobody is forcing you. It's brilliant for kids going to uni - saw loads of parents with loaded trollies setting their kids up without breaking the bank.

missmargot Fri 20-Nov-15 16:47:37

I love Ikea, especially as DS is transfixed by the place- it is a toddler's paradise as the kitchen doors don't have safety catches on, he is allowed to sit on every single armchair and he can play with all of the toys in the children's department.

We go late afternoon when it's quiet and he doesn't get in anyone's way. He has a ball and I always end up buying more than I went in for.

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