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I shopped at Ikea for the first time. Here's what puzzled me

Cheapism Logo By Mary Shustack of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 49: Yes, yes — I am beyond late to the Ikea party. But now I can proudly say I took my expectations (being overwhelmed, finding a stark warehouse setting, and tasting Swedish meatballs) to the nearest location of the Netherlands-based company. Around since 1943 and in America since the 1970s, Ikea is perhaps best known for designing and selling furniture you build yourself. Well, nearly three hours on-site found me learning much, much more — at times dazzled, at others disappointed. Read on for details of my first visit — what I saw, bought, and ate (spoiler: no meatballs).Note: This Ikea visit was made prior to the coronavirus pandemic, so some observations may not be relevant to the current circumstances.

From Sweden, With Love

Yes, yes — I am beyond late to the Ikea party. But now I can proudly say I took my expectations (being overwhelmed, finding a stark warehouse setting, and tasting Swedish meatballs) to the nearest location of the Netherlands-based company. 

Around since 1943 and in America since the 1970s, Ikea is perhaps best known for designing and selling furniture you build yourself. Well, nearly three hours on-site found me learning much, much more — at times dazzled, at others disappointed. Read on for details of my first visit — what I saw, bought, and ate (spoiler: no meatballs).

Note: This Ikea visit was made prior to the coronavirus pandemic, so some observations may not be relevant to the current circumstances.

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