My car smells like IKEA. I don’t know how to describe that smell except woody or cardboardy. It’s universal similar to how Value Villages smell the same. I think I am an expert in this smell field of retail stores because I have lived in two provinces.
I understand why IKEA stores smell the same because all of those products come from some low cost geography allowing me to put pretty wine glasses on. But I am baffled by thrift stores. How is it possible with thousands of different donors that the scents all blend to smell the same?
But that is not the topic. My car smells like IKEA because we purchased a wardrobe and Besta storage for our condo. The wardrobe was 8 feet tall but we managed to get it in the car. I had to sit cross legged in the back seat but the truck door closed.
We awoke on Saturday morning facing the I appropriately heavy for size flat boxes. The wordless instructions were fairly clear and we managed to put together our items fairly easily.
I think IKEA has ruined us for other furniture. We think it should be cheap, come in flat boxes and be made of alternative building materials. Where are the antiques? The family heirlooms?
October 13th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: another two cheap allan keys for my collection. Perhaps they could be the family collection in the safety deposit box.
My god, there are a lot of furniture stores on United Boulevard in Coquitlam, BC. I woke up with a cough and aches and fever and I thought we could visit a couple of stores. But they never stopped. Each side of the street, sharing buildings, dual levels, it went on and on.
By 2 pm, I couldn’t take any more. The problem with most furniture is it isn’t what I want. I know what I want, and often I know it when I see it. And nothing yet – I don’t want a platform bed, I do not want a condo bed, I don’t want a wooden bed, I don’t want a neutral bed, and I don’t want to be close to the ground.
September 29th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: My day ended without a bed despite looking at 100s of them.
There is a woman in Muskoka who wants to buy my pine trunk as a toybox for her granddaughter. That is great. She sends me an email every couple of days telling me this, but never answers my responses. This morning’s email advised me that her husband was coming to pick up the trunk “sometime today or tomorrow”. Don’t leave the house!
The 6 drawer dresser ad on Kijiji has garnered 6 people asking “Is it still available?”. When I answer “yes” (usually immediately upon receiving the email), I get no response or follow on questions. Is there a bunch of people in Muskoka who just want to know if Kijiji works or not? And in the 2 minutes it takes me to reply, have they realized they don’t need a dresser? Or did they pull out a magnifying glass and look at the picture more carefully and find some flaw?
August 21st, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Exploring the subculture of the buy and sell classifieds.
Today we sold our living room. The couch, the ottomans, the chairs, and yes even the TV and the stereo system. To the people who are buying the house we are renting.
Goodbye snow blower, ladder, guest bedroom, living room, cabinets. You were loved, but sometimes love just isn’t enough.
August 15th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Someone is paying me NOT to move my stuff.