I have been wanting to check out the store for quite some time now and let me tell you I was not disappointed. The store is HUGE (the third largest store in North America at a whopping 366,600 square feet) and full of cool stuff at great prices! I honestly could've spent the entire day in there...heck, I could just live in there! The second floor is full of these small idea rooms that are designed and decorated with all things Ikea - little bedrooms, kitchens, offices, living rooms, etc set up with beds, linens, lamps, storage, couches, tables, sinks, countertops, cabinets, bowls, baskets...you name it, they've got it! Each items has a tag with an inventory number that you write down and then pull from the "warehouse" on the first floor. I found lots of things I want!
Ikea Foto small aluminum pendant lamp - $19.99 - WANT!!!!
Small Foto pendant lamps in one of the Ikea idea rooms
Large Foto pendant lamp - $29.99 - WANT!!!!
Domsjo Double Bowl Farmhouse Style Apron Sink - $312.98 - WANT!!!!!
(if you have ever priced farmhouse sinks you know this is a STEAL!)
Domsjo sink in an idea kitchen
Pretty awesome, huh? Julie, Jessica and I walked through the entire upstairs (although we rushed through about half of it) and then quickly grabbed our stuff from the "warehouse". I got an awesome, big, black lantern to use on the front porch for Halloween and several dish towels that look like vintage french linens.
Borbby Lantern - $14.99
Tekla dish towels - .79 cents each (I bought six of them!)
I also got a cool, mesh closet storage tower thingy for $4.99. I spent a total of about $26 (not bad when you note that a similar looking lantern at Pottery Barn sells for $39 - btw, I love me some Pottery Barn, but I am always looking to recreate their style for less moo-lah!).
Next time I go to Ikea I am wearing comfy shoes <3