Thank goodness for Crocs is all I can say today. Yesterday’s trip to Ikea was wonderful, and the subsequent visit to The Great Indoors was something of a revelation for me as I’d never even heard of the place before Glinda North and Judy Moe started talking about it. But I’m paying for the six-and-a-half hours we spent walking around both stores going “Ooooooh, look at that!” and “Want, want, want…”
Ikea was jammed, of course, but still one of my favorite places. We started with a lunch of meatballs and lingonberries, and split the plate of pastries which included a mazarine, which is one of my favorite Swedish sweets. Not including lunch, it took us two hours to get from the third floor to the second. However we did discover a number of amazing sales including this “Sarita” fabric which is being discontinued (I don’t know if they mean the colors or the fabric itself.) and was marked down to 75 cents a yard. Judy and I bought three bolts of it in orange, bronze and dark blue for just under $50 a bolt. If you have a local Ikea and are a fan of this particular fabric, you might want to get over there to check the sale.
Also on clearance: Fanby table runners in aqua, hot pink, orange and lime green @ 99 cents each! Sets of Fanby placemats and napkins in the same colors were also available for the same price. There were unbelievable prices on glassware and I picked up a set of wine glasses for under $5 (I have a bad track record with wine glasses.) and a set of juice glasses for even less. I ended up spending just under $300, but I came home loaded down with so much stuff that it took several trips upstairs, even with the chair lift, which is only really good for carrying mail and merchandise these days.
The Great Indoors was rather different in terms of price, though that day there was a special 15% off everything in the store sale going on. And I did find some very reasonable prices on tableware. I collected samples and brochures, but only bought a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, a jar of peach amaretto jam and a bear’s head knob. I have no clue where I’ll use it, but it was on sale so I had to have it.
Mostly I collected ideas for my new place. (Knock wood and wish me luck that it actually happens.) One thing I’m determined to have is vitreous tile in the bath. I’ve loved that look for so long, and if I have the chance to have it, I’m going to jump at it.
Dinner was Indian, the dinnertime film was “Hot Fuzz” and a bonus was a bouquet of flowers from Judy’s husband who is the nicest man you can imagine. I had a damn good day.
It feels kind of nice to be able to say that.