IKEA has arrived in Kansas City! We have been watching the construction of this monstrosity for more than a year. It’s hard to miss the big royal blue and yellow building from I-35.
Many of you know IKEA, famous for it’s inexpensive, ready to assemble furniture, but do you know how it got started? Where did the name, IKEA originate? I learned this…
In 1943, with a gift from his father, Ingvar established his business, using his initials, Ingvar Kamprad, the name of the farm on which he was born, Elmtaryd and the village nearby, Agunnaryd for the acronym. At this time, he was selling everything from pens and wallets to watches and nylon stockings by going door to door and selling directly to his customers. By 1945, the first advertisements for IKEA began showing up in local newspapers and he had developed a rudimentary catalog. – excerpt from article on IKEA Fans website
You can read more about the founder and the company here.
If you have never been to an IKEA, it is an experience. Tracy and I made our way up the escalator and entered the showroom. Hundreds of display areas featuring their products. Bedrooms, bathroom, offices, kitchens and family rooms fully decorated. You can buy the entire kitchen displayed as is including the appliances very inexpensively.
The only catch? You assemble every piece. Not some assembly required, but all assembly required. If you’re a little handy. It’s a good deal.
Tracy and I decided to use our visit to IKEA’s showroom to give you a few ideas on how you might spend $50 if you were to win our 31 Days Of Top 10 Lists $50 Cash Giveaway. Enter here! Offer ends November 3, 2014 at midnight EST!
The winner may spend the $50 in any way she or he chooses; however, we thought it would be fun to give you a few ideas from IKEA. All of the items we feature in the list are under $50. You can order any of them online at ikea.com if you can’t visit a store. Click on photos of the items below for the link to purchase.
10. SAMLA Clear Plastic Bins
Only $2.99! Well, if you don’t want a lid they are only $2.49. You can get 16 of these for under $50. This size is great for projects. Store individual sewing or photo organizing (hint, Chelle) or craft projects in a tub. Label it and pull it out when you work on it. Stack your projects up in the tubs. Limit the number of tubs so you have to finish a project before you start another one! Product information here.
9. Fintorp Series Kitchen Organizer
Mix and match hooks and accessories on this inexpensive display rail. Keep your counter clear of clutter and tools handy. Rail is $8.99. More product information here.
7. 55 x 39 1/4 Amsterdam Picture
This is a great size piece of art for under $50! Ready to hang. No assembly required on this one.
Tracy is planning on making over her master bedroom soon. I say, it’s about time! Just for saying that, Tracy is going to make me help paint. Tracy saw this picture and would love to see it hanging in her bedroom. It is so romantic. Plus it is huge! Stay tuned to see if she buys it. She did buy something else for her room. Check back in the next few weeks to see what it was!
6. DIGNITET Curtain Wires + Hooks with Clips
This is a great solution to display art work, hang photos, hang special cards or holiday cards or put in the laundry room for lost socks. What about an inspiration wall? The curtain wire is $12.99. Hook with clips, a 24 pack for $2.99.
5. ORDNING Timers
Cool. $5.99. See them here.
4. KVISSLE Letter Tray for $19.99
Each tray pulls out for easy access. Get product information here.
3. STRALA Pendant Lamps
Christmas decorations near the checkout lanes were tempting! These looked so pretty hanging at various heights. $14.99 each, available in different colors. More information here.
2. Light Fixtures
Unique lighting all around the store. Light up your teen’s room with a DANSA Disco ball. You can add colored lighting you choose. This would be a cool Christmas gift, $34.99.
KRISTALLER Chandelier below would make a great pendant light alternative in the right kitchen or above a night stand in a bedroom, $39.99.
1. RASKOG Kitchen Cart
The item is described as a kitchen cart but we saw them displayed in baths, offices, bedrooms and kitchens. We loved the turquoise color! $49.99. See more information here.
Side note from Tracy: Temptation is everywhere. I was keeping my eye on Chelle but she did great, kept her BFF Budget and didn’t spend any money.
I had the meatball plate. It was very good! My server went a little crazy when ladling the cream sauce. They serve this dish with mashed potatoes all for $5.99! Cake and drink were extra. They were also giving away free samples of their smoked salmon. Delicious. You can purchase this food to prepare at home as well. See all the items here.
It was the day of GAME 6 of the WORLD SERIES in KANSAS CITY! We had to wear our ROYALS gear! Little did we know at the time that we would win 10-0 that night and go on to play in GAME 7!
Tracy was the only one of us leaving with a bag of purchases. A newly decorated master bedroom could be in Tracy’s future! She also has two packages of cinnamon rolls one of which I did buy! I paid $4.00 cash for a treat for my guys.
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