Ikea in London

May 22, 2007

Went to Ikea in London today. Croydon, where one of its branches is based with its twin tall chimneys visible from a mile away. I love to go to Ikea. Not just for the good quality stuff they do but also watch the people who come there to shop. Single people buying stuff for their bachelor pads. Young couples for their love nests. Expecting mothers for their upcoming family. Young mothers for their growing up family. Men looking for office furniture. Builders buying in bulk. People testing their beds and pillows, the tired sitting on the leather sofas to rest. Its a really good place to observe people doing things you would normally not see doing anywhere else. The whole experience is just great until….the till comes up and all the small things you thought would come in handy to organise your life and decorate your home make the total go over 50-100 pounds !!! ….
Anyways, the best part of the whole experience is seeing people in the car park trying to load the monstrous amount of furniture they bought , fit into a car made for 2 or 4 people. Men, women, children… all pushing, sliding, lifting, pulling, opening closing things to somehow manage to fit it all in. After a tough struggle they succeed but then the passengers inside that car look like the hunchback of notre dame. All twisted and turned, barely able to drive the car. Funny what Ikea can do to you…