In Which Hitty Visits Ikea

Florida Hitty Gale

By Hitty Gale, a Gale Lyons Hitty

As you have read in a previous post, Hitty Moves to a Condominium, my adopted humans moved from a house to a small condo.  For the most part, this has been a painless move.  However, since Shirley works from home, storage for her supplies was needed.

So, we were off to Ikea for shelves and office furniture.  

Ikea is the world’s largest furniture retailer and is known for it’s simplistic, ready to assemble, affordable designs.  It was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad.  He was only 17 years old at the time. IKEA is an acronym of his initials, Ingvar Kamprad,  Elmtaryd, the farm where he grew up, and Agunnaryd, his hometown in Småland which is located in Southern Sweden.

The closest Ikea Store to us is located in Tampa Florida, about 2 1/2 hours away.  I must tell you that your first trip to Ikea can be overwhelming.  The place is huge. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. Just follow the arrows. Everything you need to shop successfully is located at the front door, including carts, shopping bags, a store map and catalog, pencils and paper, a tape measure and strollers for the kids.

Ikea Smaland

Courtesy of Ikea

Ikea is a family-friendly store.  The Småland playroom is available for children who are potty-trained and 37-54″ tall.  However, children are encouraged to play and to test the toys in the children’s department.  If you need a short rest, feel free to sit down in one of the many room set-ups on the showroom floor.

While we were there for necessites, I found several Hitty size items I liked.

Ikea Doll House

Hitty with the Ikea Doll House

Hitty with The Frog Prince book

Hitty with The Frog Prince book

When you get done browsing the showroom and the marketplace, your last stop before check-out is the warehouse where you will pick-up your ready-to assemble furniture.  Come with a vehicle large enough to haul your purchases home.

After you get home, the fun starts!  Most things you buy at Ikea must be assembled.  Of course, in addition to furniture, there are household items available in the marketplace.  After you shop, you can have lunch in the cafeteria.  Don't forget to take home some yummy cinnamon rolls.

The Ikea Warehouse

The Ikea Warehouse

The Ikea Marketplace

The Ikea Marketplace

I'm here for the meatballs

I'm here for the Swedish Meatballs

Ikea Shelves

The Storage Shelves David put together for Shirley

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