Sunday, April 13, 2008

What would you do for IKEA?

We've been asked to provide respite care for a family (similar to foster care, but arranged privately to give a family a break). It will happen ... THIS WEEK! So, I've been scrambling to get some last minute things set up, preparing to add a sibling group of two.

I've known all along that I wanted to buy two more loft beds like my son's, because they are very inexpensive, extremely sturdy, and you don't lose an ounce of floor space (don't have much room - think vertical!). You also know that I'm a research HOUND (if it can be found online, I WILL FIND IT!). Sooooooo, there were no other options staying in our price range ... and said wonder-lofts are only available at IKEA. I have a massive store-crush on IKEA, yes, but the closest one to me right now is 4.5 hours away. To ship the super amazing beds to us would cost more than the beds ... and way more than the cost of gas to drive to Dallas and buy them in person.

Yes. I drove to Dallas and back to buy beds. Granted, I stayed the night at my parents', where my Mom whipped out two twin mattresses (because my Mom is THE Garage Sale Queen ... seriously ... can locate any and everything). I returned, saving money and having everything we needed to sleep five kids.

So, it was a very wise investment of my time. Yet, still -

I drove to Dallas and back for beds.

I once knew a woman that drove four hours just to keep getting her hair done by her favorite stylist. I'm not like that, am I??

14 comments:

Cammie said...

I *heart* IKEA! And...they just opened one in the Austin area!

Tally said...

I'm not sure if a far less noble cause for such a long trip will make you feel better or just disgusted, but I drove 5 hours to IKEA last fall just for a rug, which I ended up not buying, and then back. The bed trip is a no-brainer to me. No one tops IKEA. No one.

Tracy said...

Its Ikea! Of course its worth it! It was easier when we were just 3 hrs from Ikea, but now that we're 5 hrs, we must go there when we have to go to Dallas for doctor's appts. but its so worth it!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

A trip to IKEA? Without the kids? How cool is that! Definitely worth it...

But you poor thing, living so far from IKEA - we have 2 of them only 45 minutes from me.

Anonymous said...

fellow preacher's wife in OK here to say that i, too drove to that same IKEA to buy my son a bed. i justified it by going at the same time that my sister gave birth in that area...but, who am i kidding...i really went just for the bed ;)!! gotta love IKEA!!

sarah true said...

we just got an ikea in cincinnati!!!

Shan said...

Darn that Ikea and it's tempting wares! I've still never seen one in person. But when I do, it will be a very special day indeed.
I wonder what you listened to on that big quiet road trip. I would imagine silence is quite the stranger to you. ;)

dreamingBIGdreams said...

i would do the same!

Lee said...

our closest Ikea is 8 hours away. (But we have to cross the border. so that can tack on extra time) the closest one in Canada is 13 hours.
I would not drive there for a bed. BUT, I would probably drive 4 hours. That is not so crazy to me! :)

C & G said...

Did you know that Ikea is a sibling to Costco? You usually buy more that you intend and you can't get out of there for under $100!

I was on the Ikea site just before coming here! Funny funny!

Before Ikea came to Portland, people would post on Craig's list all the time stating that they were making the trip to Seattle's Ikea and had extra space in their car - did anyone want to chip in for gas in return for some goods from Ikea?

Gayle said...

IKEA rox!! Although the only thing i didn't like about your trip to Big D is that i didn't get to hug your neck.. i would've met you there and walked (ok.. run)through it with ya, mighta even help load the car for ya!! LOL!
Miss ya!!

Anonymous said...

If you figure out an easy way to make that darn bed, please post it!! I need to make it easier for my son...oh what am I saying...for me! I'd leave my name and email but can't figure out how so anonymous I'll be tonight.

Christine said...

My kids don't make their beds in a traditional way, because all of them sleep in bunk/loft beds. They have a fitted sheet and a blanket that goes on top. They just smooth out the blanket - no tucking or anything annoying like that. When the sheet gets washed, Mom or Dad help get it back on.

beth said...

Shoot. I have those beds - two of them - and I've been looking for a reason to take them down and make some changes. I wish I would have known you were looking - I would have taken them apart and mailed them to you. Of course, you would have had to wait...while I got them apart...and mailed them...

I've done crazy things to get to IKEA. It is one of God's greatest gifts...