Surprises from Ikea

$61.70 worth of stuff from Ikea

The first surprise was that on a Saturday afternoon, the Ikea Alexandra store was not sardine-packed with browsing Singaporeans. It felt like we were shopping on a weekday afternoon --- no children too short to see over the edge of shopping carts pushing them into me, no long queues at the checkout line, barely any wait for a table at the cafe for lunch.

The second surprise was that while there was no official sale on, there were all sorts of discontinued items with the prices slashed to clear them out. Which is how cour marly ended up with a spiffy retro-print queen-sized quilt cover and pillow sheets for just a cool $29.

The third surprise (or maybe this wouldn't come as a surprise to anyone au fait with Ikea's patterns of stocking inventory) was that the same Pult ceiling light purchased almost eight years ago was still available. So the bathroom lights will still match each other.

PS: Ikea Hacker makes me realise what inept technical skills I have.


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At 3/11/2007 6:01 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to nitpick: it's au fait de not au fait avec. Therefore you should follow your au fait with of and not with, though English borrowings don't often respect their origins.

At 3/12/2007 3:27 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My answer to your first surprise - IT Show 2007.

That's where everyone was at.

Where I was at. Hahah.

At 3/12/2007 11:29 am , Blogger Tym said...

nardac > Yeah, but in English the phrase seems to be followed more commonly with "with". At least that's what both Google and my OED tell me --- though Google finds usage with "of" and even "on" (!).

Chandler > Even taking into consideration the IT Show's effect, it was damn uncrowded.

At 3/13/2007 1:46 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, was there last Saturday afternoon too and it was so empty! The taxi queue consisted of one person - me. Ha!


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