Buying Stuff For the Sake of Buying Stuff

April 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm 1 comment

Shawn & I had an overwhelming trip to IKEA when we first bought our condo. Living at my dad’s house, we managed to squeeze a bed, two large dressers, a futon, a few book cases and a night stand into one bedroom. Sounds like a lot for one room, but when you bring it all into a 1100 square foot condo, it’s not much. Proof:

empty-nestYes, those are two overturned boxes serving as our makeshift coffee table. (Actually, one of them still serves as my nightstand, but you know, owning a home is a marathon, not a sprint.)

Anyway, a trip to IKEA was imperative. I swear, the creators of that store did some serious psychographic research to make sure they squeezed every dollar from every single person that walked through. Okay, the insanely low prices might have something to do with it too.

However, since we hadn’t previously discussed decorating ideas or interior design style, we were swayed by every single display that we walked by. Shelving and wardrobes and kitchen islands, oh my! If you’ve never been there, you’ve been warned.

One of my favorite purchases was this set of floating bookcases:

floating-bookcasesThis would be fine, except what do I do with those top bookcases? Right now there are birthday cards, one frame, and Shawn’s stuffed bunny from when he was a baby (awww). During Christmas, we had a ton of random trinkets that did the trick, but now I’m at a loss. What kind of crap do we put up there? More books? Empty vases and bowls? My friend Holly at Sweet Hours Have Perished Here suggested checking out the housewares at Goodwill. I hadn’t even thought of that! Admittedly, I still haven’t gone there, but it’s a smart and cost effective place to go when you need to buy stuff for the sake of buying stuff. I’m planning on heading there soon and taking in as many Portsmouth, NH yard sales as possible when those start up too.

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  • 1. Susan  |  April 3, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I love your bookshelf!

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