I am a pushover when it comes to Ikea. I live in Jackson, Mississippi, which is very close to Memphis, Tennessee. Speaking of Tennessee, my heart is broken for those in east Tennessee who have been ravaged by wildfires. My prayers go out to all those affected by the horrible fires.

What I want to share today is that there is a brand new Ikea in Memphis, TN where my son and his family live. Soon I will be going to visit, and I will finally be able to eat Swedish Meatballs and get as many  RÅSKOG Rolling Carts as I can afford.

RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA


Yes, it will have to be assembled, and yes, I will have to make my way through hordes of people and the somewhat complex process of getting to the product before I can actually walk out of the store with my utility carts but I cannot wait to get there.

To be clear, it’s not just the cart or the Swedish Meatballs that make me happy about the relatively close location of an Ikea. And it’s not just because I will be able to get my hands on many inexpensive, hackable items that I have been wanting for a long time, but was unable to purchase because of the shipping costs.

No, my real reason for being such an Ikea freak is that in my mind Ikea has shown the world that a huge retail merchandiser can run a people-centered business. Allow me to share a short list of the things I feel are really good about this company:

  • Since 2000, Ikea has lowered its prices by an average of 2 to 3% every year because it has increased its efficiency during this time period.
  • Since 1994, the company has embraced LGBT equality.
  • It has door handles on its bathroom doors that allow you to open and close the doors without having to touch the handle with your hands.
  • This year all lights in all the Ikea stores have been converted to LED only.
  • For a small fee, Ikea will take your old mattress, furniture, and appliances and recycle them for you. In some places, the store will recycle plastic furniture and other Ikea items.

I love the Ikea shopping bags, its Family Discount, and this:

SAGOSKATT Soft toy IKEA Designed by a kid, for kids. This soft toy was drawn by Léonard, 6.

The Sagoskatt $3.99

Thanks, I’m glad I got this off my chest. Now my only problem will be scheduling a time to get to Memphis before Christmas!


Author: gebbysmith

I am a retired school teacher, school administrator, designer, retail business- owner, writer, fisherman, gardener, music-lover, dance-lover, theater-lover who lives in Mississippi. My husband, four doggies, and I live on a small farm and have fun every day making things and working on our house..

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