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Old Feb 16th, 06, 10:29 pm  
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Our IKEA seems to have pretty high prices in the AS IS department but I've found a few good buys over the years. My favorite is probably a Poang chair with natural canvas cushions for $50 (they'd just annouced AS IS was half price for the rest of the evening). I think the Poang chair is the most comfortable chair ever.

We lived in Denmark for a year and used to go to the IKEA just north of Copenhagen regularly because we were redoing a kitchen and because it was about the only afforable store there for everything else. Their AS IS was great! We got two metal folding chairs for a few dollars each (they're called "clap chairs" there, but in Danish, of course---a Danish friend translated it as "applause chairs" which promptly became part of our family lexicon!). Also got a really arty-looking little side chair for $11---black, narrow back, trapezoidal seat---not comfy to sit on but makes a great accent piece.

It seems like the best time to hit AS IS is late on a Monday or early on Tuesday. They seem to clearthe moststuff out after the weekend blitzes are over. Is that just my IKEA or are others that way?

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Years ago, we had great luck in the as-is room buying slightly scratched end tables and shelved in unfinished wood. We intended to "distress" and paint them anyway, so the scratches actually saved us a few steps!

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We went to IKEA with the intent of purchasing a cheap computer table for the SesameStreet.com dedicated computer today. I'd seen it in the catalog for $40, seemed like a good deal -- not my favorite style, but doable for a semi-temporary piece for the kids to abuse.

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Found one, practically new in the AS-IS for 30% off. Bonus? No assembly required. I think it's last year's model, because it's beech and all that's listed this year (in the catalog) is white, birch, red and black-brown, but that's ok by me! It does have a small ding in the right side, but it's so well camoflauged that we didn't even notice it in the store. We're planning on attaching a side mounted file holder there that will cover it handily.

Cheers for the AS-IS room!
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Thanks everyone for introducing me to the As-IS room. I went last night to our local one and found 18" shelves for upper cabs for .50 !!! It's fantastic!!! Thanks again for the great tip.

Oh they also had a pretty good childrens toy box thingie that was made from some sort of wood. it was darker than pine and If I had room in my shack, i'd have probably bought it.

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Super! I have the Mikael desk for my DD , which I put in front of a tall bookcase to give her a built in sort of look. I set one of the shelves at the exact height of the desktop to give her a place to put her boxes of stuff that was accessible but off the desktop. Hers is that pale blue-gray, which matches her walls almost perfectly. She's got the TOVIK loft bed and the pullout sofabed from IKEA.

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Varde alert!! The Seattle Ikea today had a huge assortment of Varde freestanding cabinets in the as is room. Good thing I don't need a kitchen or I'd still be there trying to choose They also had Talbo and Udden items, and a bench seat in Backebo, made of 2 over-fridge cabinets. I think they've been removing display stuff. More than the usual array of kitchen materials.

They also had a nice Fagerland plate rack, a huge Lillestad cover panel for $25, and light pine decorative molding strips for $1 a piece.

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I got the right hand KRAMFORS chaise (how it's "scratched" I could not see) in AS IS for $360.

Normal retail $699.



*does happy dance and collapses on sexy new chocolate brown chaise lounge*

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Great day at the as is room! I went to get a counter for my in-progress sewing room, prepared to pay retail,and found some great stuff:
  • faux marble pragel 8' counter - $20
  • 36" 4-drawer base in Ulriksdahl - $40
  • a full set of Hallarum 36" drawer fronts and side panel (so I can abandon the Ulriksdahl, which is cool, but doesn't go with anything I have) - $8
I think I'll putthe 36" base with the 2 pantries I found on Craigslist for my bedroom divider wall. If not there, it's going in the sewing room, somehow. I really bought it because it will hold the "ironing board of my dreams" in one of the top drawers! I'm so excited! (Don't get me wrong - I don't actually iron if I can help it, but that's gotta be one of the coolest Ikea contraptions ever.)

Stacy - they had a set of 4 15" drawer fronts in Adel brown, FWIW .

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We don't have any 15" drawers - otherwise I'd be sending DH down... but THANK YOU for thinking of us...

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