Monday, 29 June 2009

The Ikea effect

This month, I have been suffering from what I like to call the Ikea Effect. You know how, if you take a trip to Ikea to get a new bookshelf and maybe a bath mat or a curtain wire, and you get to the warehouse part, having had no help from the monosyllabic employees, following 47 arguments with your partner, with a blinding headache and severe dehydration, only to discover that they don't have what you came in for at all. So you go to the till with your aloe vera plant and your bag of scented tealights (because you've forgotten about the other 3 unopened bags you already have at home) and a few 'essential' kitchen implements that you're going to get because they're only a quid each, only to find once it's been rung up that you've inexplicably spent over £100.

Headaches, arguments and frustration aside, what I mean by the Ikea Effect is the buying of 'only a few' cheap items, only to find out that they've added up to a much larger amount. And that has described my buying habits this month. Determined to save some money rather than spending, I put much smaller-than-usual bids on things I quite fancied, and to my amazement, I have won most of them! And therefore have managed to spend almost exactly the same as usual, perhaps even slightly more. Gulp! But things are going for a lot less than they used to at the moment, regrettably for sellers. Here's a quick and dirty collage I did of my latest buys:



I managed to win the yellow bakelite earrings, and I really wanted a bangle to go with them. Not expecting to win either of the bangles I put in low bids and won them for $14 each!! Even if they turn out to be fake (and I don't think they are as the sellers are seemingly reliable and experienced) and even if none of them match very well (you can never tell from photos), then I still think that is very cheap. The red bakelite earrings were a little bit more, but I wanted some red ones for ages, and they were still hardly a fortune!

Then I managed to win two Swirls (left and right, the right being deadstock) and a gorgeous cotton dressing gown with peplum, and not one was over $30. Plus I won a green pinafore dress, which is not pictured as the seller removed the pics, for the princely sum of $12. The dressing gown is particularly special, and nice and long!



I do feel bad that they are going for these low prices, but what can I do but give these gorgeous things loving homes?

Have you snagged any bargains recently? And I don't mean from Ikea!

Your (self-inflicted) impoverished friend,

Fleur xx

PS. Inspiration for this blog was brought to you by (and in fact, nicked wholesale from) discussing Ikea trips with my witty friends over at Vintage Schmintage, an irreverent new forum that has been started for people who love vintage style, but have a modern streak a mile wide.

PPS. Did you watch my hair tutorial yet? ;)

20 comments:

  1. haha i love the description of the 'ikea effect' - so true!

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  2. oh yes, the dreaded Ikea effect. Now I circumvent the entire store by often going in just to the warehouse from the exit. they hate that but I have done it a few times - and plan to this weekend because I need a 2nd billy with doors!

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  3. This is me to a tee. But that dressing gown is killer...

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  4. It is killer isn't it! And only $24.99! I added some more pics to show off.

    Hannah is one of those I nicked the Ikea descriptions off, but only because my own experiences are exactly the same! (hope you don't mind Hannah)

    I might try your trick next time Inky, especially as it is Billy bookcases I need!

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  5. Those dresses are faboo!
    I have been keeping my eye out for lovely steals lately too. =)

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  6. Here in LA we call it 'the Target affect'! I too have been doing what you are doing and managed to get the most beautiful brand new Nanette Lepore dress for like 50 bucks on EBay. I even found a Moschino dress that is much more expensive, but about 75% off the original price and it is STUNNING. I have not purchased it yet, but it is tempting!

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  7. I hate ikea for that reason I always end up spending gobs more than I planned on.

    I want a swirl dress for less than $30!?!! what is your secret. ARGH!

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  8. Where on earth do you find Swirl dresses? I keep looking and end up with the 1960's ugly ones.

    Plus if you happen to be larger than a small (which I doubt) and you find any in a small could you send me the link please? :)

    angelcutsforth8@hotmail.com

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  9. What great buys!! Lucky girl! I loved your video. Very informative and cute!!

    Emily

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  10. lovely finds! yes i did find a few thing recently and its such a great feeling isnt it!

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  11. oh, i've just been to ikea this month. and only spent a little more than 30euros, which i think is very well done, considering the ikea effect.. on the other hand, i love thrifting at fleamarkets, and even though i never spent more than 5 euros on one piece, they add up. my best find from last month was a late 50s/early 60s dress for less than 10 euros in perfect condition...

    don't feel bad about paying so little! if nobody else wants them or is willing to spend more, be happy!

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  12. Love the video! I watched it. However, I have such horribly thick heavy hair (straight like a ruler, too). I'd probably come out looking like a fuzz ball! *sigh*

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  13. Oh, yes, I do that, too! Only I'm generally too afraid to buy clothes online in case they don't fit properly.
    But, I'm in awe of that dressing gown!

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  14. That floral Swirl is TO DIE FOR! What a find.
    It seems too, that I constantly suffer from the Ikea Effect, and so the local markets and eBay benefits as I attempt to recover from these sneaky spending sprees.

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  15. Those are some great buys.

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  16. hello darlin what an great ikea moment! wow! you snagged some beauties! love love love the swirl dresses{you know it}i have the checked rose in yellow and red... and the long frock is sooooooo dreamy...hard find at that! so i think it was a wonderful ikea...i'll keep it moment!hee hee...love your hair tutorial! fab fleur!!!!!

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  17. What a lucky girl.
    Those are some fabulous finds.

    Robin
    http://threadbearthoughts.blogspot.com/

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  18. I win for IKEA issues. On leaving with furniture for our new flat, we (read, I) managed to impluse buy a sofabed. A whole one. Impressive eh?!

    Even more, we got that sofa in the back of a corsa, and drove it all the way home.

    Woop, I win!

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