I could hardly believe it. IKEA is now not a tiring 4 hours’ drive away, but instead, it is only a short 20-minute drive away from our home. In a way, the convenience kind of scares us because it offers a temptation that is so hard to resist. What’s more, some of the items we were eyeing are even cheaper than those in Malaysia! Yeah, I kid you not.
Last Sunday was our second visit to IKEA in a month, and we only went there that day because they were having a 2-day promotion where the sales tax of 8.25% would be waived! There were slightly more people than usual, I would say, but there was no pushing or shoving around. Check out the escalators leading to the living room section of IKEA. Doesn’t it look oddly familiar, like you’ve seen it before somewhere, like in Mutiara Damansara? The East Palo Alto IKEA we went too consists of two storeys too, much like what we have in Malaysia, and the sections were pretty much similar, so it is quite easy to navigate around.
See, even the kids’ play area had a similar-looking slide. It was VERY hard to get Ethan to leave the play area, by the way.
In order to take advantage of the no-sales-tax promo, we bought a few items, like a bathtub for baby, a chair for Ethan, and an additional 17 gallon Samla box, which only cost $9.99. Compared to the price of RM45 in Malaysia for that same item, this one was a steal! We know it will come in handy because we used it when we were shipping our stuff to the US when we relocated here.
Well, too bad we could not buy the Billy bookcase too, as I had wanted. It just would not fit into our car! SIGH.