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Sunday, January 17

Why does IKEA do this?

They put things on their website and then they discontinue things and you can't find them at any of the stores or even used on craigslist or ebay! It's just a simple birch wood table with a pair of chairs that costs: $39.99

Elliot really would enjoy having coloring and snack time at a table just like this! In the mean time I am lighting candles for the Swedish gods tonight in hopes that this appears very soon.

In the mean time he is enjoying his new toys GYFFY and the wooden alligator (late Xmas and an early 2nd birthday present).



The Gyffy is super cool - What a lucky kid.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Absolutely annoying! But, those cute toys and their adorable owner may just need a better selection!

Fargerike Dagny said...

Just found your blog, didn't even know you had one? Am definitely a fan of your work! My daughter Indie actually has that birch wood table, and gave it a makeover. You can check out the finished result here:


debra @ 5th and state said...

ikea; personally torn.

love the concept of quick and cheap. hate the concept of "throwaway" furniture.

your thoughts grant?


Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...


I totally agree with Acanthus and Acorn.
"Absolutely annoying! I think we are all
in agreement...The toys are sooo adorable.
Glad you made it home safely and you could
fly out!! ~Maureen

Chic Coles said...

I seriously hate when stores do that! Good luck on your hunt.

The-Countrypolitan said...

What a precious child!

Anonymous said...

Let's not disappoint him. There is a nicer set by Ikea on ebay for sale. Check out item number: 280390503095. Good luck.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Now how does one search by item #?
I just tried to figure that one out but it didn't work in the search field! Do help!

Anonymous said...

On the search bar click on the "Advance search" located just to the right of it. A new page comes up. enter the item number. It should work.
Or, just type in "ikea children's kids table & 2 chairs set" and enter. Let me know if it worked.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Oh I saw that one. Elliot's mother wants one with a wood top to it! More eco-friendly. I will keep looking.
Thanks for helping!

Anonymous said...

Grant, I have this set and you are welcome to have it if you would like it shipped to you. I bought it for my grandchild when he came to visit, but has hardly ever been used. Let me know.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Wow! I would buy this set from you and send you whatever for the shipping too. Is this the one with the wood top. For some reason it has been so hard to find!
My email is: grant (at)
Thank you Thank you!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I got a good laugh out of your FB Elliot updates. Looks like you all had fun!

Anonymous said...

Delighted that I could be of help. Please find my personal info. through your email.

carla rothberg said...

i was at ikea about a week ago and i did see this there - it appeared to be somewhat new. so that bodes well, i'd think, for it appearing at other locations in the near future.

Marija said...

If the (so totally generous) anonymous 619 post doesn't work out, check out chicago craigslist. Available. And just an fyi, chicagocraigslist is the capital city for all things Ikea. We have two Ikea's within 30 mins of the city and it seems that everyone shops there and sooner or later they shop there some more and put the older purchases on craigslist! Good luck!

Grant K. Gibson said...

Thank YOU so much for your help as well.
ANON 6:19 is sending the set!
It's that the nicest thing in the world!
Thank you so much again ANON 6:19!


Grant K. Gibson said...


I agree with "throw away" items and being torn.
I think that I was after this specific for the price and I knew it would be put to good use for years to come for two children. But overall I don't think that "throw away" is the best way to go with the environment.
This is one reason that I love working with vintage items and re-doing them. Giving them new life is the ultimate in the "green designing".

Anonymous said...

My twin boys had the same alligator pull toy. It was so cute and very durable. We passed on it to some other lucky kid.


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