The construction on the corkscrew room has been complete for a while now, but we have been in the market for the right cases to house the collection. I had first thought of steel barrister cases, but the vintage ones are often in poor shape, and when they are not in poor shape, the price of them is simply too high. And, trying to get three or four stacked sets that are matching is also difficult.
After look at several at Brimfield in September, we needed to head another direction.
Looking around online, I ran into a nice metal and glass option that was available at IKEA. The measurements were right, they had the right look for the space, so I tried to order them online.
Okay… Apparently that doesn’t work.
When we visited Tommy, we made a quick stop at IKEA to check them out in person. Yes, these are definitely going to work.
The closest IKEA to where we live, is in Stoughton, MA. A mere one hour and fifteen minute boat ride, and a 4 hour vehicle ride down to their location.
So, a couple of weeks ago, we were going to head over to the mainland and pick up 3 cases. I called the IKEA phone number, only to be told they didn’t have any.
I then asked if I could call ahead when the stocks were replenished, pay for three, and then come down and pick them up at an appointed time.
Okay… Apparently they don’t do that.
So, yesterday, the lovely bride and I having made it across to the mainland the day before, decided to make the drive down. If they don’t have any in stock, perhaps they will have something else that will work.
Note to self: IKEA on a Sunday in November is mayhem!
The huge parking lot was pretty much full. And, the store, filled with people.
We meandered through the store, trying to avoid the less determined, and finally made it to the section that had the aforementioned case.
Interestingly, I had originally wanted the cases to be blue in color, but in talking to one of the IKEA-folk, after they checked their stock levels, there were zero available in blue.
But, our the other color we were interested in (a light gray) was available.
Knowing that these apparently are selling lot hot cakes, I asked if they would reserve three of them for me until I could get to the purchase area.
Apparently they don’t do that.
Around the corner, I saw a display of the cases we were after. And, it definitely reified in me that these were indeed the right addition to the corkscrew room.
The irony of seeing the cases in the display; four stacked adjacent to one another, and another not too far away, was that they were all the blue color.
Okay, so you don’t have any blue cases for sale, but you have five blue cases on display… that I can’t buy. I mean, can you sell me the display pieces? I will take three!
Apparently they don’t do that.
Still, with the bulk of the Massachusetts population shopping IKEA on Sunday, and knowing that the gray will also work well in the space, I walked the 1.5 miles through the IKEA glassware, IKEA cabinets, IKEA kitchens, IKEA bathrooms, IKEA lighting, IKEA rugs, IKEA bedding, and after dodging and weaving countless customers, found the warehouse area where, after retrieving a cart, found Aisle 67: Shelf 21, the locale of what was left of the last 10 gray-soon-to-be-corkscrew-cases. I put three–which is actually 6 different boxes–onto the cart, and headed to check out.
Having completed my purchase, I loaded the boxes into the xterra.
Now, it was on to a well-earned glass of wine, lunch with the lovely, and after an enjoyable evening in Boston, a 4 hour drive back up to Maine, a boat ride back to the island. The corkscrew cases…which have to be assembled, should be in the corkscrew room and filled with corkscrews within a day or so.
Of course, there are more cases also to be added… But, pictures will be posted after the assembly is complete, and a few corkscrews are placed in said display cases…