Yesterday my friend Boni and my mom and I headed down to Charlotte to the opening day of IKEA. It was a little crazy with rain and thousands of people – but worth it. Since we weren’t among the insane that camped for days and stood in the rain for hours we didn’t get in on the free chair or even the 2500 gold envelopes with gift cards. An employee told us that the first 2500 people came through the doors by 10am – the store opened it’s doors at 9am. The ice up our way slowed us down a little so we didn’t get there until about 11:30 and I am a little ashamed to admit that we didn’t load up the van until about 6:30. We took our time and enjoyed sitting on couches, laying on beds, eating chocolate cake in the cafe, and oohing and ahhing over the kitchens and kids rooms. We were definitely wiped out and had to stop for a little nourishment at PF Changs to get us back to Galax. Check out this picture gallery from the Charlotte Observer.