Thursday, May 10

Shelved

So I ran out of bookcase space again.

Normally, I go to Amazon and sell some old books to free up space, but generally speaking this causes me pain. Firstly, I always want to reread the books about 2 days after selling them, and secondly I almost always spend more money on new Amazon books than I make selling the old ones.

So I decided it would be cheaper, and less painful this time, just to buy a new bookcase

Being British, and thus overly keen on DIY, Ikea is my best friend, and I can waste whole hours walking up and down the aisles, wondering at the cheap prices and the efficient Swedish Design. And being English I enjoy gorging on the cut-price hotdogs and loading my pockets with the free pencils. It’s the perfect day out!

I found a 6’ bookcase that was cheap enough and tacky enough to please me and then faced the real problem of getting it home. I don’t drive and refused to pay the extra £5 cab fare. So I decided, being the strong man I am, to carry it, and started to walk home with 20kg of flat-pack resting on my shoulder.

I got about 8 steps before running out of energy. My shoulder was killing me, my legs buckling. I turned to see how far I’d come and banged the box on the sides of the exit door.

I still had at least a half hour walk ahead of me.

Lifting the box again I struggled forward, three or four steps, followed by a 10 minute rest, before trudging homeward again, until finally, after what seemed like years, I reached the house, stumbled in the door and collapsed. Any belief I had of myself as a macho-man had faded along with the sensation in my shoulder. The carpet I had crumpled onto was wonderfully soft, the relaxation running through my body like heroin through my veins, And then the bookcase fell on top of me…

So now I have a new set of shelves in my room with space for all the new books I want to buy. But I won’t be buying any for a while. It may have been cheaper to buy a new bookcase, but it certainly wasn’t less painful.

And at the moment, just the sight of a new book makes my shoulders ache...

Previously Painful Prose

8 comments:

Miss Elle said...

I bought a new bookcase from Ikea on Friday... luckily I had a friend with a car who was also going...

My Reflecting Pool said...

oooo- you are manly. I would have paid extra for delivery. Which of course is silly because then buying cheap furniture is no longer novel since post delivery fee, it's no longer cheap.

Thoughloversbelost said...

I'm just trying to picture you with a tool belt..........

(blush)

Anyway... there are some tables/desks I would like to buy from Ikea, but the size of the crates make it impossible to fit in the teeny tiny boot of my car. And the price they charge in Toronto for delivery would be more than the price of the furniture. So, for now, I'm hanging on with the bits and pieces I have put together over the years.

This Eclectic Life said...

"I turned to see how far I’d come and banged the box on the sides of the exit door" You are so funny. You put the shelf together, though! And, think...it helped with that weight loss thing you were talking about...

j. said...

Ouch! I can't imagine that felt good. I share your frustration with finding room for all the books, though. And your affinity for Ikea.

Ps said...

Left a comment twice--but looks like the God of blog comment is angry with me today.
This is waht i said (hope full it will appear this time)
" Wow.Really nice book shelf.We dont have an IKEA in india.If we did I'm sure I would have bought a whole lot of stuff.I love books--and have a collection of more than 400. To be anything to do with books (including lugging a bookshelf)is worth the pain!

The Freelance Cynic said...

Miss Elle - miss lucky more like

Pool - Ikea doesn't even believe in delivery

Though - I'm finding it hard to picture me in a tool belt too, but the only blush worthy factor would be the scary resemblance i'd have to Handy Andy

Ecelectic - Needless to say, I didn't go to the gym that day

J - Never enough book space in the world is there!

Ps - My thought too as i now have an old empty book case to fill up again! Waterstones here I come!

Webmiztris said...

we don't even have an IKEA in our area. what a rip!!

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