Furniture Shopping

We didn’t end up going to the fair today because my brother’s GF had to work. Instead we did some furniture shopping.

When we moved from Maryland to California a few weeks ago we only took clothes, small kitchen dishes/appliances, my standing desk and a super old family chair. We didn’t take that table in the packed

This means we need a ton of stuff now. I realize it’s going to take a lot of time and money to furnish our condo, but luckily it’s teeny tiny so we don’t need that much stuff.

But, what we do need right away is – a refrigerator, a dining room table and a bed –mattress and frame. In the next level (want and need) is a couch, desk for Ben and other decor.

Today Ben and I went furniture shopping. Surprisingly, it was not as fun as I thought it would be. I guess looking at the price tags ($$$) takes some of the fun out of things. Boo. IMG_0014

Ben liked this bed that he said was “fit for a Sultan”. But, we’ll keep looking for now. IMG_0012

Mid-way through shopping we needed a pick-me-up and stopped at the ‘bucks for refreshments. I got an iced coffeeIMG_0010

and stole a sip of Ben’s Java Chip Frappacino. It is like a milkshake. So.good.IMG_0011

But, just when we thought the day was going to be a total bust we found a winner. Not a winner in the sense of “Great! We found our dream bed!” but more a winner in the sense of “Wow! This place is ridiculous. Who buys a life size Pirate mannequin?”

Yes. Life sized Pirate mannequin. IMG_0009

And bikini girl mannequins :)IMG_0002

One of the workers was following us around because he noticed we started taking pictures. We must have seemed so weird. They take their “furniture” very seriously at this place.IMG_0005

As a matter of fact, I do need a full size iron knight replica! 



After a long day of running and shopping I was irritable and unpleasant HUNGRY by 6pm and ready to eat. I’ve been craving sushi so we looked up a place on Yelp and ended up at a small place in Cerritos.

Ben spotted this on the menu and we both got excited. We love garlic, so the Garlic Albacore Roll seems like an obvious choice.


Garlic roll – check out those slivers of garlic. This thing was packed with them! Ben said we killed a vampire by just ordering this. IMG_0018 IMG_0019

Miso soup is a requirement for any sushi meal.IMG_0016

I ordered the Bento Box with 3 items – salmon teriyaki, coconut shrimp and a crunch roll.

The box came in a huge platter instead of a “box” per usual. It was massive and took up the whole table.IMG_0020

I ordered the brown rice – but it actually looked brown and purple mixed?! Weird. But it tasted like normal brown rice. IMG_0024

Coconut shrimp with a delicious tartar sauce of some type. So good. I traded Ben a shrimp for one two of his rolls. IMG_0021

Salmon teriyaki and crunch rolls. I ate all the salmon, rice and two of these rolls, plus two of Ben’s. Oh, and edamame when we first sat down. IMG_0022

After dinner we stopped at Borders to see if they had the Operation Beautiful book. I am excited to just see it on the shelf :) But, they didn’t have it yet. Boo.

Our last stop of the night was Blizzberry, a local frozen yogurt place. IMG_0028 I got a mix of yogurts and toppings. I just wish this place had Taro flavor, it’s my fave. IMG_0026

Have a good night :)


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  2. says

    Wow, that’s a lot of garlic.
    Furniture shopping on a budget is kind of depressing because everything is so expensive. I hope you find what you need.

  3. says

    i did some furniture shopping last month and it definitely wasn’t as fun as i thought it would be either! but i was in a jordan’s furniture that was decked out all mardi gras so i got some entertainment. and mardi gras beads haha

  4. says

    I LOVE garlic in sushi! My favorite restaurant has this sushi roll with broccoli, black beans, and garlic. It’s incredible!

    I hope furniture shopping turns out well!

  5. says

    Ahh that garlic roll had my mouth watering. i love everything garlic…

    As for furniture, you can not go wrong with IKEA! There’s alot of them in CA. You should check it out….their prices are unbelievable too.

  6. Laura says

    Ikea has great stuff. When we moved here we bought most of our furniture from there. Don’t forget to look at places like Sam’s Club and Walmart, they have a bigger variety online. We bought our mattress from Sam’s for under $450 and that included delivery. It’s a good mattress too!

    I don’t think I live too terribly far from you (I think like an hour /hour and a half), in Rancho Cucamonga, but my friend has an extra fridge (white) that is sitting in her garage. It works perfectly well and I know she will sell it for $100 if you want it. Let me know!

  7. Phebe says

    You might want to check out craig’s list for furniture. Of course it will be used and you usually have to move it yourself, but you can get great deals on lightly used furniture. We furnished our whole apartment that way for super cheap. For instance, we got a very nice bed (pillow top mattress, box spring, frame, and headboard) for just $100 from a lady who had it in her guest bedroom and rarely used it. Good luck shopping!!

    By the way, that garlic sushi looks fantastic! I will have to keep my eye out for it :)

  8. stephreyn85 says

    FYI, I have seen TONS of sale furniture at World Market/Cost Plus the past two weeks here in SoCal!!! Check it out, maybe you will find a deal!

  9. says

    Everyone needs a life-sized pirate mannequin! I remember when we first started buying furniture for our house, I couldn’t believe how much they were charging people some wood, and some foam padding. Good luck finding stuff you love.

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