One thing that many people miss when moving to Tasmania is IKEA. That’s right, there are not any IKEA stores in Tassie. I also wouldn’t hold your breath of there being one in the near future. IKEA announced quite a few new Australian stores last year and Tassie missed out.
However, there are a couple of ways to get your IKEA fix now and again.
Option 1 – do it yourself
The obvious is to do what we did late last year when we had a trip to Melbourne planned and taking the car was the best option for what we had planned in Melbourne. So of course the car came home jam packed with many things from IKEA that I didn’t realise we needed…
Option 2 – IKEA is shipping to Tasmania
As a member of the IKEA ‘Family’ I received an email a couple of weeks ago to tell me that IKEA was soon to start shipping to Tasmania, although only for a limited time. I imagine this may be a trial, so if it is successful from their point of view then it may continue. They started shipping from 1 July 2013.
** Important Update ** This trial has become permanent! Great news for Tasmania.
The email fine print says… Promotional offer is available from the 1 July 2013 – 31 August 2013. Delivery fee of $99 per shipment applies. Goods will be delivered to a collection point in either Hobart or Launceston for pick up and must be collected from that point by the customer.
UPDATE – IKEA are now advertising that the shipping to Tasmania will continue. Read all about how to order here.
There was a third option, which we originally profiled in this post, which was a business organising shipment of IKEA goods from Melbourne to Tasmania. It appears this business has now closed, in part due to the introduction of delivery directly from IKEA.