If you’re into functional, durable, well-designed and affordable furniture, you’ve probably come across the Swedish home furnishings brand IKEA.
My family and I first encountered the IKEA brand during one of our stopovers in Singapore, on our way to Timor Leste, where we used to be based as lay missionaries for our Catholic community. Our host family in Singapore brought us to one of the IKEA stores there and we “fell in love” with everything IKEA. Of course, being a missionary family, we couldn’t afford to splurge on a lot of the items on display, and settled on purchasing a sturdy wooden railroad set for our son, who was, at that time, “obsessed” with trains.
Since returning to Manila, my husband and I still sometimes mention IKEA products in our conversations, especially when we talk about the future house we’d like to eventually call our own.
I was pleasantly surprised then when I discovered that one of our friends and former co-missionaries, Vania Padilla-Edralin, had started selling IKEA products online. This meant that our family could still avail of the high quality products from IKEA locally (when we can afford to do so!). Vania tells us how the “IKEA online store” came to be.
The “Store” IKEA Shop Manila is an online store selling IKEA items. Although Vania clarifies that it is not an official IKEA store or franchise, she assures her customers that all of the IKEA products in her shop are authentic.
Vania also says that her online store is unique in the sense that she provides people with a well-loved and affordable brand of items that they can conveniently order online and have delivered straight to their home. “I also do pre-order of items for bulk orders or for special requests - meaning if you like something from IKEA in particular, I can ship it to the Philippines for you,” she adds.