You know how it's so fun (yet also totally overwhelming) to walk through the giant maze that is IKEA? Well, what if I were to tell you that there's another store with a smaller, more manageable maze? And that it also sells stylish Scandinavian goods on the cheap. Interested? I thought you might be!
The store is called Flying Tiger, and it's ah-maze-ing (pun intended). If you haven't heard about this store, don't feel bad: While there are 881 locations in 30 countries, there are actually only eight in the United States — and they're clustered around New York and New Jersey.
While Flying Tiger doesn't sell IKEA-like furniture — unless you count the occasional stool or inflatable chair — it stocks all sorts of cute and colorful kitchen gear, food-themed toys and stationery, party supplies, and so much more. Some staple items (like candlesticks, for example) remain in stock all the time, but most of the goodies change out on a monthly basis, so there's always something new to look at.
And there is a lot to look at. Stores measure in between around 1,115 and 5,000 square feet, and that maze I mentioned snakes back and forth throughout the entire floorplan. As you walk, you get to browse tiers of shelves that line both sides. There are so many little trinkets, it's really hard to see everything!
I moseyed my way through the maze the other week and took a bunch of pictures to highlight some of the best things. Take a look.
How cute are these paper party cups? You get eight for two bucks and, of course, there were also matching napkins and decorations.
These are little ice packs that you keep in the freezer and throw into your lunch box or picnic basket. They're just a dollar each so it's not a huge deal when your kid inevitably leaves one at school.
This charming six-liter drink dispenser is just $15, making it one of the more expensive things in the store. It's actually glass: I had to tap it all around to make sure because I couldn't believe it.
Vintage or new? These $1 glasses will have guests guessing!
I love a cake server that's inexpensive (just $4) and wise!
This glass jar with a cork lid actually reminds me a lot of the IKEA 365+ pitcher I already have and love.
These citrus slices are actually flower pots and change banks. They're a great example of all the food-themed stuff Flying Tiger has for other rooms of the house — beyond the kitchen.
And here's one last shot to show you the tiers I mentioned earlier. Now imagine this going on for yards and yards — on both sides of an aisle.
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Have you been to a Flying Tiger before? Are you hoping to get to one? Share your thoughts in the comments below!