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The Girl Who Played With Fire (and Spent More Than $12,000 at Ikea)

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In The Girl Who Played With Fire, the second book in the bestselling Stieg Larsson trilogy, the main character Lisbeth Salander spends an awful lot of time shopping. At Ikea. In one particular passage, Larsson presents a detailed list of what Salander buys:

She drove to IKEA at Kungens Kurva and spent three hours browsing through the merchandise, writing down the item numbers she needed. She made a few quick decisions.

She bought two KARLANDA sofas with sand coloured upholstery, five POÄNG armchairs, two round side tables of clear lacquered birch, a SVANSBO coffee table, and several LACK occasional tables. From the storage department she ordered two IVAR combination storage units and two BONDE bookshelves, a TV stand, and a MAGIKER unit with doors. She settled on a PAX NEXUS three-door wardrobe and two small MALM bureaus.

She spent a long time selecting a bed, and decided on a HEMNES bed from with mattress and bedside table. To be on the safe side, she also bought a LILLEHAMMER bed to put in the spare room. She didn't plan on having an guests, but since she had a guest room she might as well furnish it.

We'll spare you the rest of the list, since it goes on for quite a bit. The fine folks over at Apartment Therapy undertook the daunting task of looking up all of the items of Salander's $12,000 shopping list—some of the products have been discontinued. Check out their super-cool visual here.
· Lisbeth Salander's Ikea shopping list [Apartment Therapy]