If you have been to an Ikea in recent years, you know that even if you went with the assurance that you were going to buy "just one thing," the store manages to suck you in. Suddenly you realize you need a wooden cutting board and storage boxes, and did you see the cute stuffed animal for your niece? It's all too clever and too dangerous.
Flying Tiger Copenhagen has arrived in New York from Denmark. Scandinavian countries love to give us a maze of retail and then set us free. With low prices and stock that turns over quickly, most North Americans don't stand a chance.
So what might you be able to purchase at a store designed less for consistency and more for novelty? How about placemats in the shape of fruit? What about some playing cards that are the size of a small child? Or a plethora of storage supplies in snazzy colors? There's always a place for a hot pink box.
This is a well-oiled machine — Photo courtesy of Flying Tiger Copenhagen
The store is designed so that you walk through everything before you arrive at the cashier. Prices are incredibly reasonable, with iPad cases running for as low as $5. $5 can also buy you a throw pillow.
We're amazed that $5 can buy anything at all, but Flying Tiger Copenhagen seems to like that price point. Quite honestly, so do we, as it allows us to save money for being in New York.
From corkscrews in the shape of mustaches to a banana protector (get your mind out of the gutter, we mean the fruit), there are a whole lot of themed items. In our opinion, you can never have too many mustaches (as long as they aren't on actual faces).
A maze of affordable and useful things — Photo courtesy of Flying Tiger Copenhagen
New items arrive every two weeks and change to reflect the time of year; items like gadgets, tools, toys and even office essentials with a sense of humor.
The original company was founded 20 years ago in 1995 and now has 400 locations across Europe and Japan. It is often known as Tiger if you are looking for a branch across the pond.
This New York store at 920 Broadway is the very first in North America, and we're fairly certain it won't be the last. 5,000 square feet of quirky, kitschy Danish designed products will mesmerize you even if your intention was to while away just 10 minutes. Be warned.