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Ikea is known for its bargain prices, minimalist aesthetic and huge retail shops. Now that the nation’s largest one has opened in Burbank, it’s a chance to stock up on lots of items not offered online (or ones that are, but you don’t want to wait for). Here’s the what and why (and why not) of shopping at Ikea.

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Buy: Baskets

The Fladis basket ($20) is our secret hiding place for clutter when we’ve got 15 minutes before someone drops by.

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Skip: ParticleBoard Dressers

Certain items, like the Malm dresser, aren’t exactly cheap ($169), and the materials won’t do much to impress you or your sweaters (sorry, particleboard).

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Buy: Office Supplies

We love you, fancy paper supply stores, but we’d rather get notebooks, note pads and decorative tape without sticker shock.

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Skip: Mattresses

The low price means its long-wearing durability can’t help but suffer. Instead, consider saving up for a mattress that won’t flatten out over time.

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Buy: Jute Rugs

The Lohals rug ($139) is just under 7 x 10 feet and goes with every interior style from traditional to contemporary. (And it costs less than a quarter of what you’d pay at some other big name shops.)

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Buy: Glassware

The Pokal glass ($4.50 for six) is super-strong, has classic lines (it’s modeled on French café glasses) and works for everything from juice in the morning to wine at night.

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Buy: Salmon

Sure, Ikea meatballs get all the press, but the great-value, responsibly farmed salmon fillets (four for $12) are the thing to have on hand for a protein-rich and economical dinner.

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Skip: Anything that Requires a Ton of Assembly

One therapist famously nicknamed the Liatorp storage center ($1,200) “the divorcemaker.” Once you’re ten hours in on this project, you’ll be wishing you splurged on something you didn’t have to piece together yourself.

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Buy: Plants

Ten bucks for a small dracaena tree that’s practically impossible to kill? That’s our idea of extra green.

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