Taxes Schmaxes! 15% off store-wide through 4/15

Bleck! We sure don’t enjoy tax prep season. To ease the pain, enjoy 15% off store-wide on Sunday, 4/15 and Monday, 4/15!

*Sale in-store only, 4/14 and 4/15. Limited to stock on hand. Not applicable to special orders or previous purchases. 

It’s in the numbers! 20% off store-wide Saturday and Sunday!


We like these numbers! Celebrate 2019 with a happy 20% off* store-wide on the 19th & 20th!

Had your eye on something? We’ve got your number…see you this weekend!


*in store only. Not applicable to prior purchases or special orders.

Gifts to wear or carry…well-designed accessories

We have cozy scarves, beautiful bags, unique jewelry and more ready to wrap for your gifting needs! Here’s a roundup of our favorite wearable designs, but we have lots more in stock ready to show you.

Remember we are open late!
Through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sunday, 11am-6pm. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs.

Polder Scarf by Verloop – $50

This vibrant scarf features a keyhole opening to keep it snug and in-place.

Knit Cap – $34

A cozy, soft cap that’s generously sized. Cuff it or leave it long. Made in the USA.

Kasuri-Ori Clutch by Kiriko – $109

Japanese fabric is paired with high quality leather in this beautiful clutch. Generously sized to fit all your essentials. Made in the USA.

Classic Sportsman Billfold – $52

Recognize this leather? It’s genuine Horween, used to construct athletic balls. Featuring four card slots that can hold multiple cards and space for cash bills. Made in Bellingham.

Duffel Bag by Topo Designs – $129

A classic style built extra sturdy to hold up to rough and tumble travels. Simple on the outside, beautifully lined with coated nylon pack cloth on the inside. Made in the USA.

Accessory bag by Topo Designs – $18

Great for change, chapstick, keys, you name it – this versatile pouch will keep you organized. Made in the USA.

Yagasuri Socks – $14

The yagasuri pattern represents arrows and represents determination and steadfastness.

Marimekko Pakkanen Tote – $38.50

This lightweight tote is great for trips to the market or library. Machine washable, too! The Pikkupakkanen pattern features birds and berries.

Marimekko Svaale Tote – $38.50

We have several great patterns in stock, including the Svaale, inspired by Eastern European folklore.

Notabag – $23

This bag is both backpack and tote, all in one. Winner of the German Good Design award, we love this clever design

Leather zip pouch by Found Leather – $34

A sweet two-tone leather pouch to help keep a larger bag organized or great all on its own. Made in Bellingham.

Kyutoma Handkerchief Scarf – $15

A lightweight scarf to grace your neck, hair, or pocket. Olive green handkerchief with kyutoma pattern, illustrating nine horses, representing success and good fortune. Made in Japan.

Swallow and Cloud Handkerchief Scarf – $15

We have several patterns, including this light blue with a swallow and cloud pattern. This pattern represents eternal life and protection from illness. Made in Japan.

Kanzemizumon Handkerchief Scarf – $15

This royal blue handkerchief with kanzemizumon patterned borders. This pattern represents water which is a symbol of purity. Made in Japan.

Worry Doll Necklace by Hechizo – $55

A new application of a traditional Latin American handicraft, these Worry Dolls are wearable.  These dolls are hand made by female-owned artisan businesses in Panajachel, Guatemala, then fashioned into jewelry by Hechizo in Brooklyn, NY.

Elementos Earrings (Water) by Hechizo – $90

Hand formed 1/4″ bronze coin charms feature the Water motif, a receiving hand dipping into whirling waters. Connect to the energies of flowing, dissolving, ebbing, nurturing that are associated with water. Also available in Earth, Air, and Fire motifs. Made in the USA.

Circle Necklace by Trois Petits Points – $57

A delicate necklace in brass that goes with everything. Dress it up or down. Made in France.

Small Gifts for Stockings and More!

Good things come in small packages! Here are our picks for interesting, unique designs to tuck in a stocking or pop in the mail. Don’t let their size fool you – these gifts make a big impression. Check our website for a much larger selection of stocking stuffer ideas!

Extended Holiday Hours have begun!
Through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sundays, 11am-6pm. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs.

Stay tuned for more gift guides coming soon, but you can always call us 360-752-5522 or email any questions.

Thanks and happy weekend!

Mini Memory Game – $10

Toss the dice to choose a color, then try to find the cube that matches. Whoever collects the most cubes wins. Comes packaged in a metal storage tin.

Mini Tops Set – $10

Not just for the toy box, this wooden set is just at home on a coffee table or desk. Sustainably manufactured in Thailand.

Mini Construction Set – $10

Construct the buildings of your choice with this set of 24 mini blocks. Plan Toys makes wooden toys that stimulate the imagination and encourage dexterity.

D Clips, Pig – $8

Animal-shaped paperclips from Japan! We have nine different styles, including this pig.

D Clips, Penguin – $8

A set of 30 clips is packaged in a box with a sliding lid to keep you organized.

D Clips, Horse – $8

Also available in dog, cat, bird, squirrel, whale, and tortoise styles.

Bamboo Charcoal Shoe Inserts – $4.50

Stinky feet? Slip these inserts into empty shoes and activated charcoal helps eliminate odors. Lasts for up to 4 months and can then be composted!

Sweetfire Fire Starters – $7

This firestarter is made from a sugarcane by-product called bagasse, a renewable biofuel used around the world. Box contains 20 match points which are infused with vegetable wax to allow for up to 7 minutes of burn time each.

Firefly Waterproof Matchcase + Flashlight – $15

A three-in-one tool that’s great for hiking, camping or to keep in the car glove box.  The Firefly is a LED flashlight, a match container, and a bottle opener all-in-one.

Tattly Temporary Tattoos – $5 for 2 pack

Packs of two temporary tattoos designed by professional artists and made in the USA using vegetable dyes. We have loads of fun styles!

Flaming Idols Votive, Beyonce – $10

Designed, printed,and poured in Philadelphia, each candle includes an informational card about the person pictured and their importance to the LGBTQ community.

Flaming Idols Votive, Prince – $10

We also have David Bowie and Dolly Parton but they’re all going fast! Made in the USA.

Let’s Chill Wine Twirl – $8

This twirl will keep your glass of white chilled to the last drop! Clever package design means it fits on the neck of a bottle for an extra gift. Made in the USA.

Whisky Stones – $8

Gently chill your favorite spirits without the diluting effects of ice. Set of three soapstone rocks. Made in the USA.

Misc. Goods Co. Playing Cards – $15

We love this special deck that’s been completely redesigned, from the tuck case to illustration to typography. A beautiful, embossed box and clever details you’ll notice each time you play. Made in the USA.

Little Puzzle Thing, Broccoli – $15

A miniature jigsaw puzzle shaped like a bunch of broccoli. At just over 70 pieces, complete this one in under 20 minutes for some quick brain food.

Little Puzzle Thing, Ramen – $15

Along with broccoli, but we also have Ramen and Pizza styles!

Tangram Eraser Set – $2.50

A square is divided into seven pieces, which can be arranged and rearranged into countless shapes.


Superb Lip Balm – $6

Made just down the road in LaConner, this balm truly is superb.You might as well get all three flavors! Peppermint, Grapefruit and Lemon Rosemary.

Wilhelmina Peppermints – $3

Not too sweet and generously sized, we love these mints. They come packaged in a sturdy box, which keeps them safe and tidy in your bag. Made in the Netherlands.

Marimekko Napkins – $4.95 or $6.95

Packs of 20 napkins in cocktail or luncheon size make a great stuffer or hostess gift. Made in Germany.

Join us for Art Walk on Friday, December 7!

Happy December!

Join us during Art Walk this Friday, December 7 from 6-9pm! Over 40 downtown venues are participating this month, featuring lots of specials and promos so you won’t want to miss out on this festive evening. We’re all decked out for our holiday open house, so stop by for cookies and 10% off festive MoMA wreaths. Also, enter for a chance to win an ideal holiday gift! Oooh!
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It’s no secret we love books at Ideal and for our holiday window this year, we are honoring the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood.” A little background:

In Iceland, friends and family traditionally give books to each other on Christmas Eve, then spend the evening reading and sipping hot chocolate. This cozy custom began during WWII when strict currency restrictions limited what could be imported. Paper products were less expensive and more available, so books emerged as a favorite gift.

Since 1944, the Jolabokaflod has continued each year, beginning with the autumn release of Bokatidini, a catalog of newly published books that’s distributed to every Icelandic home. People use this guide when deciding which books to give as holiday gifts. It’s true that the majority of books in Iceland are sold between September and December in preparation for holiday giving.

Some favorite holiday titles are in the window for our own Jolabokaflod, but remember we have many more books for readers of all ages so stop in and take a peek.

Give a book, get a book, and cozy up to read!

ReMade: Culinary Opens November 2

It’s time once again for the annual ReMade project from WWU Industrial Design! Join us this Friday, November 2 from 6-9 pm for the opening reception and get first dibs on these great designs.

The ReMade project challenges students to design with sustainability in mind, encouraging the reuse, recycling, or repurposing of material.This year the junior studio is presenting 12 modern design solutions for use primarily while dining or preparing food. A limited number of each product will be available for sale at Ideal from 11/2 through 11/16 while supplies last.

In a mere matter of weeks, each student designed their piece, sourced all the materials, produced a limited edition of 20, and created all packaging/branding for their product. We provide a bit of guidance to the students throughout the process, sharing our thoughts from a design shop perspective as well as hosting the sale.

This is our eleventh year collaborating with WWU Industrial Design and each year the students’ ingenuity and resourcefulness impress us in new ways. We hope to see you Friday, November 2 from 6-9 pm to meet these up-and-coming designers and purchase their products.

“bob” – succulent planter by Tommy Oleson made using wood from recycled WWU dorm beds and office chair casters – SOLD OUT

“tactile” – phone/tablet stand by Ezquiel Guzman made using granite and marble tiles from ReStore

“bella” – salt shaker by Henry Dahlgren made using recycled Honeymoon Mead bottles with reformed/recycled plastic lid

“33-1/3” – fruit bowl made from discarded vinyl records by Autumn Dirksen


“steep” – cold brew coffee pitcher by Max Lucy made using broken ceramics from local studios

“ketch” – shopping tote made using discarded sails from Skookum Sail Repair by Ryan Rothaus – SOLD OUT

“sip” – glass mug and sleeve for hot beverages by Ben Lorimore made using discarded liquor bottles from local bars and recycled felt and cork

“fray” – potholder/trivet by Gian Umemoto made using fabric remnants from Ragfinery – SOLD OUT

“whip!” – whisk by Dan Hager made using recycled bike spokes from Transition Bikes and Richlite remnants – SOLD OUT

“flora” – centerpiece/votive holder by Taylor Brown made using stainless steel offcuts from DeLaval Manufacturing

“ply” – wooden bowl by Ryan Moorleghen made using wood from discarded WWU dorm beds – SOLD OUT

“patch” – apron by Jared Pabon made using offcuts from Oyster Creek Canvas and Northwest Tarp and Canvas – SOLD OUT

Loll Designs September Sale – 15% off and Free Shipping!

End of summer got you down? Have no fear – Loll Designs is here! And through September 30 enjoy 15% off and free shipping* in the continental US.

With Loll, we are convinced that our soggy Pacific Northwest weather has met its match. Loll products require no maintenance. Meaning, you can leave your furniture outdoors without having to fuss with ill-fitting covers; you can save your back (and your shins!) without having to schlep your outdoor furniture into storage; and you can enjoy your furniture year round for it will not blow around, rot, fade or fall apart at the joinery. Made from heavy-duty recycled #2 plastic, Loll Designs furniture is responsibly manufactured in Duluth, Minnesota – in the good old US of A.

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Help us Celebrate 10 Years this Sunday, July 29!

Celebrating 10 Ideal Years!


We can’t believe it’s been a decade. Join us on Sunday, July 29 to celebrate!

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Less Clicking, More Connecting

Unintentional matching has been a hazard for 10 years, now! Great minds think alike, right?

We love people. We prefer conversing and doing business in person. With age comes wisdom… that is why after 10 years at Ideal, we have decided to return to our roots by embracing the experience. We are bidding goodbye to our e-commerce site, and look forward to connecting with you in a more authentic way – face to face.

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