When anyone came to Casa Le Crete to have a look around or give an estimate (preventivo) for some needed work they would survey the interior, shake their heads and murmur, ‘tutto IKEA’. (ALL IKEA) Yes, the house had been furnished almost exclusively with furniture and accessories from this mammoth Swedish store. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against IKEA and feel it is great to ‘fill in’ with its wonderful textiles or accent pieces; but ‘tutto’ IKEA’ was certainly not the vision we had for our home in Umbria.
So we decided to investigate sending a container of some of our furnishings, antiques, artwork , linens, etc. to Italy from the U.S.
Even though the tax could be about 22%, we still felt it was viable. (If you are a resident of Italy you are not charged tax as you are considered ‘returning home).
We decided on a company that was located in Miami, Omega Relocations, as we felt more comfortable being able to have them come to the house, view the items and give us a price.
Omega would wrap and pack all items for a higher price or you could opt to self-pack and pay less. Thankfully we choose to have the company pack for us. On packing day a crew of men arrived and before the day was over had wrapped, taped and packed everything within an inch of its life.
Knowing what I know now, and fully understanding how difficult it is to purchase items in Italy, I should have shipped even more of our possessions!!!!