....but more durable and reusable pieces since IKEA stuff isn't made to last.
Actually, the current IKEA lines are much more durable, aesthetically pleasing, sturdy, and stylish than years past. You also get SO much variety in terms of your options. When we had our fish tank debacle we replaced all of our furniture outside of the TV, TV stand, and couch with IKEA furnishings. We purchased new dining room chairs, new bar stools, a new dining room table, new lighting and bookshelves for our entertainment center, a new bathroom cabinet and sink, and an entire new kitchen. When people walk in they are shocked
at the transformation, and few believe our furniture is from IKEA. Everything is built sturdier than past furniture, the chairs are wonderfully comfortable, the dining room table is a mixture of solid wood and particleboard and is very sturdy, it has two sections that pull out to accomodate more guests, and while everything looks and works great, in the future if we decide to replace our furniture with new items it won't be a very costly sacrifice.
Also, keep in mind that our past furniture was from IKEA as well, and it all
sold on Craigslist for decent amounts. Everything we purchased seven or eight years ago, which also made a trip across the country, held up well enough to use in Arizona and even resell on Craigslist. IKEA has a reputation for cheap furniture, but in actuality if you purchase the right items they're inexpensive but you get better than expected longevity.
You can find some great stuff on Craigslist, but if you have trouble finding exactly what you're looking for, as far as I'm concerned IKEA is a wonderful
place to buy great, stylish, inexpensive furniture, decor, kitchen items, etc.