Fun Fact of the Day: The Founder of IKEA Got His Start Selling Matches

Fun Fact of the Day: The Founder of IKEA Got His Start Selling Matches

The founder of the Swedish furniture giant is Ingvar Kamprad. According to IKEA’s website, he got his start selling matches at age 5 in southern Sweden and by age 7 was buying them in bulk in Stockholm to sell at a mark-up back home.

Other fun facts:

Kamprad started IKEA at the age of 17, with money given to him by his father as a reward for studying. He only began selling furniture in the business three years later. Originally there was no store, it was a mail-order business.

The name IKEA is made up of the initials of his name “plus the first letters of Elmtaryd (E) and Agunnaryd (A), the farm and village where he grew up”.

– The first IKEA catalogue was published in 1951.

– The first store opened in Sweden in 1958.

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Source for facts [here] and [here], catalogue photo [here].

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