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RENOWNED for its flat-packed furniture and bargain home decor, IKEA goodies fill homes across the country.

The Swedish furnishing giant is a huge hit with shoppers who love nothing more than getting lost in the store's maze and fuelling up on their signature meatballs.

1A former IKEA worker has lifted the lid on store secretsCredit: Alamy

A former IKEA employee has now revealed some store secrets that could be a game changer for customers.

The staff member worked in the Braehead store - just outside Glasgow - for four years and said shoppers in a hurry can push to get their orders delivered quicker.

“She said: "For deliveries, if you really want a next day delivery and you’re too 'late' be persistent and they will take it.

And if you're needing to make space for your new furniture, you can trade in your old IKEA pieces to get money back.

The ex-worker added: “The buy back scheme is a good one that not many people knew about when I worked there. 

“And I would say make sure you scan a family card whenever you buy something big as it really does cover you for damages and free part replacement."

IKEA fans can hand in their old dressers, sideboards and shelfing units for cash.

Tables, desks, cabinets, chest of drawers and chairs are also eligible for the scheme.

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IKEA products that qualify for the scheme must be in good condition, fully functional, properly assembled, and clean and unmodified.

And it could earn you 50 per cent of the item's original price.

There's no limit on the number of times you can use the scheme and you don't need to know the item's original purchase price or have the receipt as Ikea will be able to tell you this. 

Elsewhere, an interior designer has revealed the decor in IKEA that's worth buying - and what you definitely shouldn't waste your money on.

Annie Elliot said anything "too decoratory" is an immediate no-no.

So that geometric piece of decor that you think looks chic and modern? Leave that in the shop.

Decorative word art is also a no for Annie - let's face it, you probably don't need a sign that says 'home' anyway.

Coloured and glass vases are almost always a yes, since it'll be easy to find somewhere in your space for them.

And if you're on the hunt for a Christmas wreathes Ikea's got some great ones.

Annie said: "I'm a fan of natural wreathes, inside or outside I like them."

That said, don't bother with any that look too fake, like the ones that are dyed different colours or made from the same material as your Christmas tree.

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High School Sports | Clutch kick sends San Ramon Valley to 2-A championship game

DANVILLE – Down by one point with a 18 seconds left and needing two yards to pick up a first down, San Ramon Valley coach Aaron Becker sent the offense to the sideline and asked Austin Shelton to make the kick of his life on fourth down. 

The junior kicker was up to the occasion. 

He banged in a 37-yard field goal in the pouring rain and gusting wind to beat previously-undefeated Marin Catholic 19-17 in the 2-A NorCal playoff. Those three points sent the Wolves to their first state championship game in school history, where they will play Granite Hills.  

“This is like what we do in practice, where on Wednesdays we run pressure kick situation drills with the whole team surrounding me,” Shelton said. “This is just routine.” 

San Ramon Valley’s Marco Jones (23) and Sawyer French (71) celebrate a 19-17 victory over Marin Catholic in the championship game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Danville, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

In a game played during a rainstorm, passing the ball was never going to be a reliable option for either team. San Ramon Valley threw for only 105 yards, while Marin Catholic tossed for just 65. Each team earned field position through the ground game instead. 

Marin Catholic running back Charles Williams rushed for 233 yards and both of Marin Catholic’s touchdowns. Meanwhile, San Ramon Valley’s back John Pau Mendoza ran for 134 yards and one score. 

“These are my brothers, and I run hard for them,” said Pau Mendoza, whose touchdown went for 58 yards. “And I want to say that my line was outstanding today.”

San Ramon Valley’s John Pau Mendoza (21) shouts after breaking free on a huge touchdown run against Marin Catholic in the first quarter of their championship playoff game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Danville, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

Wolves quarterback Luke Baker threw his only touchdown of the night to sophomore Owen Scott in the first quarter. The wide receiver then made an even bigger play on special teams in the fourth quarter. 

Having already made one kick in the fourth quarter, Marin Catholic’s special teams unit lined up for another short field goal up 17-16 with four minutes left in the game.

Scott tore around the edge and blocked the kick. A teammate recovered and gave the Wolves one more drive.

“I wasn’t supposed to be out there, but I heard my named called and I ran out,” Scott said. “I sprinted around the edge, laid out and blocked it.”

San Ramon Valley’s Owen Scott (85) blocks a field goal attempt by Marin Catholic’s Charles Lewis (97) to set up a fourth quarter, 19-17 comeback victory for the Wolves in their championship playoff game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Danville, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

Baker then drove the team downfield, and set up Shelton with the chance to win the NorCal championship. The junior kicker had already made a 35-yarder in the third quarter, and his second field goal went right down the middle too. San Ramon Valley will play Granite Hills at Saddleback College on Saturday at noon. 

“Today showed that these kids can win the game that’s presented to them, and not just perfectly scripted games,” San Ramon Valley coach Aaron Becker said. “It’s not always perfect, and sometimes you just have to figure out how to win at the end of the day.”

San Ramon Valley’s Owen Scott (85) makes a juggling touchdown catch in the rain against Marin Catholic’s Greer Arthur (7) in the first quarter of their championship playoff game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Danville, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)  Marin Catholic’s Charles Williams Jr (3) tries to break a tackle by San Ramon Valley Riley Gann (53 in the first half of their championship playoff game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Danville, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)  San Ramon Valley hoists their championship trophy after defeating Marin Catholic, 19-17, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Danville, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

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