I have already declared my love for all things Fixer Upper, Magnolia Market, and Chip and Joanna Gaines. But now I’m super excited, because my friends and I will stay in The Magnolia House early next year! Whoop whoop! Before I moved from Texas, we had one last girls trip to Waco, TX and found some more awesome shopping. We also made a stop to Magnolia Market, naturally. So grab some girlfriends or your family and head on over to Waco. It’s lovely.
So first things first. How did we grab a reservation for The Magnolia House? Well my super speedy friend, Sarah, was our designated internet savvy friend. We were already subscribed to Magnolia Market’s newsletter, so we got the notification when reservations would open. Also we had played around with the system earlier when reservations opened last time. You have to book a minimum of 2 days, and I saw a lot of single days open, but you couldn’t book those. That was information useful to our strategy this time. Sarah and I discussed some dates that we should try to book first.
We knew Spring Break and summer would probably go first so we opted for a weekend in January or February and hoped for mild weather. When it was time to book, Sarah was online and ready ahead of time, and then she was able to see the calendar when dates were open and chose a weekend in January. She was quick and successful! I heard reservations sold out in 7 minutes. The popularity of HGTV’s Fixer Upper is strong.
I’m a big, dorky fan of the show, so Magnolia Market at the Silos is my favorite. I dream of Shiplap, try to copy Joanna’s farmhouse style, and adore Chip and Joanna’s relationship. I even geeked out when I saw Joanna’s mom working in the store one Saturday. And, yes, I asked for a picture.
I had written about my first Magnolia Market experience, and things change every time I visit. They added more things to the warehouse like kids’ toys, more t-shirts, even some furniture.
My tip is to get there early or stay late until it closes. My girlfriends and I got there at store opening, then left and did other shopping and eating around the Waco area, and returned about 30 minutes prior to closing. It was so nice to have space to browse right before closing time. I could just stand in front of the display and repeatedly ask myself, #Shiplap shirt or Magnolia Market shirt? When it gets really crowded, they will control traffic inside the store and only allow a certain number of people in to shop. So you could be waiting in line outside for a while.
My girls (ages 11 to 3) love a good Magnolia trip, too. They usually play on the lawn outside with my husband while mama shops. The lawn is in the center of the property and set up with games, toys, beanbag chairs, and swings. You can tell Joanna and Chip really want this to be a place where families can spend time together.
There are lots of picnic tables, and the gardens, too. Take a picture on mushroom chairs or stop by and admire the fairy gardens.
I went to visit right before the Bakery at the Silos opened (sad face). It used to be called Flour for a hot minute, so my kind friend sent me a shirt. It’s vintage. Cupcakes really seal the deal on an excellent road trip. Check out this lemon lavender cupcake. Heavenly. I can’t wait to try them all.
If you need home items, you’ve come to the right town. Right down the street from Magnolia Market is a store called The Findery. They have a similar style as Magnolia with the addition of more clothing and a larger children’s section. They had some furniture, the store is two levels, and I wanted to buy all the things there, too.
Junque in the Trunk (cute name, right?) is another popular spot. I haven’t been inside, because I tried to visit on a Monday. No bueno. They are only open Thursday-Sunday. I was a total window peeper and crying that I couldn’t buy anything. They had some awesome items in there. If you can picture a middle-aged woman with her face glued to the window with tears down her eyes, saying, “Whyyyyyyyyy?” That was me. Lesson learned.
We stopped by Harp Design Co, too. It’s Clint and Kelly Harp’s store. Clint does carpentry work for Joanna on Fixer Upper. The store is small, and some things felt expensive, but I found cute things like kitchen towels that I love.
If you want to find some rare treasures, then Spice Village is for you. It’s a 30,000 square foot landmark, built in 1908, with more than 90 shops under one roof. It’s amazing, and there’s something for everyone. Yes, I did buy old-school baseball stadium seats there to turn into a bench. HGTV inspired me, dang it!
If Goodwill stores are your jam, then Waco’s your place. Ask me how I know. We visited 3 all within a few mile radius. My friend Sarah REALLY likes Goodwill stores. There were plenty more that we didn’t have time to visit, but my friends found cool things at the stores we did visit.
If you want something quick, because your kids are starving and you’re taking way too long at Magnolia Market (solidarity, moms), then grab some grub at one of the food trucks at Magnolia. The grilled cheese and mac & cheese at Cheddar Box is amazing. I like to wash it down with some crepes.
We also took a gander out to Café Homestead! They use local, natural, organic ingredients, and you can taste the difference. It’s part of Homestead Heritage, an agrarian- and craft-based intentional Christian community. They offer tours, activities, and shopping. You can learn how they make cheese and get samples. Who can say no to cheese?
Or if you’re in the mood for more shopping, peruse the local furniture and craft shops. There’s a general store and market, too. It’s really quite beautiful and peaceful out there.
Waco is a fun town with a lot to offer. Now that I don’t live close by, I am flying out there to meet up with girlfriends again when we go to Magnolia House. I love it there that much. We ran out of time, and we spent all day in Waco. You could easily spend days there, and Austin is not too far.
Don’t overlook Waco the next time you’re in Texas, especially if you’re a Fixer Upper fan. If you’re visiting in the summer, bring lots of water. It’s hot in Texas, y’all! Also you can close your eyes, and just imagine Joanna saying, “Are y’all ready to see your Fixer Upper?”