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Magnolia Market + Waco | my trip and before you go tips


I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time. As I sit watching another marathon of Fixer Upper I suppose it is a sign that I need to get this post up.

In April I went to visit my bestie in Austin and being a huge Fixer Upper fan there was no one way I was going to be one hour from Waco and not make the trek to Magnolia Market. I’m an unapologetic member of the #GainesSquad, not so much for the work they do but mostly because they just seem to be some good folks that you would totally want to be real life friends with. I mean my husband even watches without fishing for the remote. From their family and faith focus, to following their dream of taking the Silos from a mere dream to reality in one hour show segments on HGTV, I have been extremely inspired to say the least.

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

My dreams of happening upon a glance of them was dashed when I learned the same weekend I was there they were in High Point, NC revealing their new furniture line.

On to the good stuff.

Pulling up I was totally in fan mode and I had done some research prior to getting there but my experience was much different from others I had read about. If you are planning to visit do your research and get different perspectives if you are into these things.

Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market

I had read people say it took them nearly an hour to just get in the doors, and they had to pay to park. Due to the threat of bad weather, I suppose some people didn’t show up that Saturday because we were able to walk right in, at noon I might add, and find a free parking space on the street.

Walked. Right. In. Favor and the threat of bad weather isn’t always fair. I said that to say prepare to have a wait, I think we got lucky.

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

The space is overwhelming when you first walk in. Just imagine wanting to see ALL of the things but not knowing where to start. There will be lots of people so pack your patience, and it helps if you do some research ahead of time to have an idea of what you want if you plan to purchase items.

The items were well priced in my opinion. I kind of thought the items would be handmade, one of a kind items. Instead a lot of the things there you could easily find at Hobby Lobby and you could use the coupon and get it for much cheaper but if you want bragging rights….have at it.

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

The space isn’t especially large, especially the store part but the barn was huge. Most of the items were laid out against the walls leaving the open space available for moving around.

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

Most of the items are also available on line so I didn’t buy anything big because shipping would’ve been about the same online rather than dealing with the aggravation of having to ship it separately because I flew. If you are driving and can transport by car you will be better off purchasing in store.

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

It is an entire experience, especially for families. There is a huge lawn with games and lawn chairs and it was hilarious to see the men laid out as if they were hanging outside of a large dressing room waiting on their ladies to finish shopping.

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

After finishing up at the Silos we ventured into Waco and had some wine and perused a few antique stores. One particular spot we ventured to called Spice, was great. It was a lot of small independently owned shops in one space. Quietly they had some of the same items that were being sold at Magnolia Market for a little cheaper. It is only about a block away.

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

Here are some of the items offered at Spice

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

With a quick search we discovered we were only about 3 miles from Harp & Co. If not familiar this is the wood shop that creates many of the handmade furniture items featured on Fixer Upper. I just love that Joanna brought Clint with her. Wasn’t expecting a whole shop but he has his own little shop that has just a few parking spaces but we were able to get one and go in and take a look.

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

 

Magnolia Market

Looks like he still makes furniture here?

Magnolia Market

I just love this whole story of a small dream being broadcast on a big screen. I’m glad I was able to see it with my own eyes. Waco is the cutest little city, and  if you are a fan I think Magnolia Market is something to see if you are in the area. If you are a distance away I would say make a trip of it, visiting some of the larger cities nearby like Austin, Houston or San Antonio to get the most bang for your buck and time.

Here are my tips outlined

  • Be prepared to wait outside
  • While there are food trucks on the property there are other locally owned small restaurants within a mile or so in downtown Waco in the event food trucks aren’t your jam
  • It is likely it will not take a full day to visit the Silos. There is also a Dr. Pepper museum a few blocks away that I didn’t know about. Do your research you may be able to fit in a number of cultural activities during your visit.
  • Parking is difficult. Be prepared to pay to park at some of the smaller lots that are available. The cheapest I saw was $10
  • There was no rhyme or reason to the pricing. I picked up things I thought would be expensive but was cheaper than I expected and vice versa. Unless you are driving, if it can’t fit in your suitcase you will be better off purchasing online.
  • Sign up for their newsletter and you will get a 10% coupon. I forgot to use mine *womp*
  • THEY ARE CLOSED ON SUNDAY

I think I covered everything, but I’m sure something got left off. If you have any questions please leave them and I’ll be sure to answer them.

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    kita bryant
    June 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I never watched the show until you shared her video which then made me tune in and I have been a fan ever since. I have her on recording and I will be searching for them on my netflix too! I love Texas haven’t been in years and I have a bestie that is dying for me to come too!

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    K. Elizabeth
    June 1, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I had heard that some of the items were things that you could already buy at other places, but it’s still on my list of places I want to check out and visit in person. Love Fixer Upper and how family oriented they are.

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    Sonya
    June 1, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    I’m a fan of Fixer Upper. I think they seem like good people too. I love it that the show has a positive vibe and there isn’t a whole lot of complaining. I can’t take all of the complaining on some of the other HGTV shows.
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    Dee
    June 2, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    OMG! I remember watching the episode, when they were planning on buying the place. They did such a great job with it and thank you so much for sharing some awesome pictures. I am glad to see people who have a vision and put their money where their mouth is. They did a fabulous job with the place and I am going to have to try to take a trip there to visit.

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    Melissa Dixon
    June 3, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I really love all of these pictures. I would love to take my family out there for a visit. Such a beautiful destination. I have never been to Texas but would love to check it out and visit there as well!

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    Law_Fal
    June 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I need to make my way out there!
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    stephanie
    June 3, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    You got so many great pictures. Now I definitely have to go.

    I too am a member of the #GaineSquad 🙂 Chip and Joanna are such a great couple and it’s fun watching them complete their projects.

    Great post!

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    Gwendolyn Mulholland
    June 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    My husband also watches Fixer Upper with me and I have caught him watching it on his own. I would love to visit Margnolia Market and it is on my “To Do List” if I am ever in Waco. I think the Dr.Pepper museum would be a fun place to visit also. I can only imagine how crowded it can be on a weekend and will be keeping that tip in mind if and when I ever do get to visit.

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    Nancy L.
    June 3, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Wow! You are sooo lucky to have had the chance to visit Magnolia Market! I’m so excited for her. I really would love to go. Like you, I’m a bag fan of Fixer Upper too. I’m glad you took me along with you (at least through photos)! I was studying each and every photo of yours to see if I recognized any of the items that Joanna may have used in her shows! Well, I have to now add a trip to Texas on my bucket list. At least your pics are the next best thing to being there in the mean time, right?
    Hey, Spice sounds like a neat little place to check out as well. Gotta get to Waco – soon!

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    Aileen Adalid
    June 3, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    This is honestly the first time that I have heard of this market and I’m absolutely intrigued! It looks like an absolutely interesting place though. I would love to have a visit!
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    Bites for Foodies
    June 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I have never heard of this place but it looks amazing! I could spend hours and hours in a place like that. It’s huge yet so quaint and unique!! We have a ton of farmer’s markets where I live but they are quite small and you wouldn’t be able to spend more than 30 minutes in there!

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    Rae
    June 8, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I wish I would have known about the Dr. Pepper museum before I went. That would have been an interesting experience. I had a few of the same thoughts as you too. When I first walked in, it did seem a bit overwhelming. It wasn’t as busy I guess because I didn’t have to wait outside. Also, there weren’t too many vendors still open when were there. I purchased a few things — I really, really enjoyed my candle and I do plan on buying another. I think even for $26, it lasted a really long time.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your time there. Waco is a neat, little town and it was good for a day trip from Dallas.
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    Tasheena @ Our Delightful Home
    June 12, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I love Fixxer Upper. I can spend all day watching that show ( plus, pretty much any show on HGTV, *sigh*. Which usually leads to a trip to HomeDepot ) I’ve never been to Texas before. Defiantly looking forward to the trip.
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    Jason Nail
    July 1, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I’ve never been to Waco but you sure make it look nice. That looks like a fun place to shop. I think I would spend too much money there.

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    Zenna Wadawu
    July 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    This place looks AMAZING!!! I think I would get into A LOT of trouble in there! I am going to Austin in November, I would love to know of any other places that I should have on my list!
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    Jennifer
    August 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

    There are so many things to absolutely LOVE ❤about Texas! Glad you had a ball. I remember living there, and like totally just spending days shopping or visiting places like these! 😊 Nice to spend time with your bedtime as well while shopping!
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      Mimi
      August 31, 2016 at 8:28 am

      I absolutely loved it there! I can’t wait to visit again.

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    Michele
    September 19, 2016 at 10:30 am

    My daughter is obsessed with fixer upper. She’s planning a bachelorette trip to Magnolia Market. I can’t wait to share your tips with her.

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      Mimi
      September 28, 2016 at 7:36 am

      It is so hard not to be obsessed with them. They are so down to earth. I think Joanna hands down is behind the whole farmhouse trend that is so strong right now!

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    Kirurgija
    December 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    These were very interesting pictures to see! Waco really seems nice based on what I have just seen!

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    January 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

    […] of things. While I love Fixer Upper, and am seriously thinking about heading back to Waco to visit Magnolia Market again, the real source of my fandom is their determination and faithfulness to their family, dreams […]

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      Valerie Sellers
      January 20, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Some important things I discovered in my visit. There is a free trolly that will pick you up from the free parking space and you can be dropped off at the front! My husband was prepared to stand in a long line to get in when I happily informed him that was to the bakery and not the market he was thrilled! DO NOT wait in the long line for the bathroom inside the store. I did this and regretted it. If you can hold it a bit longer walk through to the outside part and plenty of bathrooms are off to the left of the exit. Don’t stand in line for the bakery on Saturday either. They have a food truck out back with the same cupcakes! I didn’t purchase a thing. I thought like you that I could get the same items from World Market or Hobby Lobby for a fraction of the price. I loved the garden shed in the back and found the most unique items in there.
      If you bring your husband, you can take him to the Texas Ranger Museum afterward and he can get his man swagger back!

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