5 tips to make the most of your visit to Magnolia Market and a recap of our visit!
Texas has some of the best antique markets and shopping that you'll find! Back in the fall we went to Round Top...a month or so ago I visited Canton Market Days with a girlfriend, and at Mr DIY 's suggestion (yes really...I have the best hubby!), we took a road trip to Waco over Spring break. Yay for Texas!
I'll be sharing some tips for how to get the most out of your visit to Waco in a bit but first I'd love to recap our trip for you and share a ton of photos.
In hindsight, Spring break (or any other break for that matter) is probably not the best time to visit the very, very popular Magnolia Market and the Silos! I'm pretty sure that all the people were there!
We drove up on a Sunday afternoon and stayed over until late Monday afternoon. It's about a 3-1/2 hour drive for us which is why we opted to stay overnight.
It was a drizzly, cold couple of days with lots of overcast skies, but I will take cold over hot and humid any day!
When we arrived in Waco, we drove straight to Magnolia Market and the Silos to scope it out! It wasn't open, and the gates were locked so we couldn't walk around the grounds. However, we got to take a few good pictures without hoards of people. Do you recognize these cute checkerboard pavers?
We were going to get up early the next morning and head to The Silos Bakery Co., but we slept in. By the time we arrived around 9 the next morning, the lineup waiting just to get inside the bakery went around the building!
But that's what we were there for, so we joined the line and filled out our order card while we waited. Aaaand there might have been a little monkey business as we got closer to the front and the adrenaline started pumping!
We were excited y'all! Little DIY has been watching Fixer Upper with us from the beginning! In fact, when we told her we were moving to Texas last August, she wanted to know if Joanna was going to do our home for us...I only wish!
We finally made it to the front doormat...it was our turn next!
Once we got inside, it was just as cute as it looked on Fixer Upper when Chip and Joanna revealed the makeover.
Attention to detail was evident in literally everything in the bakery, from the ceiling to the floor, and it was oozing classic farmhouse charm...and delicious smells!
I asked and found out that all the cupcakes and biscuits are baked on the premises...the cookies were brought in from another bakery in town. We went for both sweet and savory with the biscuits aptly name 'the prize pig' (bacon and cheddar topped with chopped chives), a jumbo chocolate chip cookie, and a lavender-lemon cupcake. The little takeout boxes with The Silos Baking Co branding are so cute and everything was very tasty!
One thing that surprised me about the Silos and Magnolia Market is that they are smack dab in the center of downtown Waco.
At least there was a lot to see while we were in line waiting, like the beautiful gardens growing on the property. I love this herb garden, backed right up to one of the silos, and the miniature fairy gardens sprinkled throughout the grounds.
Lots of photo ops too!
And maybe even a celebrity sighting? Sadly, upon closer inspection, we realized this was not Chip and Joanna surveying their domain!
And no, we didn't see them around town either. I think they probably keep a pretty low profile.
The property has a large green space with balls and toys for kids to play with, while mom and dad stand in line 🌝
And there is a large picnic area and several food trucks that are permanently parked on the perimeter of the grounds. I'm sure this area is busy around lunchtime when the weather is nicer!
When we finally made it through the doors of Magnolia Market, we were greeted by this sweet display of paper roses and faux greenery.
Faux greenery and flowers featured largely in the offerings for sale inside the market.
Because it was so crowded, it was difficult to really look at what I wanted. Now I know just what cattle feel like when they're being herded!
The displays were all beautiful with lots of ideas and inspiration...just what you'd expect! I'm sure they are constantly changing.
I didn't get a chance to make it over to the other side where this line of people were. I think it was housewares, but honestly I couldn't really see much because of the crowds!
Little DIY and I each found a t-shirt, and I bought a couple samples of paint from Joanna's new line.
We did see Chip's Corner, and I took a picture but there were several grandpas featured prominently, so I left that picture out!
After waiting so long to get inside Magnolia Market, I wanted to stay longer but you could hardly move around and honestly, it was a relief to get back outside!
After exploring Magnolia Market, we drove past a couple places in town that you probably recognize...
This is the home that Chip and Joanna fixed up for Clint and Kelly Harp, and Clint's shop is right next door. We were told that they no longer live here because they were getting too many visitors stopping by on a daily basis.
We also found our next fixer upper if we ever move to Waco, lol! Can you imagine it repainted white with black shutters?
We did a little Google search to find Chip's subdivision. If you've read The Magnolia Story, you'll know it's right off Bosque Blvd. It proved a little tricky to find, but Mr DIY has some mad navigational skills!
The houses are all smaller, all super cute with that classic Fixer Upper style. And notice the name of the street...
Okay, now that you've seen our recap, I'm sure you're wondering if there is ever a good time to visit Magnolia Market to avoid the crowds. The truth is that a staggering number of people visit each week, but there are some ways to visit when it's not as busy.
Here are my top 5 tips for making the most of your visit.
5 Tips For Visiting Magnolia Market and the Silos
1. Time Your visit to beat the crowds
How? Visit earlier...or later!
Peak shopping hours at Magnolia Market are around lunch. Skip the weekends if at all possible...Wednesday is the best day to go to avoid large crowds. Definitely stay away during holidays unless you don't mind Disney-like lines!
Store hours: M-Th 10-6, F and S 9-6, Sunday closed
The best time to hit The Silos Baking Co. is when it opens at 7:30 am. Early, yes but you shouldn't have to wait in a mile-long line either! Most people show up after 8:00 like we did and the weekends are especially crowded.
Bakery hours: M-Sat 7:30-6
Address for Magnolia Market and The Silos:
601 Webster Ave., Waco TX
2. Do your homework beforehand
Visit Joanna's online store and do a little online browsing to see what you really want (and decide if the price is worth it). That might make shopping at Magnolia Market a little bit easier.
Also plan your day before jumping in your car because there's a lot to do in Waco. Do you want to visit Harp Studios? Laverty's Antiques? Try to find some of the Fixer Upper homes? Joanna's first store? Decide what you want to see, and plan your trip accordingly because most things are pretty spread out.
If you want to visit Chip and Joanna's Magnolia B&B, you'll need to drive to nearby McGregor.
3. Magnolia Market is a destination
If you've got kids along, they will have fun playing on the large green space at Magnolia Market! Stroll the grounds, plan to have lunch at a food truck or two (or three), check out the Magnolia Seed & Supply. Enjoy an iced cowboy coffee from Common Grounds, play a game or two of cornhole. You get the idea...stay and play 🌝
4. Have lunch at one of the Gaines' favorite restaurantsYou might recognize these Gaines family favorites from episodes of Fixer Upper:
- Vitek's BBQ (Chip orders the Gut Pack, a Frito pie BBQ dish)
- Common Grounds coffee for an iced cowboy coffee (food truck on grounds)
- Newks Eatery (one of Joanna's fave places for great salads)
5. Consider Staying Overnight
Let's face it...you made it here so why not stay awhile! There's so much more to do and see in Waco! We got a very affordable (and nice and modern) room at Comfort Suites.
Things to do in Waco:
- The Waco Suspension Bridge makes a nice stroll
- Baylor University Campus is beautiful
- If shopping is what you're looking for, The Findery is just up the street from the Silos. Items you'll find there include furniture, home accessories and decor (and the prices are better...ssshhhh!) You should also be sure to visit Spice Village, a collection of 90 fun boutiques in the downtown historic Waco Hardware building, or Junque in the Trunk, an antiques and vintage store a couple miles from Magnolia Market
- Cameron Park Zoo
- Dr Pepper Museum
- Mammoth National Monument
- Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
Magnolia Market and The Silos might be your ultimate destination, but there is a lot more to Waco for the whole family to enjoy!
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Are you planning a trip to Magnolia Market any time soon?