SPOILER ALERT: Actually, I’m not going to spoil anything for you! I’ll share pics of Magnolia Market at the Silos, but won’t give too much away. If you’re planning a trip all the way to Waco, Texas, I’m not going to ruin it now.
Over the weekend, we had a chance to go to Waco, Texas – zip code 76706 – and check out the passion project of Chip & Joanna Gaines, the stars of the wildly popular show Fixer Upper. It took me a few episodes to get hooked on Fixer Upper. I love Joanna’s eye for design and laid back style, but I have a natural aversion to anyone named Chip and his slapstick Dad humor / little brother antics got on my nerves. But now I find him endearing, and how can you not like anyone that handy around the house? Did you see this week’s Waco houseboat fixer upper? Talk about impressive.
Back to the weekend. The weather was warm (80+ degrees in February) with wind in my hair, and the Magnolia vibe was everything you’d expect and packed with tourists. Here’s my quick tour to Magnolia Market at the Silos and what you need to know to plan your ideal visit to Fixer Upper fan heaven!
The Scene – Waco, Texas. We arrived around 11 am Saturday with crowds walking toward the entrance and packed parking lots surrounding the Silos. They estimate about 30K visitors a week. (We found $10 parking at the Baptist Church). There is seating and picnic tables all over and they allow you to bring in food or drink (from what I could see).
When to Visit – There was no line to get in (FREE ENTRY), but there is a line to go into the Silos Baking Co. near the front. I’m sure weekdays are less hectic and I recommend a Spring or Fall visit. A mid-summer Texas getaway is going to be hot and sweaty at the Silos. *Magnolia Market at the Silos is only open Mon-Sat. so don’t show up on a Sunday when everything is closed.
Is it Family Friendly? Yes! You can load up that XL SUV with your entire family – babies, aunts, grandparents, everyone. There is large grass area with kids playing soccer, games and food trucks lining the grounds serving everything from BBQ, gourmet grilled cheese to fresh juices. There were lines for each food truck and a big line for the Magnolia Bakery so don’t come starving.
Ready to Shop? The Magnolia’s Market was packed! There wasn’t a wait outside, but the lines to purchase were at least a 15-20 minute wait. Don’t plan to be in and out in 15 minutes on a Saturday (aka similar shopping experience to Ikea).
Inside the Market...’Ahh, let’s get out of here,’ my husband said pushing his way along the walls lined with farmhouse chic items and shoppers. If shopping for home decor gets your adrenaline pumping, take a deep breath before entering Magnolia Market.
Of course Wilhelmina, my shopping buzz-kill, was trying to grab every faux flower in sight.
No Chip or Joanna sightings, but her magazine – Magnolia Journal – was there surrounded by fun faux tulips in mason jars. (Price – $4 per tulip)
The Main Attraction – The Magnolia Market seems to be the hot spot with lines wrapped throughout the store to purchase items. The customer service was top notch. Staff was there to welcome you smiling, help you find products and even snapped our photo.
Travel Tip for Out-of-Towners – If you live out of state, I wouldn’t recommend making Magnolia Market at the Silos the only stop on your trip. It was a great experience, especially if you’re a Fixer Upper super fan, but I’m guessing you will spend a few hours snapping pics, shopping, eating and soaking in your fave Chip & Joanna moments to feel totally satisfied. *Waco is in the middle of Austin and Dallas (approx. 2 hours to each) so I’d plan a Texas road trip for a long 4-day weekend starting in Dallas, doing Waco and Magnolia at the Silos for a day, then checking out Austin and San Antonio if you have time.
Pictures – There are plenty locations for photo opps, so don’t walk into the Silos courtyard with your phone’s battery at 9 percent. There aren’t pushy tourist style photographers begging to snap your photo for $15+ a print, so you’ll need to capture your own. The silo background was one of my faves I posted on Instagram.
What to Wear at the Silos – It’s definitely casual so don’t feel the need to over-dress. Most people were in jeans, casual tops, boots, sneakers or sandals. I stuck to a zara top, and nude skinny jeans, baby blue nails and Wilhelmina’s bonnet is from The Alamo giftshop in San Antonio and her cowboy boots are from Target.
Are you a Fixer Upper fan? Have you been to Magnolia Market yet, or do you plan to go soon? Thanks for reading!