My First Trip To Magnolia Market Was A Blast
Okay friends I admit it, I am completely obsessed and starry eyed with designer Joanna Gaines AND the whole concept of the Fixer Upper TV show, and the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. We happily decided to duck out of work a little early on a beautiful sunny afternoon and experience this place! Please allow about 2+ hours to do it right. There is so much to see and do. Wow, such a fun, refreshing adventure we had and totally worth the drive.
I was thrilled my husband accompanied me to Waco and visit the “Gaines Compound” better known as Magnolia Market. Seriously folks this is a destination you do NOT want to miss, even if you ever so slightly have an interest in decorating and or shopping. Realistically, what woman (or man) do you know that wouldn't want to partake in an adventure like this?
Along the drive down I-35 I suggested we stop in West, TX and grab a few world famous kolaches. I thought it might work as another little bribe technique I had up my sleeve hehe. Hey foodies, FYI there are approximately 8-10 unique food trucks to grab a bite on the Magnolia grounds and snag a picnic table and possibly make a new friend. I indulged in a fresh crepe that was delish and I think Gary had some sort of gourmet macaroni and cheese dish that he said was to die for!
Tip #1 shop first then you can use your receipt for an extra 10% off Monday-Thursday.
Waco is just 85 miles away from our home in Arlington, Texas. So the trip was just a little over an hour away. Now, I am wondering what took me so darn long to get there? Maybe the rumors of vast crowds on weekends where it takes about 1-2 hours just to enter a retail store, crazy right? WRONG…. this was like the Disney World of fun for me but, a lot cheaper and closer to home.
I was happy my husband Gary came along for the ride, such a good sport. After all, I did need someone to take photos for me and drive while I was on my smart phone getting all the inside scoop. We wanted to make the most of our afternoon. Yes, I am the planner organizer of the family and I never want to miss a thing and trust me we saw EVERYTHING. We went on a Wednesday afternoon, no crowds and best of all no waiting in lines to enter.
Another useful tip, clean bathrooms outside behind the market have way less lines and yes even that ever so popular, beautiful white subway tile she uses!
Gary has never, ever enjoyed shopping with me because he tells me it takes way too long and I have to touch everything, sad but true, yikes! But, I must say he was very interested in seeing what all the wild hoop-la was about. Plus it was super easy to find, only 2 turns off the interstate. Thank goodness no direction problems, we wouldn't want to get off on the wrong foot!
The first thing I noticed upon arriving was the parking situation. There was a guy charging $10 to park in his lot as we approached the Magnolia Market but we passed him by. Cha-ching $$ we scored a spot behind the building which was probably rare, guess just good timing, so be prepared and good luck.
I had Gary take lots of photos, which I thought I would share some with you in this post. By the way, everyone is snapping pics and taking selfies to post on FB to make their friends envy and there is a sign that actually encourages picture taking. Note to self, great marketing plan you two smart Baylor Bear graduates.
As time goes on, I will write more posts, tips, info, etc about my experiences there. So later I will have a little more inside scoop to share like the hottest selling products, Joanna's favorite jewelry and even that terrific smelling candle she brought to life. I have a method to my madness friends, got to lure you back, right?
I can now say that I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and all of the staff were more than accommodating. We talked to the precious Baylor student who was the door greeter handing out these big, sturdy canvas shopping bags. She also gave us a wealth of information, even pointing out Joanna's mother who works there. Awww so sweet her Mom was there and indeed it seems to really be a family affair, so refreshing. Actually the service from the entire staff at Magnolia Market was fantastic.
Of course, I had to have one of those wildly popular Magnolia T-shirts, I tired to get the hubby to indulge in a manly #DEMODAY shirt but to no avail, oh well his loss. Boohoo…. I was hoping we could be twinkies. There is no dressing room (prob to speed it up) so I was trying them on over my clothes as a lady was helping and giving her opinion and pointing to an old silver antique mirror that was pretty clouded. I decided on the cutest,softest baseball style shirt that had three quarter length sleeves for about $28, not bad for the quality. They ran just a little large hmmm… maybe I have dropped a few lbs, wishful thinking!
I pulled out the ole trusty charge card and purchased other gift items including one Christmas gift, yes I am THAT person ha. I will detail more in an upcoming blog, ohhhh how I love to shop!
I was a little sad that I did not see Chip or Joanna, but I was told crazy Chip pops in pretty often to crack a joke and keep the staff smiling. I think it is rare to see Joanna because of her rock star status, crowd control would probably be a must. They do have a security guard on duty, which I thought was a little strange, since they do not serve alcohol. But, it truly is a family friendly, feel good kind of place for all to enjoy the good clean living we all dream about.
They have a large green (astro turf) lawn with many fun games such as corn hole, balls, hula hoops etc and these big black and white stripe, comfy bean bag chairs to sit a spell. It had rained the day before so the big swings were roped off due to a little mud but, that did not stop me from posing for a quick pic. I can also see in the near future there will probably be plans for afternoon entertainment on the big, covered wooden stage. Plenty of family fun activities and food for the kids and Dad while Mom shops, flat out genius idea!!
I do believe there is no stopping the train, lots and lots of fresh new plans and ideas coming Magnolia way, thanks to creative Chip and Joanna Gaines!! We are excited to say we will be returning to Waco when the new bakery, seed store and others open soon. We will report back on our opinions/reviews for you, our faithful readers and hopefully subscribers.
Small hometown Waco has other stops in case you have more time than we did. You can drive around and see The Gaines farmhouse from the highway, Magnolia B&B, Harp Designs, Baylor University, Dr. Pepper Museum, Texas Ranger Museum and some gorgeous historic neighborhoods. I do hope some day you will be able to visit and experience first hand this wonder place. Thank you and as always it has been my pleasure to share through my blog.
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