If you’re like any other HGTV or design aficionado, your ears are going to perk up as you read the names Fixer Upper or Chip & Joanna Gaines.
Their HGTV spotlight takes place in the heart of Waco, Texas as they showcase breathtaking home makeovers and classic decor pieces designed by Joanna Gaines.
And as a huge Fixer Upper fan, I was ecstatic to learn that while visiting a friend in Texas, Waco was only a 2 hour drive away. However, my trip was slightly disappointing.
So if you’re planning on visiting Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas… read below!
1. It’s more than “just busy.”
I went on a Saturday around 2PM. It was literally jam packed and there were 30-45 minute lines for everything, including the restrooms, store checkout lines, and the famous Silos Bakery.
My advice: Choose a less popular day and time by visiting early and during a week day because weekends will be packed!
2. Check the weather before you go.
Though I got lucky and it wasn’t exactly down pouring on my visit, it was still raining. And so, I didn’t realize just how much of Magnolia encompassed outdoor facilities.
- All food options were through food trucks only. These food trucks were parked outside with no canopy.
- All seating options are outdoors! These included white-washed farm tables with a small striped patterned hut covering the table (not large enough for the rain to not hit the seats). However, the other nest of tables had a large wooden canopy above.
- The Silos bakery does not have indoor seating and the lines were so large that they wrapped around the block. So, we had to stand out in the rain. The photo below is a zoom in from my iPhone so it’s not very clear but you get the idea:
My advice: Go on a sunny day that’s not too hot!
3. The prices were set by a CRAZY person.
Before going in, I had read several reviews that stated the prices for the Magnolia market were absurdly expensive. I thought to myself, how bad could it be? It was bad. A kitchen apron was 58$. A blanket/throw made in India was 109$. A faux plastic green leaved wreath was 98$. One Jute tote bag was 54$.
Sorry Joanna, but I’m pretty upset with you. Your show embodies everyday people buying affordable homes. The prices in the store however symbolized the exact opposite! To be honest, the prices were more expensive than Pottery Barn and at least Pottery Barn hosts sales and gives coupons!
My advice: Save your money! 80% of the items can be purchased elsewhere for 50% or less, including Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods, even Pottery Barn!
For me, I purchased a couple of small items and a Magnolia sweatshirt and t-shirt (48$ and 26$).
I knew I couldn’t get these items anywhere else.
I also wanted something to remember my trip by and get a usable item that would last years. So, it was a win-win decision.
- There are many outdoor activities with an open green field for pets and families. It’s a perfect place for a picnic or a quick stroll with your furry friend. I saw many children playing outdoors with large wooden Jenga and other field games.
- The store sells high-quality items! And, most of the items can be found on the website or shipped to you at no-cost.
- The bakery is delicious!
Would I go again?
Probably not. If I happen to be in the area or passing through, maybe. It was a one-time cross off my bucket list kind of thing. It was still a fun trip, but the cons outweighed the pros for me.
- Definitely go if you’re in the area! It’s a beautiful place to visit.
- Keep in mind: most of Waco looks very dead and I felt was misrepresented by the show.
- As far as other things to do in the area, I’m not too sure. There were home tours of the renovated houses done by Magnolia, so that might be something fun!
- Do your research before you go to see what else you can do in the area.