On a sunny spring day my sister and I ventured down to the Magnolia Market in Waco, TX from Dallas. Since Chip and Joanna Gains of HGTV’s Fixer Upper have renovated the ‘silos’ into Magnolia Market – a Waco destination – we had to go check it out.

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I had heard there could be a line that wrapped around the building and down the block just to get into the store, so we went on a Tuesday morning hoping to avoid the crowds. And we did. We were able to walk right in, but we weren’t alone, the store had plenty of shoppers enjoying all that the market had to offer. Before we made any purchases we decided to go back outside to look around and get something to eat.

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There are about 5 food trucks parked within the market perimeter so we picked one that offered up a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches and soups. Then we parked ourselves on one of the many white picnic benches to enjoy our lunch.

There’s a lot going on here at Magnolia Market. Chip and Jo have made this into a place where you can come with family and easily spend a few hours or knock out half a day. There’s a grassy lawn with plenty of balls and toys for big and little kids to have fun (while mom is shopping inside the market) and a garden area with a few sweet goats for the kids, too. We walked around the garden taking in all the things that made this place special like the fairy garden and the cool seating areas. It looked like they’re working on a little garden shop, but it wasn’t open yet.

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Okay, enough site seeing, it’s time to get back into the market for some serious shopping! Right off I noticed these big sturdy tote bags made out of heavy duty burlap and leather instead of shopping carts. Big points here since carts would have been a nightmare and the store is on 2 levels. The market is just what you would expect from Jo – industrial chic interior with a farmhouse vibe, great displays and eye candy everywhere you look. The best thing is there are actually a lot of things you want to buy and the prices are pretty reasonable. Since I was traveling and had limited space, I didn’t get anything big (or breakable) but I would have loved one of the big magnolia leaf wreathes which were really nice. And I don’t usually like fake flowers, but I have to say, all these looked really good. I did end up buying a little sage plant and a few white tulips that even feel real to the touch but not inexpensive.

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After we had filled our totes with purchases, it was time to say good-bye to Magnolia. We had a great time and successfully managed to spend about 3 hours there and it was time to head back to Dallas. This was definitely a fun day trip and one we’ll do again next time I’m back in Dallas.