It seems that the entire planet has fallen for Chip and Jo of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.
Last year on the way home from Round Top antiques week I had stopped by the original teeny tiny Magnolia Market. What a difference a year makes! The new site is quite large and very impressive.
The #1 question I recieved on Facebook and Instagram was “Did you go inside the silo’s?”
The silos are currently not open. At this time they are just a really cool backdrop.
When planning our trip to Round Top I had asked my friend Meri if she wanted to make a detour to Waco. Her answer was a resounding “Yes!” as she is a huge fan. But know this:
2. Unless you are tremendously lucky, you will not see Chip and Joanna. You will however see some shiplap.
In planning the trip I had read that lines just to get into the store can sometimes rival Disneyland. As it was also spring break and antiques week in Round Top I assumed there would be large crowds. I was not wrong.
My best advice:
3. Try to arrive at the site right when it opens at 10 am.
Even still, the place was packed.
I tried to shoot several vignettes before the store completely filled up.
But eventually you will find that there are necks of random strangers in your images. So,
4. Have patience.
There is some merchandise that you could probably find for less at another home store.
5. If you decide to buy, buy local.
Such as these lovely hand poured candles.
The “Magnolia” coffee cups are also made by a local ceramist (potter) for the store.
6. Make sure to study the display’s.
This charming artwork was merely a piece of painted plywood with faux flowers attached with washi tape.
7. Don’t forget to look up.
I loved these old wire lamp shades covered in moss. Wouldn’t they be pretty hanging over a garden party table?
There is a sale area downstairs that is quite popular.
My friend Meri found several things to take home in her suitcase.
8. Step outside and tour the entire site.
There is a nice play area complete with lawn toys.
I myself loved the garden area the best.
All the food grown in the raised garden beds is given to aide World Hunger Relief.
As a fan of miniatures I loved the wee fairy gardens.
There is a chicken coop to the left of the garden shop that also had a few goats.
From the garden area you can see the staircase that leads to Chip and Joanna’s offices.
No, I didn’t climb them. :)
Over in the food truck area you can see just how massive the silos are. The small building to the right of the silos will be the site of the new bakery, Magnolia Flour, set to open in May.
9. By all means make sure you order something to eat. My lunch was delicious!
10. Some things never change. The line for the women’s bathroom was 20 deep.
While I waited I took note of some of the sweet touches in the area and cheered on the two women who snuck into the empty men’s room.
Monday –Thursday 10 m to 6pm, Friday-Saturday 9am to 6pm, Closed Sunday
I hope you enjoyed the tour and tips!
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