Road Trip to Waco, Texas

If you watch HGTV, you have probably heard about the show Fixer Upper. The two stars (Chip and Joanna Gaines) live near Waco, Texas and basically work magic on old, dilapidated houses in their area. They own a real estate company, a renovation company, and a retail shop – and Joanna blogs too! They seem very laid back and down to earth on their show, and that makes them very likeable and popular.

I got my sister hooked on the show. I love the way they do the houses – it’s not always my style, but it is always perfect for that specific house and/or family. So, Whitney (my sister) suggested that we take a little road trip to Waco, Texas for my birthday this past weekend. We live in Fort Worth, so it’s about 1.5 hours south of us. Just about perfect for a day trip! I decided that we were going to “stalk” Chip and Jo Jo and they were going to just love me. (Didn’t happen. I mean, we didn’t find them. I’m sure they would love me if they met me.)

Magnolia Market | Waco, TX | Queen of Everything

The first place we went was (obviously) Magnolia Market. I’m pretty sure the rest of Texas had the same idea. Apparently the show is bringing tons and tons of visitors to Waco – which is good for Waco, but bad for me because the antique stores have raised their prices quite a bit since I was there last summer! Magnolia Market is Joanna’s shop. She sells a lot of the things they use on the show to decorate the houses with. The store was beautiful, just like I figured it would be. Crowded and beautiful! I took lots and lots of pictures for you. 

Sweet Stuffed Goat | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Hanging shelf | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Magnolias | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Metal Stool and Chandelier | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Shelves Vases Mugs | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Window Displays | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Window Light Fixtures | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Window Vignette | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Wire Basket and Sconces | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Wire Light Fixture | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

If you have ever watched the show, you know that Joanna likes to use wooden and metal letters to decorate most of the houses. She’s always talking about her secret stash of letters – well, her secret stash must not be at her shop because the letter “yard” was pretty empty. I would be willing to bet that it used to stay pretty full before the show took off! It is out behind the store. 

Doors to Letter Yard | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Letter Yard | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Letter Yard 2 | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

Arched Windows | Magnolia Market | Queen of Everything

After browsing Magnolia Market (I’m kicking myself for not buying that sweet little stuffed goat head and a couple of those chartreuse bud vases), we drove around and saw a few of the houses that were featured on Fixer Upper, including their furniture guy’s (Harp Design Co) house that is right next to his shop!

Cabinet Doors | ReStore | Queen of Everything

After that, we headed towards the next shop, but were sidetracked by a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Of course, we had to turn around and see what they had! We left with some cabinet doors with cute little handles. I think we have big plans for those, but that is for another post! 

After sweating our way through ReStore (it was hot, y’all. H.O.T.) we continued on to Spice Village, which I knew had air conditioning! Spice Village is made up of individual booths, and we probably spent a good 2 hours in there. 

Your Castle | Spice Village | Queen of Everything

Your Castle

Gin Tonic | Queen of Everything

Gipsy Bridge | Spice Village | Queen of Everything

Gipsy Bridge

Hollyhock Boutique Monograms | Spice Village | Queen of Everything

Hollyhock Boutique

Tags | Spice Village | Queen of Everything

The Round Top Collection | Spice Village | Queen of Everything

Thirty Five Designs | Spice Village | Queen of Everything

Thirty Five Designs

Sisters | Spice Village | Queen of Everything

Funny story about this picture. I handed this sign to Whitney and just told her to “hold this up so I can take a picture of it” – she didn’t read it before I took the picture. I just love it. 

Health Camp | Waco | Queen of Slacking

From Spice Village, we decided to eat some lunch – so we went to Health Camp. Apparently, it is THE place to go in Waco. The shake lived up to the hype, but I could only eat about half of it!

After lunch, we rolled out of Health Camp and drove to the La Salle Shoppes, an antique shop. I bought a couple of things there (upcoming post!) and we had a lively discussion about chalk paint with the employees. 

  Dark Teal Dresser | Junque in the Trunk Waco | Queen of Everything

Then we went down the street to Junque in the Trunk – lots of painted furniture and knick knacks. I fell in love with this teal and gold dresser, but it was already sold. Not to mention that I don’t NEED another dresser…

After that, we may or may not have gotten a little bit lost trying to find a Sonic (it was HAPPY HOUR, give me a break!) but we ended up finding the best little shop in Waco because of it. Junque Queens. Seriously. The owner let us in even though she was closed for the day – how sweet was that? She had excellent prices and tons of stuff to look at. I’m so glad that she let us sneak in for a few minutes – Whitney found several things to buy and we will definitely be going back. Such a cute little shop AND we had a blast talking to Lacy about painting furniture/price difference in DFW vs Waco. If you are ever passing through Waco, you must check out her store. Take a trailer with you, because she has good stuff. She keeps the Junque Queens Facebook page updated – I’m watching it! She’s worth the drive. 

Once we left Junque Queens, we drove through Cameron Park. I was so impressed with it! It is a HUGE park and you definitely don’t feel like you’re in Waco (I say that with love). There is a river, a zoo, hiking and biking trails, multiple playgrounds, multiple overlooks, beautiful houses, lots of trees – you could easily spend a full day there. We are planning on taking the kids back in the fall once it gets cooler. If you’ve ever been to Zilker Park in Austin, it reminded me a lot of that.

We had a great time in Waco! Texans always kind of joke that Waco is a “great place to stop and pee” because I-35 runs right through it – but I was really happy with our day there. We will definitely be going back… and next time I’m gonna find Chip and Jo Jo. 

Muleshoe Bend - Spicewood, TX

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52 thoughts on “Road Trip to Waco, Texas

  1. Joanna

    OMG!! I’m from Puerto Rico but moved to Ft Worth 4 months ago. I am obsessed with Fixer Upper and dying to visit Waco!! Thanks to your awesome blog I know where to go now. You gotta new fan here!!

    1. Heather Post author

      You should go to Waco! It’s only 1.5 hours from Fort Worth (if that) and there are so many cute shops and restaurants there. Definitely a good day trip to take πŸ™‚

  2. Dayna Pickett

    Wouldn’t you know it that I learn of all these fabulous places after my eldest daughter graduated from Baylor! Thank you so much for being so kind to post pictures of Magnolia Market since I have to wait for the weather to warm up a little prior to having my husband drive me (Multiple Sclerosis sufferer). Thank you again!

    1. Heather Post author

      Dayna, you will love it! Magnolia was crowded, of course – it’s small and very popular – but the other places I listed were not busy at all, so you should be able to shop at your own pace at those! Enjoy when you do go!

      1. Dayna Pickett

        Thank you so much. I can hardly wait to go and want to visit Junque Queens as well. Again, thank you for being so thoughtful and posting such lovely pictures. I know I certainly appreciate it.


      2. Alice

        I was in Dallas for destination wedding this week. Road trip to Austin and stopped in Waco to see the store…love their show. But I was so disappointed in Magnolia store. Tiny tiny store!! Hardly any inventory. Really nothing to see… items expensive. πŸ™

        1. Heather Post author

          Alice, you’re right – it is definitely not cheap in there! I still enjoyed seeing it and can’t wait to see when they open the new silos this fall – I have a feeling there will be much more space πŸ™‚

        2. Sandy Brennan

          I agree with you Alice. My husband and I stopped there a couple of weeks ago. Love the show, love the hosts, but the store was a huge disappointment. My husband knew that I would want a souvenir and offered to buy me a, I think, $24.00 small candle with Joanna Gaines name on it, but I thought, like almost everything in the store, that it was overpriced. We had been driving for several hours and nature was calling, not even a porta potty, really? Honestly, not good business or even hospitality for people who want to support your show. This forced us to leave. I still think that they are wonderful people and wish the best for them, but they really need to rethink their store:(

          1. Jill Turner

            I own The Junky Monkey in Waco. Joanna has had the store before her show. They are working in their new store which is quite large and I am sure very fabulous! I hope you enjoyed your trip to Waco! We have tons of wonderful Junk/vintage shops! Next time visit us at The Junky Monkey!

  3. Donna Miller

    Hi Heather, My husband and I will be traveling to Ft. Hood in June to see our son off to Korea. We will be driving his truck back to N.C. and I have already told my husband that we have to spend some time in Waco on our way back. (we spent the day at the stock yard in Ft. Worth last time) I was searching just now for some places to go and see related to my favorite show, Fixer Upper and ran across your blog. Perfect timing! Thank you so much for the info and I hope Magnolia Farms has t-shirts for sale!!

    1. Heather Post author

      Thank you Donna! You might also check out Salado, just a little south of Waco – depending on how much time you have! Have a great time! (I saw on the Fixer Uppers Facebook page that they have new shirts with #shiplap on them – I want one!)

  4. Elizabeth

    Heather….went to Junque Queens yesterday and guess which beautiful teal and gold dresser is there – 99% positive that it’s the same one from Junque in the Trunk. And it is a knockout for sure!!!

  5. Dorothy McIntosh-Sims

    I absolutely love all of ur posts.Unfortunately I’m not too pleased w/Magnolia Market ,I absolutely love their items but I placed a order w/them Feb.11’15 & all items were in stock at the time of my order.Money was taken out of my acct. the day order placed.. (not actually debited ) I’m still waiting for a order that is sitting there w/no update.Best bet will be to go to the store because Yelp reviews for on line ordering is not good. I plan on checking out the businesses u visited. Sadly I will not be ordering from Magnolia Market again…sometimes things u love is not good for u.. Thanks..Peace ^ Love.

    1. Dayna Pickett

      The exact same thing happened to me. When I placed an order it showed that the item I had selected was in stock. After ten days had passed, I checked to see if it had been shipped and it still showed it had not. Wrote an email to them and was told it was on backorder and informed them at the time it was ordered the website showed it was available. I have found some places around Houston that have the same items and for less money. In addition, no shipping fees.

      1. Dorothy McIntosh-Sims

        Well Dayna….we’re now officially into Spring 3-21st & I’m still waiting for the completion of my order from 2-11th. Brandon (customer serv. young man) finally returned my call.I asked him if I could please have shipped to me the cotton stems that was in stock (has been since I placed this order) & he said he would notify the warehouse (their policy states…they ship partial orders when a item is not in stock) & I received my cotton stems (4) days later.He emailed me a 15% off Delay coupon but it’s not worth the agrivation. They shouldn’t take money when they know your items isn’t going to be shipped for months (also without a notification of a delay) Reguesting my money back….like my daughter said would probably take just as long….Peace & Love

    2. Dayna Pickett

      Since I am finding so many of the items in the Magnolia Market here in Houston, TX and cheaper than the Magnolia Market, should you need anything just let me know and I will provide you with the stores name etc. and if they won’t ship I would be happy to pick up and send it to you. Just let me know if I can help in anyway and I am so sorry this happened to you as well.


      Dayna PIckett

      1. Dorothy McIntosh-Sims

        Dayna…I was always told when your heart is full of gratitude & you’re lost for words just say “THANK YOU”.You have a beautiful, helpful human spirit that I’m sure the Universe embraces…once again “THANK YOU”.. I did explore Harp Design website & ordered something (I love Clint & Kelly story) inspirational. They ship thru UPS (whom I love ) I’m searching for the crates w/blackboard & all the sites I have searched only sell them in a set of 4 ( which is too many) I live in Ohio ,so if u do come across a shop in Houston that ships ,please drop me a…FYI..Peace & Love

      2. Heather Post author

        A reader emailed me asking for the names of the shops in Houston that have items similar to the Magnolia Market. Can you help her out? Thanks!

        1. leslie

          I am really late on this post but what are the names of the shops in houston that are similar to magnolia market and cheaper?

      3. Amanda

        Can you help me out with the names of business with products similar to magnolia in houston ? PLease thanks

  6. Amanda Danae

    We are planning a trip from Dallas to Waco next weekend, and I’ve completely planned out my trip, thanks to you! Any suggestions on where to leave my husband?

    1. Heather Post author

      Ha! I left mine at home, but I’m guessing that’s not an option for you πŸ™‚ I’m not sure if the new Baylor stadium does tours, but that would be good. There’s also the Texas Rangers museum (not baseball) and there is a sports museum too!

  7. jill turner

    Visit The Junky Monkey at 1715 La Salle! Great Junk and other vintage finds at great prices!

  8. Dayna Pickett

    A must see when you go to Waco is to visit the Baylor campus. It is truly beautiful and you get to see the Bears (four legged ones) and read about the history of the mascots names. it is really interesting and great for children of all ages, including husbands. When my eldest, Whitney, graduated from BU our youngest, Kylie (named after KYLE field), was five and absolutely loved seeing the bears. Hopefully, with the weather warming up a bit we can go to Waco and see all the wonderful shops Heather has been so kind to tell us about. Although I am a diabetic and Multiple Sclerosis sufferer (genetic lotto winner in our family), I plan on having that milkshake. Thank you again for postings as it means the world to me.


    Dayna PIckett

    1. Heather Post author

      Baylor IS a beautiful campus. I toured it when I was a senior in high school, because for some reason I was dead-set on going to college there. After the tour, I realized it was not the school for me, but the campus was gorgeous.

  9. Pat Clepper

    Is the Magnolia Store downtown? I plan to go from Fort Worth and need directions. Thanks. Pat

    1. Heather Post author

      Pat, it’s not downtown – but it’s easy to get to. Here’s the address and hours!
      Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, closed Sunday
      3801 Bosque Blvd
      Waco, Tx 76710

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  11. Teresa Purvis

    Love your Blog, I am from Waco and just love the city. I own and operate an antique store called Cinderesa’s Stor”e”. A name given to me by my granddaughter, who cleverly combined my name Teresa with Cinderella and came up with Cinderesa. I’d love to have you visit my store if you are ever in Waco again. I love all the stores you mentioned and the people who own/work there are super nice.

    1. Heather Post author

      Hi Teresa! I will actually be driving to Austin from Ft. Worth on Friday, May 15 – and I was hoping to get a little bit of Waco shopping in on the way! I will definitely come find your shop πŸ™‚ I just liked your page on Facebook!

  12. Christine Waddell

    You should have driven out to see their farm! It is beautiful out there! It is straight out Hwy 6. It is quite a ways out there. It is almost to Valley Mills on the left. If you pass the Spa at Canyon Oaks then you have gone too far. I believe the Magnolia Market will be moving downtown late this summer. You should check out our downtown food trucks too. Waco’s finest sandwich is The Schmalz and is located on Valleys Mills Dr. There is also a location downtown but it is not open on the weekends.

  13. M

    Thanks for the shout out for Waco! I love where I live and get frustrated with all of the nay-Sayers! Chip and Jo go to our church and are the real deal! Great folks!

    1. Heather Post author

      That makes me happy to hear! Joanna was SO nice (I met her a few weeks ago at Clint’s shop!!!), just like I was hoping she would be. So was Clint – he was awesome.

  14. Ashleigh

    I just arrived in Waco with my fiancΓ©! I’m a huge fan of the show and would love to drive by some of the houses they redid. Any tips on approximate locations would be great! This post helped me plan our trip! Thanks!

    1. Heather Post author

      I’m so sorry, I just got the notification that there was a comment! The only houses that I’ve been able to find are the one right next to Clint’s shop (his shop is at 808 N 15th St., his house that they did is right next door) and the one at 2001 Gorman Ave. πŸ™‚

  15. ANNA

    Hello! Do you happen to know how far the silos are from the shop at Bosque? Planning to drive in a day or two. :). Thanks!

    1. Heather Post author

      They aren’t far apart, Waco is pretty small πŸ™‚ The silos (I believe) are closer to downtown – I would think less than 10 minutes apart? Have fun!!

  16. Lesley

    Hi, I been wanting to take a trip to see the Magnolia Market and would love to see their farm house too… Do you happen to know the address of their farmhouse? Thank you

  17. Tracey

    Hi Heather Thanks so much for all the info…I too really enjoy Fixer Upper! We are from NJ and plan to visit in June. We are wondering how the weather is then. If you have any more tidbits to share would we would appreciate it!

  18. Summer

    We moved from Waco last year! Lacy at Junque Queens is a dear friend and I used to sell with her. So glad you found her and all my fave places! Such a great town! πŸ™‚

  19. Elizabeth

    Headed to Waco Thurs. Can u walk to any of the stores u mentioned from Magnolia Market?

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