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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Want to read more about Texas day trips? Check out my Texas bluebonnets post!