Laurie & Emily's Great Adventure: Magnolia Market & Round Top

The third day in my mom's and my road trip was by far both of our favorite day.  This was the day we went to Magnolia Market.

We started off the day with a quick work out.  The plan was to get to Magnolia right when they opened, which is what I would suggest to anyone planning a trip there.  One of the front desk people at the hotel told us about parking in the Dr. Pepper museum parking lot, which also is a public parking lot, which we did.  It was nice to be in a lot that was centrally located and close to the silos.  There is a lot of parking available on the streets, as well as other parking lots around downtown.  That was one thing we didn't realize as we were heading to the silos - it's pretty much in the middle of downtown Waco.  We thought it would be on the outskirts of town, kind of away from things, but it's not at all!  

When we got there, we decided to walk around while it was relatively empty before going into the store.  It was perfect for snapping pictures since it was relatively empty.  Everything was just so well done and there were so many cute spots for photos.  My mom is a big gardener, so we headed that way and checked it out.  While we were there we went in the seed supply store.  Another thing we noticed and appreciated about the silos was how extremely nice the staff was.  Two examples - one of the girls in the seed and supply store remembered us when we walked in the second time.  I just feel like that doesn't always happen, especially when you consider the amount of people they must see in a day.  The second example, was when we were eating outside the bakery.  A worker was on his break, eating his lunch and noticed that a couple was trying to take a picture with the sign in the background.  He got up, offered to take the picture and told them where to stand for the best picture.  All while on his break.

The store was a bit crazy - there were a ton of people there!  It was hard to see everything, so we walked around twice before making our first purchases.  We actually ended up in the store 3 or 4 times that day - a lot!  And I think we noticed new things every time!  One thing we were again impressed with was that fact that they were constantly restocking items.  I was a little bummed because a few things I had seen online I didn't see in stores, but that was probably for the best since I made quite a few purchases anyways.  My mom and I decided it was time for a cupcake, so we got in line at the bakery.  Another thing we thought was really well run.  Since there was a long line, a worker came out with cards and pencils - you could mark down what you wanted, that way when you got in to order, you just gave your card to the cashier.  It helped things going super smoothly in my opinion.  A worker was at the door, letting people in as there was more room.  It wasn't too crowded outside and we were able to snag a table to eat.  We got the Silobration cupcake and the pumpkin cupcake - both were delicious!  We moved from the bakery seating to the covered picnic tables to sit and relax a bit.  The weather was nice and they had fans, too, which provided a nice breeze.  

We headed to the car to drop off our purchases and then walked over to Spice Village, which is a shop that has a ton of different booths.  We didn't end up buying anything there, but it was fun walking around and seeing all what they had to offer.  If I remember correctly, Joanna had a booth there at one time.  Next, we walked back towards the silos and then did The Findery.  Another super cute store!  Their warehouse was open as well - they had such awesome furniture pieces, it made me wish that I was in need of something!  

Our plan was to eat lunch at the silos from one of the food trucks and my mom really wanted to do the grilled cheese truck, Cheddar Box.  It did not disappoint - we both got The Boss which was bacon, gouda and basil on sourdough - yum!  There are a ton of picnic tables all over the place, so we grabbed one to sit at, ate and relaxed a bit, watching the kids play in the green area and taking it all in.  And we made multiple trips back into the store.  I honestly suggest going back in after you have made your purchases, when you aren't planning on buying anything so that you can actually just spend time looking and checking things out.

At this point, we honestly considered staying in Waco another night.  If we could have gotten out of our other hotel stay, we probably would have.  While we were at the market, they were adding lights all over the place and I was kicking myself for not thinking to come check things out at night to see it all lit up.  If we had stayed, we would have probably gone back in the morning for a coffee before heading on home.  We loved it that much and it's really one of those places that is so well done and really you can go and stay for awhile.  

However, we should have decided this the day before, but since we didn't we powered on through to where we were staying for Round Top.  The drive there was again not our favorite - so much construction, and some majorly fast speed limits.

We headed to Round Top the next morning, which was about an hour from our hotel.  As we got the hotel the night before, we realized that Round Top is not just one big flea market, it's three towns of flea markets with a bunch of little shops set up along the path.  I think for us, we would have rather had it be just one big place.  Things were a bit pricy, but there were some really nice pieces.  It was fun, too, because we saw a lot of things that my mom and grandma have and it was interesting to see how much they were selling for, compared to how much my mom remembered spending.  Overall, we were glad we went, because now we know, but it's not something we will ever go back to.  We are a bit more partial to our local flea markets.  

Now for the pictures - I took a ton, but I really cannot tell you enough just how well done the silos were.  We loved everything!

































  
   

15 comments

  1. Your right, day 3 was definitely super fun! I dont think I realized how expansive the market was and how much home decor they had to purchase!! So glad you and your mom had a great time! xo,Biana-BlovedBoston

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  2. This looks so fun!! I have always wanted to go and visit!

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  3. So cool to see they still have some Matilda Jane stocked there! :)

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  4. I'm so glad that y'all enjoyed your time at the Silos and that y'all went back for lunch at Cheddar Box! It was so good when I ate there! I love that y'all also made multiple trips back inside the store. It really is so true that you can miss things the first time around!

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  5. Such a FUN day! And getting there early sounds like a great idea <3
    Green Fashionista

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  6. I am so happy to see hear about your day at Magnolia! It is on my bucket list for sure! The Boss grilled cheese sounds delightful!! You and your mom will treasure this trip forever!

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  7. Everything looks so nice and just as I have imagined it! Love that you got a yummy grilled cheese--I would have ordered that, too!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  8. It's almost like you took us right along with you on your trip! I loved reading all the details and all of your tips. Such great advice for anyone going. Looks like you could easily spend a day or two there enjoying all the beautiful things.

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  9. Looks like such a cute place to explore and perfect for some quality time with your Mom!! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  10. So much fun! I love that you guys took your time there (sort of - too bad you couldn't stay longer like you wanted) - we went so quickly and I can't wait to go back during our next trip to Dallas.

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  11. I'm not really a huge Chip and Joanna fan, but it looks like they have a pretty sweet set up! It's so cute!

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  12. This is seriously the cutest place! You're making me want to visit! And that grilled cheese you had sounds so good. I love trying fancy grilled cheeses!

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  13. Isn't it thrilling when you first round the corner and see those silos?!?! So glad you were able to make the trip!! We didn't get to try the cupcakes, so I'm super jealous!

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  14. This would be so much fun-- I love how there is so much to do/see, though I can definitely see how overwhelming it could be!

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  15. What a fun trip! Round Top is definitely a bit overwhelming...the only way I'll go is if there are specific things I'm on the hunt for and if I'm traveling with one of my more seasoned friends who know what they are doing!! So hope someday you guys come back and let me know so I can meet you in Waco. :)

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