The Odd Jobs Chip Gaines Had Before Fixer Upper Fame

In an interview with Variety (via YouTube), Chip and Joanna Gaines discussed their shared roots in Waco and how they got their start there. «Waco is home for us. We both went to college here … I moved here my junior year in high school. Chip moved here during college — we didn’t know each other in college — but after we graduated we both found jobs here locally,» Joanna shared. 

The HGTV alum also revealed that despite the couple’s demonstrable success her husband actually tried to start 10 different businesses over the years. As Chip admitted, «Some people would say I was an entrepreneur, and that I had started all these amazing businesses, or, you could say that I had jobs.» Joanna was quick to clarify, though, that he was no slouch when it came to working. 

«The jobs were hard jobs. … Lawn care business, a wash and fold business, a landscape company … these are hardworking jobs,» she recalled. «Firecracker business,» Chip added. «Firecracker stand,» to which Joanna deadpanned: «You can see why I fell in love with the guy.» From the beginning, they loved Waco and wanted to help enrich their community. 

The couple once told People that they were «broke» when they first got married. Now, in addition to Magnolia Network, the Gaines have; Magnolia Market at the Silos, their own home and furniture lines, and have published numerous books, alongside fronting their new series, «Fixer Upper: The Castle.» 

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