Long before her HGTV career launched, there was...

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
July 25, 2018
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While it's hard to imagine Joanna Gaines not fixer uppin' houses, the HGTV star certainly had a unique history before waving her wand of shiplap perfection. In fact, as PopSugar reveals in a piece entitled "16 Things You Didn't Know About Fixer Upper's Chp and Joanna Gaines," Jo actually entered the workforce logging hours at an all-you-can-eat buffet. "I still have an appreciation for buffet lines," Gaines told PopSugar, noting that as of late, her children are the only ones she can successfully sway to indulge in an all-you-can-eat feast with her.

We're guessing the skills she learned on the job of juggling multiple tasks at once, problem solving on the fly, and being ever-friendly to patrons have served her quite well as her career evolves.

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Currently, the Queen of Waco is keeping busy with newborn Crew and her four other children, overseeing the Gaineses' new restaurant Magnolia Table in Waco, and working on her first design book.