Visiting "Fixer Upper" Territory

We were on our way back from San Antonio when I convinced the husband to stop in Waco so we could visit the Magnolia Market.

The Magnolia Market is the retail shop of HGTV's newest sensation, the Gaines family. Chip and Joanna Gaines (aka the cutest couple in the world) have made all of us Texans very proud with the success of their show "Fixer Upper," which is currently filming its second season. I pretty much speak for everyone else I know when I say, "We love that show!" We DVR every episode and get really excited to see what house they will tackle next.

I figured these two would be too busy to actually be in the shop when we visited (Have you seen how much stuff they have going on?), but we did get to meet their adorable children, who are also featured regularly on the show. As soon as we walked in, I saw them manning their little farmers market.

Here we have Ella Rose and Duke making faces for the camera while selling eggs, cucumbers, jalapenos and tomatoes from the Gaines family farm. Drake was sitting by the cash register, but I didn't see their youngest daughter (Emmie Kay). Lest you think I'm a major stalker, I found out their names in this Design Mom profile from a couple years ago, pre-HGTV fame. That link has photos of their home before the farmhouse that is featured on the show.

The husband studied the products very seriously.

I really wanted to buy a t-shirt, but they were sold out. The cute sales girl told me I could buy one online, but they are sold out there as well. Bring back the t-shirts, Joanna!

My big purchase? A dozen eggs from the Gaines family farm stand, of course. I really wanted one of the magnolia wreaths below but was feeling a little poor after the trips we've been taking lately. The eggs were better for the budget. :)

Obviously they have more stuff if you're lucky enough to visit in person, but these are my favorites from their online store:

Magnolia Market

]I was trying to figure out what I like so much about the show, and I think I've narrowed it down to a few key aspects:

  1. Joanna and Chip are really cute to watch on screen and seem to enjoy working together. It's great to see a married couple treat each other so lovingly (and be so funny, too).
  2. I love that they do a full home makeover in each episode so I don't have to wait for the next one to see the finished product. Instant gratification keeps me coming back each week!
  3. They are from Texas, and the homes they work on look like some of the homes we have around Dallas. As opposed to say, the other HGTV shows who are based in Canada, NYC, Los Angeles, etc. It makes their projects much more relatable for us. 
So, do you watch Fixer Upper? Do you like it as much as we do? Why do you like it?

Let's keep supporting them as much as we can so HGTV puts more great shows like this on the air!
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