As a lover of everything country, i couldn't help but fall head over heels for all that is JuNK GYpSy!!!! If you aren't familiar with Junk Gypsy, sisters Amie and Jolie Sikes along with their parents Janie and Phillip, have followed their family roots into the junking business, taking trash and turning it into incredible treasures.. from barn door headboards to turning bass drums into bedside tables, the Gypsies have an incredible knack for seeing beauty in the rubble and creating incredibly unique designs from reclaimed pieces.
With what they called “a little bit of faith and a whole lotta heart and soul”, they traveled like gypsies collecting roadside treasures and becoming the queens of everything shabby-chic... and now they are THE JUNK GYPSIES, “Purveyors of the World's Finest JuNK”.. Starting of by touring Texas flea markets in 1998, the company began working on their junk designs, before branching out into other merchandise.
In 2005, Junk Gypsy created Miranda Lambert's legendary GUNS n' Wings logo and designed the MAMA TRIED, Merle Haggard tribute tank that appeared in her Kerosene video. The brand's popularity took off leading to the design and “junkification” of Miranda's tour bus, the Austin City Limits fest backstage lounge, designing an airstream for Dierks Bentley and put together the epitome of cool-country weddings, for Miranda Lambert and Black Shelton's wedding reception.
In 2012, Amie and Jolie celebrated the kick off of their own HGTV home makeover tv show with a rustic, junkified twist, on which the pair shows off their creative and thrifty skills, in a series of room redecorating projects. (You can check out episodes on iTunes)
This year the pair premiered a new HGTV show, Garage Sale Wars, pitting neighbors against each other and giving families 24 hours to refurbish their items, prep and price their “sales on steroids” underneath front yard circus tents. 2013 also marked another big milestone for the Gypsies, who opened up a store the JG worldquarters in Round Top, Texas, welcoming the public to take in all the junky madness and have a place to purchase all their merchandise.
Having been obsessed with everything from their drinkware to their tshirts, handmade cowboy boots and unique jewelry, I was thrilled when I had the chance to make the trek out to Round Top (population 90) to visit the JG HQ in person. I was secretly excited to see Jolie and dad Phillip milling around the shop and recognized a couple of the salesgirls from their gigs as models for all the merchandise available on the Junk Gypsy website (www.gypsyville.com) ..
I made off with some great jewelry pieces for my collection and stocked up on their “biggo”mugs and handled mason jars printed with cute southern sayings like “Bless Your Heart”.. If I could fit a longhorn skull in my luggage, I could have spent hours spening all my money.. If you ever get the chance to make a stop in Round Top, visiting the Junk Gypsies is worth the trek..