archie’s greatest hits

June 21, 2012

she’s a rainbow chaser. a star gazer. a lover. a fighter. a daydream believer.

she’s amy allen (aka archie). she’s the voice you hear on the phone most of the time when you call junk gypsy. she’s our can’t-live-without-her, right-hand girl…but more than that, she’s a gift to our lives, our kids’ lives, and to junk gypsy. because we love her so much and wanted to do something oh-so-special for her, as a housewarming gift to her for her first-ever home, we were able to makeover her bedroom on one of our hgtv episodes.  

it all started about 7 years ago…in a bathroom, at a bar…when 2 girls collided. from that day forward, amy allen (who eventually became known as archie) joined our company and our family. the face of junk gypsy was forever changed.

never deny the power of fringe.

here’s what happened. amie & archie were at one of our fave little seedy bars, 3rd floor cantina in bryan, tx. the 2 strangers happened into the bathroom at the same time. archie (in true junk gypsy fashion) fell fast and hard for amie’s fringe purse and complimented her on it. friendly banter followed. and then, a few weeks later archie showed up at our warehouse for what became the first of many archie photoshoots…


{our first shoot with archie...back in the spring of 2006 ... thanks to sam franks of texas star digital}


{later that day...channeling edgar allan poe...and yes, i'm kneeled behind her holding the peacock feathers}

because she’s a free spirit, a misplaced hippie, a beautiful soul inside & out, inspiration for archie’s bedroom (which you’ll see the entire makeover this saturday night (6/23!!) was easy…from this…

{catching this}

to this…

and this…

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man

and now…some of archie’s greatest hits…

from glam supermodel…

{thanks to sam franks of texas star digital}

{thanks to sam franks of texas star digital}

{thanks to sam franks of texas star digital for this pic!!}


{thanks to sam franks of texas star digital}

to hardworkin’ trailer loader…

to the archie we know and love…

{thanks to junk gypsy for this picture}


{we'll take credit for this one too:)}

archie is REAL. she’s a hard-workin, big-hearted, southern girl who LOVES junk gypsy and LOVES all of you.

she’s been around the world and back to junk gypsy since that first photoshoot 6 years ago…all because of a fringe purse. GOD bless fringe.

why do we call her archie you ask? well, that’s another story…

but until then…be sure to catch this saturday’s episode on HGTV at 7pm PST/EST & 6pm CST featuring archie’s bohemian rhapsody bedroom!

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  • Reply Jonna June 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I have always enjoyed pics of Archie. She just has that natural , honest look. Thanks for this little bio, know I know her a little better. Can’t wait to see her room!

  • Reply Anna D. June 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Ahhhhh….. that was me a lllllllllllllllong time ago. Viva la fringe!

  • Reply Mackenzie June 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Yall live her for the same reasons we do! Those of us lucky enough to call her our “chosen” family are lucky! Can’t wait to see her sweet face on the tv! Live you Meesha (as she is referred to in our house)

  • Reply Mackenzie June 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Thise are supposed to be LOVE up there..not live

  • Reply Kim June 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Archie/Amy is a beautiful soul inside and out! I have chatted with her by email and she is always so helpful, friendly and is a brilliant representative of true Junk Gypsy grace and style. Love how she came to Junk Gypsy….never doubt the power of the fringe. Looking forward to the new episode! xo

  • Reply sherrY June 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Love the storY~~~~~~Luv the photos~~~

  • Reply nicki hale June 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Love Archie-love her style! LUV_LUV_LUV JUNK GYPSIE!!!! SO PROUD THIS ALL STARTED IN TEXAS-Y’ALL ARE 4-EVER IN MY HEART!!!! (how ’bout putting together some looks for us 50 somthins? Would be ever so greatful!!!!!

  • Reply Nancy June 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    God Bless Archie and the JG’s….she is so pretty and ya’ll all make a great family…can’t wait to see her room makeover!! Like I said in another post..I have a small kitchen that needs your touch in Elgin, Tx…come have BBQ or Sausage or a greasy burger and do my kitchen!! please!! LOL

  • Reply Mitzi Duke June 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    LOVE her! And I cannot wait to see this episode! YaY!

  • Reply Lin June 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    What a lucky little girl! Archie, you have the most beautiful face and sweeteest voice. Best wishes to you in your new home! No doubt the bedroom will be a dream come true. Lots of hugs and pink kisses! Keep on reach’n for the stars girlie!!

  • Reply SummerRae June 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    We are one in the same, I can’t wait to see her bedroom, maybe I can steal some ideas!!!! <3 Love you guys!

  • Reply SShan June 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love the junk gypsy show and style!
    Come see usin historic Fayetteville or Columbus and re-do a too
    -endless possibilities and southern hospitality/ and plenty of antique junk to use/l!

  • Reply Nancy Carr June 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love Archie and all the Junk Gypsy girls (and guys who help). Love your show, too. Also, the fabulous items you sell. Best wishes!

  • Reply Sarah J June 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Archie, you are so beautiful!!! Excited a bout this Saturday’s show!!!

  • Reply CARLO BETTI RICCI June 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    bellissmo all ….. mamma mia …. the box made ​​in china … nooooo…………

  • Reply michaelann June 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Just love the smile, can’t wait to see the episode! My husband said he is going to delete the DVR episodes of the Junk Gyspy’s so I will quit with all of the “ideas”. I would say that is one heck of a compliment, thanks for all you do to make the rest of out here smile!

  • Reply Judy Crendhaw June 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    She is a beautiful girl!

  • Reply Judy Crendhaw June 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    will be watching for the room makeover

  • Reply hillery June 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Great stiry. Great pictures.

  • Reply Pam June 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Love her pics!! Shes a beauty and want to send some love to all ya’ll from Jax Florida!! Will be watching Saturday…… :0)

  • Reply lisa June 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    well not miss the show love the show

  • Reply Kristine June 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks ya’ll for posting the story and doing the feature on Archie!! I have always thought she was such a ‘doll baby’ and wondered if she was your sister, niece, etc. She is absolutely adorable and PERFECT as a model for your fashion shoots. Can’t wait to see her on JG this Saturday and see what cool creations you will come up with for her bedroom. WOW!! She’s a lucky lucky girl!! 🙂

  • Reply Robin June 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Sweet words about my precious daughter. She has been nothing but a joy since the day she was born. It thrills my heart that others see what a sweet generous human she is.

  • Reply Becky June 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    LOVE Amy/Archie. Her mother is who I credit for Amy turning into the free spirit that she is. Glad to say that I know Amy and her mom and they’ve always shown nothing but love to anybody they meet. Lookin’ forward to the Junk Gypsy show this Saturday night!!

  • Reply Nikki Asher June 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    i have order so many things from y’all. i called once and basically told poor archie my life story and i was going to gary allans fanclub party and did she think this shirt or that shirt for the skirt i bought from y’all. she probably thinks i’m nuts! i get more compliments from my junk gypsy stuff its crazy! thanks archie for “listening to a maniac fan” YOU ROCK CHICA!

  • Reply Maria Berry June 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Archie, you are the luckiest girl I know. xoxoxo

  • Reply Shawna Walker June 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Love little Miss Amy. Have know her all of her life and she has always been the sweetest thing inside and out to every person she meets. She is a lovely soul!!

  • Reply bone dust cowgirl June 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Loove Amy!!!!!

  • Reply Kat June 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Can’t wait to see the show to see Archie’s room. Ya’ll are so talented.

  • Reply Judy Loftin June 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I Love Archie. She has always been so sweet to me. Every year I’am at the prom Archie always takes the time to take a picture with me. She always knows who I’am when I call with a question about buying something. She is a great wonderful soal and anyone would be lucky to have her as a friend, or family. Love ya Archie.

  • Reply cheryl June 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    this sweet angel was the voice on the phone when my order went astray. and was ever so helpful and even made it up for not thier mistake but a computer mishap. dang lucky to have her as an employee and even luckier to have her as a part of the family

  • Reply Stacy June 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    LOVE Amy Archie!!! She is awesome, fun friendly face that I love to see at the counter in warrenton!
    What a sweet and tender tribute g!
    Cheers Amy!!

  • Reply The Farmer's Trophy Wife June 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    LOVE IT!!! Can not wait! Miss Archie is such a cutie-pie, this will be such a fun episode!!! Great job so far chickies!!!! I am LOVING IT!

  • Reply lisa June 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Can’t decide who is more lucky…y’all or Archie! Have always thought she was perfect for JG! Archie is always so sweet, in person in Warrenton when I have dealt with her. Can’t wait to see y’all gypsy up her place!

  • Reply looloo June 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    This girl is her momma plus an extra pure spice all her own!

  • Reply Cathy Guess June 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing……she is such a doll and I have always wondered how ya’ll hooked up with her to be your “Gypsy” model! I can’t wait to see the show again Sat. night…….ya’ll are doing a GREAT JOB and what I love the most is that ya’ll stay True to your Texas Roots!
    Junkin Hugs…….Cathy

  • Reply Jodi June 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Really glad you shared this…..I was wondering who she was to you. Love all of the pics. So glad to have found you all and love watching you on HGTV!

  • Reply debbie york June 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

    A face that could launch ships…pirate ships! She must have been born under the sign of fringe ’cause I have my own little fringe purse story that she is responsible for…lol! Hmmm…is that what’s called “living on the fringe”? She truly is just beautiful and Dwight Yoakum never looked so good.
    JGs + Archie=match made in the wild blue yonder.

  • Reply Lora June 22, 2012 at 7:29 am

    can’t wait to see the new episode! i like how y’all blog about the people you love and tell their story. i find people very interesting…along with junk!

  • Reply donna kaler June 22, 2012 at 7:44 am

    hey cowgirls! whats shaken?? i give the big ca hoots to you for such fantastic praise to archie! bless her heart, she tried and tried to find my diamond earring i lost in front of your counter at the show. she wouldn’t give up, such determination. i believe that it definitely was meant to be for you guys to meet amy! fringe forever:-))) see y’all

  • Reply Katie June 22, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The minute I saw pics of Archie I wanted to dress in whatever she had on. She is adorable. i’ve ssen her working in the background in pictures or videos and she seems like a sweet heart and all around good soul. I adore you all. Keep on junkin

  • Reply Artistickitty June 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

    None cuter!! And always so nice to come across one who is both beautiful inside and out. Can’t wait to see her JGfied bedroom. I just know it’s gonna leave me breathless and inspired!

  • Reply Amanda Shadix June 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I love seeing my cousin on TV!!……So proud of her !! Love Junk Gypsy’s HGTV episodes!! I record and watch everyone!! Love Ya Amy!!

  • Reply Gail Rose June 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Can’t wait for Sat. to get here. No one is allowed to talk while I’m watching JG. LOL.. My dog even know she better be good .

  • Reply Barbara Wiggins June 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I have heard Archie’s voice on the phone and have a sweet note on my fridge signed by her, it’s among my childrens artwork and baseball schedules where all my treasures live…..Bless her wild heart

  • Reply Gayla June 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I am always grateful to Amy and all of her help when I order from Junk Gypsy. She is great!! Always SO nice, and SO helpful! Congrats to her on her first home! =)

  • Reply Teri Alexander June 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Amy has always been a beautiful person. It has been a joy watching her grow into a beautiful young woman. She is as sweet and generous as her mother.. She always welcomes you with a smile and a hug when she sees you..

  • Reply Courtney Bush Workman June 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Have known Amy since a little girl! My Mom kept her as a baby and she has always been quite special and I always knew I would see her on TV one day! She is one of a kind, beautiful inside and out and deserving of every wonderful thing that comes her way! I am so proud of you Amy!

  • Reply Dee Dee June 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Love, love , love your new show!!! You have such an incredible vision and free spirt in your design! Nothing else like it out there! Coming from a free spirit and junking sister!!

  • Reply Cindy Bush June 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Have known this genuine Texas beauty since she was a little girl. I know Junk Gypsy is blessed for having met her, just like the rest of us!

  • Reply robin June 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    The Story Behind the Face–thanks for letting us get to know Archie a little bit! Watching the show now & loving that on-the-floor-car-door-window-vanity. Gypsies rock!

  • Reply Libby June 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Love this blog and Archie’s room is AWESOME !!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the make up mirrors and how you sat it up. And the closet…well that was the neatest idea ever !!!! JG die hard fan 4 ever 😛

  • Reply Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse June 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    She is a beauty…I dvr’d it and am going to enjoy the episode right now!!

  • Reply Beverly June 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Love, love, LOVE Archie!! And the bedroom is FAB!!!!

  • Reply Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse June 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Thanks for giving us the chance to get to know Archie better ~ she is beautiful inside and out! Her room looks fabulous!

  • Reply Ellen Trammell June 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I absolutely fell in love with Archie’s bedspread. Is it possible to buy one like that? It was a grand experience becming familiar with Archie. She’s lovely and deserves the makeover you gave her bedroom. So perfect for her. LOVE your show!!!!!!!

    • Reply Jennifer June 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      It’s from Anthropologie. It’s called Rosette by Lazybones.

      • Reply Ellen TrEllen Trammellammell June 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

        Thanks! I love their website….now that I’ve found it.

  • Reply Jennifer June 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Archie is such a cutie! I’ve always loved her pictures. Her eyes are amazing!! The episode was fab, of course.
    I have the SAME comforter (mine’s navy)!! Yay! Hubby was impressed, thank you very much! I’ve had a heck of a time finding some shams. I’ve have a few things custom made but not in love (boo ;( )
    Where are her shams from? I like the big ruffles and neutral color- looked everywhere for something similar.

  • Reply Patricia June 26, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Loved this episode, in fact all of them. Archie is darling and deserving. How can the rest of us get skeletons for our closets?

  • Reply cortneycakes June 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Questions???? Where did you girls get that AMAZE-BALLS decal of the girl in the feather headress for Archies room? I’m obsessed – have to have. Love the show, thanks for sharing your world with us!

  • Reply Joe June 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I absolutely love the show, as an avid junk creationist myself! But, after I first saw Archie on there, my heart skipped a beat and I think I am dealing with a major crush! Too bad she’s not here in Oklahoma 🙂

  • Reply Betty June 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    As a customer who thrills at JG’s website and gypsy SPIRIT, I was delighted to see you feature Archie. She certainly deserves it. I too can’t wait to see what she will be wearing each time I visit. Archie, you are really something very special and I am so glad that you are considered part of the JG family. It was wonderful to see the appreciation and love extended this very special gal. We certainly love her from our side of the computer screen too!

  • Reply Nevada mama June 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

    She has the most beautiful eyes. I’m sure she makes her mama proud.

  • Reply Rural Revolution July 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

    We love Archie…what a cutie! Not sure about the story of the nickname, but my 13 yr old daughter loves it, because her name is Archer 🙂 Actually, she was thinking that was her name too, lol.

  • Reply Shirley Clark July 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

    She is gorgeous! I’ve know her mom and her mom’s family for years, but have never gotten to meet Archie. Now we are “hooked” on Junk Gypsy, and can’t wait for the newest episode. We’re going to visit Round Top real soon!

  • Reply BK4 July 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I have known “Archie” Amy since junior high, we went to rival HSs…. My wife and I are antique dealers and LOVE the show. One night we were watching and all of a sudden I saw her and knew it was her but really could not be for sure. But Amy has ALWAYS been one of the nicest and down-to-earth people you can be around even back then….. My family owns a ranch in the La Grange area and The JG company WILL be on our todo list next time we are down.

  • Reply Mia Boone July 26, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Ya’ll are seriously the coolest ladies EVER! Love everything about ya’ll. I have been buying from you for a while now and loving your stuff long before HGTV but I LOVE the show it is so inspiring. I have a little store in the very bottom of Southern Alabama and ya’ll have been my inspiration. I just opened in March. I would love ANY “headsup” on good places to go junking down this way if you know any. I am very close to Gulf SHores, Alabama and my store is located in the small town of Robertsdale Alabama any input would be greatly appreciated. BTW: Anytime Miranda is down this way in concert, we are there. LOVE HER TOO!!!

  • Reply Rene' Foust January 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Amy (Archie) is just about as beautiful as girl can get, and just as sweet as pie. She was so helpful to me over the phone this past Christmas; what a wonderful soul. You all are very blessed.

  • Reply Schena Lindley March 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Please let me know where you got the fre spirit wall decal. This is on the episode of the gypsy bedroom makeover. Love your soul!!

  • Reply Cathy Sue Sylvester August 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    This is as beautifully written as she whom inspired it <3

  • Reply Pat August 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Love , love this girl. She’s with a doubt your best, ever!

  • Reply Adrian February 24, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Could you please tell us where you got the Indian feathered girl in heels wall decal please?

  • Reply Jacob atteberry April 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Junk gypsy is awesome. Archie let me know when you need a date. Jacob atteberry on Facebook. U r gorgeous!

    • Reply Jacob atteberry April 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Wink wink

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