a griswald kind o’ year…

May 26, 2011

read on for a much-belated update regarding the JUNK GypSY TV series…let’s start at the beginning…

june 2010: after months and months (actually years) of family discussions, we headed out to CaLIFORniA where we had our griswald-style roadtrip trekking up and down the west coast…with TV meetings in LA squeezed in between getting lost in the SaNTA YNeZ mountains, eating falafel, and hiking to the NOJOQUI falls.

{roadtrippin' in the happppy van...makes me happy :)}

we watched SINGIN’ in the RAIN at brentwood country mart side by side with the beautiful BROOKE SHiELDS, stayed at the amazing RACHEL ASHWELL‘s lovely SHABBY home, and acted like true tourists in our happy VAN! ReAD HERE to catch the scoop on the who/what/when/why of that trip!

AUGUST 2010: annnnnd then our filming of the FiRST JG piLOT…

{chillin' with bill allen while shooting the pilot}

ReAD HERE for that ‘mucho loco with a side of crazy’ adventure (sorry y’all, bear with me…there’s a whole lotta backstory to this post…this is what happens when you PROCRASTINATE :))

OCTOBER 2010: soooo here’s what happened. here’s where it gets juicy…..

the pilot was completed for the JG TV series…AND then, the powers-that-be put in an order for more ‘controversy’. think ‘JERSEY SHORE’ of the fleamarket/texas world…think ‘girl version of AMERICAN ChoPPER’…in other words, they wanted us to fight with each other and to haggle over prices at the places we were junkin.

of course, both of these requests are completely preposterous if you even somewhat know us…because first of all, we all KNOW that if we fought, janie would totally kick our hineys…really, it wouldn’t be pretty. it would be like a total WWF SMACKDOWN. embarassing.

and secondly, it’s against our religion to haggle. ok, not really against our religion…but it certainly breaks the officially-unofficial-junkers-code-of-ethics. and i, for one, DO NOT want to break that code of ethics. that would be going to LuCKENBACH and not having a LONE STAR beer … OR like having a pair of jeans without holes in ’em…it just goes against all laws of human physics. it just ain’t right. seriously though…we DO ask for someone’s BEST PRICE…and we mayyyyyy make a lower offer WITHIN reason. but if it’s a fair price, we don’t haggle over $5. we aren’t disrespectful to fellow junkers. we TAKE IT or LEAVE it.

our producer, DaWN, knew this. and she knew they were sitting in the wrong office that day…she knew she could never ask us to do either of those things because it’s just not who we are. JG is about so many things. so many GOOD things. we LOVE family and hard work. we love simple JUNKY things. we LOVE to create and build beautiful, magical spaces that make PEOPLE happy. we LOVE to create passionate, soulful designs that people LOVE to wear. and we BELIEVE that y’all LOVE all those things too. in our world of JUNK, pretty much everything is for SALE….everything, except our SOULS.

soooo, we went back to work (well, we actually never stopped)…and the past 9 months we’ve been soooo crazy busy we’ve hardly looked up…from fall antiques week to the backstage artists lounge at AUSTIN CITY LIMITS music fest to moving our families to round top to designing the PISTOL ANNIE‘s logo to gypsy-fyin amie’s airstream to another antiques week to MIRANDA & BLAKE’s wedding….

and now, a different network has asked for a pilot …we begin shooting in a few weeks. no fighting. no haggling. just us. doing our thing. y’all stay tuned for more detailssssss!

and in case y’all missed our pitch reel (filmed fall 2009)…you can watch it here! we had a BLaST shooting this!!! (y’all just totally ignore that green table that crashes to the ground after i put the box on it…i totally planned that. really, i did. 🙂


seriously though, i reallllly think y’all will totally dig it! it’s totally junKY. totally fleamarket. totally us.

here’s the DEAL…we LOVE y’all and we want this project to be something that speaks to you and inspires you and something that makes you PROUD of us and PROUd to be a JUNK GYPSY too. let us know in the comments below what ya think! let us know what you WANT TO SEE!


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  • Reply steph May 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Good Luck! Hope everything works out this time ’round. Can’t wait to see it!

  • Reply Debbie on block 80 May 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Stay true to your souls. Your show would be fabulous WITHOUT the dumb controversy stuff!

  • Reply Beverly May 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Way to go girls, staying true to your gypsy selves and being patient! Love you guys!!

    • Reply Jolie May 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      thanks a mil beverly!! love ya back!!! XOXOXOO!

  • Reply Julie Keeter May 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Awesome! The time has come! The world is ready! We;ve just found a replacement for The Oprah Show! Wishing The Junk Gypsies the best of luck! XO!

    • Reply Jolie May 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      oprah… really???!!!! now that would be a dreammmmm…… 🙂

  • Reply bud the pieman!!! May 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    All great achievements were at first, and for some time, dreams! James Allen

    • Reply Jolie May 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      love that quote, bud!! thankkkk you!!!!! now, let’s have some pie!!! 🙂

  • Reply Lynette Smith May 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Just keep being who you all are. There is no need to change…..We all love you, respect you, and admire you just the way you are. Being real…Being successful while being respectful, caring and polite…..

    Love the Junk Gypsy’s and i am soooo happy and excited for your continued success….

  • Reply Laura h May 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    It’s your creativity and love for all things junky, Texan and gypsy that we all want to see. Not some made up drama hooey. stick to yer guns, gals.if the tv people had ever been to the prom they’d know it’s all the excitement required for good tv watchin’

    • Reply Jolie May 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      thanks laura!!!! we totally agree…things as amazing as junk-o-rama prom can’t be created or contrived…they just happen. and we feel lucky to hang on for the ride… 🙂

  • Reply andrea May 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I LOVE YOU TWO! the designs you put together. I have to say it becomes an inspiration wish i could put junk together like you.
    I really enjoyed it and wanted more! I could def see a wonderful TV show out of this! 🙂 Good for you for sticking to it and not giving in to LA like reality. Not Texas at all. 🙂
    I hope to make this falls warrenton and finally see the JUNK GYPSIES ive been following you guys forever and would love to see u on my TV!

    • Reply Jolie May 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      andrea!!! thank you soooo much… a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! 🙂

  • Reply tomi May 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    ooooh! i want to see more! i wanna see in your houses, and the wedding, and more tour buses, and more shirts, and more glitter, and more music, and more sombrerros, and…… (get the idea?). HOW about junk make OVERS?!?! yes! i know just the casa-way that you can start at! yall love ft worth- right?!?! ——LOADS of crazy love!

  • Reply Tracy Bradley May 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I’m so glad Y’all stayed true to who you are. I’m so very excited for you. Aimee shared with me during Christmas that this was a possibilty for JG, but that you would not compromise the vision and soul of JG. I applaud y’all standing ground and God has perfect timing…

    Smiles & Blessings Y’all

  • Reply Lin May 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I say, stick to your guns and do what you do. It obviously works and if “they” don’t get it, “they” can go home to California. It’s a very nice place, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Can’t wait until you have a regular shop; will drive over from Austin to pick up loot instead of ordering online. ((hugs))

  • Reply Joy May 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    what about the thrill of the discovery? the magical moment! a a a fashionista style – thats what you have – a little more backstory perhaps, on your junk. bravery, spirit and adventure – oh, and how your buyers incorporate YOUR JUNK – into their lifestyle? Not to mention the adventure into the tender world of texas treasure!

  • Reply sue May 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    i would your show all day everyday!

  • Reply Cathy Guess May 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I LOVED it and love that ya’ll are just real Texas gals who love to have fun, and have a passion for “junk”! You are such an inspiration to us fellow junkers, and I sooooo look forward to your up n coming show!!! Thanks for spreadin the “love for junk”….Texas Style!!! Happy Trails……Cathy aka GGJ

    • Reply Jolie May 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      thank you!!! thank YOU!!! thankkkk you!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply jo May 26, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    The show looks great! When it’s all up and running it’d be great if you could sell it to someone in Australia so we can see it too!

    • Reply Jolie May 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      sounds awesome to me!!! probably would mean we need to take a trip to australia too…ya know, for work and all… 🙂

  • Reply Dee Ann May 27, 2011 at 12:31 am

    One of the most endearing qualities in you girls is your authenticity….glad you didn’t compromise that for the sake of fame! You haven’t gotten where you are, ” being what your not”. Good luck….follow your hearts! 🙂

  • Reply Kim May 27, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I’m so happy to hear you stuck to your guns and stayed true to the Junk Gypsy Code! I don’t watch the reality shows with all the drama and fighting, it’s too stressful. Would love to see a show about awesome ladies like you who ENJOY what they do, have FUN adventures and LOVE each other! Now that would be a show me and alot of other people would want to watch! xoxo

    • Reply Jolie May 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      thanks sooo much kim! we like the feel-goods too!!! XOXOXO!

  • Reply Andi May 27, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Stay true to your Junkin ways and good things will come ♥

  • Reply Theresa-Garden Antqs Vintage May 27, 2011 at 7:59 am

    My fav logo of y’alls is “Well behaved women rarely make history”, but I say in this instance you did and will. I respect you for not being fake and “putting on a show just because…” Can’t wait for the next adventure to start and one day we WILL see you on TV or the BIG SCREEN! Good luck my friends.

  • Reply Suzanne May 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Authentic and Ture!!!!
    Too fun- exciting to see all the changes taking place with the company! Enjoy starting life in your new Mayberry…..
    many new trails ahead!!!!

  • Reply kathie May 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I just want to thank you for not giving in and staying true to who you are.

  • Reply vintagesusie May 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

    First of all, can I just say how PROUD I am of you girls…of your Mama & Daddy for giving you the strength to be exactly who you are & the conviction to not budge from that, cuz what & who y’all are is PERFECT!!! Really, everything y’all do INSPIRES me!
    What would I LOVE to see y’all do…hummmmmmm. 😉
    Your junkin journeys of course, I’d love to see Amie designing some of your tee’s & graphics, her inspirations, how it get’s from her brain to hanging in the tent, I just wanna see what y’all doing what you do & havin fun doing it!! I’m a HUGE fan, but y’all know that already!!!!
    Big Hugs & a double piece of Bud’s Pie…
    vintagesusie & wings y’all help me FLY!!!!

  • Reply Whitney May 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I just love you guys! I seriously feel like I know you all and am always so excited to hear the next big adventure you’re on! I really feel like if you just stick to what you know to be real for YOU then it will happen if it’s supposed to, if not then it wasn’t meant to be…. thank you thankyou for all the inspiration you bring into my life. Im so happy my best girlfriend told me to check you out years ago….Ive always felt like a gypsy, now Im a junky one!

  • Reply Wanda May 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Hey Girls!
    We so enjoyed meeting you all at the Spring show! Coming out to Texas, is such a blast, we love it! Thanks for being just who you are! We don’t need anymore “reality stars”! Can’t wait to see the show!!

  • Reply Kim May 28, 2011 at 12:30 am

    If in your heart you are doing what you feel is right then there can be no wrong!

  • Reply Libby May 28, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Yippee! I am so tired of everyone pandering to the uncivil members of society. I don’t watch those reality shows either– it reminds me od my days as a MIDDLE SCHOOL counselor!! If someone doesn’t draw a line in the sand, our whole society will continue the slide towards selfish meaness. All that to say that I am so proud of those younguns from Overton/New London.

  • Reply Lauretta May 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Way to go for standing up for your principles and presenting yourselves truthfully on your TV show. Hope all goes well.

  • Reply Lisa Cody May 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Way to go ladies!! You’re perfect the way you are!! I’m not a big reality show person (other than The voice, American Idol & DWTS) but I’m really looking forward to your show and if I saw controversy or drama on your show, it might make me think twice about buying goodies from ya. Ya’ll rock!
    Peace, Love & Fabulous Boots!

    Lisa Cody

  • Reply Kellie May 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I love this and you guys! I’ve always wanted to come to Warrenton, and after seeing no less than 100 things I would like to own in this short video, I’m thinking this year could be the year! Good luck on all of your ventures, you deserve it! And you can be sure I will watch your show ;D

    much love, kellie g.

  • Reply Barbara @iggins May 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I am so glad you aren’t tthe kind of people who will create drama for a television show. It would have made me sad…Can’t wait for what’s next!

  • Reply Shannan May 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    You know, I would expect nothing less from you ladies. I think it’s some of that deep down back woods southern east texas upbringing! I got a new car and need another road crew sticker…guess I better get to ordering!!

  • Reply dana May 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I wanna be a Junk Gypsy tooooo!! I am a junker too & my husband fusses!!!! I love yall for making junk chic!!!!Hope to see ya at the prom soon!!!!

  • Reply Kim Barbourk May 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Good luck! This sounds soooo fun!! I will definitely watch!! Love your junk glam style!! Congrats on your success!! 🙂

  • Reply Missy May 31, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I think you will have a hit on your hands! Can’t wait to watch and don’t forget to take some timeout for yourselves. Constantly moving at 100 mph can get you burnt out pretty quickly. Gypsies 4 LIFE!!!!!

  • Reply The Farmer's Trophy Wife June 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I have to say that none of us are surprised you stuck to your guns…that’s why we all love ya and why you girlie have gotten to where you are!! Just be you and we will LOVE the show!! I agree with showing the makeovers, any and all random projects that come your way and your personal lives! Would LOVE to see your homes!!!

  • Reply The Farmer's Trophy Wife June 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    p.s. maybe a blog competition/giveaway of having a virgin junker come hang out for a weekend….(pick me, pick me!!)

  • Reply Hausfrau June 9, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Love, love the pitch reel–and congrats on having the guts to do the right thing!

  • Reply Ashley Bremer June 9, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I wanted to say how great I think you gals are. I’ve been following you for a long time and admiring all the stuff you have for sale. Someday I hope to decorate my 4 yr old daughters room with stuff from your website. You’ve got an amazing job with amazing stories and I’m so grateful for that. Your like the only blog i can get on at work so i love it!

  • Reply laura June 13, 2011 at 7:33 am

    this is the first time seeing you gals.. I LOVE YOU!!! I can relate to everything. A show, book even a move will be a major success. You are both so down to earth, real, funny, honest .. hey where are the men helping???? anytime you need any help I come visit & put on my boots to work with you girls anytime. xo Laura

  • Reply Vivian June 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    WOW!!! What a rockin” good time, would love to be along for the ride, wherever it takes you! Thanks for sharing all your gifts with the world, continue to inspire others to bring their best!

    Keep kickin’ it! AKA- Elvis

  • Reply Courtney Fanning June 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    How am I just now noticing this? I can’t wait to see the show! 🙂 Can you tell us what network it will be on, or is that still under wraps?

  • Reply Adrienne @ Midwestern Belle June 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Good for y’all for sticking to your guns!! Would love to see a show someday 🙂
    Midwestern Belle

  • Reply Meghan June 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Way to stay true to yourselves ladies!

    We’re rootin’ for ya all the way!!!!

  • Reply nikki June 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Absolutely amazing!!! My husband and I go to prom every time yall r around. Yall have the best selection out of everyone there and I love ur stuff! Keep up the good work ladies and we’ll see yall again soon! Love always, Nikki and Joey Pohl

  • Reply Krystal Knutson June 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I will watch yalls show for sure. I want to do my guest bedroom in a Junk Gypsy meets Vegas style, Ive got a great antique iron bed for the centerpiece… wish yall did consultations that would be awesome! LOL

  • Reply Kristin July 17, 2011 at 3:50 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you guys! Good luck with the show. I can’t wait for the world to expeirence the JG ‘style’ of life! I love junk! When junkin’, think, what would the gypsies do… use it as a little inspriation and let my imagination run! Thanks for making junk cool!
    peace. love. junk.
    ~*~*~~ Kristin~~*~*~

  • Reply hannah fife July 22, 2011 at 1:12 am

    hey i am the owner of rusted spoon photography out of sterlington louisiana. I admire yalls taste in style, and junkness.. i buy most of my props that i use from yall.. and i am setting up my website(rustedspoonphotography.com) and i desperately need a quote and logo but i LOVE yalls quotes everyday on fb and was wondering if you could help a sista out if yall could come up with some funky catchy quote for me dont have to have my name in the quote but just seein if yall could think of anything thank you soo much!!
    Hannah fife

  • Reply Amy C. Salvato August 17, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I have followed your trail of junk for years. I was excited for ya’ll when the whole TV show possibility came up. I waited and watched and kept up with the blog to see what would happen. Just a few days ago I saw a show about two sisters who call themselves “pickers”. Saying that the show was an act, would be an understatement. I actually found myself getting angry the more I watched and I had to turn it off.
    Everybody is just trying to get by, make a living, do what they love; I get that. I believe you got it first, though!
    Anybody can ask a contractor to make the art they envision in the junk they have, but that’s just business.
    Gettin’ down and dirty, finding your own junk, appreciating that piece for what it is or blinging it up to make it your own…that is a Junk Gypsy. I am proud for your family and glad that you stick to your guns and follow your heart.
    Save your souls. they are some of the few good ones left!
    Bless your junky little hearts!

    • Reply Amy Lumpkins August 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Amy S.: I tried watching that same show. I kept thinking to myself “they’re not the junk gypsies at all!” Good try sisters, but the original junkers cannot be duplicated.

  • Reply Amy Lumpkins August 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    (I’m a little late catching up. Hey…gotta love the procrastinating way)Way to stick to yer guns ladies! I admire someone who has principles, even more so to have the courage to stand up for them. Just one more reason why I love you ladies (aside from your Southern roots, Texas attitude, & Downhome way of life). I can’t wait to watch y’all on TV, no matter the network. Keep up the inspiring work!!

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