for those of you that follow my random twitter ramblings, you may already know that mom, amie, and i recently decided to clean our office. because, although we have been in our jg world HQ office for about a year, we have yet to make time for cleaning or decorating and…we decided…the time is now. that said, we’ve been lost in the depths of junk, clutter, and glitter for days.
we barely came up for air. and just when we thought there was no hope for survival, just when we were about to commence with SOS signals in order for an extreme search and rescue to be deployed…it was at that moment, we saw the light. we broke free from our creative piles of insanity. from the maps and the random quotes scribbled on anything and everything and the record albums. and somehow, we’ve pulled them together in a way that is starting to make sense.
during the extreme office clutter extraction, we came across our multiple bulletin boards (believe me, we have TONS) with layers and layers of inspiring quotes on them…and we decided to share with you.
amie started a pinterest board (of course she did…also, if you read my tweets, then you ARE AWARE that amie is operating in a pinterest-induced haze. she’s pinterested and she can’t get up). anywho, i digress. the point is…the point is that most of our inspirations and most of our favorite quotes have the same underlying theme. DREAM BIG. dare to be different. be WHO YOU be.
amie’s freshman year at TAMU, she sent me this…i was still in high school. its traveled many a mile with me and been pinned on many a bulletin board. and it’s still greatness.
y’all check it out…we’ll be adding more so keep coming back!
and in the meantime, say a little prayer for amie and her pinterest obsession. and don’t worry about me…i DEFINITELY do NOT have a twitter obsession. definitely. definitely not. i mean, i’m totally ok. seriously.
November 14, 2013 9 Comments
in addition to the road, biscuits, and all things junky….we reallllly have a love for books. there’s nothing like the feel of a good book in your hands. there’s nothing like the smell of an old book. the crinkle of pages as you turn each one. and there’s definitely nothing like the feeling i get when i walk into a library or a bookstore.
i especially love little mom-n-pop style bookstores. the kinds that have the books wonkily stacked all over the place, and the floor creaks when you walk.
“so many books, so little time.” – frank zappa
and i really love small-town libraries…round top has a really, really amazing library and if you haven’t been, you MUST add it to your to-do list. and the town we grew up in, overton texas, had the most awesome little library…i loved to spend time in that library…it was an old historic house with cozy rooms….all with big squishy, cozy chairs, old rugs, and fireplaces….and of course, books lining the walls from bottom to top. but the best part about our little library was the little old ladies that worked there…that greeted you each time you walked in … with cider or hot chocolate in the winter. and in the summertime, the reading club was one of our favorite places to be. my love of books began in that little old library…from judy blume and beverly cleary to lucy maud montogomery and francine pascal and everything in between…
“i have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” -jorge luis borges
because of our love of books, we are realllllly excited to be carrying books in our new store.
we spent many an hour reading through book titles and hand picking which books we wanted to carry. books about texas. books about music. books about pioneering men and women. books we LOVE. and nowwwwww….they are also available online! amie worked up the top of this page…and i pretty much get warm fuzzies just looking at it.
because whether you read each one cover to cover or not, these are just awesome books to have on your bookshelf, on your coffee table, or on your night stand. books have a soul. and a spirit and they bring character into every room.
“in a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” -mark twain
y’all take a look…and let us know what you think!! and check back…because when it comes to books, we just can’t get enough! we’ll be adding new titles to the bookshelf often!
“never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – lemony snicket
November 1, 2013 10 Comments
back in may, i know y’all all remember the horrible tornadoes that wreaked havoc on our southern neighbors in oklahoma. thanks to y’all, we immediately began fundraising efforts in the only way we knew how….by selling tee shirts.
we designed the tees that blake, miranda, and usher sported for the healin’ in the heartland concert…and donated 100% of the proceeds to relief efforts.
and then sold the mess out of the tees, koozies, and stadium cups online…
y’all sent us pics from near and far…
that warmed our hearts and brought tears to our eyes.
all together, because of y’all, we were able to donate over $25,000 to the united way of oklahoma!! more than we ever could have imagined!!!
god bless y’all. and god bless oklahoma. this really was a project that meant so much to all of us here at junk gypsy. the girls worked around the clock to get your tees, cups, and koozies to you as fast as possible. we called in extra help and worked weekends…the assembly line in our shipping warehouse was astounding and we all felt like we were part of something big. part of something really, really important. i know 25K is just a drop in the bucket of what was needed…and i know that nothing can help those families that lost their homes or, heaven forbid, lost loved ones. BUT we were honored to be able to offer help in our little way.
p.s. in case you’re wondering why this darn blog is soooooo belated…it’s because i’ve been a slacker. and i’m totally a blogger-loser. and i meant to get this done back in JULY…and here it is OCTOBER….and i’m JUST now getting it posted. eeeeek. i’m so glad that t-smitty pays our bills…the lights woulda been cut off longggg ago.
October 22, 2013 9 Comments
some of you may remember this post…where we attempt to tell you all about the prairie by rachel ashwell. although it’s actually quite futile. it’s something you must experience on your own. it’s more than lovely and peaceful (which believe me, it is infinitely BOTH). it does something to your entire being as you enter the property. you RELAX. you EXHALE. and you feel so … just so at PEACE.
and now…we are so excited and honored and busting at the seams about rachel’s newest book, rachel ashwell couture prairie and fleamarket treasures.
it’s all about the prairie. and texas. and how beautifully rachel’s style blends into the texas horizon. how it just seems to belong here. here in texas…
where our english cowgirl feels at home herself.
y’all prepare yourself. prepare yourself for one heckuva awesome book. it’s seriously one that you’ll want to sit down and embrace. you’ll want to give it your full attention…no distractions. you’ll want to leave it on your coffee table as part of the decor in your room.
and guess who made her own page in the book?! that’s right. large marge herself. in living color. i guess that makes her an official landmark, right?
rachel and her team accomplished what i thought was un-accomplishable (yep, it’s a word). they artfully & beautifully captured the prairie…they TAKE you there. i swear i could almost smell the english tea brewing as i was reading.
this book is evidence why conde naste placed it on their HOT list. right here in little ole round top. our english cowgirl’s boots found a texas home.
read here for more about rachel and our friendship…and the journey that led her here…
and click here for more on the prairie.
and most importantly….y’all mark your calendars! rachel will be at the JG world HQ this thursday, october 3rd for a book signing! 1pm-3pm!
we’ll have books on hand! or you can snag one HERE!!!! come 1! come all!
**and get ready for JUNK-O-RaMA prom that night at the gypsy tent at ZaPP hALL featuring the JOhN EvANS BAND!!! yeee-hawwww!!!!**
**and be sure to read april pizana’s (aka photographer extraordinaire) blog about our SToRE!!!
September 30, 2013 5 Comments
about 4 years ago, we made the decision to move to round top. to move our families. our business. our lives. after looking in cities across the state far and wide for the perfect home for junk gypsy (and for ourselves), we realized the answer was right in front of us all along. our hearts had been here all along. round top beckoned. the country beckoned.
it seemed crazy then. it seemed crazy to put a business in a town with a population of 90. anddddd maybe it’s still crazy. but now, looking back, nothing has ever been more clear. nothing has ever made more sense. we ignored the numbers. we took the 2 lane road to round top. and we’ve never looked back.
they say there is a certain round top magic that spins and twists its way through your heart and soul when you are here. and i believe it’s true. i believe it’s something you feel just passing through for the day or staying for a few nights. there’s a beautiful, sweet, magic that rests atop the pastures in the early morning sunrise as the cows are grazing.
there’s a thick, sparkly magic in the stars at night. there’s a mystical, simple magic in the moonlight shining through your windows at night. and now, i feel an undeniable bit of round top-inspired magic in our first ever junk gypsy world headquarters store located smack dab in round top.
after years and years in the making…our store is FINALLY opening. yes, FINALLY. although, there is still [lots of] work to be done…our heart-shaped gates will swing open and our arched red-doors will be unlocked to officially welcome y’all for the first time this fRiDAY, september 27 at 10 am.
and we will all be anxiously greeting y’all because we are a whole lot of giddy.
we know y’all won’t mind the fact that parts of the store are still a work in progress. we know you won’t mind that we’re still learning how to use our new super-duper high-fi flux capacitor computer system. and we know y’all really will just overlook the fact that our parking lot isn’t finished either…we’ll basically have pasture parking behind the store. but never fear, the tractor will be on hand for any all-terrain situations.
i re-read this old blog this morning…and it really inspired me. it reminded me of how far we’ve come (funny how you kind of forget how things looked in the beginning). i kinda laughed when i read the sentence “opening late spring/early summer 2012…sooo we’re only about 15 months behind schedule but anywho, i digress… basically it got me really, really excited for y’all to be here.
and then i re-read this one…i felt mission accomplished. our sanctuary of junk is now overflowing with great junk…old and new.
it’s finally ready…WE are finally ready. (god bless our gypsy team and our family who have worked around the clock the past few months).
we are all ready to welcome all of y’all home.
and for a peek inside, visit APRIL PIZANA’s BlOG and see all the gloriously, junky photos!
JG WOrLD hq hours:
THursdays, FRiDAYS & SATURDayS – 10am-5pm
SToRE address: 1215 south state hwy 237, round top, texas 78954
September 24, 2013 89 Comments