if you build it…

January 26, 2012

i remember the day i quit my  job as an academic advisor at TeXAS A&M…i remember sitting before my graduate committee, finishing my masters degree in health & nutrition…and then telling our department head that i was moving on. not into fields of empirical research at institutions of higher education. but moving on to become a junker. to officially become partners-in-crime with my mom and sister.

i remember not knowing what the future held, but knowing that i had big time faith in junk gypsy. big time faith in my sister’s dream (which also became my dream). big time knowledge in the fact that family was the most important thing to me and that, in our family, the sum is greater than the parts. and that although i might be making a mistake, i would never know if i didn’t jump.

so i jumped. t-smitty (my husband) jumped. we all jumped together. and y’all jumped with us. we all jumped….because of one word.

FAITH.

and because of 2 words we knew when to jump.

carpe diem.

we jumped not knowing how long our fleamarket days would last…we jumped knowing that some thought we were crazy. we took it one fleamarket at a time…without a business plan and without knowing all the answers. but we kept the faith because of you. because y’all kept inspiring us fleamarket after fleamarket. because y’all encouraged us to keep on keepin on…and y’all let us know that we weren’t the only crazy ones….y’all were crazy too.

and 12 years later…

if you build it, they will come.

or at least that’s what we’ve been told. and now, we’re building it. and we have FAITH that YOU will come.

what started as just a dream in our heads…

eventually became a sketch in amie’s notebook…

and then REAL blueprints via our amazingly-brilliant & generous friend, RiCHARD LAuGHLIN…who also happened to build robert earl keen’s (moment of silence for the godfather of texas music, please) songwriting studio (aka. his scriptatorium)…

 

and now, an actual structure with windows, 4 WALLS … AND a ROOF.

{sunrise over the store..taken 1/26/2012}

from the pouring of the concrete…

to the salvaged texas harbor tin we’ve used as walls…

the habitat for humanity back door…

and possibly our favorite … fleamarket cupolas.

3 in all…

awaiting their time to be positioned atop our new store.

and thanks to randy zingelmann of zingelmann steel construction, matt halpain of halpain construction, and jay robinson of woods creek, we’re finally on the homestretch…

{makin it happen. taken1/26/2012}

{pouring the slab. october 2011}

hoping to be open late spring/early summer 2012.

its been quite the journey for all of us, for our family and for junk gypsy. they say you shouldn’t be defined by your job but here in gypsyville, no one could deny that junk gypsy was our fate. our destiny. and it has shaped us into who we are. junk gypsy is it’s own being and it most definitely defines who we are. amie once said she doesn’t know where she ends and junk gypsy begins.

louis l’amour quoted: “the trail is the thing. not the end of the trail. travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for.”

which also reminds me of the ever-profound ferris bueller movie (an all-time fave): “life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around every once in awhile, you could miss it.” i’m looking around, y’all. ’cause i don’t wanna miss a thing.

although the trail to the junk gypsy store, has been 12 years long…we’ve loved every minute (well, almost every minute :)). we’ve learned infinitely along the way…we’ve laughed. we’ve cried. we’ve grown stronger.
our dream is that our store is a place that you love to come to. a place of fellowship. a place of happy thoughts and big dreams. a place for young and old. a place that you might spend 30 minutes or 3 hours…and whether you leave with a purchase or not, you’ll leave feeling inspired. and happy.

and in the words of the oh-so-awesomely-inspiring house of blues… “leave with us a piece of your heart. take with you a piece of our soul. ”

thank y’all from the bottom of our hearts for riding the trail with us. thank y’all for hanging on the junk gypsy karma train…because without you, there would be no junk gypsy. and so far, it’s been quite a ride…and i have a feelin, we’re just at the beginning.

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107 Comments

  • Reply Sandy January 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats girls … I’ve been going to Round Top for quite a while .. friends with Joe Pete in Abilene. Proud of y’all!! See you soon!!

  • Reply Cathy Guess January 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I am loving your post and your story…….such an inspiration for anyone trying to follow their dreams and do what makes them happy!! Ya’ll are the Queens of Junk in my junkin world and I am going to have to take a lil junkin road trip and come vist you girls and your store!!! Thanks for sharing…..Hugs and Junkin Luv to ya….Cathy aka GGJ

  • Reply Jessica January 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Congratulations to all of you!! I have fallen in love with your beautiful junky clothes and jewelry and spirit… y’all have inspired me (and my style) in so many ways! I cannot wait to have the roadtrip of my life to come visit your store when it opens.

  • Reply Kelley Keen January 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    We are sooooo excited for all of you!! How blessed Round Top and WE are to have you guys here!!! So fun seeing and being a part of your amazing adventure!! Love you guys!!! XOXO

  • Reply Libby Danielowich January 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    So GLAD you all went for it all heart and spirit !! I LOVE JG and I pray I get to come to a prom SOON !! I’m a good friend of Ashlyn’s (Georgia) and she IS the reason I am now JG hooked !!! And once you get JG in your bloodstream…there’s no turning back !! Keep up the good work and Congrats on the new store and the show. I LOVED the show by the way 🙂

  • Reply Rochelle January 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    The store looks fabulous! I look forward to a shoping trip down there soon!
    I have said it before—- I AM SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU! and of course–I miss ya!

  • Reply Tia January 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    What a wonderful story….y’all are so inspiring!

  • Reply Amberlee January 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I’m all tears over here.. such an inspiration and I’m happy for all of you. One day I’ll be there.. taking my own “jump” of faith I don’t care what Drs say or if it’s done from a wheelchair I’ll be there or if people tell me I can’t I’ll be there!!! I’m so happy for all of you and a very grateful fan.

    Just remember everything you need or could want is there you just gotta take it and make it your own. Congrats on everything!!!

  • Reply gayle January 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    OK seriously…..those cupolas…..
    AMAZING!!!! Can’t wait to see them installed!!
    Congrats on everything!!

  • Reply Kayli @ Head Over Heels January 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I thought that might be your structure comin’ along out there in Round Top and I was right! Woo hoo! Welcome home! Thank YOU guys for inspiring all of us daydreamers to take that leap of faith, too!

    xoxo Kayli

  • Reply Amy January 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Just got a little teary-eyed reading your post! So very proud of you gals! What you’ve accomplished….the lives you are touching….you are truly…..TRULY an inspiration. Congratulations and I am looking forward to making a visit to the new digs!

  • Reply Heather January 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    This blog made me smile. I first came across your AWESOME website when Miranda Lambert took the country scene with “Me & Charlie Talking” & “Kerosene.” I HAD to have that “MAMA TRIED” tank top she was wearing in a picture. After I ordered that.. the rest is history. Congrats on EVERYTHING!! I hope to visit the Lonestar state one day and get a good look at the store. You’re on my bucket list. 🙂

  • Reply Debbie York January 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    After 12+years of having a front row seat for watching a seed of idea become a concept, then a “fee-to-me” lifestyle design and knowing how hard all of y’all have worked, I couldn’t decide whetther to laugh or cry. Then I remembered…heck fire, I’m Irish…I can do both…and so I am …in joy for being able to witness to a dream come true right before my eyes.
    Girls…you’ve built a better mousetrap and me…along with countless others…are hopelessly caught. Squeak…Squeak!
    Debbie
    P.S. Preach on Sister Woman…me and the girls will keep singing your praises in the choir!

  • Reply Debbie York January 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    P.P.S. *free-to-be* not fee-t0-me! Oy vey1
    D

  • Reply Leena Lanteigne January 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Wow! They are making progress so quickly! Won’t be long before those door open to all the smiling faces! Congrats on this wonderful and blessed achieement! Can’t wait to see and hear more! Love ya! Leena

  • Reply Deana Fuchs January 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Can’t wait to schedule my first trip to Roundtop to visit the store! I just hope I have enough money when I come!!

  • Reply jeanne January 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    congratulations !!!! onward and upward…..good for you !

  • Reply lauren January 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    so very exciting & inspiring! i remember your tent in warrenton many, many years ago! always been a fan…wish you the very best!! and can’t wait to come visit your headquarters when it opens! 😉 xoxo

  • Reply Lauri January 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Look At That Building!!! ~ It is awesome, ya’ll are awesome, an’ it’s slap about time JG get’s it goin’ on with a big ol’ store!! ~ Whoo – Yeah!!

  • Reply janice Ratliff January 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Congrats on the World Headquarters!!!! Sounds like a road trip from Houston will be in order soon!!!

  • Reply Michaelann January 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Brought tears to my eyes because the first time I found you website it did just what you spoke of, it inspired me! It made me hope for something outside of the box, haven’t made it there but you girls remind me everyday that dreams really do come true! Thank you for being such an inspiration to some many of us, I would wish you luck but I don’t think it has had anything to do with your success. You have stayed true to yourselves and that is what makes you guys so special!! Cheers to and your family, one heck of an awesome bunch!

  • Reply Amy Thompson January 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    We’ll be there opening day…congrats!

  • Reply Rebecca Lichtman January 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Congrats ladybugs! So happy that all your dreams are coming true, y’all deserve it. Can’t wait to see more, I know the store will look amazing!

  • Reply luckygypsy January 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I can’t wait to see it finished! and to visit. Can you please have a rip roaring party when its done!

  • Reply Nancy January 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I am so proud of you for living your dream and following your passion. This is the way I live my life and encourage others to do the same. Peace and continued blessings

  • Reply Robin Wilson Hall January 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    And ya’ll will be so excited you will build a Junk Gypsy in Atlanta so I can work for you…..That would be AWESOME! We need some spice down here!

  • Reply Hallie January 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    CONGRATS!!! I can’t wait to visit the store. Going on my bucket list… NOW!

  • Reply Leslie Kibodeaux Venable (Retreauxgirl) January 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    You are so brave and inspiring. You have no idea the impact you’ve had on me. I am forever grateful and forever your biggest cheerleader. GO TEAM GYPSY!!! I will definately be there Grand Opening Day. So excited to see the building complete

  • Reply Jenny January 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Looks AWESOME! Can’t wait to visit.

  • Reply Katie *Tate* Probandt January 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I’m so incredibly happy for ya’ll! I can’t wait for the big reveal! I’m very proud to say that I had the opportunity to know and work for you guys! Ya’ll deserve the very best! xoxo

  • Reply Shirley January 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I am living vicariously through you girls. I love EVERYTHING you do. If you ever need a gofer who would work cheap, let me know!!! I’d be in hog heaven. Blessings to all of you and thank you for inspiring me so very much. (Hug your mama for me, we were Skeeters together.)

  • Reply Rene foust January 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Congratulations! I love everything Junk Gypsy and am truly snappers by your leap of faith. I too took a big jump this year and I am both scared to death and excited as heck. I turned 50 this past year and decided it was now or never to take the jump and so jump I did. I pray that my jump turns out to be only partially as successful as yours. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

  • Reply Donna Fussell January 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Congratulations…from someone who knows the blood, sweat, tears, sleepless nights and endless faith it takes to persevere…my motto….”Let what you love, be what you do”…then everything else will fall into place. Can’t wait to see what’s next for your family…it is an inspiration to all of us!
    Donna

  • Reply GAUDY CHIC January 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    very proud of you girls. it is fun to see dreams come true ..with faith and hard work. hope to see you at the next warrenton. anxious for your next tv show to air too. i got myself some inspiration last show. i am bringing a lot of really funky altered art to this next show…u gotta come see. congrats on your success!

  • Reply The Hidden List January 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    OK, Jolie…payback…I just shed a few tears over this one. I find myself in a very similar situation. Making a big salary in a corp job, but unfulfilled…my passion is finding treasures and making beautiful things . I’m on my own and have bills to pay and must have insurance, so I’m doing what I can to feed my soul. I have faith! Thanks for reminding me why I come home at night and feed my passion and fill the hole that my job leaves empty.
    XO to my Aggid sister and East Texas rooted friend!

  • Reply The Hidden List January 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    OK, Jolie…payback…I just shed a few tears over this one. I find myself in a very similar situation. Making a big salary in a corp job, but unfulfilled…my passion is finding treasures and making beautiful things . I’m on my own and have bills to pay and must have insurance, so I’m doing what I can to feed my soul. I have faith! Thanks for reminding me why I come home at night and feed my passion and fill the hole that my job leaves empty.
    XO to my Aggie sister and East Texas rooted friend!

    • Reply Jolie January 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      kelley!!! i’m so glad you enjoyed the blog!! heres to the dream!

  • Reply Missy January 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    God bless every last one of ya! You’re an inspiration for junkers everywhere.

  • Reply lisa January 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Oh whata beautiful site!!!! I can’t wait to visit y’all again! You remind us all how important it is to follow your heart…..congrats!

  • Reply Tim Croteau January 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I think I can speak for all of Overton when I say just how proud we are of you and your family. I pray that God blesses your business and that it truly becomes a sanctuary for all who pass through its doors. Hopefully myself and my family can take a much needed trip to come check it out!! I cannot wait to see how this store takes off and garners national attention. You, Amie and your mom & dad make all us Texans proud with your original style & God-given eye for true beauty!! Well done!!

    • Reply Jolie January 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      wow…thank you soooo much tim! this got me all teary! you KNOW how very special overton is to us! we feel so lucky to have known every single person there…and to have grown up in such a great town! big love to you! hope to see you soon!

  • Reply CARLO BETTI RICCI January 27, 2012 at 4:15 am

    NON SIATE AMANTI DEL DENARO , SIATE CONTENTI DELLE COSE CHE AVETE POICHE’ EGLI STESSO HA DETTO : IO NON TI LASCIERO’ E NON TI ABBANDONERO’
    EBREI 13:5

  • Reply Bud Bigbie January 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

    New store looks absolutely incredible – very warm, cozy (how did you pull THAT off with such a large building?? lol) and inviting. Y’all should be very proud and excited as we back home are all very proud and excited for you. My only hope is there may be a corner with a mechanical bull and an area for Sissy and Bud to do some boot scootin’ after a couple of Lone Stars… Love to you all – God Bless.

    • Reply Jolie January 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      OK seriously, bud! this cracked me up! great idea!! i’m working on it now!!! bigggg love to y’all!!!!

  • Reply Tricia Samsal January 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Ok, Miss Jolie you got me all tearing up now! Lol. I loved everything you said, sums me up to a T. Your whole family is so inspiring. Can’t wait to see it when it s finished, and I know you all will probably have a BIG O Party in JG style, I may have to make a special trip from AZ for it! Good luck and keep it going!
    Big hugs from AZ, Tricia

    • Reply Jolie January 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      awww…tricia! thank you soooo much! i’m so glad you liked the blog!!! can’t wait to see ya soooon!! XOXOX!

  • Reply junkitten January 27, 2012 at 9:15 am

    A big slap on the back and 2 thumbs up to y’all. I CANNOT wait to drop in. Y’all are gonna get so sick of seein me! ☺

    • Reply Jolie January 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      nope we wont…you just come on!!! and bring your friends too!

  • Reply Matthew January 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Excellent to see the progress your family has made in a relatively short amount of time. Your hard work and dedication is evident and it’s wonderful to see you not only chasing your dreams, but gaining on them with speed.

    Best of luck, joy, and blessing to you all… er, that is, y’all. 😉

    • Reply Jolie January 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      thanks so much matt! thanks for EVERYTHING!!! big love to y’all too!

  • Reply Jojanna January 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    It was easy to tell that you would be successful when you are the only vendor at Canton reading Forbes- Small Business.

    • Reply Jolie January 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      what??…that’s not normal?

  • Reply robin January 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Such an inspiration! I first became aware of JG @ a Miranda concert here in NYC when I saw the “Saved by the Grace of Southern Charm” tank & I’ve been hooked ever since. I love your style, your philosophy, the website, the whole shootin’ match! Can’t wait to get to Round Top to check out the store–maybe I’ll convince some of my Eastbound & UP Rebel Road Sistas to join me!
    Bless you, everyone.

    • Reply Jolie January 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      thank you soooo much for finding us! you fer sure need to bring yer NYC sistas down to texas for a little southern soul vacation!!!

  • Reply Jennifer January 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I have a feeling it is only the beginning!! Can’t wait for the new show!!

  • Reply Heather Schoesnt Kaspar January 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Hey there girl! I’ve said before how inspirational ya’lls story is. I remember Amie telling it to me YEARS ago & the excitement she had in her voice. Little did she know that it would stick with me & it has. This blog post really hit home for me & where I am right now, so I am EVER so glad I read it. Believe me…I’ve had some “crazy” looks & FOR REAL… I KNOW all I have to do is BELIEVE & anything I want to happen CAN & WILL. Thanks for coming to the auction, donating, & buying! You guys really are AWESOME!! xoxo – Heather

    • Reply Jolie January 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      heatherrrrr!!! auctioneer-in-action!! thank you sooo much for this comment…it’s amazing to hear that you remember amie telling you our story years ago! big dreams, sista! big dreams! it’s a big ole road…
      had a BLAST saturday nighttttt!!!!! XOXOOXXO!

  • Reply Jennifer January 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I still have the turquoise necklace your mom made for me- in Canton, circa 2001. I also have my original pink Junk Gypsy t-shirt with silver-black lettering (from Warrenton) circa 2003. I still love the Junk Gypsies! You are a creative inspiration to all of us who love treasuring hunting, crafting, and making beautiful spaces with a Texas twist. Congratulations!!

  • Reply Kathi Mercure January 31, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Reading about your dreams coming true inspired my daughter and I to drive from NE to Texas to look for your new location while visiting my brother in Austin. Can’t wait to come back when the building is up. My teaching job in NE has kept me from coming to the Prom and Round Top Flea Market but retirement is not so far away. It is a road trip worth taking I am sure. Best wishes from a mother and daughter flea market adventurer team.
    Kathi Mercure and my daughter Megan Johnson

  • Reply Launda February 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for letting us come along for the ride! I Can’t wait to see where this road leads! Much love!

  • Reply Donna Kay Lough February 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    So excited for all of you’ll ! You have left many a boot print hunt n down all those unique junk n piecies ! What a find some have been and wished I had. You three have made us TEXAS proud. Be sure to know your road may be long but keep all those fun times and laughs as your greatest times (and be sure and add those to your Memory Jar ! I hope you will remember your Sisters on the Fly cause we want to park on your grounds one day and hope you find you a vintage trailer to join our fun !! See ya at the prom this spring!! Donna Kay and. Monnie ( the 1968 Rodeo Queens). Haaaaaas

  • Reply Cindi Mladenka February 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    ‘Build it and they will come’ sure hit home with this Texas girl! Because we did!
    We just got back from a little anniversary trip to Round Top, where we stayed at ‘The Prairie’. Of course we just HAD to do a ‘drive by, and check on the JG Headquarters! Mighty fine place you’re gonna have there, and the only thing I found wrong with it was that it WASN’T OPEN!!!
    After soothing my disappointment with a piece of Royer’s Chocolate Chip Pie, I vowed right then and there…”I’ll be back!”
    Congrats to all of you from ‘Deep in the Heart of West Texas!”

    • Reply Jolie February 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

      cindi!!!!
      this post made me laugh!! thank y’all sooo much!!! we hate we missed ya but can’t wait for the next girl trip when y’all can include stopping by the store on your to-do list…right between staying at the prairie and eating royers pie!!!

  • Reply Judy Gorrell February 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Can’t wait to see your new digs! Thanks for all the gypsy fun over the years. Roundtop is definitely on my bucket list.

  • Reply Megan March 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I drive past ya’lls new place EVERYDAY on my way to and from work. it has been so fun watchin’ the progress! so happy for ya’ll and CANNOT wait to get inside there and see all of the awesome jUnK!! CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Reply Cyndi Neumann March 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I am loving your new building! It is wonderful and H-U-G-E!
    Smiles, Cyndi

  • Reply Jen Nolan March 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Beyond excited for you! The building looks amazing, i will have to make a trip down to drool over your finds. 🙂
    <3

  • Reply Mary Altenbaumer March 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

    You guys are amazing and an inspiration to the rest of us who love and believe in this great free enterprise system. You turned a dream into a REALITY. You-all have “showcased” the possibilities available to a people who live in a free nation. Can’t wait to shop at the TOP!
    M.A.
    Alleene

    • Reply Arlene C March 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      As a transplant to Texas, you girls are what I like about Texas, along with the blue flowers, the food, the people, most of them, anyway, and your joy for life! Best wishes for further success.

  • Reply Freddy April 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

    The place looks great! Can’t wait to see it.)

  • Reply Kathy April 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I’m visiting Texas for my first time next week…are you going to be open? Also, can you suggest any good flea market/junk shops in the Dallas area? Congratulations and Thanks!

  • Reply Lana FLint April 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

    We drove by this future home several times while traveling between Round Top and Warrenton and each time it brought a smile to my face and to my heart!! You girls and your ‘blood’ family and your Junk Gypsy Family incredible!! An inspiration to me!! *Hugs*

  • Reply Becky April 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    It all started with a Junk Gypsy messenger bag my youngest daughter had to have! That was 7 or 8 years ago and we’ve been fans ever since then. Yall are amazing! Happy to be junkers!

  • Reply Glitterina April 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Oh … my … gosh! My BFF (another avid fleaer and junker, duh!) and I are planning a Road Trip to visit y’all! You are an inspiration, truly. Faith, hope and determination = Dreams come true! Congrats and blessings! One request? More HGTV episodes, pleaaaaase!

  • Reply Ginnie May 9, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Congrats!!!! loved your blog and you all got so blessed!!!! forward to stop by . : )

  • Reply Priscilla Patureau May 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

    …. HaPpY tears are just a flowing & my Gypsy heart is dancing with JoY!!!! I feel like ya’ll are family. Very few people understand my style & obsession for vintage & junk and when I found Junk Gypsy, is was a blessing~ I’d finally found people who were like ME 😉 I am soooo excited of the many accomplishments, the ShOw & the store~ Yaay! I agree the journey is just beginning!!!! LoVe U ALL

  • Reply Annie May 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

    It’s been such fun to watch this story unfold. I wuz there at Canton 12 years ago and saw the talent develop into Gypsy Style! Yeehaw. Full speed ahead on the road to fame and fortune. You are already rich in family, so everything else is just gravy. See you soon in RT!

  • Reply Jennifer Hirsch May 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

    My favorite part…you BELIEVED! Best wishes and I can’t wait
    To come visit and SHOP!!

  • Reply TAMMY POWELL STOWE May 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

    WAY TO KEEP YOUR DREAMS ALIVE, GIRLS! SO VERY PROUD OF YA’LL !

  • Reply jen May 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

    my daughter and i look forward to stopping at your booth every march/april and september/october. she has a wishlist a mile long of nifty finds from junk gypsy. thank you for being a place that both mom and daughter can find something appealing. we look forward to stopping in very soon. 🙂

  • Reply Shelly Stoffel May 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Love you JuNK GyPSIeS! Y’all have inspired me to be who I am with my own style and show that its “OK” to like a lil bit of everything…from the fancy girlie fru fru stuff to the dirt road & bar lights of the night! And it REALLY is OK when you slam all of that into one package! I’ve learned to embrace that about myself and I think you ladies & your style helped me see that…even if it is just by ordering a few t-shirts/jewelry and then giving me the courage to “JuNkify” my own house with my treasures that I’ve found along my jOuRney called LiFE. A roadtrip to Round Top & your new store is on my bucket list of things to do…also Antiques week & Junk PROM! Congrats on your success ladies!!

  • Reply Elizabeth Bustamante May 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Inspired to full-fill my dormant dream!!

  • Reply Juanita Hackney May 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I am thrilled with your journey — it has been amazing to watch!! Congratulations to all of you for the special family effort — and the new store!!

  • Reply Janice Teinert May 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I am so proud of you all! You have a dream and your a living that dream. Few can be so fortunate! So glad to consider you as friends.

  • Reply Anna May 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Reading this blog makes me purrrrrr like a baby kitten………Our Family is sooo proud of Ya’ll…….You lived your DREAM and with purpose! Ya’ll are SOUL FOOD to so many………..GOD SPEED GYPSIES!
    btw…The new headquarters is AMAZING!!!! You can feel the LOVE and FAITH that built that building when you enter those doors…………It’s all good!!! Love ya’ll like family:) xoxoxoxo
    The Mikeksa’s

  • Reply Alise@ The Ranch Kitchen May 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Congratulations and kudos for following your dreams! Best wishes for one hell of a future! :o)

    Alise@ The Ranch Kitchen!

  • Reply Karen Seiger May 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Dear Gypsies:
    I can’t even tell you how much I love what you do! Ever since I read that article about you YEARS ago in Fortune Small Business Magazine. And now look at you! You’re awesome, gorgeous, and a huge inspiration. In fact, I’m getting up off my keister today and jump starting my own dream! If you ever come to New York, I’ll take you out for the most amazing lunch at one of our own best Flea Markets!
    XXOO, Karen (Author, Blogger, Market Enthusiast – http://www.MarketsOfNewYorkc.com)

  • Reply dmarie May 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Is the store open yet?

  • Reply Julie J. May 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I just found yall and have been watching your show Junk Gypsies and can’t wait to come out and see yall in Warrenton and also I saw on here a shop?? Yeahhhhh…..

  • Reply Marie watson June 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    So glad you found the tie dyed pants!! Can’t wait to get them. Am so stoked to go to the store when you are up and running..Congrats and what an inspiring story of faith and success!

  • Reply Elaine Ashley June 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I have loved your look, junking ideas and everything since I saw you in a magazine a few years back! I live in So. Fla- not where my heart belongs at all- and have wanted to do what you do, treasurehunting and re-purposing!! I love it but feel stuck here! You are giving me inspiration and I hope to get off my keister and do what I REALLY want in life!! If ya’ll get down to West Palm Beach- give me a hollar and we’ll meet for lunch so you can both motivate and inspire me while I’m still having to be here! Thanks again for pushing through and showing that ‘Dreams do come true” <3

  • Reply Lora Sears July 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I love your style.My sister and I have been doing it for years.Id like to know where i can find your clothing and jewlry.Im sooo proud of you both.I look forward to your show each vweek.Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Donna Bowman September 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I love your style! Love your show…even though it’s not on right now. I taped all your 12 shows that was on HGTV and watch them over and over! Love the family…..just everything. Where have you gone??? Want more of you on TY. Only thing exciting to watch!!! WHERE ARE YOU GALS?????

  • Reply Linda October 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I love your show! I just went online tonight and figured you had a website and am so glad to see you are opening a store! I love antiques, victorian, and country stuff and every room I’ve seen you decorate on HGTV I love! You girls are so talented. I hope that someday I can come to Round Top, Thanks for your inspiring story!

  • Reply Freda October 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I feel like we would be best of friends if I lived in Texas! I’m a second grade teacher who cannot stay out of fleamarkets, junkshops,or any place that looks like it may contain treasures. So proud that ya’ll are finally getting a great building!

  • Reply Judy November 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Where are you located at Canton this weekend.. I want a t-shirt. My husband is from Bryan, Is your warehouse open to buy or do we go to places like Canton. Thanks,

    Judy Mc

  • Reply Kathy Lynn Harris November 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I’m so proud of y’all. And Jolie, it took me far longer to leave Texas A&M than you. Bachelor’s master’s work, then working for the chancellor and ag program. But finally, I took my leap of faith, too. And it’s been one adventure after another. Whoop! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply LOUISE KING January 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

    congrats to y’all !!! i am truly happy that this came to fruition for you. i live in Pennsylvania and hope one day to have the opportunity to come to Round Top Texas to meet you and shop your store . i love your show and i record every episode including the reruns. you are all so amazing and have such creative minds, you really give inspiration to all of us to believe and as you say “have faith”. i love the passion and love you have in what you do. it truly shows. can’t wait to see the new season of Junk Gypsy. LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!!

  • Reply Debra Hadrian February 8, 2013 at 11:43 am

    To Junk Gypsy
    Like it is said better late than never,I just found your site and am in love with you all,the story is one of faith for sure and loads of encouragement for me, when a journey starts from the heart faith will lead the way. ..XoDebra Hope to meet you all one day…

  • Reply SUnnY March 1, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I Am nOw A jUnk gYpsY gIrl And I Am cOnstAntlY On gYpsYvIllE.cOm lIkE EvErY dAy! mY bIrthdAY Is In OnlY fIvE dAYs And I Am gIvIng mYsElf A lIttlE sOmEthIn sOmEthIn! I lOvE bEIng A jUnk gYpsY!
    XOXo

  • Reply alison March 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Hey Ladies, I can’t say enough about your website. I am in love with ya’ll. Your whole lifestyle is just so inspiring. I have a few of your shirts. Sometimes these bodacious “girls” can’t always wear ya’lls stuff but I love it! Congrats to you all. If I am ever in your parts I am def stoppin in.

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  • Reply Kelly Ann September 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Jolie;
    You were my fiancé’s advisor at TAMU… Patrick Grant. He sold me on the Junk Gypsie name, brand and idea with my very first belt and buckle a few years ago… I’ve grown to be inspired by your story and ideas. I’ve shared them with many. My mom, aunt and cousin and I will be attending Antiqu Week this weekend and our first stop… Y’all’s grand opening!!! I’m super excited! Best of luck with all the days ahead!

  • Reply Barb Macdonald September 27, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I just found your show on TV here in Saudi Arabia and I am an avid fan and I do admire your work and show, in a TV world of made up reality you are very refreshing not to mention creative. Good for you all to follow your dreams and make them happen. When I move back to Canada, I
    hope to one day get to visit your new store.

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    Hi, I was searching cupola’s and came to your page, I love watching your tv show. I was wondering how much a cupola like the one pictured above sells for. It was your January 2012 Blog.

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