from texas 2 nashville. via new york.

as we were flying over new york…our plane preparing to land, it all seemed very surreal. NEW YORK?! we’re about to land in new york city? land of lady liberty, central park (hellllllo, friends (ross, rachel, & the gang at central perk), the empire state building, brooklyn bridge, carrie bradshaw, trump tower), and ….. well, of course i could go on and on.

we’ve crossed many a dirtroad, backroad, and small town…but we’ve never been to new york. and there we were….about to land…. in NEW YORK.


{our view from the plane. helllllllo big apple}


once we landed and were headed downtown to our hotel, we saw this….


{yep, i'll take this as a good sign}

that’s right, God put this big ole double rainbow right over NY as we were headed to our hotel. AND, as if it couldn’t get any better…our hotel room looked right out at what we THOUGHT was the EMpiRE STATE BUILDING and later learned was the chrysler building. (thanks suzy!;) we’re NY virgins) a whole lot of awesomeness.

the next morning…we were shuttled off to 30 ROCK!!! yes, i just typed that….here, let me type it again… 30 ROCK.

with the courage of a jillion of y’all behind us, we quietly walked down a busy new york street. in our holey jeans and cowboy boots with a zillion butterflies in our stomachs…

as one of our long time friends and facebookers posted: “bring the holey jeans, girls. BRING it!”

we were amazingly honored (and NERVOUS!!:)) to be on the TODAY SHOW with hoda & kathie lee. we were invited to chat about how to make money from home…but of course, with hoda & kathie lee, everything is pretty impromptu and from what we had been told, you just never know what they’re going to say or do. and yes, this fact i think made both of us EVEN more nervous. so after a “go team” pep talk from our good friend, bobbie thomas, and with knees knocking and hands sweaty…we were LIVE…


seriously…2 of these nicest ladies everrrrrrr. they were amazing and sweet and kind and funny and they did everything they could to make us feel at ease…we both managed to not stutter, fall off of our stools, or do something otherwise mortifying and embarassing. 

in case you missed the segment and want to catch it…click here! AND thank y’all for all of the amazing tweets, emails, & fb posts of support!!! y’all are our red bull!

after our first ever live TV debut, we quickly loaded up in the car and headed for the airport nashville bound.

and although we didn’t get even a small glimpse of LADY LiBERTY in NEW YORK…


we did see DOLLY parton posing as the statue of liberty in nashville at the country music hall of fame…(but that’s a whole separate blog). 

we were asked to decorate ‘the HOOK up’ in ‘the LODGE’. the LODGE was the brainchild of HGTV/GAC …a super swanky presence at CMA FEST located smack dab in FAN ALLEY.

{shout out 2 our brother from another mother, cody bennett for this shot!}

the LODGE hosted superstar performances (we’re talkin little big town, thompson square, gary allan, scotty mccreery, kix brooks…the list goes on and on…), a WHITE ROOM CHALLENGE space (where your fave design stars themed out the space inspired by their fave country songs), ICE MY CUP in honor of vanilla ice (a moment of silence here please), a photobooth, AND the HOOK UP (decorated by yours truly)…a place to charge your phones and check out scripps networks ipad apps.

{photo credit: hgtv}

the highlight of our trip was getting to meet all of you crazy & excited fest goers that were stopping by…as we walked up the first day, we never dreamed there would be a LINE of junk gypsy viewers/customers/friends waiting to say hi! it was sooo great meeting and visiting with everybody!!!


{photo credit: hgtv}

we ran into our good friends, the PRopERTY BROTHERS

{rockin our rap star moves with the property BROthERS & LOVE + THEFT}

josh johnson, & emily henderson…hung out at the CMT awards after-party with miranda & the pistol annies…& made lots of new friends…including LOVE + THEFT (above), nan kelley of GAC

be sure to watch GAC’s top 20 countdown this FRIDAY at 8pm EST for all of nan’s interviews at CMA fest (including us!!).

chris lambton of GOING YARD & his new wife peyton…

and yesssss…possibly the biggest moment of. MY. LIFE.


{pretending we're rockstars in the scripps suite at LP field}

seriously y’all…i am a child of the 80′s-90′s. back in the days of using a hair dryer and hair spray simultaneously on your bangs in order to make them stick straight up, back when you layered your SOCKS, back in the days of A FEW GOOD MEN (you WANT me on that line! you NEED me on that line!). back in the days of MC HAMMER, baggy britches & STOP. COLLABORATE. & LISTEN. 

it was a moment when i asked myself…how did this happen? how am i HERE with VANILLA ICE?? (um, ‘scuse me…i meant rob… now that we’re like buds and all)…

did JUNK bring me here? yes, why yes it did.


junk brought me here…with my family. with VANILLA freakin’ ICE.

all for the LOVE of junk. AMEN.

June 14, 2012   37 Comments

Sublimely beautiFUL…JuNK-O-RaMA prom

For those that have been to JuNK GypSY JunK-O-RaMA prom, you know all the magically crazy, wonderfully beautiful, and sublimely ethereal stories you hear are true…and for those that haven’t, here’s a little history on how it all got started…a little ProM 101. 

ThE LEgEND & LoRE of Junk Gypsy Junk-o-Rama Prom…the beginning…  

{JuNK-O-RAMA ProM} (thanks to KeeLY MaRIE ScoTT for the image)

What started as a simple ode to the forgotten prom dress magically took a life of its own one night at the fleamarket.

{AmIE, MoM, & me in the OuTHOUSE a few years back}


JunK-o-RaMA Prom has become a cultural crossroads of sights and sounds and people. ANd, we firmly believe, the happiest place on EaRTH for one breath-taking evening in Texas. Under the big ol’ southern stars you will find a celebration for all ages and all walks of life, an evening where everybody is somebody!

{ELviS LivES! (and lives...and lives...and lives....and lives!)} (thanks to for the pic!)

During the antiques show several years ago, we noticed the forgotten glory and beauty of a pile of vintage prom dresses aNd decided to pay tribute by hosting our own little JuNK-O-RaMA Prom a few nights later. We scavenged the grounds, scooped up vintage dresses throughout the week and all played dress-up under the stars that one night.

{FiRST JuNK-O-RamA ProM - sprinG 2004}

There were a handful of customers and several junkers (aka – vendors) ..we drank sangria, took silly pictures, practically danced holes in our boots, had lots of laughs and were completely oblivious to the fact that JuNK-O-RaMA PRom would soon become a legendary twice yearly event.

{dancing under the twinkle LiGHTS and the teXAS staRS}

It is now much larger than a ‘handful of folks’…nowadays you probably couldn’t stir ‘em with a stick!

{AmiE, JoHN EvaNS & me at prOM}

It’s a magical evening..complete with a makeshift stage for the band, made out of our latest, greatest fleamarket finds, a million and one twinkling ChriSTmas lights, and glittery chandeliers hanging out of the trees near our tent in this Texas cow pasture.

{PrOM nite for the young and the young @ heart!} (thanks to for the pic)

 AnD of course, everyone’s favorite – the old outhouse turned photobooth!

{chandeliers, vintage fabrics, architectural pieces & a disco ball adorn our FaNCY SchMANCY PhoTO booth!}

YeP, it’s the original OUTHouSE from ZaPP HaLL grounds…and bein LoVERs of all junk, we just had to put it to good use. soooo, now it famously (and infamously) stands as our OFFiCIAL photobooth! It has been retrofitted with posh, tattered velvet cushions, old oil paintings and its own little chandelier making it the most happening outhouse on the planet!

{the early years...mingling outside the outHouSE}(photo courtesy of CounTRY LIvING magazine)

So this evening that culminated out of not much more than a pile of dusty old prom dresses and our desire to just have fun, has become something that we are just happy to be a part of! There’S been rumors of star-studded guests (MiranDA LamBERT, WiLLIE!, RachEL AShWELL), it’s been featured by CounTRY LiVING magazine, the ToDAY ShoW , and by UT film students working on a documentary & we just feel really darn LuCKY to be a part of something that makes us all so happy !

 So for as long as we can . . . we are gonna be dancin’ in our cowboy boots underneath the starS at JuNk-o-RAmA Prom!

JuNK-O-RaMA PRoM…THurSDAY, ApRIL 1st…TwiLiGHT at the GypSY tenT!


MoRE good stuff coming! AntIQUES WEEK! a soul vacation!

March 17, 2010   12 Comments