The Junk Gypsies are back! Sisters Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes-Smith — in their own words, “a little bit hippie, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and a whole lot of heart and soul” — return to Great American Country this Friday, May 15.
The Junk Gypsies Friday night marathon kicks off at 8/7c, with new back-to-back episodes starting at 10/9c.
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Fans of Junk Gypsies, rejoice! Amie and Jolie Sikes, the sisters known for their ability to turn “junk” into treasure and create incredible spaces, have made it even easier for their fans to DIY their own projects. The Texas siblings took to Instagram to announce they will release their own line of paint during Texas Antiques Weekend, set for the first weekend of April.
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“On this glorious Monday morning, we have really, really, realllllly BIG news!!!” they wrote. “It’s been a dream of ours since the beginning days of Junk Gypsy to have our own paint…. and now, the dream has become a reality!! the JG core palette brought to you as an all-American made chalk & clay paint!!! We can’t wait for you to see the entire line… it’s debuting at the #jgworldhq this #texasantiquesweek!! #jgpaint”
Austin, Texas, is weird. Or at least that’s what the locals will tell you. The city is a unique combination of offbeat hipster types, tech-savvy wunderkinds and good ol’ Southerners. Home to the iconic televised music program Austin City Limits and the film, tech and music festival South by Southwest, Austin is certainly no stranger to emerging talent.
The burgeoning food scene is quickly finding its place amidst established foodie cities like Portland, Ore., New York City and Charleston, S.C. Independent, local boutiques, art galleries and antique stores line South Congress and North Lamar streets. Hip hotels like the Kimber Modern and Hotel Saint Cecilia make overnight trips feel more luxurious.
Bottom line: Austin is no longer just a dusty, western town. With a thriving arts and food scene, plus plenty of grassy terrain and shops to explore, Austin is the hub of culture in the Southwest. But don’t just take our word for it. We asked the true Texas experts, and the stars of Great American Country’s Junk Gypsies, Amie and Jolie Sikes, to reveal their top 10 favorite spots in Austin (in no particular order).
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The Great American Country team headed to Texas Antique Weekend, which was held October 1-6. If you’ve never been to this incredibly large, awesome flea market-type event…it is well worth it! Go. Really. You’ll want to make plans for 2015 now.
Here’s the deal: Twice a year the huge empty fields around Round Top, Texas, welcome thousands of vendors with the most amazing finds ever. From jewelry and furniture to funky clothing and giant metal letters, there is so much to look through, it will make your head spin.
My DH (darling husband) would love it, as he’s the picker-type guy, but the event also makes for a perfect girls’ trip. If you go, you MUST stop in to see Great American Country stars, the Junk Gypsies. Their World Headquarters are located in Round Top, and you can shop for T-shirts, jewelry, home décor, you name it. The ladies are often around the store, which is a great celebrity sighting! They’re so nice and friendly!
Amie Sikes, one of the stars of Great American Country’s Junk Gypsies, meets a fan at Texas Antique Weekend.
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Barns usually serve as backdrops for weddings, engagement shoots, senior portraits or rustic outdoor parties. But at Great American Country, we’re more intrigued by the barns themselves, not as backdrops but as country homes or retreats. With a renewed interest in simple living and re-purposing the old, folks are gravitating more and more to the countryside and converting unused barns into beautiful living spaces, businesses and more. Take a look at our Beautiful Barns gallery for some rustic barn inspiration.
This bed set has all the Junk Gypsy style elements.
If you thought the Junk Gypsies would slow down after opening the Wander Inn, you would be wrong. In fact, Amie and Jolie Sikes have been working harder than ever on their newest project, creating a home decor line for PBTeen. In tonight’s episode, the sisters take you through the entire process from creating prototypes to staging their designs for the catalog photo shoot.
Amie and Jolie decide to create a tufted denim headboard and repurpose an old guitar case as a jewelry shelf. They share other ideas, like a ship chandelier and glittered letters, with the Pottery Barn Teen reps, who visit the Junk Gypsy Headquarters to see the girls’ prototypes. Amie and Jolie emphasize the importance of glitter, feathers, dream catchers and fringe to the Junk Gypsy way of life. Finally, after three months of waiting, the Pottery Barn Teen team brings the finished products back to the Junk Gypsy Headquarters for the catalog shoot.
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The Junk Gypsies transform their friends’ produce market at Yonder Way Farm.
Amie and Jolie Sikes are longtime friends of the Kramer family, local farmers at Yonder Way Farm, who have an on-site market from which they sell organic meat and produce. The Gypsies scour the farm for hidden treasures and inspiration to give the store a fresh look. They want it to feel like a real farmer’s market while keeping it personal for the Kramers.
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While visiting the farm, Amie and Jolie find cool pieces of farm equipment they can repurpose for the store. Jolie discovers an old, galvanized metal chicken coop, and Amie unearths a grain hopper that she reimagines into a pendant light. The Kramers even introduce the sisters to some baby chicks, inspiring Jolie to decorate her chicken coop at home with her son, Cash Baker.
Inside the Yonder Way Store.
The Junk Gypsies bring floral chairs for customers to sit and relax in the store, as well as an industrial spool for a display table and family photos of the Kramers to remind shoppers about the people behind the food. As a thank you gift, the Kramers surprise Jolie with a basket full of chicks for her newly renovated chicken coop.
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Amie and Jolie Sikes transformed two old bungalows into fabulous inns.
On top of their growing list of projects, the Junk Gypsies undertook opening an inn. Amie and Jolie Sikes purchased two abandoned four-bedroom inns adjacent to the Junk Gypsy store in Round Top, Texas. In tonight’s episode, the Sikes sisters and their family renovate the living space of one of the inns. They’re calling it the Wander Inn, inspired by their plan to make it a destination for traveling “gypsies at heart.”
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The Junk Gypsies team up with Sadie Robertson to create a T-shirt design for her new clothing line.
Sadie Robertson, daughter of Willie and Korie from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, is starting her own clothing line called ‘Live Original’ and needs some help designing a T-shirt for it. Sadie calls on Junk Gypsies Amie and Jolie Sikes-Smith to transform her inspirations into a T-shirt logo that reflects her personality and the clothing line. Amie and Jolie also surprise Sadie with a “congratulations” present.
Besides Sadie’s project, the Sikes sisters need to create T-shirts for their annual Pasture Ball Game. With only a few days left before Sadie returns to see the design, Amie and Jolie hit the warehouse to find unique junk for the surprise gift, a custom desk made from two antique sewing machines.
Tune in tonight at 9/8c on Great American Country to see the final design of Sadie’s T-shirt!
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Hey, flea market, antique shop and estate sale junkies, want to share your finds with the Junk Gypsies and their fans? Now you can! Show off your upcycled projects on Great American Country’s Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #junkgypsies.
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Upload photos of your trash-to-treasure finds via Facebook under “Great Finds” or your personal Instagram or Twitter. Tap into your creative side and share photos of transformed junk or post a pic of your latest flea market score and get refurbishing tips from other users. If you need an excuse to scour antique stores and estate sales, this is your opportunity!
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