Junk Gypsies

You could call it "Texas Couture." It's a hip style that's taking the United States by storm. It's trendy, it's Texas, but the style isn't only adored in the lone star state, it's branching out. And, at the heart of the style you'll find two Texas A&M graduates that call themselves the "Junk Gypsies."

It’s a little bit country and it's a little bit rock n' roll.

"It's just mixing all the fun stuff with the normal stuff and it just makes it more fun," Co-Owner Jodie Sikes-Smith said.

What you might have once considered a garage sale find is now a hot commodity.

"There's something romantic about Texas flair that people really love," Sikes-Smith said.

They say one woman's trash is another woman's treasure and here at junk gypsies that's true, they've taken junk and added a little funk.

From flamingos, to baubles and beads, to knights in shining Armour the Texas women are finding success with the country flair.

"So many of these chipped, peeled pieces have so much more personality than the new stuff," Sikes-Smith said. "That's what we love about it, and we think that's what other people see in it."

The Sikes sisters started the business as a hobby while they were trying to figure out what career path to choose.

"We kind of started going to flea markets and thought that would be a way to make some money until I figured out what I wanted to do," Amie Sikes said. "In essence that turned out to be the perfect business the one I didn't plan for."

And it's turned into so much more. The sisters travel from one art show to another selling their flea market finds with an added touch.

"It's been a dream come true for me and my sister Jodie and my mom so it's just been a great business and a great life," Sikes said.

A life full of junk turned funk. The Junk Gypsies have set up shop for Friday and Saturday in the 10,000 block of State Hwy 30 in College Station. If you drive out that way, you'll see their pink "Junk Gypsy" suburban parked on the side of the road. Their "Junkapalooza" runs until midnight Friday night with live local country music and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.


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