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Face Time: Jolie and Amie Sikes

stars of “junk gypsies,” antiques hounds

One man’s trash often turns into treasure for Texas gals Amie and Jolie Sikes, who scour flea markets, secondhand stores and all kinds of other sources for finds they can transform and then sell through the Junk Gypsy Company ( After developing a following in both the real world and online, the Sikes sisters take their down-home approach to decorating to HGTV with their new show “Junk Gypsies” (Sat., 7 p.m.).

What’s a junk gypsy?
Jolie Sikes: It could be someone corporate or a soccer mom. Once we grow up, we all realize that we still want to do things that are silly or fun. It’s about no rules, about letting your free spirit be and about remembering your inner child.
Amie Sikes: It’s like a feeling inside. We have people from 5-year-old kids to 85-year-olds tell us that they feel like a junk gypsy. I’m amazed at the different types of people who subscribe to this thing it is that we do.

How do you define your style?
JS: We say that we have commitment problems!
AS: Our style is like a cultural crossroads. We might take something Victorian and have it come together with something that’s totally rock ’n’ roll from the ’60s. Everything can go together in some way.

What is it about junk that you’re drawn to?
AS: There’s also a sentimental thing to it. We don’t want to see something thrown in the trash; we want to see it continue its life.
JS: We didn’t have a choice. Our parents have been taking us to flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores since we were born. It’s more fun to go to a resale shop than to a department store. You never know what you’ll find.

Can you find stuff anywhere?
JS: Almost anywhere, I would say. Like the side of the road — people throw away some great things. And at almost any junk shop or flea market, you can usually find something.

How do you know if a treasure you discover is actually worth buying?
AS: Our No. 1 rule is if you love it, just buy it. You don’t have to worry about whether it’s worth anything to anyone else. You need to go with your gut.

Any favorite finds?
: We have a circus wagon that is the coolest thing ever. We have never parted with it, because we love it. It’s striped and got all this chippy, peel-y paint.

Any tips on incorporating old stuff in your home?
: When you add junk into your house it’s unpredictable and something that no one else has. You have a unique piece that’s probably a one of kind because of its patina. You’ve got something that you’re not going to see in the Pottery Barn catalog.



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