Get to Know the Junk Gypsies

Go behind the scenes with hosts and junkin' experts Amie and Jolie Sikes.

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Amie and Jolie Sikes share their top flea market tips.

Best Flea Markets in America

Alameda Point Antiques Faire Alameda, CA,

Brimfield Antique Show Brimfield, MA,

Rose Bowl Flea Market Pasadena, CA,

Scott Antique Markets Atlanta & Columbus, OH,

Warrenton Antique Show Warrenton, TX,

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Junk Gypsy Secret

The sisters bedazzle everything from Buddhas to lamps with their collections of costume jewelry. "It's a great way to look at those gorgeous old stones every day," says Amie.

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Gypsies in Texas

Amie and Jolie have a love affair with shadow boxes. The sisters like using them for hard-to-frame finds such as old license plates and toddler shoes. "Combine a few items from a special event and you’ve created a memory in a box," says Jolie.

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Dealing With Dealers

How to get what you want and not get taken:

- Got cash? You may get a slight discount if you use it. But remember to hit the ATM before you go to the flea market — cash machines can be scarce and charge high fees. Carry a credit card, too (many vendors accept them) and your checkbook. You’d be surprised how many dealers will take out-of-state checks.

- No over-haggling. "Just ask, 'Is that your best price?'" says Amie. Continually offering less is disrespectful.

- Buy it when you see it. A dealer may be willing to hold something for a short time, so it doesn’t hurt to ask. But if you really love a piece, grab it. Jolie lost out on a set of cowhide-covered barstools that she thought about for a little too long.

- Don’t be limited by what will fit in your carry-on. At the Warrenton show in Texas, where the Junk Gypsies have a popular stall, shipping companies will pick up your purchases for you, pack them, and deliver them right to your doorstep. "They are very reliable," says Amie. But don’t commit until you ask the price, which can be pretty steep.

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Removing the Stink

"Good ol' sunshine is the best fix for removing funky smells from furniture, suitcases, and trunks," Amie says. If that hasn't done the job after a few days, fill a spray bottle with warm water and a few drops of either bleach (test it on an unobtrusive spot to make sure it won’t ruin the finish) or lemon juice; spray and wipe. The only smell that's almost impossible to get out, say the Gypsies, is a strong smoke odor.

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Spotting a Keeper

Amie and Jolie are masters at bringing furniture back to life. But if you weren't born with that Gypsy gene, how do you suss out what's worth saving? "Look for pieces with an interesting architectural detail, something funky and unpredictable, like a beautiful carving or curved legs," says Jolie. Solid wood is always a smart choice. (Particleboard isn't worth the effort.) Leave it behind if it needs major work. "Generally, if it's not a repair you can easily do yourself, it's not worth buying."

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About the Hosts

Amie Sikes

Passionate about found treasures, Amie owns a funky, Texas-based interior design studio with her sister Jolie.
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Jolie Sikes

Designer and expert picker, Jolie and her sister, Amie, have made a career out of creative uses for repurposed objects.   
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About the Show

Junk Gypsies features designers Amie Sikes and Jolie Sikes as they take their rebellious independent spirit and unusual design philosophy on a special mission to find junk and use it to transform homes. The Junk Gypsies, whose clientele includes country music stars and Hollywood actors, have a large and passionate social media fan base of fellow design rebels who first discovered them from Finding beauty and value in items that would otherwise end up in the trash, these sisters are raucous and rowdy treasure hunters or whimsical and colorful designer/decorators, but they are definitely not antiquers or pickers.
Season 1, Episode 7

Globe Trotting Living Room

The Junk Gypsies make over a living room for an adventurous world traveler. They convert a vintage box into a shelving unit, repurpose a foundry mold into a coffee table, and turn an old globe into a one-of-a-kind lampshade.

Jan 9
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Dierks Bentley Airstream

In this episode, the Junk Gypsies trick out an old airstream trailer for country music star Dierks Bentley. They designa unique resin table from old concert posters, create a compact kitchen from a vintage side board and the sparks flywhen they turn a motorcycle gas tank into a cool new lighting fixture.

Feb 6
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 8

Fairy Tale Living Room

Amie Sikes is making over her own living room with the help of her sister Jolie Sikes-Smith. They turn an antique ship into a stunning chandelier, create a fun craft station for kids and turn their favorite Junk Gypsy finds into fabulous focal points.

Feb 27
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

Antiques Week

The Junk Gypsies attend Antiques Week, one of the country's largest antique markets in the country. They make over items and create signature Junk Gypsy pieces to sell in their tent. They decoupage a bed, give new life to a chair,and turn a French horn into a unique lighting fixture.

Mar 6
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Happy Living Room

The Junk Gypsies make over a living room for a fun, young family with three children. They turn a chicken crate into a unique coffee table, transform license plates into a work of art and add a Junk Gypsy touch to an old side-board.

May 21
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 9

Bohemian Bedroom

The Junk Gypsies make over a living room for their favorite employee. They turn a vintage car window into a vanity mirror, make a platform bed out of old shipping palettes, and create a one-of-a-kind jewelry stand.

Jun 5
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 7

Globe Trotting Living Room

The Junk Gypsies make over a living room for an adventurous world traveler. They convert a vintage box into a shelving unit, repurpose a foundry mold into a coffee table, and turn an old globe into a one-of-a-kind lampshade.

Jun 12
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

Retro Rockstar Living Room

The Junk Gypsies create a rock-n-roll living room for Texas musician John Evans. They turn an old piano keyboard into a coffee table, make a one-of-a-kind neon light, and transform a sentimental jukebox into a useful shelf.

Jun 26
7:30am | 6:30c

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