Monday, October 13, 2014

Ever Wonder Why We Started All This Junkin Stuff? Here's A Look Back....

This blog is dedicated to FUNKY JUNK SISTER #1, our mother, Dixie. She is the original "Junk Queen". 
She taught us (my sisters and I) how to decorate on a budget. That means that you went rummaging at garage sales, estate sales and flea markets all the time. And I do mean all of the time, if we were in the car with mom we were on the hunt. She would turn in at every garage sale sign she saw, and as kids, believe me, that wasn't always a good thing. She would hear the whining too. "Not another one! Let's go home!"
If my brothers were in the car, oh Lordy watch out. They would make her miserable all the way home for that last stop. The trip home wasn't a short one either. We lived in a small town north of Spokane, Washington so the ride home took about 35 minutes.
When we arrived back at the farm everyone that didn't make the trip into town with her was forced (seriously forced) to see all of her new finds.
Back then we didn't appreciate the things she found. Now it's a different story.... now we have taken all that she taught us and turned it into money, treasures, or heirlooms for our families. Thanks Mom, we finally get it!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

12 Tips for Using Funky Junk Sisters Paint (or any kind of chalk paint).

We have painted tons of furniture over the years, we consider ourselves experts. Here's our two cents on the rules of painting with chalk paint. We finally got smart and decided to make a brand of our own, it's super easy to use ....anyone can do it. For more information on our Funky Junk Sister's Paint go to Here you'll see the beautiful colors we have personally selected just for you and a lookbook of some of the pieces we have created. 

1.    Before you begin to paint, turn the can upside down for 30 minutes or so (make sure the lid is on tight) to allow all the settled ingredients to float down. Then go ahead and shake the can vigorously to mix it up good.
2.    Always start with a clean, dry piece of furniture. If painting cabinets or furniture with grease build up, you may want to use Mineral Spirits to wipe the piece off, allow to dry overnight before painting.
3.    Usually you don't need to sand or prime the furniture unless the piece is peeling, chipping or there is damage. Remember an imperfect surface can give your piece character!
4.    Using long, thin, smooth strokes, paint your first coat.  For the second coat, try tapping your brush in water, then in the paint to thin it. This also helps to reduce the brush strokes. For a washed effect, water down your paint and wipe off the extra to allow the grain of the wood to show through.
5.    When painting fabric, first use a spray bottle with water in it to wet down the fabric. The paint will absorb better.
6.    When applying Funky Junk Sister’s Wax, use a soft cloth (we like to use old T shirts) a little goes a long way. We prefer a mat finish, so we don’t buff a lot, but you can buff it to any sheen you desire.
7.    Use a small sealable container to create your own dark wax with a few drops of paint added to our clear wax. You can use a little more Clear to erase some of the dark if you put too much on. This method also works well with paint glitter products that are available. You’ll get that shimmery effect.  
8.    Apply wax before distressing and it will cut down on the dust.
9.    For the best patina, use higher grit sandpaper. Use a lower grit such as 220 to distress. It’s best to sand against your brush strokes.
10.  For best results, temperature for painting and waxing should be between 55 and 80 degrees. Store your paint in these same conditions.
11.  Not often, but sometimes with pieces from the 30s and 40s, bleeding occurs after the first coat, it is best to stop and apply a coat of clear shellac and then continue with additional coats of paint.
12.  Paint brushes are easily cleaned with soap and water. If you can't clean them right away or are just between coats, put them in a zip lock bag to keep them from drying out. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mason Jars, Denim, Burlap & Bling

We have an event we are styling for The Washington State's their Round Up auction. 
The money raised is for scholarships. 
This year the theme is Denim & Diamonds.  
 We started working on the centerpieces for the tables. 
A little bit of denim, a little burlap and alotta BLING!
Wouldn't these be cute for a sweet country wedding?

We will be workin' on this all week so stay tuned for more ideas and don't forget where ya'll can find us next...September 17-21 we will be at The Washington State Fair near the green gate....
on November 14 & 15, 2014 a full blown "Junk Salvation" 
will be at the Expo Hall at the Puyallup, WA  fairgrounds.

Power to the JuNk PeOpLe!!!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Here's where you can find all our vintage goodness next...

Whoo hoooo!!! 

Doin' the Puyallup aka The Washington State Fair
 is just around the corner! 
We will be in the Green Marketplace again this year Sept 17-21.

This time the booths will be facing each other so you 
vintage vixens can get a good look at everything. 
Lights will be strung overhead across the midway.
 It will look so festive and junkalicious! 
Now don't forget...mark your calendars today!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Our FAV Junk Sisters are back on TV!

Junk Sisters.....set your DVRs!!!!  They're BAAAACCCCKKK! 
Tomorrow night June 12 at 8pm on #GreatAmericanCountry.
We were super thrilled to receive a special SWAG box from Aimie and Jolie the other day in the mail. It was chock full of all kinds of Junk Gypsy goodies, including a DVD of  Season 2 of their show!!! We popped some popcorn and hunkered down for some good ol' junkin' fun. Let us tell did not disappoint!!!We couldn't stop watching. We believe these girls have truly found their home, what could be more American than good old ingenuity mixed with a little Texas twang. Aimie and Jolie have that and more. Great American Country is the PERFECT home for them! This season is full of 'REAL' junkin' adventure, the girls really get down to their roots and show us all how it's done! It's fun to follow them as they create from barnyard finds and wood piles. The stuff all us Junkers dream about!Great job #Junk Gypsies #junkgypsiesjune12 #GreatAmericanCountry #funkyjunksisters

Below is a fun pic of all of us in the Junk Gypsy tent at Round Top....not sure where Aimie was....probably creating something Junktastic in the background!

In honor of the #Season2 premier tomorrow night, 
we are giving away some cool stuff from our SWAG box. 
Go to our facebook page to enter

Power to the JuNk PeOpLe!!
Linda & Dixie

Monday, June 2, 2014

Junk Sisters Unite! We have been named one of the Top 25 Fleas in America again! Come see why!

Our shows are full of creativity. So many people with such wonderful ideas...
and they are willing to share them all with you! Let our vendors do all the work...
they love to help with decorating questions and give super advice on entertaining with a vintage flair.  
Maybe you need some help with wedding ideas...just ask them!  
We think this is the reason our shoppers continue to vote us to be one of the 
Top 25 Fleas in America each year.  

We're kind of a friendly bunch!
Come see for yourself! 
We will be at the Washington State Fairgrounds in 
Puyallup, WA on June 20 & 21, 2014. 
Come see what all the fuss is about. 
You can attend our Early Bird buying event on Friday night from 6pm-9pm. 
Get in before all the crowds... or if 
Saturday shopping is good for you then come on in and do it from 10am to 4pm.

Are you traveling from out of town?
We have coordinated a great hotel deal for you! Stay at the Quality Inn & Suites in Pacific, WA.   
They are offering our shoppers a special rate of $75 for a King room or $85 for a Two Queen room. 
Please contact them directly at 253-288-1916 and mention The Funky Junk Sisters Show at the Washington State Fair for discounted room rates.
Remember to invite your friend with "the big truck" cuz you are gonna need it
 to haul your cool finds home!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Funky Junk Sisters at The Stagecoach Music Festival

We arrived bright and early Thursday morning to begin our design for the newest addition to The Stagecoach Music Festival...The Honky Tonk Dance Hall. Boy was it warm! A little too hot for a couple of girls from the Pacific Northwest to be setting up in, we were so excited we nearly passed out! Here's a pic of the beginnings of our main stage area. 
 We used vintage channel letters and old doors for the back drop. 

Here's the Funky Junk design team hard at work.

 Lights are up and the finishing touches are being prepared. 

 Our Honky Tonk had a DJ in it much of the's the backdrop we designed for her. Look closely and you will see Betsy the cow in her stall equipped with chandeliers. 

Finally finished up after a long 12 hours....hit the sack for the night to get plenty of rest to play (also known as PARTY) the rest of the weekend!

Stagecoach graffiti. We totally agree, don't ya'll?

Nice to see our name on the official Stagecoach Festival brochure. Did you know 65,'000 fans attend this event? It's no wonder cuz it's an absolute blast! 

Gotta say the whole Stagecoach crew treated us like real JuNK QuEEnS! 
Every meal was delicious and the very best part....
the fabulous "up close and personal"
 concert tickets we were treated to. 
Thanks Stagecoach for a wonderful experience. WE CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR!!!!
You will see some of our Stagecoach stage set up at our next 
Funky Junk Sisters Vintage Flea Market 
on June 20 & 21 in Puyallup, WA. 
Get your early bird tickets today, just hit the show tab at the top of this page!