So, we're a little behind, but I am so excited to introduce you to my friend and neighbor Regina!
|"Regina Interview 1" - McKinney, Texas|
Who's That Girl: Regina grew up in Eldorado, Arkansas with one younger brother and several older cousins. She was a precocious child that spent her formative years following her older cousins around and doing every daredevil, break your neck thing that those boys did.
|"Regina Interview 2" - McKinney, Texas|
She spent a great deal of time with her grandmother who was a bit perplexed about what, exactly, to do with this tomboy of a little girl who seemed determined to prove that she could do anything that the boys could do even though they all had around 10 years on her.
|"Regina Interview 3" - McKinney, Texas|
The Junking Begins: Regina said that she began junking at 5 when she spent an entire day rummaging around in her other grandmother's garage. She said that that was the day that she fell in love with anything old. She was constantly asking the neighbors for bits of old clothing, finding nails and pieces of wood, anything that peaked her interest and bringing it home to create new things. And she was frequently in trouble for running off with and/or loosing her grandmother's scissors and hammers.
|"Regina Interview 4" - McKinney, Texas|
"I was always making stuff, making a mess, and dragging things home. And I'm still doing it!"
|"Regina Interview 5" - McKinney, Texas|
She's a Big Girl Now: As Regina got older she moved to Texas and started a family of her own. Her family that had all lived so close together when she was a child started to spread out as the children; Regina, her brother, and cousins, all got older, but they still speak with each other regularly. And that tight-knit sense of family was passed down to Regina's two daughters, one step-daughter, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. All but one grandchild live within a short distance of Regina.
|"Regina Interview 6" - McKinney, Texas|
It Began in the 80s: While Regina has been junking since age 5, she didn't start selling antiques and such until 1988 when she and a friend opened a shop together in the Dallas area. In 1991 Regina moved to McKinney and a few years later, in 1995, she moved her shop here too. But 2000 was the year that Regina established Gypsy's Daughter and her current endeavor really started to take off. Under the name Gypsy's Daughter Regina has created a selection of jewelry and bags that appeal to a wide variety of customers.
|"Regina Interview 7" - McKinney, Texas|
Gypsy Life: The name Gypsy's Daughter came about because, in her wild child days, Regina's grandmother would often shake her head and say, "You're just the gypsy's daughter." "The gypsy" was a reference to Regina's great grandmother who was, in fact, a gypsy.
|"Regina Interview 8" - McKinney, Texas|
Regina's great-great grandfather owned a farm and several gypsy families would travel through during harvest season and work his land. After the death of his first wife, her great-great grandfather remarried but his second wife was unable to have children. The second wife became very fond of one of the many, many children from one of the families that regularly worked the farm. The family was unable to take care of all of their children and Regina's great, great grandparents adopted the little girl. Though she spent the rest of her childhood with a stable and stationary family, growing to a young woman and starting a family of her own, the little gypsy girl never lost her taste for wild freedom.
|"Regina Interview 9" - McKinney, Texas|
Inspiration: Regina uses the wild abandon she inherited from her great grandmother to fuel her work creating spoon handle bracelets, stamped spoon and leather bracelets, pendents and earrings crafted from broken pieces of pottery, purses made from old cotton bags and paintings, beaded necklaces, and so much more. "I'll be doing this till they put me in the ground and then I'll be asking St. Peter to please let me bring just a few things because I won't be through."
|"Regina Interview 10" - McKinney, Texas|
Location, location, location: Regina can regularly be found at Just Piddlin' on the square in downtown McKinney. She also has a few pieces at Diggin' It and sells pieces to retail stores in Denver and Mississippi. Twice a year she can be found at Round Top. She and the owners of Just Piddlin' will be at the "Fort Worth Market" in Waxahachie, Texas March 20th to the 22nd, and "Vintage Market Days" in McKinney May 7th and 8th. Regina has been gracious enough to give you guys a helping hand with your Valentine's shopping: 10% off through February 15, 2015! So swing by and pick up a one of a kind piece from Regina of Gypsy's Daughter.
|"Regina Interview 11" - McKinney, Texas|