Wednesday, February 29, 2012


A peek at Jimmie Rae's inspiration board.
Hey, Y’all! Today I have the distinct privilege of interviewing one of my favorite junkers. Someone so  obsessed with every garage, yard, barn, rummage, flea market, estate, and thrift store SALE sign she sees that it often impairs her common sense and gets her into a whole mess of trouble.  But her heart is in the right place.  Her name is Jimmie Rae Murphy. She moonlights as an antique dealer at Blessings From the Past Antique Mall in Niceton, Texas.

Blessings Antique Mall is located in the turn-of-the-century Old First Baptist Church on Niceton's downtown square. Jimmie Rae and her best friend, Maxine Bea Huntington, share booth space in what used to be the choir loft.   
The statue, "Pippa," from Robert  Browning's poem,
"Pippa Passes," located in front of the
Armstrong Browning Library on Baylor's campus.
Jimmie Rae has had a rather ordinary life. She lost her parents at a young age and went to live with her grandparents when she was seven. She grew up in Niceton and graduated from Baylor University where she met her now ex-husband, Joe. When she's not junking, she works at the
Armstrong Browning Library
Live oaks at Baylor University.
However, recently Jimmie Rae was involved with the murder investigation of one of her  fellow antique dealers at Blessings. Thanks to her keen sense of observation and what others may call her stubborn independent streak, she found herself caught up in a scheme that threatened her life as well as the lives of those closest to her.
Please welcome our guest Junker, Jimmie Rae Murphy.

Me: “Jimmie Rae, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today."

JR: "It's my pleasure. Thanks for asking me."

Me: "How long have you been an antique dealer at Blessings Antique Mall?”

JR: "Well, I've always been drawn to anything  old. It's just what I love. The stories items from the past hint at fascinate me. Maxine and I have had our booth Junk Chic for about five years now. It’s helped me pay the bills while my no-good-ex-husband was goofing around in law school. Even better though, Maxine and I get to hang out on the weekends and go junkin’ around Niceton. We also meet in Athens and head up to Canton to the huge Trade Days there.”

Me: "Isn’t that where you found Evelyn Sue Dinsmore?"
JR: Well, yes. Actually I found her outside of the official First Monday market. But yes, we were there on a junkin’ trip that went terribly wrong.  Who knew my mentor and once-third-grade-school teacher had a past?

Me: Oh really? That sounds intriguing. Care to elaborate?
JR: No. If you don’t mind, I’d really rather not discuss that now.
Me: "Oh, of course. Sorry. So what’s your favorite flea market?"

JR: "Well, I love them all! Here in Texas, I enjoy First Monday in Canton and then twice a year there’s a mega-junkin’explosion down at Warrenton-Round Top-Marburger Farm! Days of junkin’—although usually I only have a few hours since I work full time at the Armstrong Browning Library. "

Me: "What especially makes you want to go junkin'?"

JR: "The sense of adventure—the treasure hunt. I especially adore anything Victorian, of course. So, I’m always on the lookout for anything from that time period. Here in south central Texas there are some awesome Victorian items since this is the area that was first settled by the Germans and Czechs around the 1840s."

Me: "I had no idea. I’ll bet you’ve come across some cool stuff. What has been your favorite thing?"
JR: "Well, that’s really difficult to say—I have several beautiful Victorian books. That’s mostly because my Grandmother Star owns a bookstore in Niceton. She raised me, so I’ve spent most of my growing up years curled up on her bookstore's tufted sofa reading the days away. I enjoy Victorian literature because the language is more formal and the plot-lines are complicated, yet elegantly simple. It was such an interesting point in time on so many different levels." 

Me: "I’ll have to check out some of those old books myself. So you mentioned you and Maxine have an antiques business together.  Junk Chic, right?"

JR: "Yes."

Me: "I know lots of dealers are also vendors at Vintage Markets. Do you two do any vintage shows?"
JR: "Yes. We’ve just started taking our stuff on the road. We’re scheduled to do a City-Wide Garage Sale in Austin and a local smaller market, called Farm and Flea this summer."

Me: "That sounds great! I know both of those shows. I’ll be looking for your JUNK CHIC booth."

JR: "It’d be great to see ya! I’d best be getting back to shopping now. Peace, love, and all the good stuff to ya!"
If you’d like to get to know Jimmie Rae and follow her adventures, be sure to download your own e-copy of FIRST MONDAY MURDER available soon from Amazon and Smashwords.

Trade paperback copies will also be available for purchase through Amazon and many other wonderful e-store merchants .

In addition, FIRST MONDAY MURDER will be available at Petticoats on the Prairie Under the Big Top Vintage Market in Waxahachie, TX March 16 & 17 and at Plucky Maidens Junk Fest, April 27 & 28 at the Columbia Conference Center in Portland, OR.
Peace, love, and
 happy junkin', y'all!


  1. Lisa, oh my goodness how fun this is going to be to read! I'm pretty sure I'm making it to Waxahachie, so I'll get mine there! Can't wait to see you and catch up. I think you're so amazing and fun...and thank God healthy.

  2. Hi, Tracy --I sure hope you get to go to POTP in March. I'd love to catch up with you and sign your copy of FMM! Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate them and YOU so very much! And yes, next week is my nineth year as a survivor--I am truly blessed. xxoos :)

  3. Hi Lisa! I can't wait to start reading your book. I love the way you've promoted it and made it like a old friend that we need to catch up with. xoxo, Chris/Momma

    1. Hi, Chris--Thanks for your sweet comment. I promise FMM will be available VERY soon. (Keep your fingers crossed!) I hope Jimmie Rae will turnout to be a friend you'll feel you need to keep up with. I'm currently in the middle of her next adventure(!) :) xxoos