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Alameda collector gets “Clean House”

Submitted by on 1, February 8, 2011 – 12:03 am5 Comments

Jessica Lindsey’s collecting career started innocently enough, with a McGruff the Crime Dog puppet she got as a gag gift for a college roommate.

“When the puppet arrived, I decided it was too funny to give away, and I kept it,” Lindsey remembered “I’ve been collecting ever since.”

But Lindsey, who has spun her yen for collecting into a largely web-based business, has decided she’s got too much. So she reached out to Style Network’s “Clean House.”

The show, which clears out cluttered homes, is hosting a yard sale for Lindsey from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, February 12, just over the Park Street Bridge at 2909 Chapman Street. Items for sale include everything from Hello Kitty items and lunchboxes to Barbies and Cabbage Patch Kids, tiki and Hawaiiana items and an array of vintage board games, books, clothes and toys. Proceeds from the sale will be used by the show’s interior designers and organizers to stage a home makeover.

Lindsey said she has been collecting kitsch for more than a quarter century, and that years of hitting garage sales has helped her pack her Alameda home full of kitschy treasures. Husband Mel Waldorf gave Lindsey Kookykitsch.com in 2002 in an effort to clear some space for band practice (his band is Meshugga Beach Party), but Lindsey’s collection only grew. (The online store is undergoing renovations but is expected to be up again in April.)

“I couldn’t organize it myself, and Mel’s suggestion of sending me away for a spa weekend and calling a dump truck wasn’t appealing, either. When I saw a casting call for “Clean House” I realized this could be the answer!” Lindsey said.

She said she answered the call with photos and a video of the couple’s home. “They saw the chaos of our house and how much we desperately needed help,” Lindsey said. She said the show, which will be hosted by former “Cosby Show” star Tempestt Bledsoe, should air in three months.

The show airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays. And if you miss the sale, you can always check out items from Lindsey’s collection at Karousel Boutique, 1532 Webster Street and Park Street Antiques, 1519 Park Street.


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