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If you’re a fan of offbeat novelties from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s (and who isn’t?), you’ll want to check out KookyKitsch on the second floor of Park Street Antiques & Collectibles (1519 Park Street, Alameda). KookyKitsch is your source for Vintage Pop Culture Collectibles.
Items for sale include vintage Hawaiian Shirts and Tiki Mugs, mid-century barware & furnishings, 1920s-80s magazines, vintage cookbooks, toys and games, paper ephemera, advertising promotions, matchbooks, scouting memorabilia, pharmaceuticals, beauty and cosmetic items, novelty and gag gifts, and “As Seen On TV” gadgets.
Do you remember the ads with the Pillsbury Doughboy, Twinkie the Kid, and Sugar Bear? How about novelty items from former Alameda businesses like Rusty Pelican, Sambos, and Boniere Bakery?
You’ll find these items (and much more) in the KookyKitsch collection. But before heading up the stairs, be sure to look for featured KookyKitsch collectibles displayed in two cases on the main floor.
Jessica Lindsey, proprietor and “Pop Culture Maven” of KookyKitsch, wasn’t always in the business of selling pop culture collectibles. In fact, she tumbled into the business accidentally after being a longtime collector of all things “kitsch” and filling her house with it. (Watch the “House of Kitsch” television spot to see inside her home.)
Jessica’s obsession of pop culture led her long-suffering (yet somewhat obliging) husband Mel Waldorf to create the website www.kookykitsch.com with the hopes that his tenacious treasure-seeking wife would sell some of the “extra” collectibles that had been filling their home to capacity. But instead of creating a less cluttered living space, it fueled her drive to find even more kitsch… to sell!
The spoils from Jessica’s love of estate/garage/yard/rummage sales, thrift stores, hand-me-downs, sidewalk leftovers, and the occasional dumpster dive are what you’ll find at Park Street Antique & Collectibles and on her website. Many products are unused and in their original packaging.
Jessica rotates the collectible treasures in her displays on a weekly basis. This means there is always something “new” in store.
If you are looking to give a gift that is sure to bring back fond memories for someone you love, there’s a good chance you will find the perfect item among the KookyKitsch collectibles. You might even find something for yourself — something you didn’t know you always wanted until you see it.
Note: If there is something in particular you’re searching for, or if you have a collection you’d like to donate/sell/consign/trade, you can contact Jessica directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. To meet with the Pop Culture Maven in person, find out when Jessica will be at Park Street Antiques & Collectibles by calling the store at (510) 523-0895.
Find More Antique & Collectibles in the Park Street Business District:
Bay Farm Coins, 1435 Park Street
Fort Knox, 1546 Park Street
Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street
Park Street Antiques & Collectibles, 1519 Park Street
Pauline’s Antiques, 1427 Park Street
Rocket Reuse, 1355 Park Street
Silver Baron’s Rare Coins, 1435 Park Street
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