58th Annual White Elephant Sale Returns to Oakland

Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale is back March 4 and 5, 2017, but the 58th annual White Elephant Sale (WES) will give shoppers early access to items during a preview sale on Sunday, January 29 from 10 am to 4 pm. Proceeds from the sale, which is organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, benefits the Oakland Museum of California.

Named one of San Francisco’s Top 100 Events by BizBash, the admission-free and celebrated rummage sale has raised over $2 million over the past two years to support the museum. The space spans 96,000-square-feet, including 19 departments, offering a range of quality used goods, including furniture, artwork, household items, china, sporting goods, fine jewelry, Asian collectibles, tools, music, books, vintage and contemporary clothing. Located in a warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street near the Oakland Estuary, the event is made possible by donations from the public and with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers.

The 2017 White Elephant Sale will continue to offer an array of second-hand treasures, creating one of the most memorable shopping experiences in the West. Those looking for early access to the White Elephant Sale’s wealth of goods can attend the Preview Sale on Sunday, January 29, with tickets costing $15 in advance at the OMCA Store, $16 online through the WES website, and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting the event website, which has additional information. Children under 12 are admitted free to the Preview Sale but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

mural-elephantThe “White Elephant” mural by Griffin One

Shoppers are advised to arrive early and wear comfortable shoes. A complimentary shuttle service from the Fruitvale BART station to the WES warehouse will be provided for the January 29 Preview Sale and on the March 4 and 5 White Elephant Sale days.

Donations of gently used quality items are accepted year-round. For free van pick up call 510-839-5919. Visit WhiteElephantSale.org for a preview of the items for sale and the donation information, including on which days drop-off donations are accepted at the warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street in Oakland, and a list of items that cannot be accepted.

The Oakland Museum Women’s Board (OMWB), a dedicated group with 114 year-round members, is focused solely on raising money to support the Oakland Museum of California acquisitions, exhibitions, educational programs, capital improvements, and more. Since 1959, the OMWB has contributed over $22 million to the Museum. With the help of a thousand dedicated volunteers, they work year round to organize and present the White Elephant Sale held annually during the first weekend in March which attracts shoppers from the Bay Area and beyond.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the stories of California and its people. OMCA’s exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

Written by Carlos Olin Montalvo

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