It's the junking event of the year in the Bay Area: The Oakland Museum's legendary White Elephant Sale.
Held in a vast, 96,000-square-foot warehouse, the 49-year-old White Elephant is the largest rummage sale in Northern California. Stocked with a year's worth of wares donated to the Museum's fundraising arm, the sale boasts 17 well-organized departments containing millions of items. (Yes, I said millions.)
Goodies include vintage furniture, original art, kitchenware, lighting, and even a renowned selection of Hawaiian shirts. You'll have to do a bit of digging and the kitsch factor is fairly high, but there are treasures galore and prices are extremely reasonable.
The White Elephant Sale is this Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 333 Lancaster Street in Oakland. Parking is a challenge, but regular shuttles will be running between the Fruitvale BART station and the sale. Admission is free.
Hint: Combine a stop at the sale with a visit to the nearby Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire on Sunday, and you'll pretty much be in treasure-hunting heaven.
My favorite find from last year's sale. $3!