Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mark Your Calendar: The Oakland Museum of California White Elephant Sale

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!


Swirlyarts said...

I'm drooling!!!! I can't complain though as I have just been to a big jumble sale over here that does 'fill a black bin liner for £2' day! I got lots! Can't wait to see what you find.

katiedid said...

Looks like a potential gold mine! How fun.

Bhavna Bhatnagar said...

Wow! This would be so much fun! I am so itching to go to this sale...even though I am sitting some thousands of miles away in India!

Anonymous said...

i read about this last year and *so* wanted to go. for some reason when i saw the posts springing up the other day i thought it was *next* weekend and i wouldn't be able to go. hmmmm, wonder if i can drag the huzbin with me today.


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