Press Release

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 9:56am
White Elephant Sale Returns to Bay Area March 5 & 6, 2016, Preview Sale Jan. 31
Famed Rummage Sale Features 19 Departments with A Wide Range of Goods in 96,000 Square Foot Warehouse in Oakland , Sale Proceeds Benefit the Oakland Museum of California

(OAKLAND, CA)—Now in its 57th year, the White Elephant Sale, Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale, returns to Oakland on March 5 and 6, 2016. The Preview Sale, where shoppers have first access to sale items for purchase, will take place on Sunday, January 31. Proceeds from the Sale, which is organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board benefit the Oakland Museum of California, with last year’s Sale raising a record-breaking $2.15 million.

Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board to benefit the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), the renowned White Elephant Sale (WES) features 19 departments offering a wide range of quality used goods, including furniture, artwork, household items, china, sporting goods, fine jewelry, Asian collectibles, tools, music, books, vintage and contemporary clothing for men, women, and children, and more. The annual sale takes place in a 96,000 square-foot warehouse located at 333 Lancaster Street on the Oakland Estuary, and is made possible by donations from the public.

The 2016 White Elephant Sale promises to offer something for everyone as the most memorable second-hand shopping experience in the West.  Sale hours are 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 and admission is free.

Enthusiastic shoppers can get early access to the White Elephant Sale’s wide array of goods during the Preview Sale on Sunday, January 31, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm. Preview Sale tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance starting December 1, 2015 in one of three ways: in person at the OMCA Store, online through the OMCA Store website, or by mail-in order form, found at WhiteElephantSale.org. Children under 12 are admitted free to the Preview Sale but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Shoppers are advised to arrive early and wear comfortable shoes. A complimentary shuttle service from the Fruitvale BART to the WES warehouse will be provided for the January 31 Preview Sale and on the March 5 and 6 White Elephant Sale days.

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WHAT: White Elephant Preview Sale
WHEN: Sunday, January 31, 2016, 10 am–4 pm
WHERE: White Elephant Sale Warehouse, 333 Lancaster Street, Oakland
ADMISSION: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Ages 12 & under free with adult.
DETAILS: Don’t miss the first chance to shop the famed White Elephant Sale, Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale, and get early access to the 96,000 square warehouse filled with high-quality used goods. With something for everyone, the Sale features an extensive array of quality used men's, women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, artworks, household items, china, books, tools, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, and more. Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board to benefit the Oakland Museum of California, the Sale is made possible by donations from the public.
URL: WhiteElephantSale.org

WHAT: 57th Annual White Elephant Sale
WHEN: Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6, 2016, 10 am–4 pm
WHERE: White Elephant Sale Warehouse, 333 Lancaster Street, Oakland
ADMISSION: Free.
DETAILS: Shop the legendary White Elephant Sale, Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale. Enjoy the most memorable second-hand shopping experience in the West, with a 96,000 square-feet of warehouse space filled with high-quality used men's, women’s and children’s clothing, artworks, household items, china, jewelry, books, tools, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, and more. Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board to benefit the Oakland Museum of California, the White Elephant Sale is made possible by donations from the public.
URL: WhiteElephantSale.org

DONATION INFORMATION
Donations of gently used good quality items are accepted year-round. For free van pickup call 510-839-5919. Visit WhiteElephantSale.org for 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.

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM WOMEN’S BOARD
The sole purpose of the Oakland Museum Women's Board (OMWB), a dedicated group with 114 year-round members, has been to raise 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.

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking 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.

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ONSITE MEDIA ADVISORY
Onsite media are welcome at the White Elephant Preview Sale on January 31 and the March 5 and 6 Sale without appointment. Subject to warehouse availability, appointments for live camera interviews can be scheduled on Thursday, January 21, Friday, January 22, Tuesday, March 1, and Wednesday, March 2. Contact Kelly Koski at 510-418-5725 to schedule an appointment.