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2014 White Elephant Sale Raises Unprecedented $1.88 Million

(OAKLAND, CA)—The Bay Area’s biggest and best rummage sale raised an unprecedented $1.88 million, setting a new record at the 55th annual White Elephant Sale held the first weekend in March 2014. Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, proceeds from the Sale benefit the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA).  

“Our 55th White Elephant Sale was a huge success,” said President of the Oakland Museum Women’s Board Rose Jellison. “We thank our generous donors and loyal shoppers for their support and credit our success—as we have for more than 50 years—to the hard work and dedication of our remarkable volunteers. Without the year-round efforts of so many of these tireless individuals, our White Elephant Sale and the funds it allows us to provide to the Oakland Museum of California would not be possible.”  

“The White Elephant Sale is the single largest fundraiser for the Museum,” said OMCA Director and CEO Lori Fogarty. “We couldn’t do everything we do without the generosity of the donors, the dedication of the volunteers, and the shoppers who leave the sale knowing that not only did they get a great bargain, but they helped support the Museum in the process. Over the last 55 years, the Women’s Board, with proceeds from the White Elephant Sale, has supported everything from new OMCA acquisitions to special exhibitions, education to capital improvements, and we couldn’t be more thrilled and humbled by the tremendous community effort that goes into such a fantastic event.”

With the annual White Elephant Sale scheduled to return to the Bay Area on March 7 & 8, 2015, work on next year’s event has already begun. Made possible by donations from the public, the White Elephant Sale accepts donations of gently used, good quality items year round. To donate, a van is available for free pick up by calling 510-839-5919.  For more donor information—including a list of items that cannot be accepted—visit the website at