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Oakland’s Popular White Elephant Sale Returns With Reduced Capacity In-Person Shopping Experience For 63rd Year With Multiple Sale Dates In March; Preview Sale February 27

(OAKLAND, CA) February 3, 2022The 63rd annual White Elephant Sale (WES), a Bay Area tradition and the largest rummage sale in Northern California, returns in-person with COVID-19 safety guidelines over five weeks throughout March and through the first week of April. The first opportunity to shop is  at the Preview Sale on February 27.

The White Elephant Sale, organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, is the biggest annual fundraising event benefiting the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sale annually raised over $2 Million over six consecutive years to support OMCA’s programming and exhibitions. In 2021, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sale took place entirely online for the first time in its history. For 2022, organizers will once again provide the Sale’s cherished in-person shopping experience, while ensuring the safety and comfort of shoppers with new guidelines and protocols in place. In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board tailored this year’s Sale to comply with current safety protocols.

Over the five week period, a range of quality used goods, including furniture, artwork, household items, ceramics, sporting goods, fine jewelry, collectibles, music, books, and vintage and contemporary apparel, will be available for sale. The event is made possible by donations from the public and with the help of volunteers. 


Tickets for the White Elephant Sale can be booked at

White Elephant Preview Sale
Sunday, February 27
10 am–3 pm
$40 for a reserved spot; Capacity limited to 1,500 shoppers
Reservations available at
Proof of vaccination required
Press invited to cover the Preview Sale with advance RSVP; please email [email protected] to coordinate your coverage

March Sale Dates
March 2–5, 9–12, 16–19, and 23–26
10 am–2 pm
$5 for a reserved spot; Capacity limited to 500 shoppers per day 
Reservations available at
Proof of vaccination required
Note: during the March public sale dates, all items will include a 10% surcharge.

Final “Blowout” Weekend Sale
Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3
10 am–3 pm
Free admission; Capacity limited to 1,500 shoppers per day
Reservations available at
Proof of vaccination required

At this time, van pickups of donations for the 2022 White Elephant Sale are fully booked. In-person donations for the 2022 White Elephant Sale will not be accepted. Visit for donation information and a list of items that cannot be accepted.


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 $27 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) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state’s art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multidisciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. The Museum 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 for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.