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Everything to know about the sale

  • How can I hear about the sale ahead of time?
    Sign up for our mailing list. Also, follow our Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and sneak peeks at sale items.
  • Do you take Venmo or PayPal?
    No. We do accept all major credit and debit cards and Apple Pay. We do not take cash.
  • Are you ADA accessible—wheelchairs, walkers, parking, carts?
    We do have a disabled entrance with a wheelchair accessible ramp and our building is wheelchair accessible. There is limited disabled parking by the Derby Street ramp. There is a limited number of shopping carts available exclusively for people with mobility limitations.
  • Can we drop off donations in person and then shop on the same day?
    We no longer accept in-person donations at our warehouse. All donations must be picked up by the White Elephant Sale truck. To schedule a free truck pickup, call 510-839-5919. For specific questions about what we accept, please click here.
  • What is the current White Elephant Sale Covid-19 policy?
    The health and safety of our patrons and volunteers is paramount to us. We will adhere to all public health mandates in place at the time of our sale. Here’s how we’re keeping everyone safe: Masking is no longer required for everyone in the warehouse, but is strongly recommended. Doors will be open to help with ventilation. Social distancing is highly recommended. Hand sanitizer will be available. Vaccination & boosters are highly recommended, not required. Please stay home if you are feeling unwell, exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have been in recent contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • How and when can I donate to the White Elephant Sale?
    We accept donations of gently used, good quality items throughout the year for truck pick up only. We no longer accept in-person donations. There is no minimum for a donation. You can also donate to the White Elephant Sale in other ways: Donate your Car: Visit Cars2ndchance, to donate your car to the White Elephant Sale (select White Elephant Sale from the drop-down list) Donate directly to the Oakland Museum of California
  • How do I schedule a truck pickup of my donation?
    Please call 510-839-5919. A real person will call you back to schedule a day and time for your pickup.
  • Where does the WES truck pick up donations?
    Our truck picks up donations year-round in the immediate Bay Area from our warehouse in Oakland. We don’t require a minimum donation. We schedule pickups every day in Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Piedmont, Albany, and Alameda. We usually schedule pickups weekly in surrounding areas as far as San Francisco, Fremont, San Mateo, Martinez, San Ramon, Livermore, and Marin County. In order to schedule as efficiently as possible, we try to schedule pickups at further locations together. This affects how soon we will be able to come for some of these areas. For specific questions about what we accept and about pickups in your area, click here.
  • Are there any items you do not accept?
    Due to the high volume of donations and limited warehouse space we find we must set quantity and quality limitations. Please check our list of items that we do not accept or ask the truck driver, who has final discretion on what we can take. Our list changes frequently due to surpluses in the warehouse. Please label boxes and bags with their contents. Be aware that our truck drivers and volunteers may decline donations that we cannot sell. Review our DO NOT TAKE LIST here.
  • Is everyone at the White Elephant Sale a volunteer?
    The sale is primarily run by volunteers: all year long, hundreds of volunteers sort through, clean up, set up, and price the items for sale. The sale itself is overseen by a volunteer board of directors. However, we couldn't run the sale without a few key paid staff members, including truck drivers, warehouse janitors and managers, and a handful of other full-time and part-time staff. All of our staff receive living wages plus benefits.
  • What is the White Elephant Sale Bequest Policy?
    The Oakland Museum’s Women’s Board (“OMWB”) will accept bequests of the contents of deceased donors’ homes for the White Elephant Sale (“WES”) subject to the following policies: Bequests to the OMWB/WES must be in writing and comply with all California legal requirements. The written bequest may be either part of a will or trust document or a separate document that is incorporated into any will or trust document. Access to the deceased donor’s home must be provided through the executor or deceased donor’s attorney. The OMWB/WES is not responsible for securing the home, for the contents of the home, or for damage or injury in the home. The OMWB/WES will not act as executor. Friends or relatives may claim specific items among the contents in the home as specified in the written bequest. The written bequest may also identify friends or relatives who may claim items of their choice in the home. Any arrangements to claim items not specified in the bequests: a) must be made through the executor or deceased donor’s attorney; b) must be cleared in advance by the OMWB/WES; and c) may be supervised by the OMWB/WES. The OMWB/WES will sort and remove wanted items from the home, but is not responsible for cleaning the home and for removing or disposing of unwanted items. As with any donations to the WES, the bequest is tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code based on the present fair market value of the donated items, and it is the donor’s responsibility to estimate the fair market value. The OMWB’s Federal Tax ID Number is: 94-3102469.
  • Are donated items tax deductible?
    Subject to current IRS and tax regulations, all items donated to the Oakland Museum Women’s Board White Elephant Sale are tax deductible for income tax purposes at their present fair market value. The Internal Revenue Code places the responsibility on the donor for estimating fair market value of the property. The Oakland Museum Women’s Board is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Federal Tax ID Number is EIN: 94-3102469. Tax laws frequently change. Before making a donation, please consult with your tax advisor.
  • Does the White Elephant Sale provide appraisals or evaluations of donations for income tax purposes?
  • If I unintentionally donate something can I get back?
    All White Elephant Sale donations are final. If you do unintentionally donate an item, please contact us within three business days of your donation, and we will make every attempt to locate your item. Please note we cannot guarantee that we will be able to locate an item once it has been donated, and we ask you to carefully check and consider all your items before donating.

Parking & Transportation

On sale days parking is very limited.

  • ​A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available at the warehouse and are first-come, first-served.  Entrances to the warehouse at Derby Avenue and at Lancaster Street have ramp access.

  • If you do drive please respect our neighbors.  Do not park in driveways or block driveways. Observe all "no-parking" notices.

Driving from the North:

  • Drive south on 880

  • Take the Fruitvale exit

  • Make an immediate right onto Derby Avenue

  • Follow Derby Avenue to the Oakland Estuary

  • The warehouse is on your left as you approach the Oakland Estuary

Driving from the South:

  • Drive north on 880

  • Take exit 38 toward High Street

  • Continue 0.2 mi onto Coliseum Way

  • Turn left onto High Street

  • In 250 ft make a slight right turn onto Alameda Avenue

  • In 0.5 mi turn right onto Fruitvale Avenue

  • In 0.2 mi turn left onto E. 7th St

  • In 300 ft turn left onto Lancaster St

  • The warehouse is on the corner of Glascock St and Lancaster St

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