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Everything to know about the sale

  • What is the White Elephant Sale?
    The sale is an annual multi-day shopping opportunity, with all proceeds benefiting the Oakland Museum of California.
  • When and where is the sale?
    The White Elephant Sale is held every year for several weeks, from late January through early March. The sale is at the White Elephant Sale warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street in Oakland, California. For information about our next sale dates, join our mailing list.
  • 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 accept all major credit and debit cards and Apple Pay for purchases in the warehouse. We cannot take cash, Venmo, or PayPal.
  • Are you ADA accessible—can you accommodate 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.

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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