Please call 510-339-5919 to schedule your appointment well in advance. During most of the year the van pickup can be arranged within 2 to 3 weeks. However, January and February are very busy months and the wait time is longer. Van Pickup Info
There are some items we cannot accept. Please check our list of items that we do not accept or ask the van driver, who has final discretion on what we can take. Please click here for our DO NOT TAKE LIST.
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.
All White Elephant Sale donations are final. If you do unintentionally donate an item, please EMAIL 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.
Yes, to benefit the White Elephant Sale as the designated non-profit of your choice, you will find us listed under OMWB (Oakland Museum Women’s Board.) You need to remember to enter Amazon.com by using smile.amazon.com. You can still use Amazon Prime. Based on the amount of the order you place Amazon will give back .5% of your purchase to OMWB. (The White Elephant Sale.)
The White Elephant Sale returns to the Bay Area on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, 2018. On both days, the Sale hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and admission is free. Click here for a complete discription.
Preview Sale is Sunday, January 28, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $16 in advance for online e-ticket, $15 for mail-in ticket, $15 for ticket purchased at the OMCA Store, and $20 on the day of the Sale. Advance tickets are available beginning December 1, 2017. For a full discription click here.
Click here to purchase E-TICKETS ONLINE.
Click here to purchase TICKETS BY MAIL,
or you may purchase tickets from the OMCA Store. The store is open when the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. You don’t need to buy a museum admission ticket to visit the store.
The wristband is your Preview entrance ticket. With wristbands replacing paper tickets, you will not be admitted to Preview without a wristband. Fit it snugly to your left wrist and show it before you enter the warehouse. Once secured the wristband should not slip off your hand.
Yes, please go to the OMCA Store on the 2nd floor of the OMCA at 1000 Oak Street, Oakland CA 94607. The store is open when the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. You don’t need to buy a museum admission ticket to visit the store. As long as supplies last, Preview Sale wristbands/tickets can be purchased at the OMCA starting December 1, 2017 through January 27, 2018. For directions to the OMCA, visit their website at museumca.org.
The White Elephant Sale and Preview Sale both take place in a permanent warehouse site at 333 Lancaster Street, located on the Oakland Estuary.
Click here for DIRECTIONS
Our vast warehouse is 96,000 square feet and includes 17 different selling departments.
Click here for a WAREHOUSE MAP
No animals are permitted in the warehouse, with the exception of service animals.
No. Food and drinks (except bottled water) are not allowed in the warehouse.
No. These items are not permitted and need to be checked. We do provide a secure Check Stand location where you can check these items while you shop. The location is at the Lancaster Street entrance to the warehouse and is designated as a Check Stand area. Click here for a warehouse map.
There is a Check Stand location at the Derby Avenue entrance where you can leave items you have already purchased. Click here for a warehouse map.
Yes. During both the Preview and the White Elephant Sale a free shuttle provides transportation between the Fruitvale BART station and the warehouse. The shuttle will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sale days.
Parking is available but it is limited. We recommend whenever possible coming by carpool or taking public transportation. There is free parking in the Fruitvale BART garage on weekends.
A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available on the Derby Avenue side adjacent to the warehouse. There is ramp access at both entrances to the warehouse.
We accept cash, checks with identification, debit cards and VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover credit cards for payment of purchases.
Each department has it's own cashier. All items must be written up and paid for in the department where they originate.
No. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. All items are sold “as is” and no returns or exchanges are allowed.
All items must be picked up and removed from the warehouse on the day of purchase, with the exception of furniture and pianos. Furniture and pianos must be removed six days from the date of purchase or these items will be re-donated.
In 2014, the OMWB contracted with three prominent Bay Area artists – Vogue, Ernest Doty and Griffin One – to paint an aerosol mural on the Derby Avenue side of its 333 Lancaster Street warehouse. Owned by the OMWB, the warehouse is the site of their annual White Elephant Sale. The mural shows the Board’s pride in Oakland and its Jingletown neighborhood. The huge mural fills the entire side of the building from ground to roofline and is approximately 240 feet long and 30 feet high, encompassing 7,200 square feet. Showing a theme of nature blending into the urban landscape, it features several prominent characters, including a White Elephant with its trunk raised high. Iconic Bay Area animals and plants are also shown.
The legendary annual White Elephant Sale returns to the San Francisco Bay Area on March 3 and 4, 2018 with the Preview Sale scheduled for January 28, 2018. Organized and presented by the OMWB, all Sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California.
Made possible by donations from the public, the White Elephant accepts donations almost year round. Thanks to generous donors, over the years, shoppers have been able to purchase the usual and the unusual, including a pony, paintings, pianos, cars, and estate furnishings.
Key to the success of The White Elephant Sale is a corps of nearly 1,000 volunteers. These tireless individuals are the heroes of the Sale, spending untold hours sorting, pricing and displaying the countless items that we are so fortunate to receive. We are incredibly grateful to all our volunteers and thank them for their time, dedication and effort.
The 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 1.8 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
For more information, visit the OMCA website at museumca.org
Diana Berry and Kathleen Fennelly
Judy Wilkinson, President
Jo Anne Jones
BROKEN LUGGAGE in need of repair
Opened or partly used Hair, Bath or Beauty products
Opened Health Care Products
Used or opened Hosiery, socks
Travel slippers/bed socks
All children's magazines
Home, Health, Fashion,NEWS
Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Gourmet
Scientific American, Smithsonian
Sunset Magazines (Unbound)
Life (Newer than 1970)
National Geographic (Newer than 1960)
Reader's Digest Condensed Books
(ONLY LARGE PRINT are accepted)
Computer Manuals Catalogs older than 4 years
Dirty, Broken, Damaged items
Artificial Xmas Trees Taller than 2 Feet
Tree Stands, Lights, Garlands (Unless Vintage)
Outdoor Christmas decorations
Collector Plates – Franklin Mint, Bradbury Exch.
DIRTY, BROKEN, DAMAGED Furniture, Strollers, High Chairs missing trays or straps
CAR SEATS - older than 5 years
CRIB BUMPER PADS
CRIBS WITH DROP SIDES (Unless Vintage, Collectible, not intended for use with babies)
BEAN BAG OR FOAM child’s chair
PERSONALIZED ITEMS with child’s name
Electrical items that are:
in non-working condition or NEED REPAIR
Air purifiers & ionizers
Large or Built-in, Stoves, Refrigerators,
Washers, Dryers, ALL Microwave Ovens
Cell Phones and Cell Phone Chargers
Computer Hardware, Peripherals, Software
Console Phonograph/stereo/television units
Electrical Cords (Any Type)
Fluorescent Light Tubes
Office machines –
Cash Registers, Copy Machines,
FAX machines, Printers
PERSONAL GROOMING PRODUCTS
Hair dryers, curlers, shavers, toothbrushes, massagers
Televisions of any type or size
*Typewriters - Electric
Vaporizers or Humidifiers
*TYPEWRITERS Manual & Vintage OK – to Office Supply
Furniture that is: BROKEN, STAINED, or NEEDS REUPHOLSTERING or MADE OF PARTICLE BOARD
BED related items
Head & Footboards w/out Rails
Metal Bed Frames or Bed Springs
Twin beds unless part of a set
CARPETING related items
COUCHES or Hide-a-Beds over 6’ long
DINING ROOM Tables WITHOUT matching chairs
GLASS TOP tables (only Mid-Century)
LARGE LA-Z-BOYS - Due to limited space.
Non-electric in excellent condition okay
High-leg, push-back recliners okay
BATHTUBS and large plumbing fixtures
Cabinet doors removed from previous site
Food or Wine
Glass Windows or Doors
Old Window Hardware (Only New)
Plumbing Fixtures (Faucets, etc)
Hot Water Heaters|
Jars (Except Canning)
Mini-BLINDS /Window blinds
Opened or partly used Medical supplies
Pet items we cannot take
Large crates, Igloos
Wire bird cages
Large power tools - Shopsmith
PAINT of any Kind
Sport Cups with Straws
Stoves of Any Kind
Styrofoam/PLASTIC Ice Chests
WALKERS – basic Aluminum
Electric Blankets & Controls
The following Drapery Items:
Air Mattresses or Beds, Futon Mattresses
Audio Tapes – cassettes, reel-to-reel, 8-track
Cassette tape racks , carriers, cases
CD jewel cases (empty)
Video Tapes – VHS, Beta, home- recorded, blank
LP records –no boxed sets or classical
78RPM Records (Except jazz & blues)
Pianos – Grand, Full-sized upright & player
Please contact us about other pianos
NO Photo CHEMICALS
Photo Enlargers / Slide Carousels
Video cameras / Camcorders
Digital cameras (unless working, complete w/memory card, battery pack, charger, cables and instructions)
Computer Manuals/catalogs older than 4 years
Floppy discs + storage boxes for them
4-Drawer Filing Cabinets
Binders with Logos
Discolored photo albums (Unless Vintage)
Old phone directories
Old Rolodex containers
Partial rolls and scraps of wrapping paper
HOSES (unless new)
Gas powered yard tools
PLASTIC GARDEN FURNITURE - Molded (moldy)
FABRIC SCRAPS, Alteration Leftovers
LOOMS – Assembled or Disassembled
Magazines (sewing) except "Threads"
SEWING MACHINES we cannot take TREADLE sewing machines
INDUSTRIAL sewing machines
CABINETS without machines (empty)
BROKEN SHOES in need of repair
NO taxidermied ANIMALS
NO mounted TROPHY FISH
NO DIRTY CAMPING EQUIPMENT - Nothing rusty or soiled.
AMMUNITION/FIREARMS of Any Type including Toy Guns
Large BOATS, Outboard Motors
CAR RACKS – for skis or bikes
EXERCISE EQUIPMENT we cannot take
• Heavy Exercise Equipment without Instructions
• Rowing Machines
• Nordic Tracks
• Stationary Exercise Bikes
We only take Tunturi and Schwinn exercise bikes in working condition
Old GOLF BAGS and old GOLF CLUBS
PLASTIC WADING POOLS
SKIS, Boots and Ski Poles
STYROFOAM ICE CHESTS
WINDSURFING Equipment Older than 5 Year
DIRTY OR RIPPED stuffed animals
Cardboard BUILDING BRICKS
INFLATABLE TOYS - unless new and unopened
RIDING HORSES – large, spring-type
SAND BOXES - large plastic
WADING POOLS - large plastic
Articles of Clothing that are:
• Soiled or Torn (except Vintage)
• Missing Buttons or Fasteners (except Vintage)
Panties ONLY NEW IN PACKAGE (except Vintage)
Yes, for both Preview Sale and March Sale Days there is a checkstand. Please see the warehouse map.