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Donor Information – White Elephant Sale Currently Accepting Donations for 2018 Sale. Van Available Year Round for Free Pick Up.

Donations by the public make the White Elephant Sale possible, and we are fortunate to have many wonderful, generous donors. Thanks to them we are able to take what one person no longer needs or wants and turn it into someone else’s incredible treasure or bargain.

With all Sale proceeds benefiting the Oakland Museum of California, we are happy to accept donations year round. Gently used good quality items are always welcomed and appreciated. A van is now available for free donation pick up in communities and neighborhoods around the San Francisco Bay Area. Public donations days are also scheduled at our warehouse site.


Van Pick Up

  • A van is available most days for free pick up of donations.
  • To schedule an appointment, please call – well in advance – 510-839-5919.
  • There may be issues with the van being backlogged and/or fully booked in January and February. An alternative to the van is donating on-site at the warehouse during public drop-off days.
  • For a list of items that we regrettably cannot accept, please click here.
  • Please help our van drivers quickly identify the items you want us to pick up by printing our donation tags, and taping or stapling one tag to each box, bag or item that you are donating.
  Public Drop-Off Days

Public drop-off days for donations are held at our warehouse site at 333 Lancaster Street, Oakland, CA 94601. Directions Car and walk-in donations are accepted at the Derby Avenue entrance from 10AM – 1PM on the dates listed below. There are a limited number of parking spaces adjacent to the entrance on Derby Ave designated for handicapped parking.

  • September 9, 2017
  • October 7, 2017
  • November 4, 2017
  • December 9, 2017
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The White Elephant Sale is also a participant in Amazon’s program.  Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases to the designated charity of your choice.  Amazon Prime remains the same. To set up your account on the site for future use we are listed as OMWB (Oakland Museum Women’s Board.)


Tax Reminder

Subject to current IRS and tax regulations, 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 for estimating fair market value of the property received upon the donor. The Oakland Museum Women’s Board Federal Tax ID Number is 94-3102469.

Tax laws frequently change. Before making a donation, please consult with your tax advisor.


Items We Do Not Accept

We hate to say no to any donation but regrettably there are some items we are not able to accept. In general, if an item is damaged, torn, dirty, stained or broken, it cannot be sold, and we must decline the donation. The exception is vintage clothing, which we accept in any condition.

We also do not accept electronic equipment that is considered e-waste, including: computers, computer peripherals, microwave ovens, and television sets. Information on how to recycle e-waste can be found on the internet.

Please click here for a list of specific items that we are not able to accept or ask the van driver, who has final discretion regarding what can be donated.



  • The White Elephant Sale does not provide appraisals or evaluations of donations for income tax purposes.
  • All donations are final. Please carefully check and consider all donations, as we cannot guarantee that we will be able to locate items that are unintentionally donated.