White Elephant Sale and Preview 2

Mark Your Calendars for the 2018 White Elephant Sale and Preview

A San Francisco Bay Area tradition, the annual White Elephant Sale returns on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, 2018.  The Preview Sale – a must for serious shoppers –  is Sunday, January 28.

Known community wide as a not-to-be-missed event, the legendary Sale has become a destination for both collectors and bargain hunters. With all Sale proceeds benefiting the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), shoppers can take pride in knowing that their purchases help support OMCA educational programs, galleries, collections, exhibits and more.

So mark your calendars, come early, wear comfortable shoes and see for yourself why the White Elephant Sale has become Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale.  To get a head start on shopping, click here to see representative examples of what’s available in each department and to print a copy of the warehouse map. Have fun and good luck shopping.


5Q9A0309_WEB_MAD_DASH (1) Preview Sale – Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10 am–4 pm
$20 (at the door on Sale day)
$15 in advance by mail or at the OMCA bookstore
$16 in advance online
Tickets available beginning December 1, 2017
Eager shoppers anticipate their first opportunity to see and buy the new, the unusual and the unexpected at the White Elephant Sale Preview. Lines form early!!
  • Sale hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Admission is $20 on the day of Sale. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 
  • Keep your wristband in a safe place as you would any ticket, and before entering the warehouse, attach it securely to your wrist.
  • Wristbands are required for entrance. You will not be admitted to the Preview Sale without it.


hearts&Star The White Elephant Sale – March 3 and 4, 2018
An annual two-day event, The White Elephant Sale takes place the first weekend in March. In a huge warehouse located on the Oakland Estuary, 17 unique selling departments provide an extensive offering of quality used Vintage clothing, fine jewelry, Asian collectibles, tools, furniture, sporting goods, and more. The White Elephant Sale warehouse is situated on the Oakland Estuary in Jingletown. Parking can be challenging, especially on our Big Sale Days. We provide dedicated handicapped parking spaces on Derby Ave outside the building, however, those spaces are limited.
  • Sale hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days.
  • Admission is free.
  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


5Q9A0300_WEB_MAD_DASH (1) Sale Day Logistics
The White Elephant Sale and Preview both take place in a warehouse site located on the Oakland Estuary at 333 Lancaster Street, Oakland CA 94601. For directions, click here.


    • On Sale days, parking is limited and shoppers are urged to carpool, take public transportation (BART, AC Transit), or use rideshare services such as UBER or Lyft.
    • If you are driving, please respect our neighbors and do not block driveways.
    • Shoppers can also park at the Fruitvale BART station. A free shuttle provides transportation to and from the Fruitvale BART station and the warehouse site. The shuttle runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sale days.
    • A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available.  First come, first served.


    • Each department has its own cashiers and payment must be made in the department the item came from.
    • Shoppers can pay for their White Elephant purchases using cash, checks with identification, debit cards, and Visa and MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards.
    • ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Items are sold “as is” and returns or exchanges are not allowed.


    • All purchases must be removed from the warehouse on Sale day, with the exception of furniture and pianos. These items need to be picked up within six days of Sale or they will be re-donated.


    • Please no strollers, shopping carts, or backpacks in the warehouse. They will need to be checked. A secure Check Stand is available at the Lancaster Street entrance to check these items while shopping but space is limited.
    • Sorry, no food or drinks allowed inside the warehouse.
    • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • The only animals permitted in the warehouse are service animals.
    • DON’T FORGET to print a copy of the warehouse map and bring it with you on sale days. You’ll be glad you did. Click here for warehouse map.