Antique shops pale in comparison. Garage sales don’t hold a candle. And thrift stores are downright pitiful when compared to the 96,000-square-foot warehouse that is home to the annual White Elephant Preview Sale.
Last year I picked up a 24" silver-plated tray for $50 and considered a beautiful carved chair for $100 but it would not fit in my Prius!
More than 1,200 volunteers work the 17 departments that include boutique, silver, fantastic furniture, Christmas, lighting, vintage clothing, furniture, books, jewelry, shoes, tools, electronics, and sporting goods. Rack up karma points while on a treasure hunt—proceeds support the Oakland Museum of California.
This sale is not for the faint of heart, so expect crowds, and watch out for the cutthroat designers and HGTV decorators waiting to snatch that mid-century chair, Chinese vase or classic trunk.
The preview sale is this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, and is a picker's delight. Admission is only $20!
Come early and wait in line, doors open at 10 a.m.