I am so excited for this weekend! Saturday, of course, is the Grand Opening of the new East Oakland Community Library, which I am just totally over the moon about. (You can see photos of the beautiful new library on the Library’s Facebook page, but you really should go check it out in person.) So that’s awesome.
And then Sunday is one of my favorite events of the year, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board White Elephant Preview Sale. If you have never been to the White Elephant Sale, you really need to check it out. They do a preview sale every year one day in January, and then have another two-day sale in March.
Whatever it is you want to buy, they’ve got it there. I know a number of people who have ended up with great furniture and art from the White Elephant Sale, although for my part, I usually just stick with jewelry.
Here’s a little more info, via the Oakland Museum:
Don’t miss this chance to preview the best sale in the Bay Area! The White Elephant Sale is the first weekend in March, but the Preview Sale offers the first chance to shop this year’s sale. The 2011 White Elephant Sale—themed Wild Wild WES—features quality used items for sale and promises to be the biggest and best treasure hunt in the West. At the Preview Sale you’ll find an extensive offering of quality used Vintage clothing, fine jewelry, Asian collectibles, tools, furniture, sporting goods, and more.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The sale is located at the WES warehouse, 333 Lancaster St. (at Glascock), Oakland. The White Elephant Sale is organized by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. For more information, visit the whiteelephantsale.org.
They apparently run a shuttle to the sale from the Fruitvale BART station, although last year when I went we couldn’t find it, so we just walked. The walk is a little grimy before you get to Jingletown, but it really is not far.
You can get a preview of what to expect from the preview sale on the White Elephant Sale’s Facebook. Doors open at 10.