This weekend I hit the White Elephant Sale with a friend of mine. To call it a "sale" is a disservice, it is in fact one of the most epic rummage sales you will ever encounter. All throughout the year the Oakland Museum Women's Board collects donated used goods in a large warehouse in an industrial area of Oakland. And for one weekend in March that warehouse is opened free to the public for a fantastic shopping event. I'm telling you the ladies who run this event are a well oiled machine. With white hair and white coats they usher you through the sale process and get you moving on to the next department to shop, shop, shop. The efficiency and camaraderie is something to behold. I was amazed to learn that this sale began in 1959 raising $500 for the museum, and last year's sale raised $1.28 million! Now that's an impressive history of turning unwanted goods into action and supporting a community. I'm so excited to see the Oakland Museum's upcoming show of one of my favorite artists, Squeak Carnwath. And these donation and sale made the show and countless other programs possible.
Above is what I picked up, mostly for the Chickpea. A bed for the baby dolls, a large set of wooden blocks, a stack of story books and vintage embroidery designs for me.