white elephant sale
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 Sale. The two-day rummage fest is the largest in Northern California, and admission is free. More than 1,200 volunteers work the 17 departments that include vintage clothing, furniture, books, jewelry, shoes, tools, electronics, and sporting goods. Rack up karma points while scavenging for bargains—proceeds support the Oakland Museum of California.
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Cary.Lane: Let a slew of 80’s hits put you in the shopping mood at this Hayes Valley destination for discounted designer labels. Along with an all-day sale of 30 percent off merchandise, those who turn up for the nighttime 80’s party from 8 to 11 p.m. will find drinks, art, tunes and prizes for the best 80’s outfits.