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Where unsold items end up after Oakland’s huge White Elephant Sale | Boing Boing

A faux alligator push button desk phone, a plaid Skotch Grill, and a swell Calder-esque mobile are just a few of the vintage treasures I’ve scored at the White Elephant Sale (WES) in Oakland, California. But I’ve also picked up everyday items there, like shoes, office supplies, and kitchen utensils. For me and many other folks in the SF Bay Area, it’s a much anticipated and beloved event.It’s quite a production to pull off too. The sale itself only happens in the winter but donations are accepted all year round. These donated goods are then processed (cleaned, organized, and/or repaired) by a team of over 600 volunteers. Their massive 96,000 square foot warehouse gets filled with *everything* and then some. With much fanfare, the warehouse doors then open to shoppers**. In 2020 alone, the WES raked in over $2.4M, all of which directly benefits Oakland Museum of California.
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