Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale

WES postcard

WES postcard

This month I’ve been volunteering at the White Elephant Sale. Every year in the last weekend of January the Oakland Museum has a preview sale for its later sale in March.

For those of us who love scouring yard sales, thrift shops, etc. for treasures, it is the holy grail of treasure hunts, also known as the Bay Area’s largest garage sale.

 

Below are a few of my treasures from previous years.

Vintage 9-patch from WES

Quilt made from 28 vintage 9-patches and a few more made with reproduction fabrics.

 

Vintage 9-patch

Vintage 9-patch

Vintage 9-patch

Vintage 9-patch

Vintage 9-Patch

Vintage 9-Patch

 

 

 

 

 

Silk Bow-tie quilt from WES

Vintage Silk Bow-tie quilt from WES

White Elephant Stash

Treasures from WES 2014 – wool, silk and cotton yardage

Vintage 16 patch blocks of stars

Vintage 16 patch blocks of stars

 

Last year, the woman ringing up my purchases noticed that I was purchasing a book by Gwen Marston and mentioned that she was taking a class with Gwen at Empty Spools in March. We realized we were taking the same class and ended up sitting at tables next to each other.

Glenola’s project for the week was blocks she found from a yard sale.

Glenola with her Roberta Horton "lost and found" quilts

Glenola with her Roberta Horton “lost and found” quilts

Glenola and quilt

Glenola with her finished quilt at the WES warehouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the end of our class Glenola had talked me into volunteering at the White Elephant Sale. This month when I haven’t been sorting and rolling fabric I’ve been decorating the white shirt all the volunteers wear on sale days.

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WES shirt

WES shirt

 

DSCN4271Today Sharon, another volunteer, gave me my very own name patch for my shirt. I’m official. See you at the White Elephant Sale!

 

 

 

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