So we were a little excited about the White Elephant Sale last week, so much so that we posted about it a week early. Well it's really happening this weekend. And thankfully, it looks like the weather will cooperate so you won't have to wait in line in the rain. But the monstrous sale, as great as it is, has some stiff competition this weekend, including Noise Pop's "Pop and Shop" Expo, the Alameda Antique Fair, and the design fair Chillin' the night before. How to choose? Click on oh shopping faithful
OPTION #1: If you're feeling thrifty and in desperate need of rescuing bric-a-brac and people watching.
White Elephant Sale: Like a huge garage sale, this free event benefiting the Oakland Museum features everything from vintage clothes to fabric, books, furniture, shoes, appliances, art, and more.
When: Sat. & Sun. March 1 & 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: White Elephant Warehouse, 333 Lancaster St., Oakland
OPTION #2: If you're a hipster or a wanna-be hipster in need of a place to linger bleary-eyed post-late-night-debauchery-style with extra large coffee in hand.
Noise Pop Expo promises more than thirty local designers selling clothes, jewelry, posters, and other "fun stuff," hosted by ReadyMade magazine.
When: Sunday, March 2, noon-5 p.m.
Where: 12 Galaxies (2565 Mission St., San Francisco)
How much: Free!
Bonus: Popscene DJ Omar and Ryan Poulsen of Booty Basement provide tunes, plus they'll feed you (for free) with pancakes and waffles courtesy of Batter Blaster.
OPTION #3: If you're looking for that perfect shabby-chic table for your dining room, need an excuse to see the sun, and get a little okay, a lot of exercise while shopping.
The Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire happens every first Sunday, features acres of antique goods, and sells irresistible kettle corn.
When: Sunday, March 2, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The old navy base - click here for directions.
How much: Depends what time you get there. But after 9 a.m., it's just $5.
OPTION #4: For a little more glam, clubbing, late-night action.
Chillin' is a reoccurring, heavily sponsored fashion/music/art event at 111 Minna.
When: Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 111 Minna, San Francisco
How much: $6
AND DON'T MISS
Well Grand Opening
A new indie designer shop, gallery, and "wellness space" occupying Afterglow's old location in Temescal, celebrates its grand opening tonight. Stop by for a little after-work reward.
When: Friday, Feb. 29, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: 4233 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
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