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Endless shelves of baskets, lines of dressers, bins of scarves and massive tables overfilled with shoes. Sounds like heaven, right? Well, I found heaven on earth and that is the White Elephant Sale in Oakland, CA.

For years, my family and I make the ‘preview’ sale benefiting the Oakland Museum OUR event of the year. We count down the days from the 1st of the year to the sale weekend. We strategize on who’s going to which department first and study the map of the 96,000 square foot warehouse to be sure we know where each department is. Do I go to the shoe department first? Accessories? Kitchen? Books? Art? Brick-a-Brack?? Agh!! So many options!!

I was told not to share the sale on my blog so I wouldn’t ‘giveaway the secret’. Well, seeing how the line to get in is well over 1,000 ppl deep, I don’t think it’s too much of a secret anymore… so I wanted to share the amazingness with all of you!

Here’s a look at the experience:

My family; all smiles eagerly waiting for the doors to OPEN!

The line behind us wrapping through the Oakland neighborhood.

Kitchen Dept!


Emma shopping in Children’s dept!



Baskets in Brick-a-Brack!

See my next post for what I actually BOUGHT!!! Fabulousness!!











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Wow, how is it January 6th already??? This holiday season brought me through a whirlwind of planes, trains and automobiles from Sacramento back to the good ol’ midwest. I’m happy to say that I’m back in California in the sunshine and have retired my ‘garbage bag jacket’ and snow boots for another year.. or two.. or three.

More on that trip later!

For now, I’m getting caught up and wanted to share a fun event I was invited to in December at an adorable store around the corner from my apartment, Bows and Arrows.

A handful of local bloggers were invited to gather, drink, be merry and try on some awesome vintage wear! Since most of us ladies swoon over unique finds, this was the place to go and we all had a great time! Thanks to Kari Shipman of Juniper James for putting the fab event together for us!

Here’s some pics!:

Cookies and Computers! Just how we like it! 🙂

The gorgeous Jen Wade in an awesome bedazzled sweater!

Our assignment was to style each other! I chose Vivie Nguyen of The Style Evolution and she styled me! Fun!

Lisa of Closet Candy put her styling expertise to work on a few of us!

Beautiful Coco Lamour of Muffin Top Baby joined in on the fun also! (Totally wish I could pose like her! She has it DOWN!)

And finally, the lovely Kari! Thanks for the photos! 🙂 Had a blast and can’t wait until next time!

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