The giant rummage sale, now in its 54th year, is run by the Oakland Museum Women's Board and many hundreds of volunteers.

"To our tireless volunteers, generous donors and enthusiastic shoppers, we say thank you," Women's Board President Sheri Guthrie said.

The 2013 proceeds will be budgeted for a range of needs, including acquisitions, educational programs, capital improvements and other expenses.

The $1.8 million generated by the sale in 2012 helped pay for the "Summoning Ghosts" exhibit by Chinese-born American artist Hung Liu opening Saturday, the current exhibit, "Playing with Fire: Artists of the California Studio Glass Movement," as well as the annual Days of the Dead exhibition in the autumn.

"We are honored and humbled by this amazing volunteer fundraising effort," Museum Director Lori Fogarty said.

The Women's Board is already organizing next year's White Elephant sale scheduled March 1-2 and accepting donations of "gently used good quality items."

To arrange a free pickup, call 510-839-5919.

For a list of goods accepted and drop-off days, visit whiteelephantsale.org.