@ajvician – I don’t blame you. I was frustrated at the first white elephant sale I attended.
Now I find that part of the fun of a white elephant sale is searching through all the items to find my treasures. I admit that not every white elephant sale is worth your time nor are they for everyone.
There are some very long running and well known white elephant sales that have become like time-honored traditions for their participants. And yet you will still find some people that are very critical of them.
My advice is to learn something about any white elephant sales you are interested in attending; know what you want; and get there early. It is also important to have a good breakfast so you can keep up your energy and not get cranky.
Most of all, try to have fun and remember that most are fund raisers for non-profit organizations that help a lot of people