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Vintage and Specialty Products Coordinator

Community Forklift is seeking an experienced Vintage and Specialty Products Coordinator to work with our growing green business. This is a part-time position – 25 hours per week. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are seeking someone with knowledge of vintage and antique furniture, lighting, hardware, and housewares. This position includes the identification and pricing of product for in store and online platforms, creating vintage pricing guidelines, assistance with customer concerns, merchandising, and teaching staff about materials. This position is ideal for someone with solid knowledge of vintage, high end and specialty product pricing through various venues and markets including thrift, consignment, and online.

At Community Forklift, you’ll find…
A nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting the community through sustainability, creativity, and economic opportunity. Community Forklift is a reuse warehouse where donated building materials and architectural salvage are made available to neighbors in need, homeowners, nonprofits, contractors and artists at low-cost or for free. It’s a place where the community gathers, learns, and plays together.

What you’ll be doing…
You will be responsible for identifying antique, vintage, unusual, or high dollar items from donations made to Community Forklift. You will accurately identify what a product is and assess its condition, research and determine a price appropriate to our market and write a description. You will also merchandize items on the showroom floor, designate items for our online store, and assist with item description and photos. This position requires attention to detail and the ability to research the item’s age, appropriate market value, and use. It’s important that you follow CF vintage policy on pricing. You will interact with coworkers and customers, provide information about items, answer questions, share knowledge, and promote our sustainable green nonprofit business.

Qualities of the perfect candidate…
• At least three to five years of experience selling vintage or antique materials in retail venues such as an antique store or mall, estate sales, or auction house. Online experience is useful but the majority of experience must be retail sales. Must have extensive knowledge of identifying, assessing, and pricing antique and vintage materials for the retail marketplace.
• Knowledge of vintage, antique, and high end furniture, lighting, hardware, and housewares
• Retail sales experience
• Strong math and English skills
• Ability to do computer research with a high attention to detail
• Ability to work well in a cooperative team-based environment
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to fully follow through on assignments in a timely manner
• Ability to follow store policy and procedures
• Ability to provide excellent service to a very diverse constituency of customers
• Entrepreneurial approach to work
• Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and adjust to changing priorities
• Knowledge and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, and sustainability
• A commitment to the Community Forklift mission

What we offer…
• A supportive and highly motivated team that will assist you
• A mission worth working for
• $20-21/hour and a 25-hour work week
• Excellent benefit package that includes paid leave, medical, dental and vision insurance, short term disability, matched retirement plan, store discount, shoe allowance, and more.
• Opportunity for advancement

How to apply…
Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) recent professional references to Please no phone calls.

Receiving and Processing Associate

Community Forklift is seeking a Receiving and Processing Associate to work full-time with our growing green business. This person will assist with the receiving and processing of donated building materials. Responsibilities include cleaning, repair and organization of donated items, coordinating with the Pricing and Sales Teams for pricing and merchandising, and assisting with day-to-day operations of the warehouse and sales areas of the facility.

Qualities of the perfect candidate
• Working knowledge of building materials or architectural salvage; prior work experience in a hardware store preferred but not required
• Familiarity and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, sustainability, environmental advocacy and green business
• Expressed commitment to the Community Forklift mission
• Works well in a cooperative team-based environment
• Excellent organizational and customer service skills
• Ability to follow through on work assignments in a timely manner
• Capacity to perform physical labor and moderate to heavy lifting in a non-climate controlled environment, including the ability to work in all seasons and in difficult weather conditions
• Ability to multitask and prioritize responsibilities
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong English speaking and writing skills; bilingual Spanish preferred

About the Position
• 40 hours a week
• Unload and process donated materials accurately and efficiently
• Organize priced building materials and products to facilitate easy distribution to the sales floor
• Support Pricing and Sales Teams
• Help keep the processing areas organized and clean
• Monitor and maintain inventory of pricing supplies
• Work cooperatively and collaboratively with staff to fulfill the mission and support team activities

Benefits include
• Competitive hourly wage
• Subsidized health, dental and vision plans
• Opportunity for advancement as the business grows

About Community Forklift
Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement and architectural salvage. The store accepts donations of new, gently-used and vintage building materials; these donated renovation supplies are then made available to the public at low prices and donated to local nonprofits. Community Forklift is located outside Northeast DC, near the Hyattsville Arts District.

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) professional references to, or by regular mail to Receiving and Processing Associate, c/o Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.