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Save 25% on modern and vintage kitchen cabinet sets, singles, and doors!

Posted by on Oct 15, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage kitchen cabinet sets, singles, and doors!

Saturday & Sunday, October 16 & 17

Save 25% on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors this weekend. We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed! Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose when visiting Community Forklift. Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs kitchen cabinets or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Donate $5 for a chance to win some awesome items in our Greater Goods Raffle!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2021 in Blog, Events, Fundraising | 0 comments

Donate $5 for a chance to win some awesome items in our Greater Goods Raffle!

October Greater Goods Raffle

Donate for a chance to win some fabulous items! Help Community Forklift continue to provide Greater Goods to the community!

During the month of October, we’ll be holding a raffle to support our Greater Goods campaign. As an essential business, we work hard to lift our community by making home repairs and home goods affordable, creating good green jobs, and reducing waste. Our Greater Goods campaign highlights both the people and materials who make our local community and environment GREATER.

Please consider supporting our Greater Goods campaign by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win some fabulous items! Here’s how it works:

  • Each raffle ticket is $5 ($5 = 1 entry, $10 = 2 entries, etc.).
  • Raffle winners will be chosen via Instagram/Facebook Live on Friday, October 29th at 12pm.
  • Winners will be notified by email/text and have until Friday, November 5th to claim/pick up their item in-store (items will not be shipped).

Check out the items up for grabs below. If you have any questions, please email Katy Kutzner (katy@communityforklift). And thank you for participating!

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Beautiful salvaged tile is 25% off this holiday weekend!

Posted by on Oct 8, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Beautiful salvaged tile is 25% off this holiday weekend!

Tile is 25% off October 9 – 11!

Saturday, October 9, through Monday, October 11, take 25% off the marked prices on ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile.

Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose when visiting Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs tile or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: tile discount applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Discount does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, select specialty items, items listed on eBay or Chairish, or items from our consignment partners. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Before & After: Projects created with salvage from Community Forklift

Posted by on Oct 6, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Before & After: Projects created with salvage from Community Forklift

This upcycled chair makes me so happy! Kudos to the Forklift Fan who refinished the chair from Community Forklift for his daughter who teaches Pre-K. Thanks for supporting reuse and giving this piece of furniture a new, joy-inducing life!


A Forklift Fan turned this vintage buffet into a lighted bar cabinet for their son! They refinished the veneer where salvageable and painted it where not, removed the doors, added a wine refrigerator, and repurposed the drawer fronts to create wine bottle racks. What a transformation!


A Community Forklift Fan bought a corner cabinet at our reuse warehouse and brought it back to life! The new owner says: “Gotta love the recycle/restore/reuse on these! We also bought 2 tables and 2 lamps this week. Loving our visits to the Forklift!” Thanks for choosing reuse and saving these materials from the landfill!


The new finish on this glass-doored cabinet from Community Forklift is beautiful! To get this effect, a Forklift Fan used two different colors of chalk paint, black wax to age the finish, and white wax to highlight the details in the woodwork. Even the original hardware got a new look with a good cleaning. Thanks for supporting reuse, upcycling this cabinet, and saving it from the landfill!


This is such a great idea! Forever and Always Vintage (FB and IG: @foreverandalwaysvintage) turned a roughed-up vanity into a beautiful pair of bedside tables. I love the mix of paint, stained wood, beautiful hardware, and the strip of accent veneer at the bottom. Thanks supporting creative reuse!


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September 2021: Upcycling Projects Created with Salvaged Materials
August 2021: Creative Upcycling Projects Using Salvaged Stuff!
July 2021: Creative Upcycling Projects From Forklift Fans
April 2021: 5 Creative Projects Using Community Forklift Materials!
August 2020: Reuse in the Great Outdoors!


Would you like to share a project that you’ve completed using salvaged materials from Community Forklift? Send photos and a short description to outreach@CommunityForklift.org or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Living Room renovation features a faux fireplace made with salvage

Posted by on Oct 5, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Living Room renovation features a faux fireplace made with salvage

No chimney? No problem! You can add some coziness and architectural interest to any space by creating a faux fireplace with salvaged materials. A member of the Community Forklift team built this one in his own living room using materials from our reuse warehouse. The salvaged items in this project include:

  • a vintage salvaged fireplace mantel: The reuse warehouse has a great variety of salvaged vintage and modern fireplace mantels. From incredible antique tiger oak mantels with carvings and columns to streamlined and stately painted pieces with rosettes and brackets, there are many styles to choose from. This particular mantel was chosen because the relatively simple design and scale felt comparable to the style and size of the rest of the living room.
  • a dresser vanity mirror: This vanity mirror was donated to the warehouse without its accompanying dresser and its flat base was the perfect width for the mantel. A salvaged wall mirror or framed artwork would also work great in this space!
  • modern surplus tile for both the hearth and surround: This project is a great opportunity to incorporate the texture and style of tile into your space. Plus, the relatively small surface area of the fireplace surround and hearth mean you don’t need a large amount of a single kind of tile for the project.
  • an antique vent grate: There are some awesome antique vent grates available in the Community Forklift eBay store. The one used in this project was installed to provide access to the electrical outlet behind the fireplace. It was cleaned and then spray painted an antique gold to contrast with the darker mantel and green walls.
  • artwork upcycled from a vintage room dividing screen: The artwork on either side of the faux fireplace is upcycled from a vintage room divider. The screen was in rough shape, so it was easy to separate the panels and hang them on the walls. The components of a third panel will be used to repair some areas on these two.

In addition to the materials that were used in creating the faux fireplace, the rest of the living room includes many other pieces from Community Forklift: Hollywood Regency pendant lighting, a mid-century coffee table, a standing floor lamp, and a refinished waterfall end table. Also, the two chairs, corner record player, table lamp, sofa artwork, and most of the décor came second hand or from area thrift stores. You can see the rest of the room in a short video tour on YouTube!

A few tips to consider when incorporating salvaged materials into your renovation project:

1) Have an open mind. Instead of going into your project with a set-in-stone vision of how you want it to look, check reuse stores for what is available and let that inform and guide the direction of your design.

2) Be flexible and creative. When looking at salvaged materials, consider all of your options and be creative when figuring out how you might use them in your room. Could a room divider become wall art? Would a vanity mirror work over a fireplace?

3) Don’t be afraid to mix new and salvaged materials. As Anne-Marie Bonneau says, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Save 40% on salvaged interior and exterior doors this weekend!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 40% on salvaged interior and exterior doors this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3

This weekend, October 2 & 3, take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors! This includes interior and exterior doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames. We offer 5 days of free storage for purchased items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

Please continue to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose while at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs doors or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include doors with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass, specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage lighting in October

Posted by on Sep 30, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage lighting in October

25% off lighting in October!

For the entire month of October, take 25% off the price on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. The discount includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs lighting or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include light parts, electrical supplies, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online in our eBay or Chairish shops. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Vintage History: antique carved China Cabinet and Sideboard

Posted by on Sep 27, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Vintage History: antique carved China Cabinet and Sideboard

Note: In our Vintage History blog feature, a Community Forklift pricing team member will tell us about something in the reuse warehouse, with particular attention paid to its style, history, and function.

The mirrored sideboard with gorgeous woodgrain and intricate carving work.

These fully carved antique dining room set pieces in the style of R.J. Horner are spectacularly unique! Both the mirrored sideboard and china cabinet feature gorgeous wood grain and intricate carving work in a beautiful turn-of-the-century style.

The most eye-catching feature is the profusion of masterfully done woodcarvings. A total of six winged griffins support and adorn the two pieces and these enigmatic sentries are joined by carved acanthus leaves, scrolls, shells, and faces on a stippled background. Even the feet are adorned: heavily carved big bulbous toes with little nails carved into them!

The china cabinet has three curved glass panels that follow the graceful lines of the windows and door. Inside, four shelves provide ample storage and display space, and the upper portion is backed with a mirror, creating a lightness in an otherwise heavy, stately piece.

The sideboard also features a mirror, which has very little wear and was possibly replaced in a recent restoration. The two griffins supporting the upper shelf of the sideboard have fantastic pointed wings. Toward the bottom, a long drawer spans the length of the piece and is ideal for storing table linens to minimize folds and creases.

The china cabinet with curved glass panels.

Another fantastic feature of the sideboard are the carved handles and pulls for the drawers and doors. The cupboards can be opened by pulling on the open mouths of the faces that decorate the fronts. The center cupboard door will need repair: each piece needs to be removed from the center panel and reassembled to properly fit and swing. The drawer pulls are also carved, though the pulls on the two outer drawers are damaged. However, one of the missing pieces to the pulls comes with the sideboard and could be reattached by a skilled artisan or used to mold new pulls.

Both the sideboard and cabinet feature beautiful tiger oak wood graining. Tiger oak has a beautiful striping pattern that is created by cutting the oak log in a special way at an angle called “quarter sawing” which creates a tiger stripe effect with the wood grain. It’s especially noticeable on the flat sections of the drawer and door faces and the top of the sideboard.

Likely over 100 years old, these pieces were probably built between 1890 and 1920. A few decades earlier, Japan ended its isolationist foreign policy and opened up regular trade with the West. With this opening, a strong interest in Japanese techniques and motifs depicting flora and fauna began to arise.

These Japanese styles influenced the Aesthetic Movement, which began around the same time. This movement emphasized the creation of art for art’s sake and swept quickly through architecture, furniture, and interior design. American design was highly influenced by the movement around the turn of the century when these pieces were likely made.

One of the furniture makers who created furniture in this style was Robert J. Horner, who established the furniture company R.J. Horner & Co. in 1886. He made a name for himself selling masterfully carved pieces featuring winged griffins, acanthus leaves, and other opulent woodwork. This sideboard and china cabinet are in that style, but the label on the back of the sideboard is incomplete and obscures the maker, though the style of the label does conform to labels from the turn of the century.

Regardless of the maker, these two stately and spectacular pieces of history would make a fine addition to any home. They would be stunning in a period dining room or displayed in a modern setting like the works of art they were designed to be. The china cabinet has already sold, but for more information and photos of the sideboard, visit the listing on the Community Forklift Marketplace.


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March 2021: Vintage History: A Beautiful Arts and Crafts Sideboard


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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.

Save 25% on appliances September 25 & 26!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on appliances September 25 & 26!

25% off appliances this weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday, September 25 & 26, take 25% off appliances, including dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, washing machines, and dryers.  The discount includes both modern and vintage items and we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances. We also offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Please continue to wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online in the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs appliances or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Kitchen appliance reuse helps alleviate food insecurity

Posted by on Sep 23, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Kitchen appliance reuse helps alleviate food insecurity

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has created a spike in the number of communities facing food insecurity. Even with businesses, organizations, and schools reopening, many communities are still struggling with low access to affordable and nutritious foods. According to an analysis study from Feeding America’s findings on the 2020 & 2021 Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity, “many people who have been most impacted by the pandemic were food insecure or at risk of food insecurity before COVID-19 and are facing greater hardship since COVID-19.”

One of our partner organizations that have been providing services to combat food insecurity in Prince George’s County and Howard County is LindaBen Foundation, Inc., a grassroots nonprofit that provides services to the homeless and underserved communities in Maryland.

In May, LindaBen Foundation Inc. received a free refrigerator through Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program, which distributes free materials to nonprofit organizations for projects that serve the community.

“THANK YOU SO MUCH! As you can see, it’s been put to good use to help in our food rescue & feeding efforts.”

Annabelle Beavan, Founder of LindaBen Foundation, Inc.

The LindaBen Foundation aims to support Title I public schools and has partnered with the City of New Carrollton to distribute food to students and families through its Adopt-A-School Program. The donated refrigerator is currently being used to store perishable food during their regular food distribution. Annabelle Beavan, Founder of LindaBen Foundation, Inc., sent us pictures of the fully stocked refrigerator and said: “THANK YOU SO MUCH! As you can see, it’s been put to good use to help in our food rescue & feeding efforts.”

LindaBen Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization founded in 2020 during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Founder Annabelle Beavan created the organization in the loving memory of her parents and those who suffer from homelessness, poverty, severe mental health issues, and addiction. Visit the LindaBen Foundation website to find out more about their initiatives.

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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse. Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.