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Now through Sunday: Half Off Lighting!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Now through Sunday:  Half Off Lighting!

Photo by Philip Christian

50% off Lighting

From Wednesday, October 17th through Sunday, October 21st, 2018, take half off modern and vintage lighting with orange and blue tags.  This flash sale includes overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, patio lights, lamps, and fluorescent fixtures from every era!

Please note:  Sale does not include other light parts, ceiling fans, or electrical supplies. Flash sales do not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

Photo by Curtis Cropper

 

Local Association Turns Free Forklift Doors into Fence Design

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Billboard, Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Customer Creations, Gardening, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Local Association Turns Free Forklift Doors into Fence Design

Hi Forklift Fans,

We’re excited to show off a community project from our newest Community Building Blocks partner; the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA).

The DCBIA is an association of business owners, developers, general contractors, architects and engineers, attorneys, brokers, community development organizations, and others involved in real estate development. Its mission is to be the voice of the real estate development community, build leaders, and partner with governments, businesses, and civic organization to help make Washington, DC a vibrant city.

Each year, they organize “DCBIA Community Improvement Day” to spruce up a community site that needs repairs but has a lot of potential. DCBIA architects and general contractor volunteers put in months of design work and community engagement meetings to finalize the vision for the site.

On September 22, 2018, DCBIA members came together for their 26th Community Improvement Day to beautify Keene Field, located at 5205 Rock Creek Church Road NE, in Ward 5. The field borders the DC Bilingual Public Charter School and provides abundant space for playing soccer and hosting community events.  It is popular with youth and adults from nearby neighborhoods, but it is still underutilized, so the DCBIA worked with the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) and community members to improve the area and maximize its potential.

One part of the project called for a fence that would let light and air through, and the designers hoped to give it a creative and colorful touch with salvaged doors. Engineer Lamar Lewis, Zone 3 coordinator for the project and a Forklift customer, heard about our Community Building Blocks Program (CBB) through friends. He applied for a materials grant for the DCBIA, and was awarded $1,000 in store credit.  With only a few days to go before the day of the event, our Outreach & Education team helped him find a ladder and 11 sturdy wood doors.

Recently, Lamar sent us this message:  “Once again, thank you so much for the donation of the doors to make the Community Improvement Day happen. The event was a major success and we are so grateful that you were able to be a part of it.”

DCBIA members have devoted 6 months of their time designing the site, they collected $20,000+ worth of donated materials, raised $66,000 for the project and had 400+ volunteers participate in this project.  In addition to the fence, improvements included hillside games, entry portals and signage, butterfly gardens, seating and shade structures, a walking path, exercise equipment, and landscaping.

Here at Community Forklift, we were thrilled to give materials to such a useful project!  We are so glad that the new and improved field will better serve the neighbors of all ages who come to play, relax, visit, learn, and grow.

Weekend Flash Sale: Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Weekend Flash Sale:  Kitchen Cabinets

This Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018,

kitchen cabinets are 40% off

This sale includes modern and vintage kitchen cabinet sets, single “orphan” cabinets, and cabinet doors.

Please note: This sale does not include bathroom or living room cabinetry, vanities, medicine cabinets, counter tops, work benches or tool stands, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, or appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, select specialty items, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

This beautiful kitchen was redone using Forklift materials, and came very close to winning the 2017 National Reuse Contest!

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HAVE YOU SHOPPED WITH US ONLINE?

Perhaps you don’t need cabinets, but you’re looking for vintage cabinet pulls or decor?  Our online sales team lists antique and specialty items in our eBayEtsy, and Chairish shops. Find unique items, from hardware and lighting to knick-knacks and gifts.

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

Half off granite counters, antique sinks + tubs, masonry, and more…

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Gardening, general, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Half off granite counters, antique sinks + tubs, masonry, and more…

This Wednesday & Thursday

October 10 – 11, 2018

items in the courtyard are 50% off!

This sale includes cast iron sinks, vintage and clawfoot bathtubs, granite & marble counters, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, bricks, pavers and more.

Please note: The sale does not include lumber or items inside the store, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions. Items with missing or damaged price tags may not be sold.

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Can’t make it in to visit?  Shop with us online!

Did you know that we also sell items online?  Although they are not part of this week’s Courtyard Clearance, you can still get great deals on antiques & decor, vintage bathroom fixtures, machinery, commercial items, and more in our eBay store; vintage hardware and decor in our Etsy store; and high-end furniture in our Chairish store.

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

Long weekend, huge sale

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Community Happenings, Events, Flash Sale, Parties at Community Forklift, Sales | 0 comments

Long weekend, huge sale

This Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday,

almost everything in the warehouse is 40% off!

The Salvage Sale starts on Saturday during our Funkyard Festival, and it keeps going all the way through Monday.  Take 40% off the blue and orange price tags on items from every era – including mid-century furniture, brand new carpet, kitchen cabinets, appliances, doors, vintage windows, shutters, lighting, plumbing, mantels, architectural salvage, and much more.  Our sale is so big that even lumber and masonry are included!

This storewide sale does NOT apply to select specialty items, items listed online, or items from our consignment partners including selectstained glass, Treincarnation raw-edge lumber, Alco Appliances, Salvage Arts restored lighting, and Amazon Paint. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. This sale may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

We’re open from 9 AM to 7 PM every day.

Our warehouse gets real busy on holiday weekends, so don’t wait until Monday night to come in and hunt for treasure. Also, please remember that if you’re dropping off a donation, you must do so before 6:30 PM.

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Can’t make it in for a visit?

Did you know that in addition to treasure-hunting in our warehouse, you can also shop for Community Forklift items online? On eBay and Etsy we offer a broad range of vintage bathroom fixtures, machinery, commercial items, and vintage treasures. On Chairish, we offer high-end furniture and architectural items.

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

Flash Sale – Carpet!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Flash Sale – Carpet!

This Tuesday –  Thursday, October 2 – 4, 2018

Take 25% Off Carpet and Rugs

We recently filled up our racks with large remnants of lots of neutral and colorful surplus carpet!  Come in and see our new selection and take 25% off the marked prices on carpet and rugs.

Some exclusions apply.  Items with missing or damaged tags will not be sold.  This sale does NOT include carpet tiles, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, items listed online, tile or other types of flooring. May not be combined with other sales.

 

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Can’t make it to the warehouse?  Shop with us online!

Did you know that we also sell items online? All proceeds help us continue to lift up local communities through reuse. Find vintage decor, bathroom fixtures, machinery, commercial items, and more in our eBay store; vintage hardware and decor in our Etsy store; and high-end furniture in our Chairish store.

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

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Don’t forget, this Saturday is the Funkyard Festival! Get the full schedule of events here, and please share the Funkyard Facebook page with your friends and neighbors.

 

Tons of tile and carpet

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Billboard, Blog, Monthly Sales, Our Partners, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Tons of tile and carpet

October Sale:  25% Off Tile

Community Forklift regularly receives donations of surplus tile and carpeting from generous business partners throughout the region.  We recently picked up more than a dozen pallets of new designer tile, and are expecting 40 more pallets soon!

We’ll be putting out new tile each week throughout the fall, and during October, you can take an additional 25% off the marked price.  We have dichroic and metallic glass mosaic with bronze, gold, silver, and blue highlights as well as porcelain, marble, high traffic stoneware floor-tile, decorative and prints, and (literally) tons more! If you have a project you’ve been putting off, now is the time to stock up and get started.  

Just one of the many pallets of tile making their way to the floor this week.

Please note:  Some exclusions apply.  Sale does not include loose (unbundled) tile; boxes and bundles that have been ripped open; select specialty items; carpet, wood, or other types of flooring.  Flash sales do not include white tag items, items from our consignment partners, or online items.  Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other sales.

Just Arrived

Our donations team also recently picked up a truck load of carpeting. This is a large quantity of high quality carpeting in a variety of solids and patterns. Priced as marked.  Come and get yours while supplies last!

Can’t make it to the warehouse?  Shop with us online!

Did you know that we also sell items online – including vintage tile? All proceeds help us continue to lift up local communities through reuse. Find vintage decor, bathroom fixtures, machinery, commercial items, and more in our eBay store; vintage hardware and decor in our Etsy store; and high-end furniture in our Chairish store.

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

Half of the warehouse is half off!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Events, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Parties at Community Forklift, Sales | 0 comments

Half of the warehouse is half off!

To clear out some space for our Funkyard Festival next weekend, we’re having a big sale this weekend.

This Saturday & Sunday,

September 29 & 30th, 2018, 

save 50% off doors, furniture, housewares, and lighting!  Plus, it’s your last chance to save 10% off Amazon Paint during our September sale.  Keep reading for all the details…

Please note:  Flash sales do not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online.  May not be combined with other sales or promotions.  Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.

50% off doors

Photo: happy Forklift Fan with a panel door

Take half off blue or orange price tags on doors – we have over 1,500 to choose from!   The sale includes all kinds of interior and exterior doors, barn doors, antique wood panel doors, oversized doors, modern doors, French doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, surplus doors, and doors in frames.  Sale does not include shutters or fencing.

50% off furniture & housewares

Photo: red leather chairs, mercury glass lamps, and modern stainless table

Take half off modern and vintage furniture & housewares. This includes tables, bar carts, dressers, sofas, chairs, shelves, desks, baskets, vases, and trunks!  Sale does not include built-in shelving or cabinetry, tools or hardware, work benches or tool stands, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, mantels, or appliances.

50% off lighting

Photo: detail of a crystal chandelier

Talk half off the orange and blue tags on lighting, including overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, lamps, ceiling fans, patio lights, fluorescent fixtures, and all types of light shades and covers.  Sale does not include other light parts or electrical supplies. 

10% off Amazon Paint

Save on all colors and sizes of Amazon Select Paint (including primer). Amazon Select Paints are premium quality, eco-friendly, recycled latex paints. Amazon’s reprocessing system guarantees that every gallon meets strict specifications for color, gloss, viscosity and coverage. Available in 20 beautiful and consistent colors, Amazon Select Paint can be used for interior or exterior applications, and can be used on drywall, wood, stucco, or masonry.

Come for the bargains, come back for the party

 

 

Enjoy the nice weather while you hunt for treasure this weekend.  Then come back next Saturday, October 6th for more great sales, plus yummy food, craft beer, a pop-up clothing shop, antiques advice, experts in preservation and old home repair, and live funk music.

Get the full schedule of events here, and please share the Funkyard Facebook page with your friends and neighbors.

 

 

UMD students use small materials to push for big changes

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Customer Creations, Forklifter Profiles, Ideas for Reuse, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

UMD students use small materials to push for big changes

Community Forklift’s mission is to lift up local communities through sustainability and reuse.  One way we do this is through our Community Building Blocks (CBB) program, which distributes free building materials to nonprofits, schools, volunteer groups, and others making a positive impact in the region.  So far this year, we’ve awarded $59,228 in material grants to 78 organizations.

Because we’re just a few minutes from College Park, University of Maryland students often come to us for help with their service learning and volunteer projects.  We hope you enjoy these photos and updates from two student groups who received CBB grants in 2018.  Although they each needed only a small amount of materials, they both used their grants to push for big changes on campus!

College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program:

A group of students in the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program organized a sustainable initiative on campus to promote proper waste disposal after noticing that students were disposing of their trash improperly.  In 2017, UMD recycled just 51% of the waste it generated. This shocking statistic gave UMD Scholars the motive to reach out to the Prince George’s Department of the Environment to participate in its Slam Dunk the Junk Campaign.  They wanted to use gaming concepts to try to change student behavior – basically, the theory is that if you turn a boring activity into something fun and silly, more people will pay attention and participate.

In this promotional video, UMD Men’s Basketball legend Andrew Terrell educates students on proper waste disposal habits.

“Our idea is to assemble and attach basketball backboards to recycling bins and trash cans on campus. The backboards would list which materials could and could not be “dunked” into each basket. People, especially college students, are always drawn to opportunities for fun. We hope to capitalize on this fact by turning the mundane act of throwing away trash into an enjoyable game…We are committed to making a difference in our community and believe a grant from Community Forklift would greatly help our cause.” – student Noah L. Fortson, in his application for a CBB grant.

In addition to the grant, our Outreach team gave the students a tour of the Forklift, and discussed which salvaged materials might work best for creating backboards. Their excitement was inspiring and we loved getting an update – their “celebrity spokesman” video is really fun!

Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture: 

This past Friday, the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture (SASLA) celebrated PARK(ing) Day, an annual event that encourages community members, students and designers to transform metered parking spaces into temporary mini parks to advocate for green spaces and re-imagine how we use the built landscape. Check out these great photos – they created such a peaceful little space!

“These parks will show that landscape architects can transform spaces into more usable and creative places, and that metered parking spaces can serve a more sustainable purpose than simply providing commuters with a place to park their cars.” – Michael Pullano, president of the chapter

Congratulations to the Senior Studio’s parklet “Succession” for winning this year’s design-build competition. They used paint and windows from Community Forklift in the design.

 

Coming to the Funkyard Festival: Texiles clothing recycling

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Blog, Community Happenings, Events, Forklifter Profiles, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, News, Non-profit partners, Our Partners, Parties at Community Forklift, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Coming to the Funkyard Festival: Texiles clothing recycling

We’re excited to announce that Texiles is coming to the Funkyard Festival on October 6th! This local nonprofit tackles clothing waste, and they’re a great addition to our celebration of reuse.

They’re hosting a pop-up shop at our warehouse during the party, so you can pick up cool pre-loved clothing, and drop off unwearable fabric scraps.  Keep reading for details…

 

Did you know the average American throws away 80 pounds of clothing every year? This adds up to roughly 13 million tons per year, and contributes to the overcrowding of landfills and pollution. Textiles decompose slowly and release harmful greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. In fact, the annual environmental impact of a household’s clothing equates to 1,000 bathtubs of water, and the carbon produced by driving a car for 6,000 miles.

Yet 95% of clothing and fabric can actually be reworn, repaired, upcycled, or recycled. Texiles seeks to rescue and recycle your old clothes before they end up in a landfill. They take and sort donations of used fabric and then donate, sell, or recycle them.

Just a few things that can be done with your fabric waste!

So, do some shopping for a good cause:  stop by Texiles at the Funkyard Festival on October 6th to browse their pop-up shop full of secondhand clothes. All products will be in good, wearable condition.

You can also bring them your unwearable fabric scraps, and discuss textile recycling and options for getting your stuff to a recycler.

For more information about the Funkyard Festival, please click here.

Texiles’ participation is supported by ReThread DC.

Earlier this year, the District of Columbia launched ReThread DC – an initiative designed to equip residents with the tools and resources needed to part with their unwanted textiles in a more responsible, sustainable way.

The goals of the initiative are to:

– Create a culture of recovery and reuse in the District.
– Provide resources for minimizing and diverting textile waste.
– Support the creation of economic opportunities in textile recovery, repair and reuse.

Read more about the initiative and subscribe to their calendar of events HERE.

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