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Save 25% on modern and vintage light fixtures!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage light fixtures!

April 17 & 18

This Saturday and Sunday, take 25% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. There are so many beautiful and interesting light fixtures from many different decades here in the warehouse! The discount includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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. 

Before and After: creative upcycled garden chandelier!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2021 in Blog, Customer Creations, Gardening, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Before and After: creative upcycled garden chandelier!

Check out this awesome DIY garden chandelier project sent to us by one of our followers on Instagram! Made with a salvaged chandelier from Community Forklift, this creative planter is a vibrant and unique addition to their outdoor space. And it’ll look even better when those begonias grow up and out!

As the weather warms and people spend more time outside, we get a lot of questions about the garden materials we have at Community Forklift. While you can find purpose-built planters and pots here at the reuse warehouse, don’t be discouraged if you visit and don’t find any that day. Our warehouse is full of items that can be upcycled and reused for for flowers and vegetables!

Search the web for “upcycled garden ideas” and prepare to have your mind blown. Chandeliers, balusters, dishes, chairs, and more all have potential planting and decorating potential in your garden. You can also check out this video on our YouTube channel for some more suggestions for upcycled garden planters using materials in our warehouse.

Visit our reuse warehouse any day between 12 and 5 pm, roam the aisles, and let your imagination run wild!

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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. 

Community Forklift: a collection of history in more ways than one

Posted by on Apr 14, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, News | 0 comments

Community Forklift: a collection of history in more ways than one

Walking into Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse is like walking into a time capsule. From antique Victorian dressers and sleek mid-century sofas to colorful vintage toilets and modern cabinets and appliances, many decades of history of the home are here for perusing and purchasing.

In addition to these larger reminders of the past, our reuse warehouse also unintentionally receives some other records of history: newspapers. Almost all of the materials here at the warehouse are donated and those items often come wrapped in old newspaper for safekeeping. We also find newspaper clippings and other small items left behind in cabinets and drawers.

Check out below some of the interesting world history events, advice, and — those Sunday favorites — comics, that we’ve seen come through our donations bay. Click on the images to see larger versions and take a trip back in time!

If you have building materials or furniture of your own that you’d like to donate, visit our website to learn more. Community Forklift is a non-profit organization that diverts usable materials from the landfill and provides them for free or at low-cost to people and organizations who need them. Help lift up our community through reuse!


WWII and US Presidential Election

Published June 26, 1944


Berlin Wall

Published November 19, 1989


Furniture Care

Unknown date


Peanuts Comic Strip

Published December 18, 1988


Family Circus and Hagar the Horrible Comic Strips

Published December 18, 1988

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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. 

Doorn’t miss it! Save 25% on modern and vintage doors this weekend

Posted by on Apr 9, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Doorn’t miss it! Save 25% on modern and vintage doors this weekend

25% off doors Saturday and Sunday, April 10 & 11

Take 25% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors this weekend, April 10 & 11. 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 also offer 5 days of free storage after purchase to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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. 

Elementary School students learn a RANGE of important life skills

Posted by on Apr 8, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Elementary School students learn a RANGE of important life skills

Every year, around 50 students at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) take a Home Economics class to learn important life skills such as cooking and baking. Once the school returns to in-person learning after the pandemic, students will learn these skills using a free, gently-used electric range provided by Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program!

Located on the Gallaudet University campus, KDES serves deaf and hard of hearing students from the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. Tuition at the school is free and students can attend through 8th grade. In 2020, the Kendall Parent Teacher Association (KPTA) applied on behalf of the school for a Community Building Blocks grant to replace the electric range in the home economics classroom.

“Community Forklift’s grant program really helped the school by providing one free stove for the school’s EC class. They had a really old stove that was not really working very well. Now with this stove, the deaf children will learn the most important life skill: cooking and baking,” said Harish Ramroop, Treasurer of KPTA.

Thanks to Harish and the Kendall PTA for their contributions to the school. We are glad we could help with this project!

KDES was founded in 1857 by the U.S. Congress and today is operated by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. If you would like to learn more about KDES, please visit https://kdes.gallaudet.edu/.

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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 fabulous modern and vintage salvaged furniture!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on fabulous modern and vintage salvaged furniture!

Saturday & Sunday, April 3 & 4

This Saturday and Sunday, April 3 & 4, take 25% off modern and vintage furniture at the Community Forklift reuse warehouse and online in the Community Forklift Marketplace! Save on all sorts of styles and types of tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, chairs, sofas, and more. We offer five days of free storage after purchase to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Subscribe to our Youtube channel or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for regular video walkthroughs of our reuse warehouse!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 furniture or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom vanities or kitchen cabinets, mantels, appliances, 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.  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. 

Save 25% on windows and window treatments in April!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Blog, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on windows and window treatments in April!

Thursday, April 1, – Friday, April 30

During the month of April, save 25% on windows, window sashes, and window treatments including curtain rods, blinds, interior and exterior shutters, screens, and security bars. We offer 5 days of free storage for purchased items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 windows or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include windows 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 donateor 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 modern and vintage bathroom fixtures!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage bathroom fixtures!

March 27 & 28

Switch out your sink, modernize your master, or transform your tub! Save 25% on modern and vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, and medicine cabinets! We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 bathroom fixtures or other items but will have difficulty paying for them, please visit our website to learn more and apply!


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.

Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Forklifter Profiles, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Laughter is the Best Medicine!

As they say on the stage, “The show must go on.” The Best Medicine Rep, a local nonprofit theater company located in Gaithersburg, takes that message to heart even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges of putting on productions during the pandemic, they continue to do so, bringing the community together in laughter during a tough time.

For several years now, Best Medicine Rep has been a community partner and grant recipient of Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program. With support from the CBB Program, Best Medicine Rep received free furniture pieces for its productions, including tables, chairs, doors, rugs, and a lamp. These items were used in shows such as Helen on Wheels, Comedy of Venice, and Roaring.

In this writer’s humble opinion, however, the best Forklift find was a vintage fireplace mantel. Through their boundless creativity, Best Medicine Rep has repurposed this piece for multiple productions, including Engaging Shaw and The Crater Sisters’ Christmas Special, repainting and reshaping it as needed. We are in awe of how they have brought all of our pieces to life on the stage.

“Large bits of scenery can be really costly. Our little non-profit theater is running on a small budget where we like to make sure all the professional theatrical actors, directors, and designers are paid fairly for their work. Community Forklift’s grant has been invaluable in bringing our sets to life…The mantel brought a lovely English home to life, then gave a homey feel to the TV stage set for our original Christmas musical for two years running,” said Rebecca A. Herron, Vice-President of Best Medicine Rep.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Best Medicine Rep has not been able to invite audiences to its theater in Gaithersburg, but has been creating new productions that can be viewed online. The organization also partners with Montgomery County Public Schools to teach students playwriting. At the end of the school year, Best Medicine Rep professional actors perform a few of the plays in their Annual New Plays/New Voices Festival, which is a celebration of plays that the students and their families get to watch and enjoy. For the 4th Annual New Plays/New Voices Festival, plays were zoom-recorded and are available online.

The team at Best Medicine Rep is staying hopeful and looks forward to producing live performances in the future. “Once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and we can safely gather in theaters again, we have new plays at the ready and professionals eager to get back to live performance,” Rebecca A. Herron, said.

We are so happy that our community partner has been able to continue its work and appreciate its continued partnership with schools!

Best Medicine Rep, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit professional theater company that develops and produces comedies. This organization offers full productions, classes for children and adults, and free readings of new plays. To learn more about this nonprofit, please visit www.bestmedicinerep.org.

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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. 


Happy Feet: salvaged furniture with bases that grab you

Posted by on Mar 24, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Happy Feet: salvaged furniture with bases that grab you

The next time you’re in the Community Forklift reuse warehouse, watch your feet — the feet on the furniture, that is! Metal, carved wood, claws, paws, casters, toes, and scrolls lend a bit of whimsy and playfulness to the feet of many of the wardrobes, dressers, and tables. Here are a few favorites, but you can visit the reuse warehouse any day between 12 and 5 pm to go on your own feet-finding scavenger hunt!






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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.