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Enter the National Reuse Contest by Oct. 31st

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, Customer Creations, general, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, News, Non-profit partners, Our Partners, Reuse Contest | 0 comments

Enter the National Reuse Contest by Oct. 31st

Thinking about entering this year’s contest?

If you completed a project in 2017 using reclaimed building materials, send in your photos and story by Halloween to win great prizes!  You’ll find the contest rules on our submission form: https://podio.com/webforms/17994227/1209033

For more info about the contest, keep reading:

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Every year, Community Forklift joins reuse centers across the country to participate in The ReUse People Of America’s National Reuse Contest. Any member of the public can enter by submitting their project to their local participating reuse store (that’s us!) for a chance to win awesome prizes.  Judges at each reuse center select the most impressive projects, awarding gift cards and bragging rights for first, second, and third place winners in each category. Those local winners are then submitted to the ReUse People to compete at the national level. The national winners receive gift cards redeemable for merchandise at their sponsoring store — $1000, $500 or $250 for first, second and third place, respectively.

Your chances are good – Forklift Fans just keep winning!

We’re excited to announce that in 2016, two Forklift Fans placed nationally: Congratulations to both Kerry and Terence!  Read their stories below, and check out all of our past winners here.

1st Place Winner; Arts & Furniture
Tinker’s New Home
Kerry Gantt

The story: “In June, while walking the dogs in the neighborhood, my wife and I found a bird—a little green and yellow parakeet that was on his own.  We caught him, took him home and tried to find his family.  Then we tried to find him a home.  Then, gradually, we realized he was going to stay.  I have never wanted a bird; the idea of captive birds makes me sad.  But he wouldn’t survive long out in the world, and we felt responsible for him.  We grew fond of him.  We named him Tinker.

Through summer and into fall, Tinker lived in a green and white plastic cage borrowed from a neighbor.  As grateful as we were for the loan, we were not fans of the cage.  It filled the living room with its pet-store plainness.  So I started to think about what I might be able to do to give Tinker a warmer, roomier home.  I researched online and found all kinds of grandiose projects, but our house is small so size was the primary constraint.  I finally decided on an audio tower—the right width and depth for the available space, nice and tall.  It took about three weeks of focused searching to find it.  $50 on Craigslist.  A little banged up, but just what I was looking for.”

Utilizing both salvaged and new materials, Kerry gave the cabinet a full makeover, turning it into Tinker’s new home. Her redone cabinet includes a large, open living area for Tinker, two  cabinets (one for his food and supplies and a larger one below for storage),  dark mesh that blends into the wood frame and the room,  a grate floor with a shelf below to hold newspaper, a hinged door in the back through which to clean out that newspaper, a hand-sized door on each side for delivering food and treats and light cleaning, a large door in the back, and a lighted ceiling with a dimmer switch. “It’s bigger than where he was living and it fits into our house in a more aesthetically pleasing way.”

Reused materials: “I found lumber and trim in various dimensions, many feet of shelf standards and some tracking that would be perfect for covering the sharp edges of the wire mesh and supporting the newspaper shelf, a piano hinge that was long enough for all the non-cabinet doors, casters so it would be easier to move, eye bolts, non-slip cork pads and reclaimed tin roof tiles that would make beautiful cabinet door inserts.”

3rd Place Winner; Arts & Furniture
Kitchen Prep Table
Terence Chang

The story: “The project began with our plan to move to an apartment with a small kitchen and limited counter space. Looking for a project and noticing the pricey-ness of store-bought tables, I decided to make my own. I designed the piece to fit snugly next to the fridge in the tiny kitchen [this goal eventually changed when they moved partway through the process]. The hope was to create working space for cooking (hopefully with lighting), add additional storage space, and add some character. This was done in January 2016 during the blizzard. I started by dumpster diving in Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in DC. A 90-year-old home under renovation rendered the primary materials for the table. I pulled out old gas pipe, beautiful old dimensional pine lumber, and a few 4″x6″ pine pieces.”

Adding a number of new materials to his inventory (wood stain, screws, chalkboard paint, LED lights, and hooks), Terence created his own fully functional kitchen prep table. “The overall functionality fits our needs very well. You can see the storage of pots, pans, knives on magnet, hanging fruit hook, radio/mp3, homebrew equipment, scale and plants. It is our prep station, breakfast bar and coffee station. It is the command center for all the time and love we give to each other through food and drink.”

Reused materials: Wood for the table top and upper shelves (the lower shelves were from personal supply), and the gas pipe.

 

 

 

 

Funkyard Festival – Full Schedule of Bands, Workshops, & More!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Events, general, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, News, Non-profit partners, Our Partners, Parties at Community Forklift, Things for Sale, Workshops | 0 comments

Funkyard Festival – Full Schedule of Bands, Workshops, & More!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

11AM – 5PM

Bring your friends, your family, and your (friendly, leashed) pets to the Community Forklift warehouse for a celebration of all things reuse in the DC area!  We’re highlighting fun(ky)/artistic and practical reuse, while also celebrating the preservation of our local history.

Meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antique appraisal advice, and attend free workshops on DIY repair and creative reuse.  We’ll have artists who work with salvaged/reused materials, live funk music, kids’ activities, a local food truck, local craft beer and wine, and locally salvaged items for sale!

Featuring:

WORKSHOPS ON DIY REPAIR & CREATIVE REUSE

11am-12pm: Salvaged Pallet Wood Signs, presented by Angie Bell

1pm-2pm: Refinishing a Table, presented by Julie Jay Dawson

3pm-4pm: Create a Shelf from a Reclaimed Door, presented by Mark Wardlaw

 

LOCAL PRESERVATION & HISTORICAL EXPERTS

Preservation Maryland

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center

 

LIVE FUNK MUSIC

11am-12:30pm: Ron Hicks Project
Viewed as one of the best blues /jazz bands in the metro area, the varied vocal talents from several members (Ron, Herbie and Glen) give the band its distinctive and aggressive flavor that is recognized over the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. The Ron Hicks Project Music is spiced in the south, cooked in Chicago and served in the DMV.

1:30-3pm: Vico Cycle
The Vico Cycle is a group of like-minded musicians based in the Washington, DC metro area who have come together to blend rock, funk, blues, soul, & hip-hop into a lively fusion of raw sound.

4pm-5pm: DJ Flava
DJ Flava is an International Radio Personality, DJ, Community Activist and Financial Coach based in Washington, DC. You can catch him on 93.9 WKYS FM Radio.

Ron Hicks

 

PICKER’S PARADISE

Find the tent in our courtyard full of treasures! We’ll have crates of parts & pieces for your upcycling projects.

 

LOCALLY SALVAGED ARCHITECTURAL PIECES

Don’t miss the beautiful rugs & stained glass —they’re on display for one day only, so buy your favorite before they’re gone. And don’t forget: almost everything else in the warehouse was locally salvaged, too!

 

ANTIQUES ADVICE

If you love Antiques Roadshow, we’ve got a treat for you! Bring in your vintage items (or a picture!) to learn more about them! If you enjoy the advice, donations to the Forklift are greatly appreciated.  Presented by Chris Melendez of Community Forklift.

 

ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES!

Help us recycle a house into hardware wind chimes,  play some tunes on instruments made from salvaged materials, and be dazzled by the tricks of strolling magician Matt Neufeld (from 2pm-5pm).

 

POTTERY DEMOS

Join Forklifter Andrew Francis in the courtyard for live pottery demos. He’ll be creating with fresh clay and incorporating salvaged items from the warehouse for texture.

 

LOCAL ARTISTS

Browse the work of local artists who create using salvaged materials!

Delia Mychajluk 
Lyndaker Inlay
MW Forge
Reenie’s Prints, Etc.

 

LOCAL FOOD

“In 2009 we had an idea to leave our 9-5s (Che worked in politics and Tadd in tech) to open our own biz that served smoked meats, sandwiches, and fresh sides in a neighborhood store complete with a stocked deli case, just like the butcher shops we knew growing up. We loved cooking for friends and family, hosting special occasions, and having people over. We also wanted a spot where neighbors met and friends gathered.

That year was the height of the recession, when making that dream come true was out of reach. So we maxed out credit cards, cashed in a 401k, borrowed from friends, and in 2011 opened our BBQ Bus food truck…Six years and many curbside services later, and with a lot of love from all of you, we’ve been fortunate enough to open that shop, and we finally have that deli case.

Whether you’re catching us curbside, ordering delivery for just you or the whole crew, celebrating the most special of occasions, or having lunch with us at the new Smokehouse, our job remains the same as it did when we first hit the streets in 2011: To fill you up on the eats you love best surrounded by the ones you care for the most. Gather ’round now, it’s time for BBQ.”

 

AND LOCAL CRAFT BEER & WINE!

Our fabulous partners Town Center Market are back with their pop-up bar, this time featuring local brews.

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Special Thanks to:

Riverdale Park Arts Council for the use of their sound system, and Behnke’s for their donation of hay bales.

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Midweek Flash Sale – 50% Off Tables and Chairs!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Midweek Flash Sale – 50% Off Tables and Chairs!

It’s time to start planning your holiday gatherings!

This Wednesday and Thursday, October 18 and 19, 2017, all dining sets, dining tables, chair sets and all tables are 50% off! This includes coffee tables, sofa tables and side tables.

Items priced as a set (sets of chairs or tables and chairs) may not be broken up and must be purchased together. This sale does not include select specialty items, items from our Salvage Arts consignment partner, items listed online, or items with missing or damaged price tags.

 

AND, all individual chairs (not part of a set) are buy one, get one free! (Buy one chair and get a second chair of equal or lesser value free!)

 

 

And don’t forget, this SATURDAY, October 21, 2017 is our Funkyard Festival to celebrate National Reuse Day, we’ll have live funk music, craft beer & wine, a food truck, a Pickers Paradise section, local artists, antiques advice, DIY workshops, and activities for all ages.

 

Weekend Flash Sale – 50% Off Appliances!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Weekend Flash Sale – 50% Off Appliances!

This Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th, 2017,

kitchen and laundry

appliances are 50% off!

The sale includes modern AND vintage appliances including washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, fridges, and microwaves with blue or orange tags.  We usually have a variety of basic, high-end, and even some commercial appliances.

This sale does NOT include water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed on eBay, appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags. May not be combined with other sales.

Although most items in our warehouse are sold as-is, we do offer a 3-week return policy on our appliances (just hang on to your receipt).

Please note:  You must load your own purchases

Community Forklift staffers and volunteers are not able to help load items into your vehicle.  However, after you have purchased your item(s), we do offer one week of free storage for appliances. This will give you time to round up friends or hire folks to help you, to borrow or rent a truck, etc.

Row of Appliances by Lilia - compressed

And don’t forget! Only ONE week until 

 

Mark your calendar for our Funkyard Festival coming up on October 21st – to celebrate National Reuse Day, we’ll have live funk music, craft beer & wine, a food truck, a Pickers Paradise section, local artists, antiques advice, DIY workshops, and activities for all ages.

Midweek Flash Sale – Cabinets!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Midweek Flash Sale – Cabinets!

THIS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 AND 12, 2017, WE’RE HAVING A CABINET SALE!

TAKE 50% OFF ALL SETS AND SINGLE CABINETS.

This sale does not include select specialty items, items listed online, items with missing or damaged price tags, bathroom cabinets or other built-ins, workbenches or tool stands, or items from our consignment vendors. This sale may not be combined with other offers.

 

Ruthie showing off cabinet sets

 

 

If you can’t make it out to see us, check out our eBay and Etsy stores for some great finds!  And mark your calendar for our Funkyard Festival coming up on October 21st – to celebrate National Reuse Day, we’ll have live funk music, craft beer & wine, a food truck, a Pickers Paradise section, local artists, antiques advice, DIY workshops, and activities for all ages.

40% Off Storewide for the Holiday Weekend!

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Parties at Community Forklift, Sales | 0 comments

40% Off Storewide for the Holiday Weekend!

To celebrate the long weekend,

we’re throwing a 40% OFF STOREWIDE flash sale!

On Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday, almost everything in the warehouse is on sale…

Take 40% off modern AND vintage items, including tile, furniture, appliances, windows, shutters, doors, mantels, sinks, light fixtures, architectural salvage, and much, much more!

Sale does not include lumber, masonry, select specialty items, items sold online, or items from our consignment partners.  Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other sales.  

We’ll be open from 9 am-6 pm each day of the sale, but keep in mind:  our checkout line gets very long at the end of a big sale.  So don’t wait until late on Monday afternoon to visit us!!!  (Also, please note that you must arrive before 5:30 pm if you are dropping off a donation or loading a bulky purchase.)

If you can’t make it out to see us, check out our eBay and Etsy stores for some great finds!  And mark your calendar for our Funkyard Festival coming up on October 21st – to celebrate National Reuse Day, we’ll have live funk music, craft beer & wine, a food truck, a Pickers Paradise section, local artists, antiques advice, DIY workshops, and activities for all ages.

 

Forklift In The News 

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Blog, Events, general, News, Non-profit partners, Parties at Community Forklift | 0 comments

Forklift In The News 

Community Forklift (and our CEO Nancy J. Meyer) recently won eBay’s 2017 Charitable Business Award. Many of you told us you voted every day – we are so grateful! As the winner of the Charitable Business Award, we’ve received $5,000, valuable assistance with improving our eBay shop and a great professional video.   Not only that, but…

Our win attracted a lot of reporters!

If you follow the Forklift on social media, you may have already seen the fantastic articles in the Washington Post and the Hyattsville Life & Times… but I bet you didn’t know that we were also in the Chicago Daily Herald and the Napa Valley Register!

Mariam D’Eustachio, our Director of Administration, was interviewed on eBay Radio, and television reporters learned about us from the eBay win too.

Arash Arabadi did a piece for Voice of America.  In his segment, you’ll see donations staffers Chris and Nordaine and our intrepid leader Nancy, as well as several of our partners:  Think Make Build (donors of materials), deconstruction workers from Brick and Board, and the Youth Entrepreneur Institute.

Tina Whitlow explained how her nonprofit received free materials through our Community Building Blocks program.

Because Voice of America airs around the world as well as the U.S., the story will be translated into multiple languages.  Check out the Urdu version here – people are tweeting about us in Pakistan right now!

Maryland Public Television reporter Nancy Yamada Zarroli also came to visit.  As always, our vintage plumbing guy Matt Menke proved to be a wry comedian.  The piece just aired on Sept. 28th on the Your Money & Business show.

We’ve also had some love from the blogosphere.  Roshani Kothari is a green realtor who profiled us on Green Living DC in April, then mentioned us in a September article about a green renovation.  Both stories were shared on Petworth News, a very active community blog.

We are so thankful to these reporters – and to all of YOU who spread the word about Community Forklift. Publicity like this will help us continue to grow, create more green jobs, and make more resources available to local communities!

We’re celebrating – and you’re invited!

On Saturday October 21st from 11am to 5pm, we’re hosting a Funkyard Festival to thank our Forklift Fans. We’ll have live funk music, antiques advice, local artists, a “Pickers’ Paradise,” DIY workshops, craft beer & wine, a BBQ food truck, activities for kids, and more. Admission is free, so bring your family, friends, and neighbors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October sales- Paint and everything fireplaces!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Billboard, Blog, Monthly Sales, News, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

October sales- Paint and everything fireplaces!

Fall has arrived!  For the entire month of October we’re having a sale to celebrate the cooler weather.

Cozy up around a fire…

MANTELS, FIREPLACE ACCESSORIES,

& WOOD-BURNING STOVES

ARE 50% OFF!

Take half off the orange and blue tagged mantelpieces, fireplace tools, fireplace screens, and wood-burning stoves.

This sale does not include items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, items listed online, or items with missing or damaged price tags. Sale does not include other types of HVAC/heating and cooling equipment, trim, molding, or tile. May not be combined with other sales.

Complete a project inside or out…

AMAZON PAINT IS

10% OFF!

Save on all colors and sizes of Amazon Select Paint.  Amazon Select Paints are premium quality, eco-friendly latex paints. They are manufactured from surplus paint that the manufacturer collects from government, business, and consumers, and then recycles using patented technology. Amazon’s reprocessing system guarantees that every gallon sold meets strict specifications for color, gloss, viscosity and coverage.

  Amazon Select Paint can be used for interior or exterior applications, and can be used on drywall, wood, stucco, or masonry.  It’s available in 20 beautiful and consistent colors.

October sale does not include our non-Amazon “oops” paint. 

 

Weekend Flash Sale – 30% Off Furniture!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Weekend Flash Sale – 30% Off Furniture!

 

This weekend, September 30 – October 1, 2017,

TAKE 30% OFF MODERN AND VINTAGE FURNITURE  

Sale includes blue and orange-tagged dining tables, desks,  chairs, bookshelves, stereo cabinets. entertainment centers, dressers, night stands, bed frames and head boards, file cabinets, and desks!

Some exclusions apply.  Items with missing or damaged tags will not be sold.  This sale does NOT include patio or porch furniture, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, items listed online, or kitchen or bathroom cabinets or other built-ins. May not be combined with other sales or promotions.  

 

If you can’t make it out to see us, check out our eBay and Etsy stores for some great finds!

And don’t forget to save October 21 for our upcoming Funkyard Festival – we’ll have live funk music, craft beer & wine, a food truck, local artists, antiques advice, free workshops, and activities for all ages.

 

 

Midweek Flash Sale – Marble & Granite!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Midweek Flash Sale – Marble & Granite!

This Wednesday and Thursday, September 27 and 28, 2017, stone countertops in our courtyard are 50% off!

We currently have a large selection of granite and marble pieces, so come search for your new countertop.

(Or tabletop, or garden bench… the upcycling possibilities await).

Please note: Some exclusions apply. Flash sale does not include countertops from inside, vanity sets, decorative stone pieces like fire surrounds or balustrades, pavers or other masonry, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, items listed online, or items with missing or damaged price tags. May not be combined with other sales.

If you can’t make it out to see us, check out our eBay and Etsy stores for some great finds!