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Storewide Flash Sale

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Storewide Flash Sale

This weekend – Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 2018 –
enjoy markdowns on most items in our warehouse.

Take 25% off storewide!

Knock 25% off these prices: oversized denim chairs are $99 each, loveseat is $225

This storewide sale includes modern and vintage furniture, kitchen cabinet sets, architectural salvage, appliances, lighting, doors, windows, tile, flooring, bathroom fixtures,  courtyard items, and more!

Take home this jungle gym for 25% off the sticker price of $525! Some assembly required…but yes – that is a slide in the background! Assembly instructions and manual are included.

Please note: This flash sale does 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.

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And save 10% on select items in our eBay shop through July 4!

Not thrilled by the idea of leaving your air conditioned home to search for the perfect piece of lighting, hardware, or decor? Don’t worry – you can shop for unique, antique items from the comfort of your own couch! Find Forklift items listed on eBay, Etsy, and Chairish.

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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.

Forklift materials open the doors to Marlton community pool

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, News, Our Partners | 0 comments

Forklift materials open the doors to Marlton community pool

Hi Forklift Fans,

We wanted to highlight a recent victory made possible by our Community Building Blocks (CBB) program. In 2017, our partners at the Marlton Swim and Recreation Club, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, reached out to the Forklift about getting a CBB grant. They needed materials to carry out some minor repairs on their pool house that were preventing the pool from reopening to the public. Through our grant program, the Marlton swim club was awarded $400 in store credit at Community Forklift, with which they were able to purchase a new door for their pool house. Earlier this year, we received a heartwarming letter of thanks from the swim club president Iris Hughes:

“Dear Community Forklift,

 

The Marlton Board of the Marlton Swim and Recreation Club would like to Thank you for awarding us a grant of $400 in 2017. We were able to purchase a door that allowed us to pass the health inspection once the door was in place. This made sure that the pool would be open to the community in 2017 and all the years to come.

 

Because of your grant, we were able to have the swim team, swimming lessons for adults, children and infants. We were able to have the 200 kids a week that enjoyed the pool last year from the day camps returning. Donations from caring people like you show that there are good people who care and encourages the board to continue its work. Truthfully, we could not have done this without you. Myself and the board, sincerely appreciate your generosity. Our mission is to bring back the community atmosphere with the focus on aquatic activities and safety and you have helped with that mission.”

In addition to the thank-you letter, we were invited to attend a recognition ceremony in Upper Marlboro, where our Community Services Coordinator was presented with this thoughtful award:

Our community giving programs are a cornerstone of our mission to lift up communities through reuse. By distributing free materials to local nonprofits and community groups, we are able to both support community spaces like the Marlton Swim and Recreation Club, and empower more folks to use sustainable materials and reduce unnecessary waste. In May 2018 alone, we donated $5,654 worth of materials to neighbors in need through our Home Essentials program, and $3,436 to area nonprofits through our Community Building Blocks program. We are thrilled to support the good work of the folks at the Marlton Swim and Recreation Club, and grateful to our Forklift Fans who help us continue to thrive as a community resource!

Summer Cyber Sales

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Summer Cyber Sales

Not thrilled by the idea of leaving your air conditioned home to search for the perfect piece of lighting, hardware, or decor? Don’t worry – you can shop for unique, antique items from the comfort of your own couch! This week in particular is a great time to check out our online selection, since we’re kicking off our

Summer Cyber Sales!

Save 20% on Etsy

Everything listed in Forklift’s Etsy store is 20% off through Friday, June 22

& 10% on eBay!

Select items listed in our eBay shop are 10% off through July 4!

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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.

Keep your 4th of July celebration going with July’s First Friday

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, Events, Forklift First Friday, News | 0 comments

Keep your 4th of July celebration going with July’s First Friday

Join us on July 6th! 

On the first Friday of each month (May-September), we stay open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live music, family fun, local art, delicious local food, craft beer & wine – and this month, the chance to get designer fabrics at a Forklift price!

When:  Friday, July 6th, 6pm-8pm
Where:
Community Forklift – 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781
(5 min. outside NE DC in the Port Towns neighborhood, near Hyattsville)
Who: YOU! And your friends, family, kids, neighbors, coworkers, and (friendly, leashed) dogs.
Cost: Free to attend – But you can support your local artists and businesses by purchasing their wares and tipping the band.

FEATURING:

Live music from Bellwether Bayou and Slim Rosa

Bellwether Bayou is the solo folk project of Laura Schwartz, a classically trained violinist who has been moving steadily in a more folksy direction since living in New Orleans, Ithaca, and Xi’an, China. Based in Washington, D.C., Bellwether Bayou brings looping violin and soulful vocals together to create a modern take on classic folk sensibilities. The sound of Bellwether Bayou mixes original tunes with unexpected covers and new spins on old traditionals.

Slim Rosa is a side project collaboration of Laura and Matthew, her co-founding member of The Iris Bell. For this new project, Matthew and Laura wanted to explore a more plaintive side to their songwriting. Slim Rosa blends acoustic guitars and analog organs with vocal harmonies, evoking the duo’s connection to their Tennessee/North Carolina/Georgia roots.

 

A Pop-up fabric shop

 For one night only, visit our pop-up showroom full of designer fabric leftover from high-end projects. To kick off the evening, we’ll be unveiling a large selection of hand-blocked silks, embroidered linens, velvets, wool, and more! More details to come…keep your eyes on our social media as the party approaches.

 

A Mystery Salvage Sale!

We’ll have an extra special 2-hour sale during the event. We’ll announce the details online a few hours before the party begins.

 

Family Fun

FREE face painting from Signs, Wonders & Gifts!

Chalk the Courtyard:  Forklift Fans of all ages can go nuts decorating the pavement and warehouse walls.

 

Dinner from Urban Bumpkin BBQ 

The DMV’s only Native American frybread food truck, featuring smoked meats and charcoal chicken, with Asian-inspired bbq sauce in place of ketchup and mustard-based bbq sauces.

 

A Pop-Up Bar

Town Center Market is back again, bringing an exciting selection of craft beers and wine to
the ‘Lift each month!

 

Local Artist Market

Delia Mychajluk considers her art “an expression of thoughts and feelings about what I consider the ‘essentials’ of things, i.e., life/death, growth, and the boundaries between the physical/spiritual worlds. Connections between people and animals and people and the world of nature are also explored. Some of my images come directly from dreams. I do not confine myself to a single medium and I create both two and three-dimensional pieces of art.” She’ll be selling oil paintings, polymer clay earrings, mixed media art pieces, and notecards.

 

Michelle Bailey is a realist painter living in Takoma Park, Maryland, a lovably quirky small town just northeast of Washington, D.C. which prides itself in keeping a small town feel, supporting local businesses and artists and celebrating its free-spirited nature by naming a rooster who once roamed the streets as its town icon. Many of her paintings capture scenes from the town.

 

Rasp and File Designs creates simple and beautiful wood designs such as coffee tables, dining tables, benches, bookshelves, coffee pour overs, and other home décor and kitchen items to fit your lifestyle, space, and personality. All pieces are one of a kind and unique to the individual client.

 

Tracy, of TV’s Bees, has been a beekeeper in Mount Rainier for four years. Her colonies are in backyards around town. While Tracy primarily produces honey for family and friends, in years of abundance she sells her excess to pay for her beekeeping habit. Tracy thinks Mount Rainier honey is special, and thinks you will, too.

 

 Can’t make it?

Don’t worry! There are 2 more you can catch. For more information, check out our events schedule or subscribe to our blog for regular event updates. You can also shop with us any time on Ebay, Etsy, and Chairish!

 

Midweek Flash Sale – Doors

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Ideas for Reuse, Sales | 0 comments

Tuesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 20, 2018

50% off salvaged doors

Take 50% off modern and vintage doors at Forklift, both interior and exterior, including antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames. This flash sale does NOT include surplus (i.e. new, never-been-used) doors or stained glass.

Please note: 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.

Don’t need a door? Get crafty with one!

One of our customers recently shared photos of the table she created out of a salvaged door purchased for $2.50 at Forklift.

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Did you know that we also sell online?

If you can’t make it into the warehouse this week, don’t worry – our online stores are only a click away! 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.

Weekend Flash Sale – Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Archive - past sales, Blog | 0 comments

This Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, 2018 – shop sustainably for your kitchen remodel and take

40% off Kitchen Cabinets!

This flash sale includes kitchen cabinet sets, single cabinets, and cabinet doors.

This kitchen was remodeled using Forklift materials and submitted to the 2016 National Reuse Contest

Please note: This flash sale does not include bathroom cabinets, vanities, medicine cabinets, built-in cabinets, counter tops, work benches or tool stands. Flash sales do not include 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.

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Can’t make it in this week? Shop with us anytime 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.

Two things you can do to fight plastic pollution

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, general, Green Jobs and Job Creation, Green Living, Holidays and Long Weekends, News | 0 comments

Two things you can do to fight plastic pollution

This week was #WorldEnvironmentDay and#WorldOceansDay, which meant that social media was full of photos of the plastic litter covering our planet.

Plastic patches are not just ruining things way out in the ocean – this is right here in our backyard. Photo from the District Department of Energy & Environment.

Were you as horrified as we were?

Here are 2 ways to turn that desperate feeling into something positive:

Paper please!

If you’re like us, you try to remember to bring reusable bags to the grocery store – but sometimes you get to the checkout with a full cart and… Arrgh! You realize you’ve left the cloth bags at home.

Instead of settling for plastic, ask for paper bags. Then, bring them to the Forklift for reuse – we always need clean PAPER bags and reuseable  bags for our checkout (Sorry, we can’t accept single-use plastic bags – not only are they awful for the environment, they’re too flimsy to hold reclaimed hardware, antique glass, and all the other cool salvaged stuff we have here).

Show up to vote this month.

You know what can be FAR more powerful than any individual change in consumer habits?  Voting!!!  Here in the DC area, the primaries are only days away and in many districts, your vote in the primaries can matter more than the fall general election.   

So, instead of feeling guilty that you don’t know much about the primary candidates,

here are quick tips to turn yourself into an informed voter:

  1. WHEN:  Check voting dates, and make a plan for what time you’re going to vote and how you’ll get there.
  2. WHO:  To find out who is running in your district, visit your state board of elections to view your sample ballot.  Read it carefully, and don’t assume that you are only picking one person in each race (for example, here in District 47A, we choose two delegates to represent us in the MD House).  
    • Maryland
    • Washington DC
    • Virginia

      Just one more step! You can do this – little Forklift Fans need you to elect leaders who will take good care of their health and the planet.

  3. WHICH:.  Now that you have the list of names, you need to pick your favorites.  There are many ways to find out which candidates plan to support the growing green economy, protect our health, and fight for a cleaner future.  If you can do even one of these things, you’ll be a better-informed voter:
    • See if journalists and bloggers have published info about the candidates on your ballot.
      • For example, Greater Greater Washington created questionnaires about transportation and development issues, then published answers from candidates, as well as endorsements.
      • Check your local papers and news stations for voters guides and links to local debates.  The Baltimore Sun covered the MD governor’s race forum on the environment, with links to all of the candidates’ plans for the environment, and Kojo Nnamdi has interviewed many candidates on recent episodes of the Politics Hour.
    • Go straight to the candidates:  look up their website and social media sites, and call to ask about their platform on the environment and other issues you care about.  Many candidates in local races will be thrilled at the chance to talk to a voter.

We know some of our Forklift Fans are active citizens – so feel free to share your tips for researching candidates below in the comments!

 

Catch Ruthie on the radio tonight! Plus, Home Shows and other weekend events

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, general, Green Living, News, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Catch Ruthie on the radio tonight!  Plus, Home Shows and other weekend events

Tune into WHUR 96.3 tonight at 7pm!  Harold Fisher will be interviewing Ruthie Mundell, our Outreach & Education Director, on The Daily Drum.  The topic is “Protecting Your Dream: Insight on Sprucing Up Your Home,” and she’ll discuss how homeowners can save money on repairs and renovations at nonprofit reuse centers like Community Forklift.

Home Shows!!

The radio interview is part of a WHUR series leading up to two great home shows this Saturday, June 9th.  Whether you want to buy your first home, remain in an existing home, move to a larger home, or downsize, the Prince George’s County Housing Fair and the DC Housing Expo will have useful info, experts, and giveaways for you!  Click on the flyers below for more details:

 

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Other fun events this weekend:

El Reto Descubre el Bosque / The Challenge to Discover the Forest

2:30pm – 5:30pm on Sunday, June 10

One of our neighbors here in the Port Towns asked us to share an exciting event:  a handful of local and national organizations have joined together to encourage Spanish-speaking youth to enjoy our public lands!  This Sunday, attendees can learn from entomologists (scientists who study bugs) and act as citizen scientists through the smartphone apps iNaturalist and iTree.  Scientists, educators, and attendees will explore how we can help solve problems with invasive species like the emerald ash borer beetle, which has killed millions of trees in our country, affecting the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the well-being of our communities.

Children and adults are invited to enjoy the beautiful ponds, lotuses, and water lilies at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in SE DC.  Take action to help protect our trees and communities, and learn how we can all contribute to the restoration of our trees and forests.  You must be ready to observe, listen, learn, dance, eat, and make new friends.  All 4th grade students who attend will receive a free annual pass for Every Kid in a Park and will be able to visit public lands such as forests, parks, and wetlands until September 1 with the whole family!  The event is FREE, but you must register in advance. Sign up today and find more event details at https://www.corazonlatino.us/events/

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Edmonston Day

11am  – 4pm, Saturday, June 9

Our little town’s annual celebration is this Saturday.  View the parade at 11, then head to the Edmonston Recreation Center to enjoy food, rock climbing, a petting zoo, and more from noon – 4pm.  Stop by Community Forklift’s booth to upcycle old hardware into windchimes!

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REVERBATIONS gala: The roots and relevance of community design

7pm – 10pm on Saturday, June 9

Our partners at the Neighborhood Design Center are celebrating 50 years of impact on neighborhoods throughout Maryland.  The festivities mark the finale of their community design conference – Reverberations | The Roots and Relevance of Community Design and will include watermelon cocktails and light fare by Clavel, soul shake down by Save Your Soul DJ Rob Macy, loco-silent auction, and volunteer awards ceremony.  Get your tickets now!

Did you know the ‘Lift is led by a Terp?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, Forklifter Profiles, general, News, What others are saying | 0 comments

Did you know the ‘Lift is led by a Terp?

Terp Magazine often profiles University of Maryland alumni who are doing interesting work.  For the most recent issue, they interviewed Community Forklift’s CEO, Nancy J. Meyer.

It’s a good read – her background is as eclectic as the items you’ll find in our warehouse!  Read the full article here.

 

June Sale

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Monthly Sales, Sales | 0 comments

June Sale

Throughout the month of June 2018, Community Forklift is offering

40% off windows!

The sale includes modern and vintage windows, storm windows, and window sashes (including vintage sashes with wavy glass).

Please note: This sale does NOT include stained glass, window treatments, shutters, or window trim. Monthly 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. Monthly sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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Don’t miss the party!
The First Friday Fun continues tomorrow, June 1st.

But if you can’t make it, our online stores are always open!

Did you know that we sell a wide variety of 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.