Blog

Half off vintage and modern furniture this weekend!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale | 0 comments

Half off vintage and modern furniture this weekend!

THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 25 – 26, 2017),

TAKE 50% OFF FURNITURE!

This weekend, take half off blue & orange tag furniture.  From a wide selection of lamps and chairs, handsome bed frames, and dressers of all sorts, to a minibar, glass display cases, and a hand-puppet stage, we’ve got a lot of fun stuff right now.

Below are some examples. Our inventory changes by the minute, so we can’t hold items or take calls on specific items pictured. Come on in for a treasure hunt!

Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  This sale does not include built-in cabinetry, select specialty items, items listed online on eBay or Etsy, or items from our consignment partners. May not be combined with other sales.  

Chairs priced from $5 (or $2.50 with the sale!)

 

Lamps only $19 – $25 (just $9.50 – $12.50 this weekend!)

 

Beautiful oak chest of drawers for $98 (or $49 during the flash sale!)

 

The dresser is $125 (or $62.50 during the sale)… but do you notice that little holes on top?  This dresser has actually been turned into a plumbing fixture!  Put a vessel sink on it, and you’ve got a gorgeous vanity for your bathroom.

 

We don’t usually take upholstered sofas, but these came with an entire house that was being deconstructed and donated to us!   Couch and loveseat set for $275 ($137.50 this weekend), Needlepoint chair on left is $85 ($42.50 with the sale), Coffee table $54  ($27 with discount) and matching round end tables $44 each (or $22 during the flash sale).  Chair on right has sold.

 

This cool little vintage bar is $150 (but just $75 this weekend!)

 

Just Arrived! Terracotta Roofing Tile

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, Just arrived, Things for Sale | 0 comments

We are receiving a LARGE donation of gorgeous terra cotta roofing tile that is in great shape. They are priced to move at $0.50 a tile. You can use it for your roof, or you can try one of the upcycling projects we found.

Roof tile garden edge 1

These gray pieces are Japanese roofing tile, not the Spanish tiles that we have in stock – but it shows the possibilities for using tiles as garden edging (from Tokyo DIY Gardening)

Roof tile garden edge 2

 from Succulents and More

Roof tile candle holder

Tea Light Candle Holder by Suomen Asuntomessut

 

Flooring Sale – AND – Furniture Markdowns

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, general, Just arrived, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Flooring Sale – AND – Furniture Markdowns

 

You still have one day left to take advantage of our fabulous 50% off flooring sale! And if that’s not reason enough to visit us, check out our new furniture markdowns too!

In preparation for the busy summer season, we are marking down prices on all of the wonderful furniture we’ve received this winter.  If something here caught your eye but was just out of your price range, or if you haven’t been to the warehouse in a while, come one over and check out these fresh bargains.

From an ever-abundant supply of lamps and chairs, handsome bed frames, and dressers of all sorts, to a minibar, glass display cases, and a hand-puppet stage, we’ve got a lot of fun stuff.

Here are some examples. Our inventory is constantly changing, so we can’t hold items or take calls on specific items pictured. Come on in for a treasure hunt!

Chairs priced from $5

 

Lamps only $19 – $25

 

Chest $98

 

The chair is $15, and the dresser is $125… but do you notice that little holes on top?  This dresser has actually been turned into a plumbing fixture!  Put a vessel sink on it, and you’ve got a gorgeous vanity for your bathroom.

 

We don’t usually take upholstered sofas, but these came with an entire house that was being deconstructed and donated to us!   Couch and loveseat $275, Needlepoint chair on left is $85, Coffee table $54 and matching round end tables $44 each. (Chair on right has sold.)

 

This cool little vintage bar is $150, and the stools are $19 each

 

Flooring Flash Sale

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Flooring Flash Sale

 

We’re going to FLOOR you with our prices!

(heh heh heh… sorry, couldn’t resist)

 

This Wednesday and Thursday,

February 22 & 23, 2017

Hardwood flooring is 50% off

This sale includes oak and other hardwood flooring, as well as hardwood parquet and engineered flooring. Sale does NOT include pine flooring, vinyl or other types of flooring, trim, lumber, paneling, beadboard, items from our consignment partners; select specialty materials, or flooring with missing or damaged price tags.

 

Carpet remnants are 50% off

We recently got a large donation of overstock carpet remnants, so we have a lot of rolls to choose from right now!  (This sale does not include bound rugs, area rugs, or Oriental rugs; rolls of fabric, vinyl, or linoleum; carpet tiles; items from our consignment partners; select specialty materials, or items with missing or damaged price tags.)

Don’t forget to vote!

If you’re a Forklift Fan, please take a few seconds to vote for us in the City Paper’s Best of 2017 contest.  We’re hoping to win Best Green Business.  If we win, it means more folks will learn about us, more contractors and homeowners will donate, we can create more green jobs,… and you’ll find more great stuff here in the warehouse!

 

 

President’s Day Weekend Sale

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

President’s Day Weekend Sale

We’ll have beautiful weather for the holiday weekend, which means it’s a perfect time for a DIY project – and a storewide sale!

So, come see us this weekend, and don’t forget to bring in your fabric and craft donations for the Monument Quilt Project.  (Even if you can’t make it out to visit, please vote for us in the Best of DC contest.)

Read on for all the details about the sale…

Saturday, February 18th

through

Monday, February 20th,

Take 40% off modern & vintage items

This discount applies to items with blue and orange tags – which is almost everything in the warehouse!

Save on lighting, furniture, tile, cabinet sets, barn doors, plumbing fixtures, antiques, and much more.  

Please note:  Flash sale does NOT include lumber, certain specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, items from our consignment partners (Treincarnation, Salvage Arts, Alco Appliances), items listed online, or Amazon Paint. The sale may not be combined with other sales.

Remember, we also have some great February Specials right now, including our

Courtyard Clearance

with 50% off categories like wrought iron, vintage cast iron sinks, and granite counters.

Seeking a Career Development and Outreach Specialist

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog, Community Happenings, News, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

You may already know that Community Forklift is currently hiring contractors for our Outreach & Education team.  Well, one of our awesome partners is hiring too!

End Time Harvest Ministry is a local nonprofit that empowers youth and families in our community.  We’ve collaborated in many ways over the years (for example, they send smart young interns to the Forklift each summer).

Do you know anyone who would enjoy working with local youth?  

Please share this job announcement:

End Time Harvest Ministries – Career Development & Outreach Specialist $40,000 – $50,000

If you are a mature, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) speaker, and energetic professional who enjoys working with students (and their families) and would like to serve in a full-time position supporting a youth development and empowerment organization to achieve its organizational goals and mission, then you should immediately contact End Time Harvest Ministries (ETHM) at (301) 220-4333 during working hours. Visit us at www.ethm.org

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicant must have at least 3 years of community-based youth development, education and/or recreation experience; have demonstrated that he/she is capable of effectively multi-tasking; works well with diverse cultures; and have helped to established career & college programs for middle and high school students. This experience could have been acquired by directing a career and college prep program, as a professional middle or high school educator; youth director; or youth mentoring program, etc. A bachelor’s degree in education, social, public administration, ministry, or some related field of study is desirable. Individual pays attention to details, proof reads work efficiently, is proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Power Point and possesses proficient social media skills. Applicant must possess bilingual skills (English and Spanish) and is fluent (verbally and written) in both languages. Independent transportation (a car) is required.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

1. Enrolls students into ETHM’s Pathways to Career Success Program

2. Administers career assessments and other tests

3. Councils and advises students (with parents) regarding students’ academic and career paths

4. Coordinates and conducts job readiness training

5. Recruits and places students to work with businesses for summer internships

6. Coordinates outreach activities

7. Establishes good relationships with business and stakeholder partners

8. Assists students with SAT registrations, college and scholarship applications

9. Helps students prepare their resumes

10. Maintains student and administrative files including students’ Individual Career Development Plans

11. Coordinates college/career prep with school counselors and outside contractors

12. Coordinates community outreach activities/events

13. Provides administrative support for all organizational programs

14. Prepares student progress reports

15. Tracks student data, scores and compiles students’ evaluations and tests

16. Prepares progress reports

Background clearance required: Applicant must have received a background clearance by the Prince George’s County Public School System that includes criminal background and sex offender registry checks. This expense is borne by the applicant. Please visit us on line at www.ethm.org

Midweek Flash Sale

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, News, Sales | 0 comments

Midweek Flash Sale

This Wed. and Thurs., February 15 & 16, 2017, we’re slashing prices by 50% on our power tools!  These will go quick, so come in soon.

During our two-day flash sale, take 50% off the orange tags on gently-used power tools, including radial arm saws.  (Sale does not include hand tools, hardware or fasteners, new/surplus tools, tools in locked display cases, vintage tools with blue tags, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners or items with missing or damaged price tags.)  Select tools may be returned with receipt within 3 weeks if defective.

 

Weekend Flash Sale! (Feb 11 & 12)

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

Weekend Flash Sale!  (Feb 11 & 12)

This Saturday and Sunday (February 11 – 12, 2017),

we’re extending our popular midweek sale through the weekend.

Take 50% off all blue and orange tag furniture

We have a lot of inventory at bargain prices, so come on in and find a treasure!

This Flash Sale does not include cabinet hardware, bathroom or living room cabinetry, items from Tanglewood Works, select specialty items, items listed online on eBay or Etsy, items with missing or damaged price tags, items from our consignment partners (Treincarnation, Salvage Arts, Alco Appliances, Amazon Paint). May not be combined with other sales.

Seeking red fabric, paintbrushes, and more! (before March 8th)

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Billboard, Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, News, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Seeking red fabric, paintbrushes, and more! (before March 8th)

As you may know, Community Forklift provides support to many local nonprofits each year through our outreach & education activities, and our material grants. Recently, we were connected with a Hyattsville resident who is organizing a workshop for the art-activist Monument Quilt Project.

The Monument Quilt is a public healing space by, and for, survivors of rape and abuse; it’s an ongoing collection of their stories. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, their stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. Their ultimate goal is to display the quilt on the national mall in 2018.

We are excited to partner with such a meaningful organization! We will be collecting donations on their behalf for the next few weeks. They need:

  • Large portions of red fabric (big enough that they can make 4-foot by 4-foot squares)
  • Assorted fabric scraps of any size/color/design
  • Sharpies and/or fabric markers
  • Acrylic and/or spray paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Stencils
  • Smocks/old shirts (adult sizes only)
  • Fabric glue

Please note:

  • We will only be accepting these items through March 8th. 

  • Materials may be dropped off at Community Forklift’s donations bay, which is in front of our building at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781 (5 minutes from Hyattsville).
  • Donations will be accepted during regular warehouse hours, but you must arrive at least 30 minutes before closing. We are open 7 days a week from 9am – 6 pm, and we are now open till 7pm on Wednesday & Friday.

For more information about the project, visit TheMonumentQuilt.Org

We’re Hiring! Seeking friendly, outgoing folks

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog, general, Green Jobs and Job Creation, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re Hiring!  Seeking friendly, outgoing folks

Do you know someone looking for extra or occasional work?  Community Forklift is seeking Community Builders to join our Outreach & Education Team for seasonal events.

We’re looking for friendly, outgoing folks who are comfortable with people from diverse backgrounds. Our Community Builders are extremely enthusiastic, genuine, and committed to the environmental and community work that we’re doing.  We have a lot of fun at festivals and events throughout the region, and here at the Forklift warehouse. We spread the word about our reuse center and community giving programs, and educate the public about local reuse and recycling options.

Below is the full description for this contract position. If you would like to be a Community Builder, please follow the link to our webform and fill out the application.

Apply Here!

2012 - 5 Riverdale Arts Festival booth

Community Builder (on-call contractor)

Community Forklift is seeking energetic, hardworking, and outgoing folks with excellent people skills who are available on Saturdays & Sundays, especially in the spring and fall. Occasional weekday availability is a plus. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We need Community Builders who have:

  • An outgoing personality and natural ability to make others feel comfortable.
  • Excellent English-speaking skills (fluent Spanish-speaking and writing skills a plus).
  • A shared commitment to Community Forklift’s mission and values, which include social and environmental sustainability, reuse, and serving our community.
  • An interest in building materials, architectural salvage, green business and reuse.
  • The capability to do work in all seasons (the warehouse is NOT temperature controlled, and many events will be held outdoors).
  • The ability to lift and move 25 pounds on an occasional basis (for example, when setting up tents and tabletop displays).
  • The ability to work weekends (required for this contract).
  • Careful attention and good follow-through on remembering details, completing reports, and the ability to work in a busy environment.
  • Consistent, dependable, punctual, and reliable habits.
  • A willingness to recycle on a daily basis, and to wear silly costumes on occasion.
  • Superior customer service skills.
  • An exceptionally friendly, patient, and courteous manner.
  • Proven experience working with a diverse range of people.
  • Reliable access to a vehicle and a clean driving record to transport materials to events (mileage reimbursement available).
  • Basic command of computer and internet use (required).
  • Daily access to email (required).

 

As a Community Builder, you will:

  • Represent Community Forklift by staffing an information table at community events and festivals; this may be alone or alongside another staff member or volunteer.
  • Assist with special events and in-store programming.
  • Lead groups of volunteers to process donations, clean displays, and maintain the organization of our materials.
  • Provide the public with information about our mission, upcoming events & promotions, store policies, directions, our products, and other recycling & reuse options.
  • Answer questions and requests.
  • Be available multiple weekend days a month, particularly in the spring and fall (occasional weekday availability is a plus).
  • Gather information from donors, customers, and the public as requested (for example: interesting stories about origins of historic materials, or fun stories about how customers used items from our warehouse).
  • Work creatively and cooperatively with Community Forklift staff to fulfill our mission.
  • Participate enthusiastically in organizational activities and meetings.

 

We Offer:

  • Starting hourly pay: $10.75
  • Opportunity to contribute to improving the environment and the community.
  • Opportunity for growth within the organization. (In fact, many of our full-time employees started out as Community Builders!)
  • Opportunity to learn about and make professional contacts at other green businesses and community organizations.
  • Opportunity to earn discounts on our reclaimed items!
  • Flexible scheduling– This is an on-call contract position.

 

To Apply:

Complete a Community Builder application as soon as possible:

Click Here To Apply