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Save 50% on tile in the reuse warehouse and 25% on vintage tile in our eBay store!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2023 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 50% on tile in the reuse warehouse and 25% on vintage tile in our eBay store!

Saturday – Monday, January 28 – 30

Looking for a match to your vintage bathroom tiles? Hoping to find modern mosaic tile sheets to complete your kitchen renovation? Need a variety of different tiles for your next craft masterpiece? For projects large or small, Community Forklift can help! We have a wide variety of salvaged, surplus, vintage, and new tiles at below-market prices in our reuse warehouse and eBay stores. Your purchase from Community Forklift keeps construction materials out of landfills and supports community initiatives to provide neighbors in need with free and low-cost home repair necessities.


Two ways to save!

Community Forklift’s nonprofit reuse warehouse has great styles of salvaged wall and floor tile available. Saturday – Monday, January 28 – 30, take 50% off the marked prices on ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile! Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday from 12 to 5 pm.

From Ming Green to Twilight Blue, the vintage tile category in our eBay store has matches to all sorts of vintage tile colors. You can find many styles there as well: mudcap, bullnose, arabesque — even vintage porcelain towel bar posts and soap dishes. This Saturday – Monday, January 28 – 30, save 25%. Items in our eBay store can be shipped to you at home or picked up in-store. These items are only available in our eBay store and are not on display at our reuse warehouse.


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 tile or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: tile discount applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Discount does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, select specialty items, items listed on Marketplace, or items from our consignment partners. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount 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.

A salvaged mural finds a new home at Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse

Posted by on Jan 24, 2023 in Blog, Community Happenings, Donor profiles, Donor Profiles, Just arrived | 0 comments

A salvaged mural finds a new home at Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse

On January 16, 2023, Community Forklift introduced a vibrant mural of Martin Luther King, Jr. at our reuse warehouse. Like most of the materials that surround it, the 8′ x 12′ piece of art was donated to our nonprofit in order to be reused instead of sent to the landfill. Unlike the other materials in the warehouse that are for sale, however, this one has already found its new home: at the end of our first aisle above racks of salvaged lumber!

The mural was originally commissioned by DC’s Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (CID) in January of 2021 to honor that year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Working with the P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute, the CID worked with three local artists to install the mural at the intersections of 5th & K Streets NW in Washington, DC. Entitled “Voices For Change: Representation, Progress & Healing,” the mural celebrates community, arts, and education, and aims to rally Americans to work toward peaceful, positive change.

“Because MLK reminds us that ‘it really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated,’ we find it fitting that the large scale, public mural that MVT CID commissioned to honor the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on this exact day two years ago is now prominently displayed at Community Forklift in support of its invaluable mission to distribute reused furniture, supplies and appliances to local nonprofits and neighbors in need at low and no cost,” said Mount Vernon Triangle CID President Kenyattah Robinson.

This section that is now on display at Community Forklift was created by artist Levi Robinson. Levi uses mixed media in his artwork to “encourage the viewer to reimagine the way they consider language, theatre, music, art, and culture.” His work is represented in several galleries in the DC area and he has also developed a mural practice through his work with the P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute.

“In alignment with Community Forklift’s mission, all of the commemorative murals created by artists Shawn Perkins, Levi Robinson & Dez Zambrano … were donated to local development, faith-based, and charitable organizations for display across the DC area.”

Kenyattah Robinson, Mount Vernon Triangle CID President

So where are the other pieces of the original mural?

“In alignment with Community Forklift’s mission, all of the commemorative murals created by artists Shawn Perkins, Levi Robinson & Dez Zambrano … were donated to local development, faith-based, and charitable organizations for display across the DC area,” Kenyattah said. “This ensures – like Dr. King’s very own message – that the hope, spirit, and interrelatedness behind this celebration of community, arts, and education that aimed to unite and rally all Americans to work toward peaceful, positive change lives on for years to come.”

Thank you to everyone involved in bringing this mural to the reuse warehouse, including the Mount Vernon Triangle CID, artist Levi Robinson, and Community Forklift’s hard-working Donations and Warehouse teams.

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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 furniture including sectional sofas, chairs, desks, and more!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2023 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on furniture including sectional sofas, chairs, desks, and more!

25% off furniture!

Saturday – Monday, January 21 – January 23

Support a community nonprofit and save money at the same time! Unique modern and vintage furniture in our reuse warehouse and in the Community Forklift Marketplace is 25% off.

Two ways to save!

This Saturday – Monday, January 21 – 23, take 25% off modern and vintage furniture at the Community Forklift reuse warehouse! 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! Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you!

We’ve listed a selection of the furniture from our reuse warehouse online in the Community Forklift Marketplace. This Saturday – Monday, January 21 – 23, browse the furniture collection there and save 25% as well. Within five days of purchase, visit our warehouse for pick-up.


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 materials 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. 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.

Community partner AbodesJoy teaches home repair and renovation skills to women from under-resourced communities

Posted by on Jan 18, 2023 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Forklifter Profiles, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Community partner AbodesJoy teaches home repair and renovation skills to women from under-resourced communities

Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks program provided the nonprofit AbodesJoy with free toilets for its Women’s Home Repair Training Program. This program teaches basic construction skills to female homeowners and renters from under-resourced communities, allowing them to complete repair and renovation projects in their own homes. The toilets for this workshop were used to teach participants about plumbing basics such as types of drain snakes, how to assemble P-traps, how to unclog drains, and more.

“My house is old, I’m single, and I want to be able to talk to plumbers and other repair professionals in an educated way. Like a lot of single women, I feel vulnerable to being overcharged or oversold by repair people who assume I don’t know anything.”

– Kendra R., AbodesJoy program participant

The plumbing workshop is one of the nonprofit’s six free workshops that cover a variety of skills, including basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, drywall, tile, and design basics. These skills will help ensure that women have an opportunity to improve their homes and build home equity.

AbodesJoy was created to address the housing crisis in Maryland and the District of Columbia. “The data show that DC and the Maryland suburbs suffer a severe and deepening housing crisis, exacerbated by COVID-19,” said AbodesJoy Executive Director Ruti Kadish. “Nowhere is this more true than in already under-resourced and stressed communities in which residents struggle to maintain the upkeep of their homes and build equity in these homes. Many of these households are headed by single female homeowners, who deserve a chance to gain the skills to maintain their homes and improve the value of the surrounding communities.”

In addition to teaching women the necessary skills they need to repair and maintain their homes, AbodesJoy aims to create communities where all individuals and families have access to safe and welcoming living spaces that give them a sense of well-being, confidence, and a healthy home.

“As a prospective homeowner, I feel confident knowing that I won’t have to call an industry pro for minor home repairs that I can tackle myself. The skills I am learning are also benefiting my friends and family as I help them with small projects in their homes.”

– Kalisha O., AbodesJoy program participant

AbodesJoy is 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a project of Branches Realty. To find out more about their work, support their mission, or learn how to enroll in the next training cohort, visit their website or contact Executive Director Ruti Kadish at ruti@abodesjoy.org.

Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks program provides free salvaged materials to community groups and other nonprofits for projects that benefit the public. To learn more about the program or apply for materials, visit our website or contact Susana, our Community Giving Coordinator, at 301-985-5180 ext. 303.

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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.


Remember our hot, humid summers? We need A/C unit donations!

Posted by on Jan 17, 2023 in Blog, Community Giving Programs | 0 comments

Remember our hot, humid summers? We need A/C unit donations!

January 17, 2023

Donate new or gently-used window and in-room air conditioners and help your neighbors in need this summer.

It may be a pleasant 45 degrees outside right now, but the DMV’s hot and humid summers will be back again in no time. Every year, Community Forklift’s Home Essentials Program (HELP) provides dozens of free air conditioners to neighbors who need one but can’t afford it. Many seniors and people with medical conditions risk serious health problems as the temperatures rise. An air conditioner can make a world of difference for an elderly neighbor, someone suffering from heart or lung problems, or a child with asthma.

“Ms. G said that she is grateful and it’ll be very helpful.”

– National Center for Children and Families caseworker. The G family of four had been without air conditioning in their DC apartment before Community Forklift’s Home Essentials Program provided them with two free A/C units.

We need your help to deliver cool air to your neighbors in need! Here’s how:

  1. DONATE: You can donate unneeded window or in-room air conditioning units under 10 years of age at our reuse warehouse in Hyattsville, MD. We are open Monday through Sunday, 12 to 5 pm.
  2. FUND THE CAUSE: Help us buy new units to donate directly to a Home Essentials client! When donating money through our online contribution form, add a note in the comments section that you’d like your contribution to go to the HELP program.
  3. BUY AND DONATE A NEW A/C UNIT: If you don’t have a used A/C unit to donate, we also accept new ones! Just drop it off at the reuse warehouse any day between 12 and 5 pm and pick up your receipt for your tax-deductible donation.
  4. SPREAD THE WORD: Do you know of someone who might have an air conditioner to donate? Let your family, friends, and neighbors know that we can put it to good use!

Community Forklift is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. Every act of support, whether it’s a material donation, financial gift, or verbal advocacy, will help our neighbors beat the heat this summer. Thank you!

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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 modern and vintage lighting January 14 – 16!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2023 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage lighting January 14 – 16!

25% off lighting!

Saturday – Monday, January 14 – 16

Support a community nonprofit and save money at the same time! Unique modern and vintage lighting in our reuse warehouse and in the Community Forklift Marketplace is 25% off.


Two ways to save!

This Saturday – Monday, January 14 – 16, take 25% off the price on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. The discount includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps. Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you!

We’ve listed a selection of the lighting from our reuse warehouse online in the Community Forklift Marketplace. This Saturday – Monday, January 14 – 16, browse the lighting collection there and save 25% as well. Within five days of purchase, visit our warehouse for pick-up.


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 or electrical supplies in the reuse warehouse, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online in our eBay store. 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 masonry and other items in our courtyard January 7 – 9

Posted by on Jan 6, 2023 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on masonry and other items in our courtyard January 7 – 9

COURTYARD CLEARANCE

25% off masonry, stone counters, and more

This Saturday – Monday, January 7 – 9, take 25% off items in our courtyard. The sale includes bricks, stone pavers, granite & marble counters, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, patio furniture, and more! Our free storage policy varies for items in our courtyard. For most items, we offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed. We can store masonry for up to 24 hours, but we cannot store lumber. Please ask for details at the front desk!

Our reuse warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Please wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while at Community Forklift. Thank you!


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 supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: The sale does not include items inside the warehouse, 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 will not be sold.

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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: Secondhand materials from Community Forklift find new uses

Posted by on Jan 4, 2023 in Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Before and After: Secondhand materials from Community Forklift find new uses

Would you like to share a project that you’ve completed using salvaged materials from Community Forklift? Send photos and a short description to outreach@CommunityForklift.org or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!


Check out the glow on that golden woodgrain! Using salvaged poplar from our reuse warehouse, Woodridge Woodshop created this entertainment center top for a very happy customer. Thanks for supporting our reuse nonprofit and using salvaged materials! Photo by @woodridge_woodshop (Instagram)


A fantastic Lisa Frank inspired upcycling project using a couple of stools found at our reuse warehouse! Hats off to a Forklift Fan for having the vision and skills to create these Technicolor leopard print beauties. Photo by @katemakes_______ (Instagram)


We’ve got a “Before and After” of our own to share! We hope our new Store Policies sign is organized and easier to read. We also added a little about our mission to provide free and low cost materials to the community, reduce waste, and create good green jobs! Visit our website to learn more about supporting our nonprofit by shopping at our reuse warehouse.


This modern light fixture from Community Forklift looks fantastic in its new home! The mix of its modern style with the vintage fireplace design is so nice and I love the drama and warmth of the wall and ceiling color. Thanks for choosing reuse and supporting our nonprofit! Photo by @greenrenovationgal (Instagram)


A Forklift Fan updated the lighting in their home with a fantastic mobile chandelier from our reuse warehouse! It’s reminiscent of a very glamorous erector set and complements the ceiling beams so well. Thanks for choosing reuse and giving this fabulous fixture a new home!


Check out the awesome outdoor garage art created using triangular cement tile from our reuse warehouse! The tile pattern used was slightly different from the one in the ‘before’ photo (think more like the Delta Airlines logo instead) but the creativity of the design is the same! What a fabulous reuse for salvaged tile! Photo by @toddkutyla (Instagram)


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March 2022: Salvaged materials for a fireplace and furniture

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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 wall and floor tile at the reuse warehouse Dec. 31 & Jan. 2!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on wall and floor tile at the reuse warehouse Dec. 31 & Jan. 2!

Save 25% on tile

Saturday & Monday, December 31 & January 2

The Community Forklift nonprofit reuse warehouse has some great styles of salvaged wall and floor tile available. On Saturday, December 31, and Monday, January 2, take 25% off the marked prices on cement, ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile!

Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our reuse warehouse is closed New Years Day, January 1, but will be open for regular 12 – 5 pm hours again starting January 2.


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 tile or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: tile discount applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Discount does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, select specialty items, items listed on eBay or Chairish, or items from our consignment partners. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount 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.

Free materials for a Little Free Library and food pantry at Cherokee Lane Elementary School

Posted by on Dec 28, 2022 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Forklifter Profiles, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Free materials for a Little Free Library and food pantry at Cherokee Lane Elementary School

Cherokee Lane Elementary School in Adelphi, Maryland, revamped its Little Free Library and Food Pantry using free materials supplied through Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks program.

Cherokee Lane Elementary was inspired to take on a community project that would provide students and families access to free books and food. “Families tell me to thank you so much for bringing this to our school! They really appreciate it,” says Gesireth Mariscal, Cherokee Lane Elementary School’s Community School Coordinator.

When we asked Gesireth what inspired the school to take on these projects, she explained, “We wanted to encourage students to read and feel excited and motivated when picking up a new book!” She also added that “the food pantry was to help our families have free access to food at all times. This gives families the freedom to pick up whenever they want and not feel embarrassed or ashamed.”

Community Forklift initially provided the materials used to build the Little Free Library in 2020. This past October, parents from the school repaired the library and also built a new, larger pantry. For the renovation, Community Forklift supplied roofing shingles, knobs, and other essential building materials to add the finishing touches to the Little Free Library.

“Thanks to Community Forklift we were able to select some supplies to help with the construction of our library and food pantry. Thank you all for the amazing partnership and work you all do daily in the community!”

Gesireth Mariscal, Cherokee Lane Elementary School’s Community School Coordinator

We are thrilled with the results and so pleased to help Cherokee Lane Elementary School provide this asset to their community! “Thanks to Community Forklift we were able to select some supplies to help with the construction of our library and food pantry,” Gesireth said. “Thank you all for the amazing partnership and work you all do daily in the community!”

Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks program provides free materials to community groups, nonprofits, and other organizations for projects that benefit the community. Our nonprofit reuse warehouse can provide many different types of materials for projects when those materials become available, including paint, lumber, cabinetry, roofing, hardware, and more. To learn more about the program and how to apply, please visit our website.

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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.