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Forklift in the News: The cost of careless decluttering

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Forklifter Profiles, News | 0 comments

Forklift in the News: The cost of careless decluttering

Last month we wrote a piece detailing the magical decluttering method made famous in Netflix’s new hit series “Tidying up with Marie Kondo,” and while it’s hard to argue with a trend that encourages folks to live more mindfully, the Kondo craze now has some experts wondering what treasures might be camouflaged as “junk.”

Community Forklift’s own vintage expert, Melissa Cooperson, was recently interviewed for a piece discussing what we might actually be tossing when we indiscriminately remove everything that doesn’t spark joy. You can read the article on Bankrate. If you want to declutter using Marie Kondo’s method, their advice will help you tidy up without regret!

How much money is hidden in your attic?

Have you voted yet?

If you appreciate the work we do to rescue cast-off treasures and get them new homes where they spark joy again, please take a moment to vote us Best Green Business of 2019! Winning earns us a ton of free publicity, which means more contractors and builders learn about us, and send donations our way instead of throwing out perfectly good materials. We would be so grateful if you would please vote for us again this year!

Just select “Goods & Services,” scroll down to “Best Green Business,” and write us in!

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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historic materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.

40% off Doors

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

40% off Doors

Door Sale

This Wednesday through Friday

We have hundreds of modern and vintage doors in stock!  On February 13th – 15th, 2019, take 40% off the market price on barn doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, iron security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and modern doors in frames.


During the sale, you can get a vintage wood panel door for as little as 12 bucks!
French doors are 40% off, too.

Some exclusions apply. The sale does NOT include doors with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass.  Flash sale do not include 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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Help us win Best Green Business of 2019!

Please vote – and ask your friends to vote

City Paper readers have awarded us a “Best of DC” title every year since 2010, and winning earns valuable free publicity for our nonprofit. Please vote for us to help more homeowners and contractors find out that they can donate to us – which means more materials will be kept out of the landfill, more folks will be able to afford repairs, and you’ll find more great bargains in our warehouse!

Select the “Goods & Services” Category,

then scroll down to “Best Green Business” and write us in!

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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns 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. 

Thank you, MOM’s volunteers!

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, general, Our Partners, Volunteers | 0 comments

Thank you, MOM’s volunteers!

If you’ve shopped for groceries at MOM’s Organic Market, you probably know that the company collects a ton of products for recycling, and that they are strong advocates for the environment. Did you know that their employees often pitch in to help green causes too?

Recently, we hosted a hardworking group of volunteers from the MOM’s store in Jessup, Maryland. First, they toured our warehouse to learn more about how building materials reuse creates green jobs and community resources.

Then they got down to work processing hardware. They started their shift surrounded by the contents of hundreds of junk drawers, dusty boxes, and old coffee cans. They pulled out the broken and bent stuff for recycling, and carefully sorted all the usable fasteners by size and by type (nails, screws, bolts, etc).

In just a few hours, the MOM’s crew processed almost 100 pounds of hardware! It’s now stocked on our shelves, ready for reuse. In their words:

“We really nailed it today at Community Forklift! It was awesome to learn more about the work they do.”

“Don’t screw up. Protect the environment.”

“Had a blast volunteering at Community Forklift!”

“Community Forklift is my kind of community.”

We are so grateful to the volunteers from the Jessup MOM’s – and to all the Forklift Fans who contribute their time to make reuse happen.


Would your company enjoy a team-building day at our warehouse? 

We love to host corporate teams, professional associations, and social groups. Visit our volunteer page to learn more, and get on our schedule soon!

Three Day Tile Sale

Posted by on Feb 8, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Three Day Tile Sale

You may think of Community Forklift as a place to get vintage furniture, reclaimed lumber, and supplies for restoring old houses. That’s true – but we receive a lot of brand-new surplus materials too.

For example, we have boxes and pallets of tile right now, including some cool modern styles. Even better: they’re on sale right now!

Photo of a pallet of three-dimensional silver sunburst tile
Check out these starburst silver tiles – they’d be great for a modern room

TILE IS 40% OFF

February 9th – 11th, 2019

This Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday, take 40% off the marked prices on boxes and bundles of tile, including ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile.  If you’re planning a bathroom or kitchen project, it’s a good time to visit!

Photo of a pallet of thick diamond-shaped tiles
These diamond tiles would be gorgeous for a backsplash

The midweek flash sale only applies to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Sale does not include other types of flooring or furniture; select specialty items, items listed online, or items from our consignment partners. May not be combined with other sales.

Photo of a pallet of small glass mosaic tile, in an iridescent copper color.
Yup, the sale includes glass and mosaic tile!

Visit us online for vintage tile

Perhaps you don’t need a whole pallet of modern tile, but you’d love to find a few old tiles to repair an old bathroom. Did you know that we sell certain unusual items online, including vintage bathroom tiles? Check out our Marketplace and eBay store, and browse designer furniture & decor on our Chairish page.

(Please note: flash sales DO NOT apply to items listed online. But you’ll find a nice variety of exciting vintage pieces, as well as great deals on commercial items, new-in-box faucets, and more) .

Photo of four colors of twentieth century bathroom tiles
With colorful bathrooms coming back in style, it might be smart to repair your old tile instead of redoing the whole room.  Check out the many vintage colors we have online!

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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historic materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.

Last Day for the Pop Up Pet Pantry

Posted by on Feb 8, 2019 in Blog, Community Happenings, News, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Last Day for the Pop Up Pet Pantry

The government may have reopened last week, but we know the effects are still being felt. Over the past few weeks, our community generously donated so much pet food and litter to help our furloughed neighbors, that we still have plenty of supplies left. We want to make sure they reach those who need the support, so the Pop Up Pantry will open for one last time at Community Forklift on February 9th, from 12pm-4pm.

If you are a government employee or contractor impacted by the recent 35 day shutdown – please stop in to pick up whatever supplies you need for your furry friends. We’ve already distributed more than 270 lbs of donated food and litter over the past few weeks, and hope to help even more folks this weekend!

We will distribute approximately one week of supplies per person, dependent upon available donations. Please bring government credentials and kindly do not bring your pets into the pop up shop (they are always welcome in the warehouse, if leashed).

Many thanks to our organizers from Hyattsville’s RUFF and University Park’s Mutt Strut for making this happen!

Don’t forget to vote!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Don’t forget to vote!

If you haven’t already, please vote to help us win Best Green Business of 2019

It takes less than 5 minutes, and does so much for your favorite salvage store! City Paper readers have awarded us a “Best of DC” title every year since 2010, and winning earns valuable free publicity for our nonprofit. It helps us to reach even more homeowners & contractors, who will donate more things to us, ensuring more materials are kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, and you’ll find more amazing stuff in the store!

Select the “Goods & Services” category, then scroll down to “Best Green Business” and write us in!

Please note: Contest rules have changed slightly this year. You can vote only once, and you’ll need to register using an email address.

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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.

Pros Who Prioritize Reuse

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Blog, Donation Development, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles | 0 comments

Pros Who Prioritize Reuse

We want to thank Spectrum Design + Build for their commitment to salvage and donation!

Spectrum is a boutique, hands-on, design-and-build remodeling company specializing in high-craft and highest-quality renovations and remodels.  Instead of wrecking and dumping, they carefully remove reusable building materials from their remodeling projects to donate to Community Forklift. Over the years, they’ve sent us beautiful kitchen cabinets, gently-used appliances, millwork, plumbing, windows, doors, and more.

A kitchen remodeled by Spectrum

Their green building practices don’t stop there – they recycle their construction debris, use eco-certified products, and partner with environmentally-friendly companies!  As a member of the Metro DC chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the company is also committed to ongoing education and professional ethics.

A specialty staircase by Spectrum

By donating great materials, Spectrum helps Community Forklift create green jobs and training opportunities, reduce waste and pollution, and provide free supplies to nonprofits and neighbors in need.  A big thank you to Spectrum and owner Keith Vaughan!

Spectrum staff

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Community Forklift could not exist without our donors. By choosing us instead of the landfill, donors are helping lift up local communities.

If you’re planning a renovation…

Please ask your contractor about donating your reusable leftovers, or reach out yourself! We’re here to help green up your project. The quickest way to request a free donation pickup is to visit CommunityForklift.org/pickup. You can also contact our Donations Team at Donations@CommunityForklift.org, or call 301-985-5180 (ex. 202) for more information.

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Community Forklift turns 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. 

Midweek Flash Sale: Courtyard Clearance

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Midweek Flash Sale:  Courtyard Clearance

This Tuesday through Thursday

Items in our courtyard are 50% off!

On February 5th -7th, 2019, take half off granite & marble counters, cast iron sinks, surplus and vintage tubs, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, masonry, and more.

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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Have you voted yet?

Please help us win Best Green Business of 2019!

City Paper readers have awarded us a “Best of DC” title every year since 2010, and winning earns valuable free publicity for our nonprofit. It helps us to reach even more homeowners & contractors, who will donate more things to us, ensuring more materials are kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, and you’ll find more amazing stuff in the store!

Select the “Goods & Services” Category,

then scroll down to “Best Green Business” and write us in!

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Every donation, purchase, and vote helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns 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. 

Weekend Lighting Sale

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Weekend Lighting Sale

50% off Lighting

February 2nd & 3rd, 2019

This Saturday & Sunday, take half off the marked price on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. Sale includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps from every era.

Please note:  Sale does not include ceiling fans, other light parts, or electrical supplies, or rewired antique lights from our Salvage Arts consignment partner. 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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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns 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. 

Update: The Pop Up Pet Pantry Continues

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in Blog, Community Happenings, News, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Update: The Pop Up Pet Pantry Continues

The government may have reopened on Monday, but we’re still here to help our furloughed neighbors get back on their feet! Thanks to the hard work of Hyattsville’s Residents United for Furry Friends (RUFF) and University Park’s Mutt Strut, the Pop Up Pantry will continue running at Community Forklift until February 9th.

Pantry Hours

Saturday, January 26: 12pm- 4pm
Sunday, January 27: 12pm- 4pm
Saturday, February 2: 12pm- 4pm

Sunday, February 3: 12pm- 4pm
Saturday, February 9: 12pm- 4pm

The pantry is located in our classroom space, at 4641 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, Maryland 20781.

We will distribute approximately one week of supplies per person, dependent upon available donations. Please bring government credentials and kindly do not bring your pets into the pop up shop (they are always welcome in the warehouse, if leashed).

How to Help

We are still accepting donations of cat food and litter, dog food, and treats! All donated items must be unopened and within expiration.  Please drop them off before February 6th at Community Forklift (4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, Maryland 20781).
You can also purchase and ship items to us directly from the Amazon Wishlist: http://a.co/ewMjdpS 

And we are still in need of two more volunteers on Sunday, February 3, from 12pm-4pm! Volunteer tasks include checking government credentials and logging/ handing out pet food donations to our neighbors. Please email MarySue if you are available at mstwohy(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our community, we were able to distribute 273 lbs of donated food and litter last weekend, and we hope to help even more federal workers and their pets in the coming weeks!

Some of our fabulous organizers!

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