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Guess what this terrarium is made from! (And have you voted yet today?)

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Customer Creations, general, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Guess what this terrarium is made from!  (And have you voted yet today?)

Forklift Fan Melanie McMillin shared her beautiful terrarium with us.  Can you guess what she used to make it?

She explains, “Two coordinating ceiling light remnants, repainted to match, make a perfect plant terrarium.”

Check out that vase off to the left, too!  She constructed it with an old fence plank,  a vintage bottle, and some basic hardware.  Here’s a close-up of how she affixed it:

Now that’s some nice upcycling!

Like Melanie, are you grateful to have a local reuse center where you can hunt for fun parts & reclaimed pieces?  If so, please take a second to vote for us in the eBay Shine award contest!

We have been chosen from among 2,400 small businesses nationwide to be one of 15 finalists, and we need your votes to win.  If we get the most votes, we can win up to $10,000, plus publicity and technical assistance. This will help us reach a larger online audience, which means we can do more to lift up communities here in the DC area!  We can keep more cool stuff out of landfills, offer more green jobs, and provide more free materials to community groups, seniors, vets, and neighbors in need.

Remember, you can vote once a day,  every day, from June 26 – July 14.  

A few seconds of your time could do a lot of good.  Please ask your friends to vote too!

 

Midweek Flash Sale: 25% off Carpet

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, general, News, Sales | 0 comments

Midweek Flash Sale: 25% off Carpet

This Wednesday & Thursday,

June 28th & 29th, 2017

Take 25% off carpet and rugs

Carpet suppliers sometimes offer us very nice surplus carpet.  We haven’t been able to accept much because it comes in rolls that are hundreds of feet long, and we just weren’t able to handle it.  However… thanks to all the wonderful Forklift Fans who shop and donate with us, we finally raised enough funds to buy a carpet-cutting machine!  We set it up in our processing warehouse, and have been busy cutting beautiful carpet into sizes that are useful in homes.

To celebrate, we’re having a carpet sale!.  Take 25% off the marked prices on carpet and rugs, including bargain rolls priced at $10 AND surplus wool carpet rolls.

Some exclusions apply.  Items with missing or damaged tags will not be sold.  This sale does NOT include carpet with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, items listed online, tile or other types of flooring. May not be combined with other sales.

And while we have your attention…

did you vote today?

We’re so excited that Community Forklift is a finalist in the eBay Shine Awards for Small Business!  Please cast your vote each day from now through July 14th to help us win up to $10,000 and other prizes that can help us do more good in the DC area.

Please take a second to vote today!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Billboard, Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, general, News | 0 comments

Please take a second to vote today!

 

We have been chosen from among 2,400 businesses nationwide as a finalist in the eBay Shine Contest,

and we need your help!

Please vote once a day from now through July 14,

 We have a chance to win up to $10,000, plus publicity and technical assistance. This will help us reach a larger online audience, which means we can do more good here in the DC metro region!  We can keep more usable stuff out of landfills, offer more green jobs, and provide more free materials to community groups, seniors, vets, and neighbors in need.

If you value the work we do,

please vote for us!

Remember, you can vote once a day,

every day, from June 26 – July 14

 

Help us win a national contest – vote now!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, general, News | 0 comments

Help us win a national contest – vote now!

We need your vote!

Did you know that in addition to treasure-hunting in our warehouse, you can also shop for Community Forklift items online?  On eBay, we offer a broad range of vintage bathroom fixtures, machinery, commercial items, and parts.

Well, eBay likes our shop so much that we’re up for an important award. Each year, they choose 15 finalists from hundreds of small businesses nationwide. We are a finalist in the Best Charitable Business category and we need your help!

From June 26 (that’s today!) through July 14,

please vote once a day

Category winners will be announced at the end of July, and then a panel of judges will pick the Grand Prize Winner and Small Business of the Year.

This is a really important contest for us! We can win up to $10,000, a professional photo shoot and video profile, technical support, and significant support for our eBay store (including a page makeover and online promotions).

Proceeds from our online sales fund a substantial portion of our work. Winning this contest will help us reach a larger online audience, which means we can do more good here in the DC metro region!  We can keep more usable stuff out of landfills, offer more green jobs, and provide more free materials to community groups, seniors, vets, and neighbors in need.

If you value the work we do,

please vote for us!

Remember, you can vote once a day,

every day, from June 26 – July 14

If we win, we’ll be able to give even more home essentials to our neighbors in need!

 

 

Before & After: cheap chair projects

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, Sales | 0 comments

Before & After:  cheap chair projects

Thinking about checking out our furniture and carpet sale this weekend (June 24 & 25)? Pick up chairs at a bargain, and use paint to transform them into a bohemian or farmhouse style!

(Oops paint is $5 a gallon, and chairs start at just $2.50 during the sale!)

Top photo is from the Community Forklift Warehouse, and the bottom photo is from Decor8blog.com

Here are more chair projects to inspire you:

Turn the back of a chair into a scarf rack (from EveofReduction.com)

Create colorful hanging planters to brighten up a fence (from Jen Bowles Design)

 

In addition to sweet old wood chairs, we get a lot of metal and plastic chairs.  But never fear – they have upcycling potential, too!

Give new life to a tired desk chair (from SugarBeeCrafts.com)

If you find a sturdy, comfy chair but the leather (or pleather) upholstery is discolored, try this trick! (from CookingWithRuthie.com)

With silver spray paint and wooden slats, Maria Ahlbrandt turned dusty black chairs into a sleek modern bench.

 

 

Weekend Flash Sale: Furniture & Carpet

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, general, Sales | 0 comments

Weekend Flash Sale: Furniture & Carpet

This Saturday & Sunday,

June 24th & 25th, 2017

Take 50% OFF FURNITURE

& 25% OFF CARPET ROLLS

Chairs and desks and wool carpet, oh my!

Here are the details:

Take 5o% off furniture with orange & blue tags.  This includes modern AND vintage dining tables, chairs, bookshelves, stereo cabinets. entertainment centers, dressers, night stands, bed frames and head boards, file cabinets, and desks!

Take 25% off rolls of carpet, including bargain rolls priced at $10 AND beautiful surplus wool carpet rolls.

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

Invite a friend to our next pop-up market and party!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Forklift First Friday, Parties at Community Forklift | 0 comments

Invite a friend to our next pop-up market and party!

 

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, local art, a delicious food truck, and craft beer & wine!

 

Here’s what’s happening in July:

When:  Friday, July 7th, 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.

Make sure to stop by- you never know what you’ll find here!

 

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Big Mystery Salvage Sale!!!

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

 

Dinner from Honey’s Empanadas

Honey’s Empanadas is proud to introduce the DMV to a Little Taste of Puerto Rican inspired cuisine. They offer Puerto Rican style empanadas and street food with locally grown and sourced ingredients!

 

  Live Music from Ron Hicks Project

Once again we’re welcoming newcomers to the Forklift stage! Ron Hicks Project is viewed as one of the best blues/jazz bands in the metro area. The varied vocal talents of their many members give the band its distinctive and aggressive flavor that is recognized throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.
Their music is spiced in the south, cooked in Chicago, and served in the DMV. Please come join us on this musical journey!

 

Strolling Magician Matt Neufeld

 Enjoy the talents of Matt as he dazzles and amazes with his close-up magic. You won’t believe your eyes!

 

Local art

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.

 

Kim Joy comes “from a family with various artistic talents- watercolor, woodworking, quilting, stained glass, masonry and poetry. In following my ancestral footsteps I have chosen stained glass and bead work as my mediums to express my artistic heritage. I believe that though my pieces I can grow and learn more about the world around me and where I came from. I hope that my work will inspire and encourage others in their artistic endeavors.” She’ll be here with her recycled stained glass jewelry and Potomac River glass jewelry.

Mary Ann Lipovsky often works with pen and ink and watercolor, focusing on house portraits, city scenes, portraits, and animals. “I am an artist and art is my business.” She’ll be selling her original works of art available in miniatures, cards and 8×10’s, or upon request any size print can be made.

3 Peas Soaps will be here with their homemade bath and body products. Whatever your preference: lathery organic soaps, creative glycerin soaps, aromatic bath bombs or creamy body butters, they have something for everyone! What originally was a hobby has now grown into a small family business comprised of a mom and her triplets.

 

And a Pop-Up Bar

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

 

 

 Can’t make it ? No Worries!

Forklift First Fridays will run from May through September this year. For more information, check out our events schedule or subscribe to our blog for regular event updates.  You can also shop with us anytime on Ebay and Etsy!

A few cabinets can become something very cool…

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, Sales | 0 comments

A few cabinets can become something very cool…

One day left for the Cabinet Flash Sale

This Thursday, June 22nd, take

40% off cabinets priced at $1,200 or less

Sale includes cabinet sets and individual cabinets, as well as cabinet doors and drawers.  This sale does not include select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, living room furniture pieces, vanity & sink sets, medicine cabinets, work benches or tool stands, items from our consignment vendors or items listed online. This sale may not be combined with other offers.

We’ve got a nice selection of cabinet sets right now, so it’s a great time to upgrade your kitchen or  add storage in a garage, laundry room, bathroom, or mudroom.  Or…

Try an upcycling project!  

Individual cabinets start at just $3 each during the sale.  Turn cabinet doors into craft supply storage, an upper cabinet into a window seat, a cabinet box into colorful storage, or a base cabinet into a beautiful cooler:

 

Photo Sources:

Top left- Meridian Road Blog; Top right- Apartment Therapy; Bottom left- DIY MJ on Pinterest; Bottom right- The Douangphila Blog

Midweek Flash Sale: Cabinets!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Midweek Flash Sale:  Cabinets!

This Wednesday & Thursday,

June 21 & 22, 2017

take 40% off cabinets priced at $1,200 or less

Sale includes cabinet sets and individual cabinets, as well as cabinet doors and drawers.  This sale does not include select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, living room furniture pieces, vanity & sink sets, medicine cabinets, workbenches or tool stands, items from our consignment vendors or items listed online. This sale may not be combined with other offers.

 

Maybe you don’t need a cabinet, but you could use some hardware to fix up your existing cabinetry… Remember, we’ve got a lot of hardware and unique items online in our eBay and Etsy stores!  All proceeds support our work to lift up DC-area communities through reuse.

Weekend Sale: Power & Hand Tools!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, general, Sales | 0 comments

Weekend Sale:  Power & Hand Tools!

Tool Sale

40% off  Modern & Vintage Tools

Saturday & Sunday, June 17th & 18th, 2017

This sale includes blue-tag and orange-tag tools, including modern and vintage tools.

Flash sale does NOT include appliances; HVAC, plumbing, hardware, or electrical parts; select specialty items; items with missing or damaged price tags; items sold online; or items from our consignment partners (Tanglewood Works, Treincarnation, Salvage Arts, Alco Appliances and Amazon Paint). May not be combined with other sales.

Make sure to keep your receipt in case your power tool is not working properly!  Although most items in our warehouse are sold as-is,  you may return power tools within 3 weeks of purchase for any reason if you have your receipt.

Please Note:  Some exclusions apply.  Flash sales and freebies do not include select specialty items, consignment items, or items sold online. Items with missing or damaged tags will not be sold.

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Need a Father’s Day present?  

While you’re here shopping for tools, pick up a present for dad, too.  We’ve got gift cards,

Forklift t-shirts,

and nifty items for guys who like antiques (like this vintage shaving kit!)