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Weekend Flash Sale & Salvage Spotlight

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Weekend Flash Sale & Salvage Spotlight

This Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, 2018, take

40% off tile!

Come in with measurements for your bathroom floor, a kitchen back splash, or an idea for a creative DIY project! This sale includes all kinds of tile, from porcelain, to glass, to terra cotta.


Please note:
This sale does not include loose (unbundled) tile; ceiling tile; boxes and bundles that have been ripped open; select specialty items; carpet, wood, or other types of flooring; or bundles with missing or damaged price tags. Monthly sales do not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online.  Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

Salvage Spotlight: Brand new dryers!

We received a donation of 30 brand new, high-efficiency Whirlpool ‘Duet’ dryers. These retail for over $600, but we’ve priced them at only $395. Dozens of these dryers were ordered for an apartment building, but 30 of them didn’t fit into the units, so we got the never-been-used castoffs! They have been tagged as specialty items and will not be included in flash sales. Come and get yours while supplies last!

Can’t make it into the warehouse? Shop with us 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.

Happy National Thrift Store Day

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in Blog, Community Happenings, Events, Green Living | 0 comments

Happy National Thrift Store Day

This Friday, August 17th, is National Thrift Store Day, which means it’s a great day to head to your favorite thrift store!

It’s also a great day for us to thank you for all of your support! Your purchases, donations, and volunteer hours have really helped to lift up DC-area communities over the years. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse. Together, we’ve created 40 green jobs, provided free supplies to hundreds of nonprofits and neighbors in need, made repairs more affordable for nearby homeowners and small businesses, and reduced pollution and carbon emissions.

For another (free!) way to celebrate thrifting and reuse, stop by Optoro’s Summer Swap Shop.

Optoro is an organization on a mission to make retail more sustainable by eliminating waste from returns and excess inventory. They envision a future in which products have longer life cycles.

Their event (on Friday, August 17th from 2-6pm) will bring together people from the DC community to trade clothing, shoes, and accessories. You’ll also find a textile recycling table and a clothing and accessory repair table. All are welcome. Entry is free and the event is dog, kid, and bike-friendly. For full details and free registration, visit the event page.

Creative ways to repurpose architectural salvage and mantels

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, Monthly Sales, Sales | 0 comments

Creative ways to repurpose architectural salvage and mantels

Looking for inspiration for your next creative reuse project?
This month, mantels and architectural salvage are 25% off, making them the perfect materials for your next low-budget, DIY, home-beautification project. Get inspired by these projects we found in the goldmine of upcycling ideas that is Pinterest, and then find all the affordable materials you need at the ‘Lift!

Make your reading nook a little cozier before fall with the addition of an upcycled mantel bookshelf.

With a salvaged wood column and some vintage hardware, create a rustic coat rack for your hall.

Follow these instructions from How to Nest for Less to turn a salvaged mantel into a custom headboard.

This Old House shares step-by-step directions to turn a column into a coat tree!

Already have a #creativereuse project in mind? Come in and shop for your materials while the sale lasts, and then share your project photos with us once you’re done! You can also tag us on social media, and/or use the hashtag #FoundItAtForklift!

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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.

Have you heard about our new everyday prices?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, general, News, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Have you heard about our new everyday prices?

If you’ve been in the store lately, or subscribe to our blog and newsletter, you probably already know, but for the rest of you, we have exciting news! At the beginning of August, we rolled out a new, everyday pricing scheme on chairs and vintage window sashes.

$5 Chairs

Most individual chairs (i.e. not part of a set) are now only $5.

 

$10 Vintage Window Sashes

Vintage window sashes that are less than 15 square feet are now only $10!
This includes sashes with wavy glass.

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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.

Join us for one last First Friday!

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Billboard, Blog, Events, Forklift First Friday | 0 comments

Join us for one last First Friday!

Don’t miss your last chance of the year to party at the Forklift after dark! The final installment in our summer concert series will take place from on Friday, September 7th. We’ll have local food, craft beer and wine, live music, a pop-up artist market, and a few first-time treats!

 

When:  Friday, September 7, 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 Janine Wilson Band

Janine Wilson’s music will speak to fans of rock, alt country and all sounds that resonate within the fabric of American Music. She has been honored with 10 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including song and album of the year for her third CD, Wakin’ Up, which was recorded in New York City and Philadelphia’s Studio 4 with Grammy Award-winner Phil Nicolo and co-writer/guitarist, Max Evans (Ugly Americans). The Washington Post describes Janine as “poignant and seductive” and Richmond’s Style Weekly says, “…when Wilson digs her heels in and opens up her big voice, it’s best to pay close attention.”

 

Dinner from Cipolla Rossa

Cipolla Rossa is a Wood Fired Artisanal Pizza Experience, on Wheels, for special events & much more! They proudly serve delicious brick oven Neapolitan style pizza, made by hand using the freshest seasonal ingredients available.

 

Ice Cream from Shortcake Bakery

Shortcake Bakery is a 5 year old bakery, located just around the corner from Forklift in Hyattsville, Maryland. Shortcake Bakery exclusively bakes with fresh ingredients, producing products with a homemade taste. They’ll be bringing their new ice cream machine for a multitude of soft serve ice cream options!

 

A 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.

 

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.

 

A Pop-Up Bar

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

 

And a Local Artist Market!

Caitlin Adams uses old wooden things, vintage housewares and driftwood, her “canvas” for paint and decoupage, the latter often saved, collected and upcycled paper or fabric. she is self-taught in the multimedia she uses.

Denise Marie Painting is a cooperative art business between Denise Marie, who produces oil paintings, photography, prints and note cards and Richard Brown (Riccardo), who produces, wood sculpture, silver, bronze and copper jewelry.

Jeff Sutton, of RiverCraft Custom Furniture, is woodworker and photographer who has been working and teaching in the Washington, D.C. area for over 30 years. He specializes in small-scale building projects that are unique to a client’s desires. Past projects have included restaurant bars, custom cabinetry, and kayak building. He’ll be here with an assortment of small pieces for you to shop.

Joe Rogers is back with his cryptic style paintings that often depicting iconic Madonnas, beast-like creatures, and, sometimes, darkly (and often female) religious images. Viewers should not miss Rogers’ unique sense of humor that peeks through it all.

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.

 Can’t make it?

Don’t worry! The FunkYard Festival is coming on October 6th. 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 – Kitchen Cabinets & Appliances

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Midweek Flash Sale – Kitchen Cabinets & Appliances

Are you redoing your kitchen? We’re marking down appliances and kitchen cabinets this
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – August 14, 15 & 16, 2018!

40% off Kitchen Cabinets

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

& 40% off Appliances

This sale includes modern and vintage stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, subzero fridges, cooktops, wall ovens, and more!

This kitchen was redone with Forklift materials in 2017 and submitted to the Reuse Contest.

Please note: This sale does not include bathroom cabinets, vanities, medicine cabinets, built-in cabinets, counter tops, work benches or tool stands, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, or appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, 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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Have you shopped with us online?

Our online sales team always has an eye out for antique and specialty items to list in our eBay, Etsy, and Chairish shops. Find unique vintage items: from hardware and lighting to knick-knacks and gifts.

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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 & A Salvage Spotlight!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Shop this Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, 2018, at Community Forklift and

Take 40% off furniture

This flash sale includes modern AND vintage tables, chairs, dressers, upholstered furniture, shelves, entertainment centers, desks, and more.

Normally priced at $450, this full living room set is only $270 this weekend.

Please note: This sale does not include built-in shelving or cabinetry, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, mantels, wall art or other home decor. Flash sales do not apply to 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.

We got two specialty donations that you can shop this weekend:

Surplus windows

Our box truck picked up a nearly full load of surplus windows this week. They’ve been priced at approximately $8 per square foot.

 

Architectural elements from House of Cards

We received a large donation of architectural elements from the set of the Netflix original series House of Cards! Some of the show’s producers dropped off a truck full of doors, trim, columns, and more. Many of these materials are replicas of architectural elements true to historical DC style.

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Can’t make it to the warehouse?
Our online stores are always open!

Did you know that in addition to treasure-hunting in our warehouse, you can also shop for Community Forklift 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.

Middle schoolers encourage new friendships with salvaged materials

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Ideas for Reuse | 0 comments

Middle schoolers encourage new friendships with salvaged materials

Hi Forklift Fans!

As many of you are gearing up for the back-to-school season, we wanted to share a heartwarming story about a group of students from Briggs Chaney Middle School (BCMS) in Silver Spring, Maryland who took direct action to make their school a more welcoming place this year.

Briggs Chaney Middle School students begin construction using lumber and tools from the Forklift.

The school aims to create a learning environment which encourages student engagement and the building of positive relationships. Na’Shea English, a teacher at BCMS, was teaching a kindness and civility unit in one of her classes when her students came up with the idea of building a “buddy bench” – a permanent installment in the school’s playground that would serve as a way for shy students to make friends. The idea, she explained, “is that students sit on the bench outside during recess to engage in conversation.”

Students painting the buddy bench.

Na’Shea originally reached out to the Forklift in search of lumber, sandpaper, paint, tools, and hardware for the project her students wanted to complete. She applied for a Community Building Blocks (CBB) grant to finance the project and was awarded store credit, allowing her to acquire the materials she and her students needed, at no cost.

In late June, the buddy bench was completed, and Na’Shea sent us the following message:

“I wanted to share with you what the kids completed with the grant. They did a wonderful job and I enjoyed building with them. The bench sits outside next to our community garden in the front of the school. Because they have created something from scratch for use of our community, they now have a new sense of pride in their school. Thank you so much for everything.”

Forklift is proud to have been able to support such an inspiring project through our CBB program. Na’Shea estimated that the buddy bench will impact 900 students, faculty, and family members at BCMS. The students at Briggs Chaney not only constructed a welcoming place for students, but they did it with salvaged materials, demonstrating a small but impactful success of our mission to lift up communities through reuse.

Midweek Flash Sale – Tile and Bathroom Fixtures

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Tuesday, August 7 – Thursday, August 9, 2018

40% off Bathroom Fixtures and Tile

This Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, save on modern AND vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, medicine cabinets, and tile! The sale includes clawfoot tubs; vessel and pedestal sinks; ceramic, porcelain, and terra cotta tile; and more!

Even if you don’t need a new bathroom or kitchen sink, they make great garden planters!

Please note: This flash sale does not include shower doors and shower pans; faucets; lighting; plumbing parts or hardware; kitchen or living room items; other types of cabinetry; mirrors that are not attached to medicine cabinets; loose (unbundled) tile; boxes and bundled that have been ripped open; carpet, wood, or other types of flooring. 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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Can’t make it to the warehouse? Shop with us online!

Did you know that we have a large selection of vintage tile and bathroom fixtures online? From “Misty Lilac” to “Persian Brown,” we have vintage toilets, sinks, and tile in a lot of those hard to find vintage shades! Browse our online inventories on eBay, Etsy, and Chairish. However, please note that items listed online are not included in flash sales.

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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

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

Did you miss our Forklift First Friday event? Not to worry – we’ll have one more on September 7th from 6pm – 8pm. In the meantime, we have another reason for you to visit the warehouse this weekend:

25% off storewide!

This Saturday and Sunday – August 4th and 5th, 2018 – take 25% off modern and vintage furniture, kitchen cabinet sets, architectural salvage, appliances, lighting, doors, windows, tile, flooring, bathroom fixtures,  courtyard items, and more!

Please note: This flash sale does not include lumber, bricks and masonry, 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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Can’t make it to the warehouse? Shop with us online!

Did you know that we list tons of vintage and specialty items online? In addition to treasure-hunting in the warehouse, you can search for unique hardware, appliances, furniture, and gifts in Community Forklift’s eBay, Etsy, and Chairish stores!

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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.