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Save 25% on modern and vintage furniture August 20–22

Posted by on Aug 19, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage furniture August 20–22

This Saturday – Monday, August 20 – 22, take 25% off modern and vintage furniture at the Community Forklift reuse warehouse and online in the Community Forklift Marketplace! 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 continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse and courtyard. Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. 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 furniture or other supplies 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 or Chairish. 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. 

Sounds like a great idea! IDEA Public Charter School recording studio

Posted by on Aug 17, 2022 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Forklifter Profiles, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Sounds like a great idea! IDEA Public Charter School recording studio

The students at IDEA Public Charter School prove that all you need is determination, imagination, and some donated materials. The enterprising scholars constructed a sound booth for the school’s music room using materials provided by Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) program!

Located in the Deanwood Community of Northeast Washington, D.C., IDEA Public Charter School is a high school that includes career and technical education programs in its curriculum. These specialized pathway programs offer courses in business management, child development, computer science, and construction technology. The students in the construction technology program gain carpentry skills through hands-on projects including building picnic tables, garden beds, little free libraries, and the aforementioned sound booth.

Construction Teacher Ian Milne wrote: “…my students built a small recording studio for the music room and you can see the carpet tiles and door you donated – just wanted to say thank you!”

The project taught valuable skills through incorporating sustainable and re-usable materials. Prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Ian and his students visited active construction sites and took field trips to Community Forklift to learn about reuse. In-person learning has resumed at the school and students are once again able to work on carpentry projects.

Since 2015, IDEA Public Charter School has received free building materials such as doors, windows, hardware, and tools for their educational programs. One project utilized these materials to build a small tool shed for their school garden.

Thank you to Ian and IDEA Public Charter School for instilling carpentry skills and an appreciation for reuse into future generations. Visit our website for more information about our CBB program, which distributes free materials to local nonprofits, schools, and community groups.

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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 kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures

Posted by on Aug 11, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures

Friday – Sunday, August 12 – 14

Renovating your kitchen and need a great set of cabinets for less than retail price? Need some extra storage in your basement, garage, laundry room, or workshop? This Friday through Sunday, August 12–14, take 25% off the prices on cabinet sets, single cabinets, and cabinet doors at the reuse warehouse! Also, save 25% on modern and vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, and medicine cabinets. Switch out your sink, modernize your master, or transform your tub! We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

A small selection of our cabinet sets are listed on our Community Forklift Marketplace. Check out the listings for photos, measurements, and other cabinet set information. To see all available cabinets, visit our reuse warehouse in person! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Please continue to 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 bathroom fixtures, cabinets, or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. 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. 

Thanks and good luck to Philly Reclaim

Posted by on Aug 9, 2022 in Blog, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles, Forklifter Profiles, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Thanks and good luck to Philly Reclaim

This past weekend we picked up some salvaged materials from our compatriots in reuse at Philly Reclaim, who are closing their doors at the end of this week. Props to Greg, their Executive Director, and their community for all the work they’ve done for reuse and deconstruction in the area. We’re so sad that Philadelphia is losing this resource for affordable materials, sustainable reuse, and community development. More info from Philly Reclaim:

“It’s true. We’re closing down the Philly Reclaim warehouse, and we’re not moving anywhere.

Our building is sold/being sold, and all the tenants in our warehouse complex are getting the boot. This would be the 4th time we’ve had to move our warehouse in what will be 8 years.

We’re not opening up again elsewhere because we can’t afford warehouse rent in Philadelphia anymore. You used to be able to find places for $3-5/SF. Now we’re competing against self-storage facilities, warehouses being converted into apartments, and last mile distribution tech companies. The most affordable rents we’re seeing now are in the range of $8-10/SF. That’s a 2-3x increase, and that’s on the low end.

And the truth is we were already in a financial crisis. There are a lot of reasons why. Among other things, we were blindsided this last year by a mistake that the IRS made, which cost us our ability to do deconstruction projects for at least half a year.

The current plan is to evolve as a business and focus on selling building materials directly from our deconstruction project work sites, but all those thoughts about our future have to wait until we get out of our current warehouse.”

Our team at Community Forklift wishes the Philly Reclaim team the best of luck in their next steps, and thanks them for their years of service to communities in Philadelphia through reuse.

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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: Fantastic projects made with salvaged materials

Posted by on Aug 8, 2022 in Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Before and After: Fantastic projects made with salvaged materials

A magnolia design burned into a piece of Treincarnation live edge lumber from Community Forklift: brilliant and beautiful! Slow Burn created the artwork on a roughly 12” x 10” piece of elm. Thanks for supporting the reuse warehouse and choosing salvaged lumber! Photo by @the_slowburn_ (Instagram)


While Lulu might be a little miffed about their creation, I think these dog gates made with materials from the reuse warehouse look fantastic! What a great reuse for brackets, lumber, and salvaged wrought iron railing. Thanks to Lulu’s creative owner for finding a new purpose for these materials!


This curved and carved mantel from the reuse warehouse looks so incredibly elegant in its new home! The colors of the summer cover and wall set off the details so well. Thanks to a Forklift Fan for finding a stunning reuse for this fantastic piece of architectural salvage! Photo by @queengwenn (Instagram)


Shutters: good for privacy both indoor and out! Check out this fantastic privacy screen created with salvaged window shutters and hinges from Community Forklift. They painted them, added the hinges, and weighted them with planters and pavers in order to create privacy for their hot tub and patio! Photo by @agrotke (Instagram)


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July 2022: New uses for salvaged materials from Community Forklift
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April 2022: Forklift Fans put salvaged materials to good reuse!
March 2022: Salvaged materials for a fireplace and furniture
February 2022: Reuse inspiration for cabinet sets and single cabinets
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January 2022: Creative projects using materials from Community Forklift
December 2021: Salvaged Materials from Community Forklift get a new use
November 2021: Upcycling Projects using Community Forklift materials


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!

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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 salvaged tile and appliances

Posted by on Aug 4, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on salvaged tile and appliances

Friday – Sunday, August 5 – 7

Save 25% on dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, washing machines, and dryers. Also, take 25% off the marked prices on cement, ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile! The discount runs Friday through Sunday, August 5 – 7. We offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances and we also offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Please continue to 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, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online in the Community Forklift Marketplace!


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: 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. Appliance discount does not include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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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. 

HELP Program 2022: Distributing free materials to neighbors in need

Posted by on Aug 2, 2022 in Blog, Community Giving Programs | 0 comments

HELP Program 2022: Distributing free materials to neighbors in need

Part of Community Forklift’s mission is to provide free and low-cost materials to the community. Through the Home Essentials Program (HELP), we distribute free building materials, fixtures, appliances, and furniture to households with limited incomes. We are proud to announce that in the first half of 2022 we’ve provided $44,492.40 in materials through the HELP program!

The HELP program is a low-barrier service, meaning we try to keep our grants as accessible and flexible as possible. We assist seniors, families, people with disabilities, veterans, people going through crisis or transitioning from homelessness, people who are struggling to afford repairs on the family home, and people who are working to make their homes safer and more comfortable.

In response to the pandemic in 2020, we began a free delivery service for HELP clients, ensuring that people who can’t leave their homes can still get their materials while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. We’ve continued that service and so far in 2022 we’ve made 53 deliveries.

Those 53 deliveries are a small portion of the total number of people who have benefited from the HELP program so far this year. In total we’ve served 326 people in 104 households and provided a wide variety of materials, including 47 large appliances, 52 small appliances, 249 furniture pieces, 157 housewares, and 1,271 building materials.

We look forward to helping more neighbors in need in the second half of the year and beyond. You can help us with that goal by donating materials or funds to Community Forklift today. Thank you for the support!

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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 cabinets and items in our courtyard including stone countertops

Posted by on Jul 29, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on cabinets and items in our courtyard including stone countertops

Save 25% on kitchen cabinet sets, singles, and cabinet doors plus items in our courtyard July 30 – August 1!

Renovating your kitchen and need a great set of cabinets for less than retail price? Need some extra storage in your basement, garage, laundry room, or workshop? This Saturday through Monday, July 30 – August 1, take 25% off the prices on cabinet sets, single cabinets, and cabinet doors at the reuse warehouse! We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

You can also save 25% on items in our courtyard area. This is a great time to score some stone countertops to go along with your new-to-you cabinet set! The courtyard discount includes bricks, stone pavers, granite & marble counters, cast iron sinks, modern and vintage tubs, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, and more!

A small selection of our cabinet sets are listed on our Community Forklift Marketplace. Check out the listings for photos, measurements, and other cabinet set information. To see all available cabinets, visit our reuse warehouse in person! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Please continue to 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: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. 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. 

It Takes a Village: Community support at Templeton Elementary School

Posted by on Jul 27, 2022 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Forklifter Profiles, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

It Takes a Village: Community support at Templeton Elementary School

An educator’s job isn’t always confined to within the school’s walls. Community School Coordinator Camille Hill and School Counselor Adrienne Smith understand that their school — Templeton Elementary School — is part of the larger community. When they noticed that some of their students were often absent and distracted, they met with the families and discovered that they lacked basic furnishings and other needs.

The school staff worked to find resources for these families and Community Forklift provided ottomans, lamps, a rug, two large sleeper sofas, and a coffee table. The essential items were provided through our Community Building Blocks program (CBB), which distributes free materials to local nonprofits, schools, and community groups.

One family of six had relocated from another state to escape an abusive situation. The parent worked long hours in low-paying jobs to help support the family. Often this meant that the eldest child helped take care of the younger siblings, including one who receives special education services. The family lived in a two-bedroom home without adequate resources such as food, clothing, furniture, and medical care. According to Adrienne, after addressing one missing resource at a time to support the family, they “noticed a change in the children’s growth — behaviorally, academically, and socially.”

Community Forklift Community Giving Coordinator Susana Salazar with Templeton Elementary School Community School Coordinator Camille Hill and School Counselor Adrienne Smith.

Another family was a refugee family of nine who were transitioning to life in America. When school staff members visited the family’s two-bedroom apartment to discuss one of the children’s medical and academic care, they discovered that the family did not have furniture and were sitting, sleeping, and eating on the floor. “We ensured the furniture we found at Community Forklift was culturally sensitive while respecting their customs,” said Adrienne.

Thank you to the Templeton Elementary School staff for its dedication to the community! As Adrienne encourages, “We ask you to promote respect, awareness, understanding, compassion, and sensitivity. We invite you to encourage others to engage in mental health support because everyone is impacted by something, and we as a nation will move forward with compassion.”

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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 tile, wood flooring, and engineered flooring!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on tile, wood flooring, and engineered flooring!

Saturday – Monday, July 23 – 25

The Community Forklift nonprofit reuse warehouse has some great styles of salvaged wall and floor tile. This Saturday – Monday, July 23 – 25, take 25% off the marked prices on cement, ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile! You can also save 25% on wood flooring and engineered flooring. Visit our reuse warehouse any day between 12 and 5 pm to see everything that’s available!

Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose when visiting 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 flooring or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include carpet, carpet tiles, rugs, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. 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.