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Save 25% on modern and vintage items in the reuse warehouse and on eBay!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage items in the reuse warehouse and on eBay!

November 27 – 29

Instead of celebrating Black Friday this year, how about a Green Friday at Community Forklift instead? The unique modern and vintage salvaged items in our warehouse and eBay store are 25% off, so you can save the planet and your wallet at the same time! Plus, with Small Business Saturday on November 28, you can feel good about supporting a small, local nonprofit business that provides good, green jobs in the community.


Three ways to save!

Visit our nonprofit reuse warehouse in Hyattsville, MD, from 12 – 5 pm!
Check out our 40,000 square foot warehouse of modern and vintage furniture, housewares, appliances, lighting, cabinets, plumbing fixtures and more, and save 25% storewide. The warehouse is closed on Thanksgiving (we like turkey too!), but will be back open for regular hours starting Friday, November 27. Note: you must wear a facemask covering your mouth and nose and keep a six-foot distance from other people when visiting. Thank you!


Shop for warehouse items online in the Community Forklift Marketplace!
We’ve listed a selection of the items in our warehouse online in the Community Forklift Marketplace! Browse and buy building materials, furniture, artwork, home décor, lighting, and more and still save 25%. Within five days of purchase, visit our warehouse for low-contact pick-up. Just show your ID at the sales desk and then pull your car up to the loading dock while we get your items!


Check out the modern and vintage items listed in the Community Forklift eBay store!
Don’t miss your chance to save 25% on items listed in our award-winning eBay store as well! Browse vintage tools, modern high-end appliances, gifts, and more. We’ll also have $10 Auction Specials added daily. Note: the 25% discount on eBay is extended through November 30, Cyber Monday!


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 lumber, bricks and masonry, select specialty items, items listed in our Chairish store, or items from our consignment partners such as the Lifting US Veteran Art Show, Treinarncation raw-edge slabs, or Alco Appliances. 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. 

Community Forklift and Slow Building — Slow is the new Fast

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in Blog, Green Living | 0 comments

Community Forklift and Slow Building — Slow is the new Fast

Maybe everything seems a bit slower during this Pandemic. Without as many places to go, things to do and folks to see, there is more time to invest in the activities of daily life. We’ve been seeing that impact here at Community Forklift with more folks working on house projects. But promoting slowness actually has its origins much earlier in time.

 The “Slow Movement” started years ago with “Slow Food,” the resistance to fast food and the industrialization of food production. Its focus was to raise awareness of the relationship between food and the environment, the workers who produce food, the connection between the plate and the planet, and the loss of the health and enjoyment that “real” food provides. The movement also recognized the loss of personal connection that happens through preparing and sharing healthy meals with family and friends.

 Today there are also slow architecture, slow building, slow space, and all sorts of “slow” applied to design and construction. The process of deconstructing a building, for example, is a facet of slow building. Community Forklift helps recirculate materials taken out of deconstructed buildings by making them available for use in others. This contributes to decreased demand for materials extracted from the earth like lumber, metals, and oil. It also provides a wealth of existing materials and resources to improve existing buildings.

Community Forklift strongly supports the ethos of “slow building” that centers on environmental sustainability, affordability, quality, durability, and health. The relationship between local community needs, the natural environment, and the built environment is paramount. Resisting industrialization of building products and processes, the slow movement encourages size-appropriate spaces, creative use of old materials, appreciation of the human labor involved in making space, and the joy in sharing those spaces with others.

Come visist our reuse warehouse and join us as we continue to lift our community through making slow the new fast!

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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.

Donor Spotlight: TW Perry

Posted by on Nov 20, 2020 in Blog, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles, Forklifter Profiles | 0 comments

Donor Spotlight: TW Perry

We at Community Forklift are so thankful for the support of our individual and corporate material donors. These generous businesses and people provide us with the materials that support our neighbors in need and stock our store to fund our mission.

Building materials supplier TW Perry has donated to Community Forklift multiple times since 2013. In their most recent donation, they generously provided us with high-end doors, windows, millwork, railings, decking columns, and stair parts.

According to Sean Parker, TW Perry Vice President Process, the construction and remodeling industry has been blessed with stronger demand than hoped for during the pandemic. However, COVID restrictions made it difficult to clear out obsolete, discontinued, and miss-ordered items that were sitting un-needed in TW Perry’s Leesburg facility.

“Marvin Esquivel, our Gaithersburg Branch Receiving Manager, suggested I contact Tom Patzkowski, Director of Donations Community Forklift,” Sean said. “Tom was quick to reply and immediately set up two pick-ups at our Leesburg Branch.  They went so smoothly that three more trips followed, leading to a night and day difference in our operation as the team regained the room to operate efficiently.  Tom’s enthusiasm and graciousness made the whole process a very positive experience.”

TW Perry is a quality building materials supplier that works throughout the DMV area. Founded in 1911, they have store locations in Baltimore, Maryland; Silver Spring, Maryland; Gaithersburg, Maryland; Leesburg, Virginia; and Springfield, Virginia. Recently they added a sixth retail store location when they purchased Peoples Supply Company here in Hyattsville, Maryland. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Our partnership with TW Perry supplies Community Forklift with the materials we need to accomplish our mission. Some donated materials go directly to neighbors in need through our Home Essentials Program. Some donated materials go to nonprofit groups for projects that benefit the community through our Community Building Blocks program. And some materials go to our nonprofit reuse warehouse, where they’re sold at below-market prices to support these programs, the community, and the green jobs we create.

“The material going to a great cause was a win all around.”

Sean Parker, TW Perry Vice President Process

Thank you to the TW Perry team for supporting Community Forklift and lifting up our community 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.

Save 40% on Doors and 10% on Amazon Paint

Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 40% on Doors and 10% on Amazon Paint

November 20 – 22

Friday, November 20, through Sunday, November 22, take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors and 10% off premium quality, eco-friendly latex Amazon Select Paint.

Check out our wide selection of new and vintage doors of all different sizes and styles! The discount includes interior and exterior doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames. We offer five days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

We recently received a donation of surplus high-end new doors in frames from local building materials supplier TW Perry. Already priced at below market value, these new doors are even more affordable with this weekend’s discount!

Premium quality, eco-friendly latex Amazon Select Paint is also 10% off. Available in 20 beautiful and consistent colors, Amazon Select Paint can be used for interior or exterior applications on drywall, wood, stucco, or masonry. Using patented technology, the manufacturer recycles surplus paint collected from local businesses, consumers, and governments. Amazon’s reprocessing system guarantees that every gallon sold meets strict specifications for color, gloss, viscosity and coverage.

  • Amazon Select latex paint
  • 20 beautiful and consistent colors
  • interior or exterior applications on drywall, wood, stucco, or masonry
  • low-sheen finish (between a flat and an eggshell)
  • washable and scrubbable

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through 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 doors, paint, or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include doors with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass, 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 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. 

An entire art studio created with Community Forklift finds — including a kiln!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2020 in Blog, Community Happenings, Consignment items, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

An entire art studio created with Community Forklift finds — including a kiln!

Artist Kasse Andrews-Weller is no stranger to Community Forklift. Not only is her work on display in our pop-up Lifting US veteran art show, but also most of the items she used to create her art studio were found right here in the warehouse. She also uses Community Forklift materials in her work!

Her studio is a wonderland of reuse possibilities. Vintage cabinets, railing, windows, doors, and an awesome farmhouse sink furnish a beautiful and functional space for creating art.


Possibly the most unique Community Forklift item in her studio is a kiln that Kasse found at the 2016 Garden Party. “Each bent pyrometric cone on top of the kiln represents a separate firing of a kiln filled with my art works,” Kasse said. “Absolutely no maintenance in over 4 years.” The kiln was the start of her studio and it still has the Community Forklift SOLD sticker on it!

Kasse’s work is currently on display and for sale in Lifting US, the pop-up veteran art show organized in collaboration between Community Forklift and the arts nonprofit Uniting US. An Air Force veteran and founding member of Uniting US, Kasse creates wonderful, meaningful, symbolic ceramic masterpieces, and considers art a reflection of her life’s story.

“Doing art is my passion,” Kasse said. “Art provides serenity. Having the opportunity to exhibit my artwork validates my effort and visually displays my emotions and thoughts.”


You can see Kasse’s work and the work of other veteran artists at Community Forklift in the Lifting US veteran art show through January 4. The warehouse is open Monday through Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. Please wear a face mask and keep a six-foot distance from other people when visiting. You can also view the show online in the Community Forklift Marketplace!

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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 40% on modern and vintage furniture!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, News, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 40% on modern and vintage furniture!

Furniture is 40% off this weekend!

This Friday, November 13, through Sunday, November 15, take 40% off modern and vintage furniture. Save on tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, filing cabinets, sofas, and more! We offer five days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through 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 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. 

Lifting US: Veteran Art Show opens today at Community Forklift!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, News, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Lifting US: Veteran Art Show opens today at Community Forklift!

Exhibition runs from November 11 to January 4

On this day honoring our nation’s veterans, we are so happy to announce the opening of Lifting US, an exhibition at Community Forklift featuring works of art created by military veterans and family members. Running from November 11 to January 4, the show features a variety of artwork — from wood carving and stained glass to ceramics and painting.

This exhibition was organized in partnership with the nonprofit Uniting US. This amazing organization is dedicated to supporting arts engagement activities for active duty military, veterans, their family members, and the communities in which they live. They provide art materials and supplies, mentoring, art exhibit bookings, facilitation of artwork purchases, and therapeutic art wellness activities.


The Lifting US art show is also online!
Check out some of the veteran artwork in our Community Forklift Marketplace!


Many of the pieces in the show use materials sourced from Community Forklift or our Community Building Blocks program. There are porcelain bowls created using salvaged glass lampshades as molds. Many of the pieces come complete with vintage frames. Surplus paint and salvaged wood flooring are also used throughout. Some of the ceramics were even fired in a kiln purchased second-hand from our warehouse in 2016!

Uniting US, the Lifting US exhibition, and the veteran artists all embody the healing power of art and the value of reuse. Thank you to all who have served our country and happy Veterans Day!

Visit the art show from November 11 to January 4 at Community Forklift’s nonprofit reuse warehouse. The warehouse is open daily from 12 to 5 pm, though it is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. You can also see the artwork online in the Community Forklift Marketplace.

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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 beautiful wall and floor tile!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2020 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on beautiful wall and floor tile!

Tile is 25% off this weekend!

Saturday, November 7, through Monday, November 9, take 25% off the marked prices on wall and floor tile. This includes ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through 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 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. 

Lighting — big and small — is 25% off during the month of November!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Lighting — big and small — is 25% off during the month of November!

For the entire month of November, take 25% off the blue and orange price tags 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.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through 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 lighting or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include light parts, electrical supplies, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online in our eBay or Chairish shops. 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 40% on doors and windows this weekend!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 40% on doors and windows this weekend!

Doors and windows are 40% off October 30 – November 1!

We have a bunch of new interior and exterior doors of different styles and sizes. We also have a great selection of windows! Friday, October 31, through Sunday, November 1, take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors. This includes interior and exterior doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames. Also, take 40% off the marked prices on windows and window sashes. We offer five days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through 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 doors, windows, or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include doors or windows with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass, 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 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.