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Take a few seconds to vote, and make a difference for neighbors in need

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, general, News, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Take a few seconds to vote, and make a difference for neighbors in need

Hi Forklift Fans –

Every time you shop at the Forklift or donate to us, you help us provide free building materials, fixtures, appliances, and furniture to local families and neighbors in need– but we could use some extra help right now. Community Forklift is up for a national award that could get us some funding if we win!

We have been chosen from among 2,400 businesses nationwide as a finalist in the eBay Shine Awards for Small Business, which highlights the entrepreneurs who have used eBay to build on their success. We are one of three contenders within the Charitable Business Category.

To help us get more materials to folks who really need them –

 please vote for Community Forklift

today and every day through July 14th!

Thanks to your support, we have donated over $140,000 in materials to low-income households, the elderly and disabled, and people going through crisis like a house fire or flood. Home Essentials is a low-barrier service, meaning we try to keep our grants as accessible and flexible as we can. It is truly a wonderful program that you all are supporting—but don’t take our word for it; hear it from our clients and their caseworkers themselves:

I just want to scream or holler out of joy right now, but I promise I’m going to keep my composure here in your store.” – Client who received security doors after her home was broken into.

You have no idea what a blessing you all are. I was trying to save up some money to buy a replacement stove, but now I can use that toward my bills!” – Client who received a gas stove.

“I am so excited to not have to be ashamed when people come to my house.” – Client who received furniture and other household necessities.

“I saw [my client] in clinic this week and he was just so much happier and so grateful. This service for clients is amazing.” – Caseworker whose client had a young child with breathing difficulties; the family received AC units and dehumidifiers.

You can vote once a day, every day, from now until July 14th!

And please ask your friends to vote too, at https://tinyurl.com/forkliftshine2017

Storewide sale on July 4th!

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Community Happenings, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Forklift First Friday, general, News, Parties at Community Forklift, Sales | 0 comments

Storewide sale on July 4th!

We’re open from 9am  – 6pm* on Tuesday, and almost everything in the warehouse is on sale…  

Take 40% off modern AND vintage items, including tile, furniture, appliances, windows, shutters, doors, mantels, sinks, light fixtures, architectural salvage, and much, much more!

Sale does not include lumber, masonry, select specialty items, items sold online, or items from our consignment partners.  Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other sales.  

* If you are dropping off a donation or picking up something bulky, please arrive before 5:30 pm

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Other big news:

Community Forklift is a semi-finalist in the eBay Shine awards for Small Business!

A few seconds of your time could do a LOT of good for our nonprofit.  If we get the most votes, we can win up to $10,000 and help with publicity to reach a larger online audience – which will mean more revenue to lift up communities here in the DC area!  We can keep more good stuff out of landfills; offer more green jobs; and provide more free materials to community groups, seniors, vets, and neighbors in need.  

Please vote once a day from now through July 14th!

 

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Come to our pop-up market & party on Friday!

This Friday (July 7th), from 6pm – 8pm, bring your friends, family, and friendly leashed pets for a fun evening at our warehouse.

The Ron Hicks Project will croon jazz and blues on the loading dock while you enjoy dinner from Honey’s Empanadas, sip craft beer or wine from Town Center Market, and browse the works of local artists.  Do an upcycling craft project, and be amazed by magician Matt Neufeld.

Plus, we’ll have a mystery salvage sale, revealed at the beginning of the event!  Get all the details and invite your friends on Facebook.

 

July Sale & Granite Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Billboard, Blog, general, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, Monthly Sales, Sales | 0 comments

July Sale & Granite Giveaway

30% Off Stone Counters:

Throughout July, take 30% off the regular price on granite, marble, and stone counter pieces of all sizes.  Sale does not include laminate, Corian, or other types of counters; stone tile; pavers or landscaping stones; counters with sinks; or vanity sets.  Sale does not include select specialty or consignment items, items sold online, or items with damaged or missing price tags. May not be combined with other sales.

Granite GIVEAWAY: 

This month, granite counter remnants of 3 square feet or less are free while supplies last!  Giveaway does not include other types of stone, stone tile, intact vanity tops, masonry, landscaping stones, etc.

There are so many upcycling projects to try.  For example, Lacy Craver used scraps of granite backsplash to make nice shelves for a little nook.

Blowout Storewide Sale! Plus, do some good – and get ready to party

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Events, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Forklift First Friday, general, News, Sales | 0 comments

Blowout Storewide Sale!  Plus, do some good – and get ready to party

The fireworks haven’t even begun, but we are already super excited… we’re thrilled to share that Community Forklift is a semi-finalist in the eBay Shine awards for Small Business!

Many of our long-time donors & customers have been voting daily, but we need EVERYONE to vote!  Please vote once a day from now through July 14th.A few seconds of your time could do a LOT of good for our nonprofit.  If we get the most votes, we can win up to $10,000 and publicity to help us reach a larger online audience – which will mean increased revenue to lift up communities here in the DC area!  We can keep more good stuff out of landfills; offer more green jobs; and provide more free materials to community groups, seniors, vets, and neighbors in need.

But what about the sale, you ask?  

To celebrate our good news, AND the July 4th holiday,

we’re having a 4-day sale!

On July 1st – July 4th, 2017,

Save 40% Storewide

We’re open from 9am  – 6pm on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, AND Tuesday, and almost everything in the warehouse is on sale.  Take 40% off modern AND vintage items, including tile, furniture, appliances, windows, shutters, doors, mantels, sinks, light fixtures, architectural salvage, and much, much more!

Sale does not include lumber, masonry, select specialty items, items sold online, or items from our consignment partners.  Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other sales.  

 

And remember…

Forklift First Friday is this week!

Pop-up Market & Party this Friday, July 7th from 6pm – 8pm

Why stop celebrating on July 4th when you can keep going all week?  Bring your friends, family, neighbors, and friendly leashed pets for a fun evening at our warehouse!
We’ll have a mystery salvage sale, revealed at the beginning of the event.  The Ron Hicks Project will croon jazz and blues on the loading dock while you enjoy dinner from Honey’s Empanada Food Truck, sip craft beer and wine from Town Center Market, and browse the works of local artists.  Adults and kids can do an upcycling craft project, and be amazed by magician Matt Neufeld.
Get all the details and invite your friends on our Facebook page.

Such a huge selection of kitchen cabinets!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Blog, general, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, News, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Such a huge selection of kitchen cabinets!

I am not sure we’ve ever had more cabinet sets in stock than we do right now.  We have the equivalent of 38 kitchens squeezed into our warehouse, of every size and style.  If you’ve been thinking of re-doing your kitchen or adding storage to your laundry room or garage, now is the time!

Apartment Therapy has a great round-up of other uses for cabinets – wouldn’t it be fun to have a window seat, or beautiful built-in bookshelves?

Cabinets were used as the base for these pretty bookshelves – details at sarahshermansamuel.com

While we have your attention…

please vote today!

Do you appreciate having a hometown reuse center where you can donate or shop for cabinets and all sorts of home essentials?  Please vote for us in the eBay Shine awards for Small Business!

We have been selected as a semi-finalist from among 2,400 small businesses nationwide, and we need your votes to win.  If we get the most votes, we can win up to $10,000 and publicity to help us reach a larger online audience – which will mean increased revenue to lift up communities here in the DC area!  We can keep more good stuff out of landfills; offer more green jobs; and provide more free materials to community groups, seniors, vets, and neighbors in need.

Please vote once a day,  every day, through July 14.  

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

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

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, 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, 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 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 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.