Sales & Hot Items

Midweek Flash Sale

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

This Wednesday and Thursday, March 22-23, 2017, take 30% off all kitchen and bathroom cabinets. This includes cabinet sets, orphan cabinets, and bathroom vanities with and without attached sinks.

For inspiration, check out these before and after kitchen makeovers using just paint and hardware. Or make this adorable play kitchen with an orphan cabinet.

From Young House Love

This sale does not include orphan cabinet doors and drawers, sinks without vanities, medicine cabinets, or furniture such as media or china cabinets. This sale also does not include items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, items listed online, Salvage Arts antiques, Amazon Recycled PaintTreincarnation raw-edge lumber, or reconditioned appliances from Alco Repair. May not be combined with other sales.


We’ve Got LOADS of Lumber right now!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, general, Just arrived, Sales | 0 comments

Our R&P team has been hauling truck after truck of reclaimed lumber all week long – now it’s all stacked up for you and ready to go. Happy lifting!


We got 2×4’s, 2×6’s, 2×8’s, 2×10’s … you name it!



If you’re here this weekend, please note that the storewide sale does not apply to lumber. But still, can anyone beat our prices?


Seriously…if they can, let us know.


And while you’re here, have a look at the office chairs that we picked up from a hotel this week.  They’re like new and priced at $35 each. And these ARE included in the 25% sale.



We hope to see you soon!

Weekend Flash Sale!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March  17 – 19, 2017), save some GREEN and come shop at our storewide sale!

Take 25% off all blue and orange tag items!

You may get lucky and find yourself a treasure or a pot o’ gold!

This sale does not include lumber, items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, items listed online, Salvage Arts antiques, Amazon Recycled PaintTreincarnation raw-edge lumber, or reconditioned appliances from Alco Repair. May not be combined with other sales.

Weekend Flash Sale for World Plumbing Day!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

In celebration of World Plumbing Day this weekend, we’re having a flash sale to help you with all your plumbing projects! This Saturday and Sunday (March 11-12, 2017), take 50% off all kitchen and bathroom sinks (including pedestal, cast iron, farmhouse, and vessel sinks, and sinks with matching vanity cabinets), toilets, bidets, tubs (cast iron, clawfoot, and fiberglass) and shower enclosures.

(Sale does not include plumbing parts, faucets, handles or other hardware not attached to a sink, tub or toilet; kitchen cabinets; bathroom cabinets not attached to a sink; select specialty items; items listed online; items with missing or damaged price tags or items from our consignment partners.)


Midweek Flash Sale

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Ideas for Reuse, Sales | 0 comments

This week on Wednesday and Thursday (March 8-9, 2017), our midweek flash sale is 50% off all windows! This includes our huge selection of vintage and modern windows.

If you don’t need windows for your house, check out this great article on upcycling ideas for vintage window frames.

(As usual, this Flash Sale does not include certain select specialty items, window trim, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners.)

You’re coming to the Garden Party, right?

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, Gardening, general, Green Living, News, Non-profit partners, Our Partners, Parties at Community Forklift, Things for Sale, Workshops | 0 comments


Saturday & Sunday,

April 1st 2nd

at Community Forklift

 Our Annual Garden Party is a fun-filled event with a ton of landscaping and garden supplies; gardening demonstrations, experts, and vendors; activities for kids; live bands; and local food.  It’s been so popular that we’re extending it to TWO DAYS this year!

Festivities at 10am – 4pm Saturday and 11am – 3pm Sunday

Shopping from 9am – 6pm both days

The shopping starts at 9am on Saturday…

Throughout the winter, we collect gently-used and surplus lawn & garden supplies as well as outdoor décor and furniture.  Then, we put it all out for your shopping pleasure!  The sale begins at 9:00 am Saturday, but folks start lining up outside the gates even earlier, eager to dig through piles of flowerpots and shovels. (If you can’t get there in the morning, don’t worry – the staff continues to bring out items throughout the weekend.)

The Garden Sale is the Forklift’s biggest fundraiser each year. Proceeds support our work to create green jobs, reduce waste, educate the public about reuse, and provide free supplies to nonprofits & neighbors in need.

Note to early birds:  No lawn & garden supplies are out yet.  The Forklift will not have any garden items available until 9am on April 1st. 

Then, the party starts at 10:00 am on Saturday!

There will be prizes for people and pets dressed in garden party finery.

Photo by Carrie Delesky

So find yourself a dapper suit or fancy hat, and check out all the activities in store for you:

Local Experts and Teachers (Saturday)

Anacostia Watershed Society
Prince George’s Chapter, Maryland Master Gardeners
MOM’s Organic Market
Veteran Compost

Photo by Carrie Delesky


ECO City Farms will be here with seedlings, already sprouted and ready to go right into your garden.
The Colmar Manor Garden Club will be selling an additional variety of seedlings.
Good Sense Farm & Apiary will be offering their mushroom growing kits and assorted edible mushroom products.
Hyattsville Horticulture Society will be selling vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, along with some helpful gardening books and used garden equipment.
Sol Nectar Farm will have sustainable beekeeping products available, including beehives and honeybee wax.
Tanglewood Works is joining the fun to sell planted arrangements in funky upcycled containers.

Saturday & Sunday
Capitol Hill Art League will be selling their garden-themed artwork.
PERMIE KIDs will be here with educational gardening resources and food for both kids and adults.

Activities for All Ages

Saturday only

  • Big and little Forklift Fans can give hands-on help to our local rivers:  help plant seedlings for the Anacostia Watershed Society to use in restoring wetlands.
  • To win fun prizes and gift certificates, kids (and adults!) can track down trivia at the exhibitor tables to complete the Partner Passport.
Saturday & Sunday
  • Check out fun eco-activities led by Jen from PERMIE KIDs.
  • Hunt down dinosaurs for our Reuse-osaur Scavenger Hunt

Live Music (Saturday)

11am-12pm: Ballad Of
The DC-based quartet Ballad Of draws its influences from a deep well of both traditional and contemporary musical styles including early blues, Appalachian old-time, experimental classical, & shape-note hymnody.
1pm-2pm: Blue Plains
Blue Plains is a local band with an eclectic flair for the original. Inspired by indie rock, folk, blue grass, jazz and blues, & even the punk movement; you never know what they’ll play next, but it’s sure to be great!
3pm-4pm: Vico Cycle
The Vico Cycle is a group of like-minded musicians based in the Washington, DC metro area who have come together to blend rock, funk, blues, soul, & hip-hop into a lively fusion of raw sound.


Free Workshops

Saturday (click the titles to learn more, and reserve a seat!)

10am-11am: Introduction to Permaculture, presented by Eric Lewis
12pm-1pm: From Evergreen to Edible, presented by Ramona Winkelbauer, a DC Master Gardener
2pm-3pm: The Benefits & Use of Organic Compost, presented by Fritz and Justen of Veteran Compost
4pm-5pm: Economically Sustainable Honey Bee Keeping, presented by Josh Calo of Sol Nectar Farm


11am-3pm:  Outdoor Pallet Creations, presented by the Forklift’s Matt Menke and Gary Barnhart of GL Barnhart Construction.  Drop in for a while, or stay the whole time!

11am-3pm:  Antiques Advice, presented by the Forklift’s Chris Melendez as well as appraiser Jackie Gray – bring in your vintage items to learn more about them!


Free Tours (Saturday)

12pm: Behind the Scenes at The ‘Lift, led by Ruthie of Community Forklift

2pm: Eco City’s Farm Reuse Tour, led by Kayla of Eco City Farms

And delicious local food!

Shortcake Bakery (Saturday)
Shortcake Bakery is a 5 year old bakery, located at 4700 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville, Maryland. Shortcake exclusively bakes with fresh ingredients, producing products with a homemade taste. They have received numerous accolades from Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post. Shortcake will be selling breakfast (and coffee!) in the morning, and desserts throughout the afternoon.
County Manners is brought to you by Chef Jeremy; a true “County Boy” at heart with deep roots in Southern Maryland. His passion for food was built on cooking fresh caught fish over a campfire on the Potomac River. With an equal love for food, outdoors, and the Southern Maryland way of life, he decided to share his experiences with others. He created a unique concept by combining traditions passed on to him by family and his years of experience as chefs.
Brisket, pork, and shrimp are his most popular sandwiches (menu subject to change with the seasons), and he’ll also have a vegetarian option available.
“I look forward to bringing you the best of what Southern Maryland has to offer.”
Pink Confetti is a home-based business which offers uniquely designed cakes for all occasions. “Our elegant wedding cakes, customized cakes, cupcakes, cookies, dairy-free treats, and desserts are made from scratch by the owner and chef, who passionately turns your creative vision into a velvety-sweet reality. We love to share our flair, creating the most delicious and visually appealing sweets.”

Special Thanks to

Riverdale Park Arts Council for the sound system; and photographers Lenzy Ruffin & JoAnna Mak.

So invite your friends, start planning your stylish garden party ensemble, and we’ll see you on April 1st & 2nd!

Ruthie and Matt Garden Party 2013 compressed

Weekend Flash Sale – 50% Off Appliances!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales | 0 comments

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday

(March 3, 4 & 5, 2017),

most kitchen and laundry appliances are HALF OFF!

We currently have a big selection of basic model appliances for prices starting as low as $45.  

The sale includes modern AND vintage appliances.  Just look for wash machines, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, fridges, and microwaves with blue or orange tags.

Please note:  this sale does NOT include water heaters, heating and cooling equipment, items listed on eBay or Etsy, appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags. May not be combined with other sales.

March 2017 Sales

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Monthly Sales, Sales | 0 comments

50% off Modern & Antique Lighting

Throughout March, take half off the orange & blue price tags on lights, shades, & bulbs.  We’ve got a wide variety of periods and styles.  Sale includes a large variety of chandeliers, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, patio lights, lamps, ceiling fans with lights, and fluorescent fixtures!  Sale does not include other light parts or electrical supplies, ceiling fans without lights, or white-tag items from our Salvage Arts consignment partner.

50% off Fireplace Accessories & HVAC Materials

This month, take half off the orange and blue tags on:

·        Radiators

·        Radiator covers

·        Fireplace tools & andirons

·        Fireplace screens

·        Fireplace inserts

·        Vents & Register covers

·        Heating & cooling equipment

·        Insulation & ductwork

Sale does not include water heaters, plumbing & electrical parts, mantelpieces, or white-tag consignment items.

25% off Modern & Vintage Doors

Through March 31st, take 25% off blue and orange tags on wood panel doors, oversize doors, barn doors, carriage house doors, French doors, exterior doors, bifold doors, cabinet doors, and more!  Sale does NOT include doors in frames.

Half off vintage and modern furniture this weekend!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale | 0 comments



This weekend, take half off blue & orange tag furniture.  From a wide selection of lamps and chairs, handsome bed frames, and dressers of all sorts, to a minibar, glass display cases, and a hand-puppet stage, we’ve got a lot of fun stuff right now.

Below are some examples. Our inventory changes by the minute, so we can’t hold items or take calls on specific items pictured. Come on in for a treasure hunt!

Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  This sale does not include built-in cabinetry, select specialty items, items listed online on eBay or Etsy, or items from our consignment partners. May not be combined with other sales.  

Chairs priced from $5 (or $2.50 with the sale!)


Lamps only $19 – $25 (just $9.50 – $12.50 this weekend!)


Beautiful oak chest of drawers for $98 (or $49 during the flash sale!)


The dresser is $125 (or $62.50 during the sale)… but do you notice that little holes on top?  This dresser has actually been turned into a plumbing fixture!  Put a vessel sink on it, and you’ve got a gorgeous vanity for your bathroom.


We don’t usually take upholstered sofas, but these came with an entire house that was being deconstructed and donated to us!   Couch and loveseat set for $275 ($137.50 this weekend), Needlepoint chair on left is $85 ($42.50 with the sale), Coffee table $54  ($27 with discount) and matching round end tables $44 each (or $22 during the flash sale).  Chair on right has sold.


This cool little vintage bar is $150 (but just $75 this weekend!)


Just Arrived! Terracotta Roofing Tile

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing, Just arrived, Things for Sale | 0 comments

We are receiving a LARGE donation of gorgeous terra cotta roofing tile that is in great shape. They are priced to move at $0.50 a tile. You can use it for your roof, or you can try one of the upcycling projects we found.

Roof tile garden edge 1

These gray pieces are Japanese roofing tile, not the Spanish tiles that we have in stock – but it shows the possibilities for using tiles as garden edging (from Tokyo DIY Gardening)

Roof tile garden edge 2

 from Succulents and More

Roof tile candle holder

Tea Light Candle Holder by Suomen Asuntomessut