Store Policies & Info

The Front Desk at Community  Forklift

Photo by Ed Jackson

Community Forklift is a 40,000 square foot self-serve reuse center. Think of it like a thrift store for building materials – we do not have an inventory list, so you will need to visit in-person to see if a specific item is in stock. Thousands of items come in and out of the warehouse each week, so remember: if you see something you like today, act fast because it may be gone tomorrow!


Store Policies

RETURN POLICY: All sales are final, so please inspect items carefully before you check out! We are very happy to open sealed boxes for you at the front desk so that you may look at the item before you purchase it.

The only exception to this rule is for appliances, radiators, and designated machines (these items come with a 14-day return policy if they don’t work when you install them. You must bring your receipt and the item back to the store to receive your refund). Also, reconditioned appliances from our consignment partner may come with a longer warranty – please click here for details.

LOADING INTO YOUR VEHICLE: Please bring an appropriate vehicle and friends to help you transport your purchases safely home. Community Forklift staffers and volunteers are not able to help load items into your vehicle. However, once you have purchased your item(s), we do offer one week of free storage. This will give you time to round up friends or hire folks to help you move, to borrow or rent a truck, etc.


How to prepare for your visit

  • If you are making a donation, or picking up a large bulky item, you must arrive at least a half hour before closing time. Although our checkout desk closes at 6pm (and 7pm on Wednesdays & Fridays), our courtyard and loading bays close at 5:30 pm (6:30pm on Wednesdays & Fridays). We are strict about this policy for safety reasons, and it ensures that all Forklift Fans will have enough time to load or unload their vehicle and exit the courtyard by closing time.
  • Dress for the weather – our warehouse will be about the same temperature as it is outside. In the winter, this means hats, gloves, long johns, heavy coats, etc. You may get dusty while hunting for treasure, so don’t dress your best! Shirts & shoes required.
  • This is a working warehouse. Keep a close watch on your children so that they do not dive off a loading dock or tip something heavy onto their siblings. Unattended children may be eaten by Purple Polka-dotted Trash Monsters.
  • Bring your specific measurements and a tape measure. Bring a sample if you are trying to match a specific color or style—remember, there are no returns on most items!
  • Friendly, well-behaved pets are welcome, and may attract head pats and belly rubs. They must be on a leash at all times.
  • Ask staff for help if you find something you will need a ladder to reach–otherwise it is a self-serve warehouse. You are welcome to use the shopping carts, dollies, hand trucks, and flat carts.
  • People who switch or remove price tags are indeed shoplifters. Shoplifters will be prosecuted, banned from the store, or held upside-down over an old toilet. Likewise, folks who remove “Sold” stickers are mean people, and they will get what’s coming to them someday.
  • We put a lot of time and research into setting prices, so we discourage haggling. However, if you feel there is a possible price error, please inquire at the checkout, and you will be asked to wait patiently until a manager can investigate. If you still remain unhappy with the price, you are encouraged to keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter feeds, where we announce frequent flash sales.
  • We do not accept American Express. We do accept cash, checks, Visa, Master Card, and Discover.