National Reuse Contest

Every year, Community Forklift joins reuse centers across the country to participate in The ReUse People Of America’s National Reuse Contest. Anyone can submit a recent project made from reclaimed, gently-used, or repurposed building materials.

TO ENTER:  Just send your story and pictures to your local participating reuse store (that’s us!) for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Here’s how it works: entrants submit their project at the local level in one of two categories: Construction & Remodeling, and Art & Furniture. Community Forklift judges select the most impressive projects, awarding gift cards and bragging rights for first, second, and third place winners in each category.

Then we pass the winning entries on to The ReUse People, and they select the top 3 national winners!  The national winners in each category receive gift cards redeemable for merchandise at their sponsoring store — $1000, $500 or $250 for first, second and third place, respectively.

The best part is, Forklift Fans just keep winning.

Below is our gallery of NATIONAL winners!  Check it out, and get inspired to enter the contest yourself. The deadline for the 2017 Reuse Contest has passed, but check back soon for 2018’s contest.


1st Place; Art & Furniture
Tinker’s New Home, by Kerry Gantt

3rd Place; Art & Furniture
Kitchen Prep Table, by Terence Chang


1st Place; Remodeling & Construction
Emergency Basement Remodel, by Patricia Flanagan

2nd Place; Arts & Furniture
Firehose Flag, by Aaron Foster


2nd Place; Remodeling & Construction
Kate’s Folly, by Kate Barfield


1st Place; Remodeling & Construction
Kitchen Renovation, by Bea and Chris