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Save 40% on modern and vintage salvaged furniture

Posted by on May 12, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 40% on modern and vintage salvaged furniture

Friday – Sunday, May 13 – 15

This Friday through Sunday, May 13 – 15, take 40% off modern and vintage furniture at the Community Forklift reuse warehouse and online in the Community Forklift Marketplace! Save on all sorts of styles and types of tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, chairs, sofas, and more. We offer five days of free storage after purchase to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse and courtyard. Thank you!


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.

Here’s the dish: Villeroy & Boch dinnerware and more is 10% off May 9 & 10

Posted by on May 8, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Here’s the dish: Villeroy & Boch dinnerware and more is 10% off May 9 & 10

This weekend we had a discount on kitchen cabinets, so now we’re having a discount on stuff to put in them! Monday and Tuesday, May 9 & 10, save 10% on Villeroy & Boch dinnerware and more in the Community Forklift eBay store! Take a look at the Pottery & Glass Category to see the items that are discounted.


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 items but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount includes only the marked items in the Community Forklift eBay store and 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 on Kitchen Cabinets! Sets, singles, & cabinet doors are 25% off at the reuse warehouse

Posted by on May 5, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save on Kitchen Cabinets! Sets, singles, & cabinet doors are 25% off at the reuse warehouse

Save 25% on kitchen cabinet sets, singles, and cabinet doors May 6–8!

Renovating your kitchen and need a great set of cabinets for less than retail price? Need some extra storage in your basement, garage, laundry room, or workshop? This Friday through Sunday, May 6–8, take 25% off the prices on cabinet sets, single cabinets, and cabinet doors at the reuse warehouse! We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

A small selection of our cabinet sets are listed on our Community Forklift Marketplace. Check out the listings for photos, measurements, and other cabinet set information. To see all available cabinets, visit our reuse warehouse in person! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while at Community Forklift. Thank you!


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 kitchen cabinets or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, 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. 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. 

Before and After: Creative uses for salvaged materials from the reuse warehouse

Posted by on May 3, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Before and After: Creative uses for salvaged materials from the reuse warehouse

Once hardware, now upcycled art! This Forklift Fan makes all kinds of charismatic robots out of salvaged hardware and other materials from Community Forklift and beyond. It’s inspiring to see how their imagination transforms everyday items into something with so much personality! Photos by @spuriousrobot (Instagram)


These gold wall panels from our reuse warehouse make a unique and glamorous headboard in their new home. BONUS: the shelf above the headboard is made from salvaged wood from Community Forklift too!


Check out the new use for this salvaged arched door from Community Forklift! Inspired by a trip to Cartagena, Kate Roberts combined the door with brown grilles and black strap hinges for a one-of-a-kind entrance to her master bathroom. Thanks for choosing reuse and saving these materials from the landfill! Photos by @katmondolifestyle (Instagram)


A salvaged kitchen cabinet set, refrigerator, and countertop from Community Forklift were put to fabulous reuse in the studio space for Tyler Whitmore Interiors. “We made great use of these cabinets all around our office, kitchen, and work space. We color matched the cabinets and painted the shelving in our office to match,” Tyler said. Thanks for using salvaged materials in your project, Tyler!


Wow! Check out a Forklift Fan’s violin studio at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop created with secondhand furniture and art! The vibrant and inspiring space includes salvaged end tables, poster, table lamps, and rug from Community Forklift’s warehouse. Reuse for the win! Photos by @district_runway (Instagram)


This cat fence is green in more ways than one! A Forklift Fan constructed this lovely lime green divider with shutters and a fireplace screen from our reuse warehouse. It keeps Otis from wandering onto his neighbor’s balcony! Genius! Photos by @zacharycutler (Instagram)


Use salvaged lumber to support cucumber? Upcycle cedar to create your own Harris Teeter? A Community Forklift fan created this smart raised garden bed using salvaged wood from the reuse warehouse!


A Forklift Fan did a phenomenal job with this kitchen! In Sarah’s words: “the 4 ft. piece of countertop stone we got from Community Forklift was perfect! Your crew was so helpful. They loaded it in the back of our car and everything. We believe in reusing and recycling as much as possible and appreciate there’s a community resource like Community Forklift to make this possible!” Photos by @GoodStuffRescue (Instagram)


Sue Decker makes gorgeous ceramics using salvaged light fixtures as molds! Check out this fruit bowl made from a 1920’s-era glass shade from Community Forklift. It’s so cool to see the design live on in another form! Photos by @sudecker1 (Instagram)


RELATED POSTS

April 2022: Forklift Fans put salvaged materials to good reuse!
March 2022: Salvaged materials for a fireplace and furniture
February 2022: Reuse inspiration for cabinet sets and single cabinets
February 2022: New uses for salvaged materials from Community Forklift
January 2022: Creative projects using materials from Community Forklift
December 2021: Salvaged Materials from Community Forklift get a new use
November 2021: Upcycling Projects using Community Forklift materials
October 2021: Projects created with salvage from Community Forklift
September 2021: Upcycling Projects Created with Salvaged Materials
August 2021: Creative Upcycling Projects Using Salvaged Stuff!


Would you like to share a project that you’ve completed using salvaged materials from Community Forklift? Send photos and a short description to outreach@CommunityForklift.org or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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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 modern and vintage secondhand appliances

Posted by on Apr 28, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage secondhand appliances

Appliances are 25% off April 29 – May 1!

This Friday through Sunday, April 29 – May 1, save 25% on appliances, including dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, washing machines, and dryers.  The discount includes both modern and vintage items and we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances. We also offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Please continue to wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online in 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 appliances or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or select specialty items. 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 Partner: Common Good City Farm

Posted by on Apr 27, 2022 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Forklifter Profiles, Gardening, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Community Partner: Common Good City Farm

Imagine an oasis in the heart of the city, free from the noise, asphalt, and stress of urban living. After a long day or week, you can sit under the shade of a fruit tree and decompress. And in this story, you are sitting in a chair provided by Community Forklift.

Located at 300 V St NW in Washington, D.C., Common Good City Farm (CGCF) is a half-acre urban farm that practices sustainability — both in sustainable urban agriculture and also in reuse. Since 2014, Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program has supplied CGCF with free resources for its farm maintenance and repair needs.

Our Community Building Blocks program provides free materials to local nonprofits for projects that benefit the community. CGCF has found many salvaged items at our warehouse including four outdoor chairs for the Fruit Orchard, bricks to create a raised-bed youth garden, cinder blocks, pavers, landscaping power tools, a planter, and more.

In addition to growing food for local residents and partnering with restaurants and small businesses, CGCF provides learning opportunities through workshops and programs. They offer free field trips to the farm to DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter schools where students can learn about hands-on farm work, planting, composting, vegetable harvesting, and insects and pollinators. CGCF also runs the LEAF (Learning for the Environment, Agriculture, and Food) Program, a free youth education program where kids can gain basic gardening skills, prepare meals, and eat.

If you’d like to support CGCF’s work (and have a nice dinner out at the same time!), you can visit for their “Night on the Farm” annual fundraiser. Tickets to the May 3rd event include food and cocktails highlighting farm produce! 

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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. 


Vintage photos: Summers of yore

Posted by on Apr 25, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog | 0 comments

Vintage photos: Summers of yore

Whenever I see vintage CorningWare dishes in the housewares section at Community Forklift, I’m instantly transported to dinnertime in Ohio in the 1980’s. The vintage items at the reuse warehouse come chock full of memories — and in the case of furniture, sometimes literally!

Dresser drawers, trunks, and even old fireplace mantels sometimes bring souvenirs of their previous lives with them to the reuse warehouse. These photos of some very summery pastimes were found in a vintage trunk. Check out some bygone bathing suit fashions, incredible hats, strolls in the park, and more in the gallery below!


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March 2021: Vintage Diet: “Dry Toast” and “Plenty of Steak”
June 2021: A Hidden Treasure Trove of History
April 2021: A Collection of History in More Ways Than One


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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. 

Earth Day: There is Grace

Posted by on Apr 22, 2022 in Blog, Green Living, Holidays and Long Weekends, News | 0 comments

Earth Day: There is Grace

Although I love a soap box as much as the next community advocate, I can’t get behind making my case based on some version of taking the moral high ground. That is not to say that individuals don’t bear some responsibility, or that I have given up on those who don’t seem to care as much as I do. What worries me is the notion that individual actions alone are the motor of change. This idea deeply appeals to our rugged individualist mentality, the poverty of our imagination, and the dearth of our experience in really working together.

We are too often lulled into a kind of complacency that “if I just do all the right things, in the right way, then I’ve done what is possible.” But that is a fallacy that unfortunately comes to stand in for the real change that is necessary to save our planet.

Our work needs to be a personal commitment to reimagining our collective relationship to each other and our environment as one organic unit. For ultimately that is our reality: one planet, one home, one human family. We must understand that we can only make the needed changes in cooperation with each other and by being accountable personally and socially. The past and present exploitation, oppression, and tyranny of inhuman social systems must be atoned for, amends made, and new paths forged.

Our work is creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable society together. We can start with extending grace: the act of offering kindness, compassion and good will with a fierce and tenacious passion for human regard, dignity, and justice. We need to cultivate the grace to treat our most important resource — the earth — the same way.

Nancy J. Meyer
Community Forklift CEO

Save 25% on furniture this Earth Day and weekend!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2022 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on furniture this Earth Day and weekend!

Friday – Sunday, April 22 – 24

Happy Earth Day! This Friday through Sunday, April 22 – 24, take 25% off modern and vintage furniture at the Community Forklift reuse warehouse and online in the Community Forklift Marketplace! Save on all sorts of styles and types of tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, chairs, sofas, and more. We offer five days of free storage after purchase to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse and courtyard. Thank you!

Our warehouse hours are 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. 

Kitchen cabinet sets, singles, and doors are 25% off this weekend!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2022 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Kitchen cabinet sets, singles, and doors are 25% off this weekend!

Save 25% on kitchen cabinet sets, singles, and doors April 16 & 17!

Renovating your kitchen and need a great set of cabinets for less than retail price? Need some extra storage in your basement, garage, laundry room, or workshop? This Saturday and Sunday, April 16 & 17, take 25% off the prices on cabinet sets, single cabinets, and cabinet doors at the reuse warehouse! We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

Cabinet sets and single cabinets aren’t just for kitchens, though the kitchens that use salvaged cabinets are certainly beautiful! Visit our blog and check out some of the cabinet-related projects that creative people have completed using materials from Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse.

A small selection of our cabinet sets are listed on our Community Forklift Marketplace. Browse the listings for photos, measurements, and other cabinet set information. To see all available cabinets, visit our reuse warehouse in person! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while at Community Forklift. Thank you!


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 kitchen cabinets or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, 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. 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.