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Save 25% on modern and vintage treasures storewide this holiday weekend!

Posted by on Jan 15, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage treasures storewide this holiday weekend!

25% off Storewide

Saturday, January 16 – Monday, January 18

Community Forklift will be open 12 – 5 pm every day over the holiday weekend! Stop in and save on modern & vintage furniture, architectural salvage, tile, appliances, kitchen cabinets, lighting, granite counters, tools, hardware, doors, windows, flooring, bathroom fixtures, items in our courtyard, and more.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include lumber, bricks and masonry, select specialty items, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or items from our consignment partners such as Treinarncation raw-edge slabs or Alco Appliances. 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. 

Save 25% on beautiful wall and floor tile!

Posted by on Jan 8, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on beautiful wall and floor tile!

Save 25% on tile January 9 & 10!

There are so many really great tiles available in the Community Forklift nonprofit reuse warehouse that it was difficult to choose which ones to picture in this blog post! There are a variety of interesting shapes, sizes, and patterns. Plus on Saturday, January 9, and Sunday, January 10, you can take 25% off the marked prices on wall and floor tile including ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 tile or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: tile discount applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Discount does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, select specialty items, items listed on eBay or Chairish, or items from our consignment partners. 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. 

Salvaged materials shine in this beautiful bathroom renovation

Posted by on Jan 4, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Salvaged materials shine in this beautiful bathroom renovation

Using salvaged materials in a renovation project is not only budget- and earth-friendly, but also eye-friendly as well! This bathroom in the home of Mariam d’Eustachio, Community Forklift’s Director of Administration, is a perfect example of how reused and upcycled materials can come together to create a high-end feel on a low-end budget. Can you tell which materials came from Community Forklift? Here’s a rundown:

vintage door and door hardware
vintage soap dish
 American Standard commercial sink and legs from 1928
high-end Portuguese ceramic wall tile
glass blocks for the window
vintage milk glass towel bar

Plus, the reclaimed heart pine for the shelves is from Brick + Board and the bench is upcycled deck seating!

“The design evolved around all of these reusable items we wanted to incorporate,” Mariam wrote in a blog post. “Not only is it a sustainable option to include reclaimed items in your renovations, but it is affordable. The quality of these older materials are not what you find in newer items made today, unless you are prepared to go for broke.”

Mariam has a few tips on how to incorporate salvaged materials into your renovation project.

1) Have an open mind. Instead of going into your project with a set-in-stone vision of how you want it to look, check reuse stores for what is available and let that inform and guide the direction of your design.

2) Be flexible and creative. When looking at salvaged materials, consider all of your options and figure out how you might use them in your room. Could salvaged flooring be made into shelves? Would a garden bench work in a bathroom?

3) Talk to your contractor about using salvaged materials. Some contractors won’t work with reused and upcycled materials, so look for a craftsman who is willing and experienced in doing so.

If you’ve got a repair or renovation in the works, give reuse a try! 

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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. 

Open the door to a new year and save 40% on doors this weekend!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Open the door to a new year and save 40% on doors this weekend!

Save 40% on doors this weekend, January 2 & 3!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’re closed New Year’s Day, January 1, but we’ll reopen for our regular hours of 12 to 5 pm on January 2! Take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors on both January 2 and 3. This includes interior and exterior doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames. We also offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to the situation. Please stay home if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here). Please maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 doors or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include doors with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass, 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 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. 

A bright New Year: Lighting is 25% off in January!

Posted by on Dec 31, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

A bright New Year: Lighting is 25% off in January!

For the entire month of January, take 25% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. The discount includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 lighting or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include light parts, electrical supplies, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online in our eBay or Chairish shops. 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. 

Save 25% on lighting & furniture this holiday weekend!

Posted by on Dec 25, 2020 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on lighting & furniture this holiday weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, December 26 & 27

Happy Holidays! Community Forklift is open from 12 to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, December 26 & 27. Visit our nonprofit reuse warehouse and save 25% on furniture and lighting both of those days! You can also shop for items that are in our warehouse by visiting the Community Forklift Marketplace.

There are so many unique light fixtures and furniture pieces available! Choose from modern and vintage chandeliers, glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lights, lamps, tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, filing cabinets, sofas, and more! Also, we offer five days of free storage for most items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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, lighting, 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. 

Community Forklift is a helpful reuse resource for small local businesses

Posted by on Dec 22, 2020 in Blog, Community Happenings, Customer Creations, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Community Forklift is a helpful reuse resource for small local businesses
Hair stylist Felipe Rettig used salvaged home improvement materials from Community Forklift to build a shed for his home-based hair salon, Open-Air Hair Care. Photo by Rick Reinhard.

Community Forklift provides free and low-cost home improvement materials to the community by diverting usable items from the landfill and redistributing them to people who need them. Small local businesses are integral parts of our communities and can also benefit from the salvaged items in our nonprofit reuse warehouse.

Small businesses have had to adapt a lot this year in response to the pandemic. Stylist Felipe Rettig cuts hair at his home in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC. During the summer months he uses his porch, but to accommodate clients during the winter he decided to build a heated shed in his backyard!

“I’ve built a lot of my house with [Community Forklift] salvage,” Felipe wrote in an email. When he embarked on this project for his business, salvaged items from our reuse warehouse also played a part in its construction as well. The shed now allows Felipe to cut customers’ hair in a well-ventilated but comfortable space outside his home.

Check out Open-Air Hair Care online for Felipe’s business location and hours and to make an appointment. You can also read more about the construction of his new shed at Washingtonian.com.

If you know of any small businesses that might need low-cost building materials, please let them know about our nonprofit reuse warehouse, open every day from 12 to 5 pm! Non-profit organizations can also apply for grants of free materials for community projects through our Community Building Blocks Program.

For more stories of small businesses using Community Forklift Materials, check out this blog post on the opening of the La Coop Coffeehouse and our Instagram post on Franklins Brewery‘s dining room partitions!

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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 40% on fabulous vintage and modern bathroom fixtures this weekend!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 40% on fabulous vintage and modern bathroom fixtures this weekend!

December 19 & 20

Save 40% on modern and vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, medicine cabinets, and more! If you find the perfect clawfoot tub for your vintage bathroom but it won’t fit on your bike, we offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 bathroom fixtures or other items but will have difficulty paying for them, please visit our website to learn more and apply!


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.

Meet 3 of the 189 households we’ve helped this year in the Home Essentials Program!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs | 0 comments

Meet 3 of the 189 households we’ve helped this year in the Home Essentials Program!

This year has been a challenging one and Community Forklift has been there as an essential business that serves the most vulnerable affected by the pandemic. Through the Home Essentials Program (HELP), we’ve distributed $46,499.71 in materials to 567 people in 189 households. This program provides free building materials, fixtures, appliances, and furniture to our neighbors in need.

One of these households, a family of 7, were forced to move out of their rental unit. Fortunately they were able to acquire a mobile home, though it had been vacant and left in poor condition. The home was in dire need of repairs due to a major leak that caused extensive damage to the subflooring. The family was able to fix the subflooring but didn’t have enough money to complete the floor. Through Community Forklift’s Home Essentials Program, they received vinyl flooring for the living room and dining area, and surplus carpet for children’s bedrooms.


Home Essentials Program 2020 Figures at-a-glance

  • $46,499.71 in materials distributed
  • 189 households received grants
  • 567 people benefited

(As of December 8)


In addition to helping families obtain free home improvement supplies, Community Forklift also provides home appliances to families in need. We recently worked with Ms. W, a single mother of two living in public housing with a broken washing machine and no dryer. Community Forklift provided this family with these appliances after Ms. W put in a request in order to keep her family “safe and healthy with clean clothes to wear during COVID-19”. Almost daily since she received them, Ms. W has been sending us positive messages to express her gratitude.

There is currently a nation-wide shortage in appliances due to the pandemic and that has affected Community Forklift’s supply as well. Stories like Ms. W’s are why appliance donations to Community Forklift are important now more than ever! If you have an appliance you could donate, visit our website for donation guidelines and information.

“I’m very grateful for your services, thank you again.”

Ms. A, Home Essentials Program client who received a refrigerator

We also assisted Ms. A, a 62-year-old senior and Prince George’s County resident who has been on dialysis and recently lost her husband. When her refrigerator broke, she had to use a cooler to keep her food fresh. Ms. A was very thankful when Community Forklift was able to provide her with a working refrigerator.

“I received the refrigerator and I’m so very grateful,” Ms. A said. “The one that [Community Forklift] sent is working properly — it’s freezing properly and the refrigerator portion is working properly so thank you again. I’m very grateful for your services, thank you again.”

In a time when social distancing and staying home is so important, Community Forklift has helped ensure that these people’s homes are a comfortable and safe place to stay. We look forward to helping more neighbors in the New Year and you can help us with that goal by making a tax-deductible donation to Community Forklift today. Thank you for your support!

Save 25% on beautiful and unique lighting of all different styles!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on beautiful and unique lighting of all different styles!

December 11 – 13

This Friday through Sunday, take 25% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. There are so many beautiful and interesting light fixtures from many different decades here in the warehouse! The discount includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 lighting or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include light parts, electrical supplies, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online in our eBay or Chairish shops. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

***

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.