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April Sale: 25% off Appliances

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Community Giving Programs, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

April Sale: 25% off Appliances

Save 25% on Appliances

We are committed to staying open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to provide low-cost home essentials for those in our community who need them. For the entire month of April, take 25% off appliances with orange and blue tags, including dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, wash machines, and dryers. The sale includes both modern and vintage items and we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances.

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).

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If you or someone you know needs appliances or other home repair supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please look into our Home Essentials Program. Spread the word!

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Please note: this sale does NOT include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed online, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales 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. 

“You and your office personnel and heavy lifters are superb human beings.”

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Fundraising | 0 comments

“You and your office personnel and heavy lifters are superb human beings.”

Responses like this are one reason why Community Forklift is staying open during the COVID-19 situation as long as it safe to do so. Community Forklift provided this Maryland Senior Citizen with a working refrigerator, one of the many basic home necessities unavailable to hundreds of people in our area. Our work will help these neighbors live independently in their homes, both during a period of self-isolation and after.

As a non-profit and small business, we are doing our best to provide essential services to our community during this uncertain time. If you’d like to help support our mission, please consider making a financial contribution, shopping online, or buying a gift card. Every little bit helps.

If you’ve already contributed, shopped, or purchased a gift card, thank you so much for your support!

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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 free and low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Spring for Poetry in Takoma Park

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Spring for Poetry in Takoma Park

When you’re walking around Takoma Park, keep an eye out for these fun free little libraries and framed poetry posters!

The Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library (FTPML) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that supports and sponsors library activities that encourage reading and learning. In 2019, our Community Building Blocks program supplied FTPML with free lumber and supplies for two of its many community projects!

The first project involves building and installing free little libraries near bus stops, parks, and other public locations. The second project involves creating wooden frames for Spring for Poetry. A collaboration between the FTPML and the Montgomery College School of Art and Design, Spring for Poetry involves graphic arts students designing posters of poems that are then installed throughout Takoma Park.

Earlier this year, we received a message from Walter Mulbry, FTPML Treasurer:

“This is just a short note to thank you for last year’s grant. The grant awarded to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library allowed me to obtain lumber and supplies for constructing five little free libraries and for making new frames for about 20 laminated posters for our city’s Spring for Poetry program. It was a great help!”

Mr. Mulbry also explained that the frames will be reused every year when FTPML installs a new batch of 20 posters. The 2020 set of posters will be a selection of some of the favorite posters from previous years. He adds, “My modest contribution has been to make new frames using sections of trex decking from Forklift.”

In addition to the little library and Spring for Poetry programs, FTPML also runs book clubs, poetry readings, learning and craft activities, author visits, book sales, an after-hours book drop box, books for an after-school program at the New Hampshire Recreation Avenue Center, and more.

If you’d like to help Community Forklift support more great projects like this, shop in our online store or in our warehouse, or make a donation. All proceeds from sales help Community Forklift 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 free or low-cost building supplies to the community, and creating local green jobs.

25% off items on eBay!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

25% off items on eBay!

Our warehouse may have limited hours, but Community Forklift’s online stores are open 24 hours a day! Browse thousands of new and vintage items, from appliances and art to tile and tools. We have shipping and low-contact loading-dock pickup available. Visit our eBay, Marketplace, or Chairish stores today!

Visit eBay, Marketplace, and Chairish to see these items plus appliances, hardware, electronics, tools, art, plumbing, and more!

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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 adjusting its hours of operation

Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Community Forklift adjusting its hours of operation

Store hours will be announced on a week-by-week basis

Today Governor Hogan closed all non-essential businesses in the state of Maryland. As an essential provider of low-cost home repair materials, Community Forklift plans to remain open for limited hours to serve the community. Store hours will be posted on our website on a week-by-week basis.

HOURS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 23
Monday, March 23: 9am to 7pm
Tuesday-Friday, March 24-27: 12 to 2pm
Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29: To be announced

DONATIONS
We will still be accepting donations at our nonprofit reuse warehouse during the hours it is open. Please do NOT leave donations outside our warehouse when we are closed. Donation pick-ups have been temporarily suspended.

HOME ESSENTIALS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING BLOCKS PROGRAMS
Both the Home Essentials and Community Building Blocks programs will continue to operate. Visit the warehouse while it is open in order to pick up your materials. If you are a grant recipient and are not feeling well, please call our program manager to reschedule your appointments.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS
We will continue to take CDC-recommended COVID-19 precautions. Please do NOT enter the warehouse if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here).

Community members depend on us for everyday needs and as a small business and non-profit we are doing our best to provide these services. Please be patient when expecting answers to questions by phone, email, or social media. As always, thank you for your support. We are so proud to be a part of this community.

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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. 

Garden Party cancelled

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Gardening, News | 0 comments

Garden Party cancelled

At Community Forklift, your well-being is always our first priority. Following directives from the CDC and state and local governments to cancel events drawing large crowds, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 11th Annual Spring Garden Party. While it’s disappointing to miss out on this beloved annual event, the cancellation is necessary to protect the health and safety of the community.

We do, however, want to continue supplying our neighbors with low-cost garden tools, pots, and other gardening essentials. In order to avoid the crowds associated with an event, we will begin gradually releasing these materials for sale starting Saturday, March 21 at 9am and continuing until everything is sold. We will monitor the number of people in the store and institute staggered entry if needed to avoid crowding.

We aim to serve our community by staying open as a resource for low-cost home repair essentials and will continue to watch the COVID-19 situation for developments. Visit our blog to read how we are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and local authorities and working to ensure a safe experience for our community.

Thank you for your continued support of Community Forklift and other non-profits and small businesses!

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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse. Community Forklift turns 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. 

Shop online and have new and vintage materials delivered to you at home

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, online sales, Sales | 0 comments

Shop online and have new and vintage materials delivered to you at home

Community Forklift’s mission is to lift up local communities by making home repairs affordable, reducing waste, and creating green jobs. Get what you need and help a good cause by shopping online in our eBay, Marketplace, or Chairish stores. You can browse hundreds of items and have them delivered to your home. Check out some of our finds below!

Architectural Salvage

Hardware

Lighting

And more!

Visit eBay, Marketplace, and Chairish to see these items plus appliances, furniture, electronics, tools, art, gifts, and more!

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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse. Community Forklift turns 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. 

Weekend Flash Sale: save 40% on furniture

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Weekend Flash Sale: save 40% on furniture

Save 40% on modern and vintage furniture

From 9am to 7pm this Saturday and Sunday (March 14 & 15), take 40% off modern and vintage furniture. Save on tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, file cabinets, and more! 

Please note: this flash sale does not include built-in cabinetry like bathroom vanities or kitchen cabinets; mantels; appliances; select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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Flash Sale: 40% off Doors and Windows

Now through March 15, take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors. 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. Also, take 40% off the marked prices on windows and window sashes!

Please note: this flash sale does NOT include doors or windows with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass. Flash sales do not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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March Sale: 25% off lighting

During the month of March, take 25% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers! The sale includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps. We’ve got a large selection of sizes and styles, so come in to our nonprofit reuse warehouse any day between 9am and 7pm and take a look!

Please note: this sale does not include light parts or electrical supplies. Flash sales do not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales 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. 

Planting Seeds for Success at Langley Elementary School

Posted by on Mar 12, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Gardening, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Planting Seeds for Success at Langley Elementary School

Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program provided an elementary school in DC’s Ward 5 with free materials and gardening supplies for its new educational garden!

Langley Elementary School is a Title 1 School in which 13% of the students are homeless, 59% are considered “at-risk,” and 30% are special education students. Last year, the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) created a large garden at the school that offers students hands-on lessons on growing and preparing food.

We interviewed PTA Vice President Dawn to find out more:

What inspires you about working with Langley Elementary School’s PTA and the school garden?

Langley Elementary School faces the challenge of educating some very needy children and meets it with unyielding love and dedication. Serving on the PTA has been a life-changing experience for me because I’ve learned that, especially in the urban environment, you must build a village – looking out not only for your own children but for all the children and their families. I’m inspired by the other parents and members of the PTA who do this selfless work – which results in real, tangible, meaningful rewards for the whole community.

Rebuilding Langley’s garden has been a wonderful, and at times overwhelming, adventure. Last January, it was an empty mud pit with tons of potential. Now, it’s a gathering space for community events, an open air classroom, a safe place for kids to play, climb, dig, learn and imagine. I can’t think of a more worthy project, because this one gives back tenfold in the forms of learning opportunities, a cool and fragrant respite in the hot, noisy city and of course, nutritious food for the community to enjoy.

How does the Community Forklift grant help you do your work with the school garden?

We raised some money for the garden rebuild, but it certainly didn’t come easy. We spent every last dollar on the essentials – the raised beds, irrigation system, some professional landscaping, a shed. There was no room in the budget for frills. The grant from Community Forklift helped me get some frills. I think the bulk of our grant went to small things – baskets, buckets, basins, a sprinkler, small chalkboards, some tools. These things can really add up, so it was great to go “shopping” at Community Forklift and discover all these items I never knew I needed.

What Community Forklift materials were used in the garden?

Our raised beds are laid out in a beautiful starburst configuration. In the center of the starburst is a green bean teepee that really is the main focal point of the whole space, it being the tallest structure. In the warm months it is totally covered in vining plants and enormous sunflowers. The kids can go inside to cool off in the shade, and snack on some fresh beans while there. I built the teepee out of PVC pipes from Community Forklift. It’s the simplest thing, but makes the biggest impact.

I found a short table and small sink at Community Forklift and they fit together perfectly. I threaded a hose through the sink and we had a hand-washing station!

We found some interesting shelves at Community Forklift that wound up being an excellent place to store the kid-safe shovels.

We also got some doors and cement objects that we are looking forward to finding a purpose for before spring. Most likely, we’ll turn the doors into signage and use the cinder-block-like things for planters.

How do teachers, students, and parents benefit from the garden?

As the person responsible for this project, I can’t describe the joy I’ve experienced seeing it well-used and loved. When the weather is warm, kids walk right in and take off their shoes – which every city dweller knows is the rarest of treats. I once arrived at the garden to find a teacher meditating there during her break. There was a little girl, whose mom swore she’d never eat a vegetable, who picked the beans off the teepee and relished them raw. Parents meet in the garden after pick-up to chat in the relaxing green space while their kids play. It is the ideal setting for the development of the “village,” that I believe is so vital for raising healthy, happy children.

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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 COVID-19 Updates

Posted by on Mar 12, 2020 in Billboard, Blog, News | 0 comments

Community Forklift COVID-19 Updates

April 3, 2020

You’ve probably heard that COVID-19 has been hard for small businesses and non-profits and as both of these things Community Forklift is no exception. Last Monday, with the Maryland Governor’s order to close businesses to protect public health, we made the decision to severely reduce our store hours. As the main source of free and low-cost essential home repair supplies for many in our community, we want to ensure the safety of our staff and customers but also remain open to provide this service.

The saddest part of this situation is that for the first time in Community Forklift history, we had to lay off a significant number of our amazing staff. Part of our mission is to create good green jobs and our staff is family, but we are primarily self-funded and the pandemic-related decrease in sales gave us no other choice. We are applying for disaster relief and — if funded — we hope to hire back some staff.

Community Forklift and the green economy need your support now more than ever. Here’s how you can help!

SHOP ONLINE – EBAY LISTINGS ARE 25% OFF!
Community Forklift online stores are open 24 hours a day. Browse thousands of new and vintage items, from appliances and art to tile and tools. We have shipping and no-contact “loading-dock-side” pickup available!

SHOP IN OUR WAREHOUSE
If you’re in urgent need of home improvement supplies, visit our nonprofit reuse warehouse and get them for less than retail. Until further notice, our warehouse hours will be 12 – 3 pm Monday through Friday and 12 – 4 pm Saturday & Sunday. We need to liquidate as much of our product as possible so stay tuned for some amazing deals. Visit our website and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for the latest news.

MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donations to us are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. Every little bit will help us fulfill our mission to promote reuse and provide free and low-cost home essentials for our community. Visit our website for more information.

BUY A GIFT CARD
Getting a gift card now will provide us with funds that we need to stay open and continue supporting the community.

BE PATIENT
Please be patient with us in the warehouse and while waiting for responses to messages and questions. We are operating with a skeleton crew and are doing our best to get to you!

We hope that with your help, we can welcome back our staff to the warehouse and reopen even stronger! Forklift Strong! Thank you for your continued support and for being a part of the Forklift Community.


March 23, 2020

Today Governor Hogan closed all non-essential businesses in the state of Maryland. As an essential provider of low-cost home repair materials, Community Forklift plans to remain open for limited hours to serve the community. Store hours will be posted on our website on a week-by-week basis.

HOURS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 23
Monday, March 23: 9am to 7pm
Tuesday-Friday, March 24-27: 12 to 2pm
Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29: 12 to 4pm

DONATIONS
We will still be accepting donations at our nonprofit reuse warehouse during the hours it is open. Please do NOT leave donations outside our warehouse when we are closed. Donation pick-ups have been temporarily suspended.

HOME ESSENTIALS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING BLOCKS PROGRAMS
Both the Home Essentials and Community Building Blocks programs will continue to operate. Visit the warehouse while it is open in order to pick up your materials. If you are a grant recipient and are not feeling well, please call our program manager to reschedule your appointments.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS
We will continue to take CDC-recommended COVID-19 precautions. Please do NOT enter the warehouse if you are sick or at a high risk of getting very sick (learn what to do if you are sick here).

Community members depend on us for everyday needs and as a small business and non-profit we are doing our best to provide these services. Please be patient when expecting answers to questions by phone, email, or social media. As always, thank you for your support. We are so proud to be a part of this community.


March 20, 2020

To avoid attracting a large crowd, Community Forklift has cancelled our annual garden party and will instead gradually release garden materials for sale beginning March 21 at 9am. Visit our blog to find out more.


March 16, 2020

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a community resource as long as it is safe to do so. 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). Read on to learn how we are addressing health authorities’ recommendations.

Social Distancing: our 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse provides ample room to keep a 6-ft distance from one another. There are not typically large numbers of people in the building.

Wash Your Hands: a regularly disinfected sink is available in our restroom for hand washing. We also have hand-sanitizing stations available and an ample supply of hand sanitizer.

Clean and Disinfect: we are regularly disinfecting often-touched items in the warehouse including doorknobs, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Employee Health: Community Forklift employees have always had generous healthcare benefits and paid sick leave. We are requiring employees to stay home if they are sick.

We are aware that community members depend on us for everyday needs and that our employees depend on us for paychecks and healthcare. This is a difficult situation for everyone and as a small business and non-profit we are doing our best to provide these services to our community and employees. If you’d like to help support our mission remotely, please consider shopping online or buying a gift card. Thank you!


March 12, 2020

At Community Forklift, your well-being is always our first priority. We aim to serve by staying open as a community resource and will continue to monitor the situation for any new developments. We will make announcements via our website and social media and have taken steps to increase safety and cleanliness in our warehouse.

Community Forklift has always provided health insurance and generous paid time off to our staff and we have encouraged them to stay home if they are not feeling well. This continues to be a priority as we care about the health of our employees and the safety of our community.

We are taking precautions around the warehouse to wipe down and disinfect touch points, carts, and cash registers, and have installed additional hand sanitizing stations. We have temporarily discontinued our free coffee service.

Home Essentials grant recipients and the most vulnerable among us may be hard-hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 response. Access to Home Essentials and Community Building Blocks programs will still be available. However, if you are a grant recipient and are not feeling well, please call our program manager and reschedule your appointments for a later date.

Community Forklift will continue to accept donations in our well-ventilated warehouse. Our trucks will run our free pick-up service as scheduled. You can shop at our nonprofit reuse center or visit us online and shop our eBay, Chairish, or Community Forklift Marketplace stores.

We thank you for your support and are proud to serve the residents of Prince George’s County and the DC Metropolitan area.