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Storewide Discount! Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage materials

Posted by on Nov 25, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Storewide Discount! Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage materials

25% off Storewide

Friday – Sunday, November 26 – 28

Visit Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse this Friday, November 26, through Sunday, November 28, and save 25% 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.

Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in Community Forklift. 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 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. 

Donor Spotlight: Arlington Home Interiors

Posted by on Nov 22, 2021 in Blog, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles, Forklifter Profiles | 0 comments

Donor Spotlight: Arlington Home Interiors

November 22, 2021

Thanks to our corporate and individual donors, Community Forklift can provide free and low-cost home essentials and building materials to the community while creating good green local jobs. By contributing materials to our reuse warehouse, donors not only provide for the community but also help conserve natural resources, reduce waste, and keep useable materials out of the landfill.

One of these generous donors is Arlington Home Interiors, a full-service interior design studio serving Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC, metro area as well as the Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware Beaches.

“Community Forklift is an extraordinary organization and we’re grateful to have such a resource,” Suzanne Manlove, CEO and Principal Designer at Arlington Home Interiors, said. “The furnishings industry is starting to incorporate sustainable practices but there’s a lot of work. We strive to do whatever we can to reduce waste. We’ve worked with several clients to give their used appliances and building materials a second life by working with the amazing Community Forklift team.”

Founded in 2007, Arlington Home Interiors’ mission is to “provide fresh, casually elegant living spaces for today’s modern families.” They also prove their commitment to the environment by regularly recommending Community Forklift to their clients for donations of their unneeded gently-used appliances, fixtures, furnishings, and building materials.

“Suzanne, Mark, and the Arlington Home Interiors team have been great supporters of reuse and Community Forklift,” CEO Nancy J. Meyer said. “By recommending us to their clients, we’ve been able to salvage some great materials that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. Thank you for being great donors and cheerleaders for our mission to lift up our community through reuse!”

Recent projects completed by Arlington Home Interiors.

The recent donations of kitchen cabinets, appliances, and furniture facilitated by Arlington Home Interiors will go a long way in helping our community. The materials we receive are distributed for free to households with limited incomes through our Home Essentials Program, donated to other nonprofit groups for projects that benefit the community through our Community Building Blocks program, or sold at below-market prices to people in the area who need them at our nonprofit reuse warehouse in Hyattsville, MD. Funds from these sale of these materials support our community giving programs, the operation of the reuse warehouse, and the 30+ local green jobs we create.

To learn more about donating materials or funds to Community Forklift, visit our website or contact our Donations Team at Donations@CommunityForklift.org or (301) 985-5180. Thank you for the 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 low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Save 25% on appliances this weekend!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on appliances this weekend!

25% off appliances!

This Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21, take 25% off 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. 

Say no to Fast Furniture

Posted by on Nov 18, 2021 in Blog, Green Living | 0 comments

Check out all of this slow furniture in our reuse warehouse!

Fast furniture: zooming down the highway at 75 mph in the back of a moving truck. Just kidding. The term fast furniture refers to furniture built quickly and cheaply with materials that are not meant to last. The fast furniture phenomenon causes problems for the environment and reuse in a number of ways:

WASTEFUL. The idea of fast furniture is in itself wasteful: cheaply-made, trend-driven pieces that are not meant to be used for a long period of time. According to the EPA, Americans threw out over 12 million tons of furniture in 2018. That’s compared to around 2.2 million tons in 1960!

DIFFICULT TO RECYCLE. Fast furniture uses a variety of materials in its construction. Some of the materials are recyclable and some are not, so the furniture more often goes to the landfill. In 2018, that amounted to over 9.5 million tons of trash.

EASY TO DAMAGE. The cheap materials used to construct fast furniture are not durable. Particle board and MDF are both susceptible to water damage (they will swell up and warp when wet), the veneer can easily chip, and the furniture can loosen over time because the materials don’t hold screws well.

DIFFICULT TO REPAIR. When the veneers chip or pieces break, the furniture is difficult to repair because the MDF or particle board will not stain or match the grain pattern of the veneer.

CONTAIN CHEMICALS. Both MDF and particle board contain chemicals including formaldehyde, which can cause cancer and other health problems.

Remember that “the greenest object is one that already exists!” By choosing a salvaged piece from a reuse warehouse, you’re saving the destruction of natural resources needed to make another and saving the energy needed to transport and process those resources into building materials.

If you must buy a newly-made piece of furniture, choose pieces built to last with sustainable materials. Then when you’re finished with your furniture you can donate your still-functional piece to a reuse warehouse and help its next owner avoid buying new.

Thank you for choosing slow furniture and supporting your hometown reuse warehouse and the green economy!

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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% storewide this Saturday and Sunday!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, online sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% storewide this Saturday and Sunday!

25% off Storewide

Saturday & Sunday, November 13 & 14

Stop in to Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse this weekend and save 25% 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.

Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in Community Forklift. 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 supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


These awesome matching multiples of dressers and accent tables are just some examples of the salvaged furniture at the reuse warehouse right now.

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 salvaged modern and vintage lighting this weekend!

Posted by on Nov 5, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage lighting this weekend!

November 6 & 7

This Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7, take 25% off the price 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.

Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. 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 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. 

Before & After: Upcycling projects using Community Forklift materials

Posted by on Nov 1, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Before & After: Upcycling projects using Community Forklift materials

This renovated living room features a faux fireplace created using architectural salvage from Community Forklift! The mantel, mirror, tile, artwork, grate, and more are all salvaged pieces from the reuse warehouse. Visit the blog post for more info on the project!


This quarantine project is a stunner! Forklift Fans created this backyard building using salvaged windows, doors, and shutters from Community Forklift! This storybook shed serves as a playhouse for their toddlers and a photo studio. Thanks for using salvaged materials in your project and supporting Community Forklift!


Check out this awesome coffee table created with Treincarnation live edge lumber from Community Forklift! The box design, corner detail, and butterfly joints are stellar. Thanks to a Forklift Fan for sharing their awesome project and for supporting reuse and Community Forklift!


A window from Community Forklift makes an awesome upcycled frame for a canvas print! From a Forklift Fan: “This huge seeded glass old window became a faux window photo frame. It was white originally (I think), and we did a few layers of paint, including a crackle finish. The photo is one I took from the real window of that very same room.” Thanks for sharing your creative project and supporting reuse!


Check out this salvaged sideboard! A couple of Forklift Fans upcycled this piece and gave it a light new look. Thanks for supporting Community Forklift and helping conserve natural resources and reduce landfill waste!


Thanks to a Forklift Fan for sharing the project she completed using salvaged shutters from Community Forklift! She wrote: “Do you know how expensive massive, custom size shutters are?!? I didn’t either (we’re talking thousands just for the first level, random-size windows). So you can imagine my surprise and delight when I found the perfect size shutters at my favorite salvage warehouse Community Forklift! With a little elbow grease, a power washer, and a paint sprayer, I got the exact shutters that would have cost me 5K for under $100!” Thanks for supporting reuse and Community Forklift!


Check out the transformation of this corner hutch using paint from Community Forklift! A Forklift Fan used oops paint and eco-friendly recycled Amazon Select Paint to give this cabinet a creative new finish. Thanks for using salvaged materials and sharing your project! If you’d like to learn more about Amazon Select Paint, visit our website or check out some of the colors on the Community Forklift Marketplace.


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August 2020: Reuse in the Great Outdoors!


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 doors in November!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2021 in Blog, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage doors in November!

25% off doors in November!

Take 25% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors November 1 – 30! 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 after purchase to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

Please wear a face mask 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 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. 

Save 25% on some awesome salvaged tile this weekend!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on some awesome salvaged tile this weekend!

Tile is 25% off October 30 & 31!

There are so many beautiful styles of wall and floor tile available in the Community Forklift nonprofit reuse warehouse. Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31, take 25% off the marked prices on ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile!

Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose when visiting Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday from 12 to 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. 

Luxury in the Warehouse: furniture by contemporary designer Jonathan Adler

Posted by on Oct 28, 2021 in Blog, Just arrived, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Luxury in the Warehouse: furniture by contemporary designer Jonathan Adler

Community Forklift recently received some beautiful luxury furniture pieces by contemporary designer Jonathan Adler. A potter and interior decorator, Adler began his home interiors business in 1998 with a boutique in Soho, Manhattan.

His designs are inspired by Mid-Century Modern style and contemporary art and pop culture. Adler has handled the interior decoration of several projects including the Parker Palm Springs Hotel, Abingdon House on the High Line in New York City, and Eau Palm Beach. He also speaks at home interior industry events and design museums and has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and other programs.

Some of the pieces we received have already sold, but we do still have some available for sale at a fraction of their retail prices. Check out the collection below and visit the Community Forklift Marketplace for more information! To see the pieces in person, visit the reuse warehouse any day between 12 and 5 pm.


X Benches

These accent bench seats are covered in light blue velvet from the cushions to the legs. Dimensions: 17″ High x 20″ Wide x 20″ Deep. More info and photos are on the Community Forklift Marketplace.
Original Retail Price: $795 each. Community Forklift Price: $295 each.


‘Rider’ Coffee Table

This coffee table  is inspired by French Empire style and features a white and gray marble top in three pieces on a black metal frame with slim, x-shaped legs. Dimensions: 15″ High x 42″ Wide x 20″ Deep. More info and photos are on the Community Forklift Marketplace.
Original Retail Price: Jonathan Adler coffee tables retail for $1,000 to $2,000. Community Forklift Price: $325.


‘Milano’ Wing Chair

This light blue velvet, sculptural ‘Milano’ wing chair has a low-slung profile combined with a high back cinched in toward the seat and mid century styled peg legs. Dimensions: 43.5″ High x 29″ Wide x 34″ Deep; seat height is approximately 14-15″ (sits back fairly low). More info and photos are on the Community Forklift Marketplace.
Original Retail Price: $2,350. Community Forklift Price: $625.


Set of 3 ‘Rider’ Counter Stools

This set of three ‘Rider’ counter stools are upholstered in ‘peacock’ blue Rialto 100% cotton velvet and have slim, black metal legs with antique brass finished rosettes, x-stretchers, and brass-tipped feet. Dimensions: 40.5″ High x 16.5″ Wide x 30″ Deep; seat height is approximately 25″. More info and photos are on the Community Forklift Marketplace.
Original Retail Price: $3,150 for 3. Community Forklift Price: $950 for 3.


‘Danner’ Loveseat

This light blue loveseat is upholstered in a light blue and white flecked, nubby tweed fabric identified on the custom label as ‘Aberdeen Cloud’ and features simple straight lines with arms the same height as the back. Dimensions: 30″ High x 74.5″ Wide x 32″ Deep; seat height is approximately 17″. More info and photos are on the Community Forklift Marketplace.
Original Retail Price: $3,495. Community Forklift Price: $1,250.

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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.