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Save on granite counters, farm sinks, & more

Posted by on Mar 23, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Gardening, Parties at Community Forklift, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save on granite counters, farm sinks, & more

Starting this weekend,

items in our courtyard are 50% off

Our huge Garden Party is coming up next month, and we need to make room in our courtyard for all the bands, plant sales, gardening exhibits, and delicious food. So, from now through March 31st, almost everything in the courtyard is half off!

Save on granite & marble counters, vintage cast iron sinks & tubs, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, fencing, exterior wood & composite, and more! Keep scrolling for a sample of what’s on sale…

Please note: The sale does not include bricks or masonry, items inside the warehouse, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.

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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.

Three Day Tile Sale!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Blog, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Three Day Tile Sale!

You may think of Community Forklift as a place to get vintage furniture, reclaimed lumber, and supplies for restoring old houses. That’s true – but we receive a lot of brand-new surplus materials too.

For example, we have boxes and pallets of tile right now, including some cool modern styles. Even better: they’re on sale right now!

TILE IS 40% OFF

March 19th – 21st, 2019

This Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, take 40% off the marked prices on boxes and bundles of tile, including ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile. 

The midweek flash sale only applies to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Sale does not include other types of flooring; select specialty items, items listed online, or items from our consignment partners. May not be combined with other sales.

Visit us online for vintage tile

Perhaps you don’t need a whole pallet of modern tile, but you need a few old tiles to repair an old bathroom. Did you know that we sell certain unusual items online, including vintage bathroom tiles? Check out our Marketplace and eBay store, and browse designer furniture & decor on our Chairish page.

(Please note: flash sales DO NOT apply to items listed online. But you’ll find a nice variety of exciting vintage pieces, as well as great deals on commercial items, new-in-box faucets, and more) .

Photo of four colors of twentieth century bathroom tiles
With colorful bathrooms coming back in style, it might be smart to repair your old tile instead of redoing the whole room.  Check out the many vintage colors we have online!

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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 historic materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.

We’re having a storewide sale!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

We’re having a storewide sale!

25% off Storewide

Save on modern and vintage items throughout the warehouse

This Saturday, March 16th & Sunday, March 17th, take 25% off items with blue or orange tags, including tile, granite, tools, cabinets, appliances, windows, shutters, doors, mantels, sinks, lighting, architectural salvage, vintage furniture, and much, much more. Keep scrolling for photos of a few of the items in stock right now.

Sale does not include select specialty items, items sold online, or items from our consignment partners (Amazon Paint, Alco Appliances, Salvage Arts antique lights, Treincarnation slabs, etc), . Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other sales and promotions.

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Remember, every time you donate or shop at the ‘Lift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse. Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream – by keeping perfectly good stuff out of the landfill, preserving historic materials, providing low-cost building supplies, supporting neighbors in need, and creating green jobs and economic opportunities.

Many appliances are included in the sale
We have hundreds and doors and windows
Here’s an unusual find: we’ve got several new/surplus soaker tubs right now

The weekend sale also includes vanities, and granite and marble countertops
We’ve got all sorts of trim for DIY and creative projects
We just got a truckload of surplus carpet in a variety of colors and patterns.
As always, we have plenty of eclectic furniture and vintage decor!

We need garden tools & patio furniture

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Donation Development, Events, Gardening, Parties at Community Forklift | 0 comments

We need garden tools & patio furniture

Cleaning out your shed, or refreshing your lawn & garden supplies for the coming season? Please consider donating your gently-used tools, decor, and outdoor furniture to the ‘Lift!

We’re busy collecting donations to get ready for our 10th Annual Garden Party & Spring Fundraiser. It’s coming up on April 6th, but we need time to process and organize the donated items beforehand, so please bring us your garden supplies soon.

It’s easy to donate

  • patio and porch furniture
  • lawn and garden supplies in working condition (hand tools, hoses, power tools, & mowers)
  • decorative and landscaping items (pottery, birdbaths, arbors, lighting, edging, brick, & stone).

You can drop off donations at our warehouse seven days a week, from 9 am to 6:30 pm. We also offer a free pick up service – just visit our donations page to get more info or request a pickup.

Other ways to help your favorite reuse nonprofit

Don’t have anything to donate for our Garden Party? You can still help the cause!

  • Please share this message with your friends, coworkers, neighborhood groups, and landscaping pros to encourage them to donate their gently-used garden supplies.
  • Or, sign up for a volunteer shift – we will need lots of help to get ready, and to setup and cleanup on April 6th.

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The Garden Party is the Forklift’s biggest fundraiser each year! Proceeds support our work to turn the construction waste stream into resources for the DC metro region. Your donations will help us create green jobs for people with barriers to employment; reduce waste; educate the public about reuse; and provide free supplies to neighbors in need, local nonprofits, and community gardens.

Midweek Cabinet Sale!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Midweek Cabinet Sale!

This Wednesday & Thursday

cabinets are 40% off

On March 13 & 14, 2019, take 40% off the orange and blue tags on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors.

Remember, we offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky items – so if you buy a set during the sale, you’ll have time to rent a truck to pick your cabinets up.

We’ve got a ton of cabinets sets right now, in a wide variety of popular styles!

Please note: Sale does not include bathroom cabinets; work benches or tool stands; 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 Groupons or any other sales or promotions.

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Plus, save on items in our courtyard during our March Sale

Including stone countertops & vintage cast iron sinks!

Throughout March 2019, take 25% off items in our courtyard, including: granite & marble counters, antique farm sinks, wall-mount sinks, vintage tubs, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, and more. Visit soon for the best selection.

Bree (creator of Capitol Romance) and husband Andy Ryback used a vintage sink from the ‘Lift for their cool little bathroom (Photo from Apartment Therapy)

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Community Forklift’s
10th Annual Garden Party

& Spring Fundraiser

Saturday, April 6th |  10AM – 3PM

Our Annual Garden Party is a fun-filled event with a ton of landscaping and garden supplies; gardening demonstrations, experts, and vendors; activities for kids; live bands; and local food. There will also be prizes for people and pets dressed in garden party finery – get all the details here

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Every time you donate or shop at the ‘Lift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse. Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream – by keeping perfectly good stuff out of the landfill, preserving historic materials, providing low-cost building supplies, supporting neighbors in need, and creating green jobs and economic opportunities.

Work with us

Posted by on Mar 9, 2019 in Blog, Green Jobs and Job Creation, News | 0 comments

Work with us

Ever thought about working at your favorite reuse warehouse? If you love the ‘Lift, your community, and green business, we may have the job for you!

Community Forklift is currently hiring for full and part-time positions:

Donations Logistics Coordinator

We’re seeking a full-time person who will be primarily responsible for managing donor relations and the logistics of residential and organizational donation pickups. We need someone with excellent record-keeping abilities and strong customer service skills. The ideal candidate will also have prior experience as a commercial driver (CDL not required)!

Community Builders

We’re growing our outreach team, and need extroverted part-timers who can talk to the public at community festivals, help host special events, assist workshop presenters in our classroom, and lead volunteer groups at our warehouse. If you’re extremely outgoing, want occasional work, and are committed to the environmental and community work we do, we want to hear from you!
Hours vary according to your availability and our needs, but our busiest seasons are weekends in April – June and September – November.

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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.

Students make a big statement with small scraps

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Ideas for Reuse, News, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Students make a big statement with small scraps
At Arcola Elementary School, 4th graders in Samantha Nachlas’ art class are making drawings of their community which will be transformed into a mosaic.

Wheaton Arts Parade (WAP) is a local nonprofit that celebrates art, cultural diversity, and the revitalization of the Wheaton area; a recently established Arts & Entertainment District in Montgomery County, Maryland. This year, WAP is creating two community mosaics that are supported in part by grants from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and a Community Building Blocks (CBB) grant from Community Forklift. Through our CBB program, WAP collected an array of vintage stained glass and tiles that will be incorporated in the design of both mosaics.

We sometimes get stained glass windows that are beyond repair. We don’t want to throw out beautiful vintage glass, so it’s always exciting when someone has a use for the scraps!

Dan Thompson, Executive Director of WAP, further explains the mission behind their project:

“Part of the effort to engage Wheaton’s diverse cultures led to the creation of the Community Mosaic Project which is focused on bringing members of Wheaton’s large Spanish-speaking community together to make to two large mosaics for public display at the Arcola Elementary School and at the Pembridge Square and Amherst Garden Apartments. One project is lead by WAP artists Loretta Dipanda, Sofia Hart, and Pattie Curtiss in cooperation with Arcola’s art teacher, Samantha Nachlas, and the other project is let by WAP artists Edwin Salmeron, Ge’Vonna Keyes, and Sally Garcia in cooperation with the Montgomery Housing Partnership. Working together in the classroom, in an after-school program, and in the evenings with families and neighbors, the community is creating mosaics that represent their roots, their perception of their adopted town, and their vision of the community’s future. WAP was pleased to find an organization like Community Forklift that shared its values and generously offered to provide glass and tiles to become part of the Wheaton mosaic. Both organizations rely upon donations and volunteer efforts to help revitalize the community and the work is never more rewarding than when it enables a community to express itself by making art. “

The Community Mosaics are expected to be completed in April and will be displayed at WAP’s third annual Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival on September 22, 2019, before they are permanently installed at the elementary school and apartments. We can’t wait to see the final product!

You’re invited to the Garden Party!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, Fundraising, Gardening, Green Living, News, Parties at Community Forklift | 0 comments

You’re invited to the Garden Party!

Join us for a fun-filled event celebrating the return of spring and the gardening season!

Throughout the day you can chat with gardening professionals, purchase plants, and attend free workshops, but the party starts with our highly anticipated tool sale: Throughout the winter, we collect gently-used and surplus lawn and garden supplies as well as outdoor décor and furniture. Then, we release it all at the Garden Party for your shopping pleasure! The sale begins at 9am on Saturday, but folks start lining up outside the gates even earlier, eager to dig through piles of flowerpots and shovels. (If you can’t get there in the morning, don’t worry – our staff continues to bring out items throughout the day.)

Note to early birds:  No lawn and garden supplies are out yet.  The Forklift will not have any garden items available until 9am on April 6.

The party starts at 10am!

There will be prizes for people and pets dressed in garden party finery. So find yourself a dapper suit or fancy hat, and check out all the activities in store for you!

More partners and details are coming soon, but here’s what we can share right now:

Local Experts, Teachers, and Vendors

Anacostia Watershed Society
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Colmar Manor Garden Club
Cultivate the City
ECO City Farms
Elements of Nature
Hyattsville Horticulture Society
MOM’s Organic Market
Sol Nectar Farm
Studio AKA
Prince George’s County Master Gardener Program
Veteran Compost

FREE Workshops

Click each title to learn more and RSVP!

10:30am-11:30am
The Benefits of Beekeeping ~ A Labor of Love, presented by Josh Calo of Sol Nectar Farm

12:30pm-1:30pm
Sustainable Home Landscapes, presented by Dani Alexander of Studio AKA

2pm-3pm
Home Composting Tips & Techniques, presented by Fritz Gottschalk of Veteran Compost

Live Music 

Roxanne Jarrett (10am-11am)
Fusions? Standards? You never know what to expect from Roxanne Jarrett, a Jamaican-American singer raised in New York City. Trained in Opera, Broadway, Folk and Jazz, she sings in 5 languages and performs in the infectious language of joy.

The Vico Cycle (12pm-1pm)
The Vico Cycle is a group of like-minded musicians based in the Washington, DC metro area who blend rock, funk, blues, soul, & hip-hop into a lively fusion of raw sound.

HüsBand (2pm-3pm)
HüsBand plays original melodic pop with a lyrical bite. This quartet of local musicians blends diverse musical influences to hone their own groove of rhythm and rhyme. Reflective, driving, and laid-back, all at the same time.F

Delicious local food from County Manners

County Manners is brought to you by Chef Jeremy; a true “County Boy” at heart with deep roots in Southern Maryland. His passion for food was built on cooking fresh caught fish over a campfire on the Potomac River. He created a unique concept by combining traditions passed on to him by family and his years of experience as chefs. “I look forward to bringing you the best of what Southern Maryland has to offer.”

PLUS

Activities for the whole family, including FREE face painting by Signs, Wonders, & Gifts!

The Garden Party is the Forklift’s biggest fundraiser each year. Proceeds support our work to create green jobs, reduce waste, educate the public about reuse, and provide free supplies to nonprofits and neighbors in need.
If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2019 Garden Party, please click here to see our current sponsorship opportunities.

So invite your friends, and start planning your stylish garden party ensemble!

This Saturday: Swap Sustainably

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, News | 0 comments

This Saturday: Swap Sustainably

CLOTHING SWAP
SATURDAY, MARCH 9 | 11AM-2PM

Join us in the Community Forklift classroom for a unisex, family-friendly clothing swap!

Have you been holding onto that pair of jeans you’ve outgrown, or that gift that really just wasn’t you? Maybe your style has entirely changed. Your rags are someone else’s treasure!

The premise is simple: Bring a bag of clothes you no longer wear and trade it in for clothes you will!
And even better than that, you can upcycle what you find by cutting and remaking it into something entirely new.

How it works:
* Bring a bag or more of clean, gently used clothes
* Modify your finds at any of the DIY Stations
* Take as much as you can carry!

RSVP and spread the word on Facebook.

Cost to participate: $5
Proceeds will benefit the Port Towns Community Development Corporation, and any leftover clothes will be picked up and donated by GreenDrop!

Forklift wins NARI Metro DC’s Community Service Award

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Billboard, Blog, Community Giving Programs, Donation Development, Donor Profiles, News, Our Partners, What others are saying | 0 comments

Forklift wins NARI Metro DC’s Community Service Award

We are excited to announce that the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC Chapter has presented Community Forklift with a 2019 Achievement Award for Community Service.

Each year, the NARI Metro DC Chapter recognizes those who have achieved excellence in their trade, service to the community, and all-around image. The Community Service Award is given to a NARI member who has donated time, materials, and energy to help individuals and groups in need. This award is judged on value of contribution to community over time and potential future benefits.

Nancy J. Meyer, CEO of Community Forklift, accepted the Community Service Award at NARI’s annual Evening of Excellence gala on February 9th, 2019 in Vienna, VA. 

((left to right) Forklifters Ruthie Mundell, Nancy J. Meyer, and Jon Zeidler

Community Forklift serves local communities in many ways:

  • Diverting tons of reusable materials from local landfills each year.
  • Acting as an economic engine for the community by offering affordable supplies for repair, renovations, small business start-up and entrepreneurs, property owners and landlords, and artisans.
  • Providing free appliances, building materials, and furniture to neighbors in need and local nonprofits. The Forklift has distributed approximately $400,000 worth of free supplies since 2011.
  • Creating good green jobs with benefits, hiring returning citizens and others with barriers to traditional employment, and partnering with DC’s Project Empowerment workforce development program.
  • Hosting 32 service-learning days in 2018 to teach adult volunteers and students about reuse, and providing summer internships for local students from the Port Towns Youth Council.
  • Offering 25 educational workshops in 2018 to educate the public about reuse, home repair, and green living.
  • Producing monthly gatherings with live music and artists, creating a free social gathering spot for the local community.

We want to thank NARI Metro DC for this recognition, and for being a strong partner for our nonprofit. Chapter members actively spread the word about us, and have sent us many generous donations of building materials over the years. To be publicly acknowledged with NARI’s Community Service Award is truly an honor.

About Community Forklift

Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for local communities. The nonprofit picks up donations of new and gently-used building materials, working appliances, and vintage furniture throughout the DC region.  These items are offered to the public at low cost, sold online, and provided free to nonprofits and neighbors in need. Their 40,000 square-foot reuse center is open to the public from from 9am – 7pm seven days a week, and is located at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781 (in the Port Towns neighborhood, near the Hyattsville Arts District, just outside NE DC).  CommunityForklift.org / 301-985-5180

About NARI:

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the source for homeowners seeking to hire a professional remodeling contractor. Members are full-time, dedicated, remodeling industry professionals who follow a strict code of ethics with high standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility.  NARI Metro DC is one of the largest chapters in the country and adheres to very strict guidelines for membership.
narimetrodc.org / 703-400-1858

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