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Creative upcycling projects using salvaged stuff from Community Forklift!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Creative upcycling projects using salvaged stuff from Community Forklift!

This refinished medicine cabinet looks awesome!

From a Forklift Fan: “It took many hours of soaking and scrubbing but it was all so worth it. I love being able to save things like this! I really wanted to use natural cleaners, which is why I started with vinegar, and it worked like MAGIC, but upon drying it caused a lot of flash-rusting (and was the demise of the mirror). Then I found another earth-safe cleaner, which helped with the flash-rusting, but really brought out the carbon in the metal. Another round of scrubbing and washing with dishwasher soap, followed by a spray matte clear, and here we are!”

I love the aged effect on the mirror and how it contrasts with the sleek finish of the metal. Thanks for supporting reuse and rescuing this beauty! (IG: @katiefrigginburk)


A Forklift Fan used a salvaged table top from Community Forklift to replace the warped one on her work bench! For only $10 and a little elbow grease, she got a revamped work surface and didn’t send reusable materials to the landfill. Thanks for repairing, reusing, and supporting Community Forklift!


Alex of puppet theater company Alex and Olmsted resurrected a $1 chisel from Community Forklift. Now it’s ready to help create! From Alex: “… it was my first time bringing a tool back from the dead like this. Really fun, and it totally makes me look at beat up tools differently. There’s a lot of good steel hiding behind that rust.” Thanks for supporting reuse, Alex! (IG: @alexandolmsted)


I am so inspired by how good this vintage dining set from Community Forklift looks in its new home! From Hannah: “My dad worked at Brass Knob and Back Door Warehouse so we were raised with an appreciation of reused furniture and salvaged stuff. I grew up going to Community Forklift and now I have my own house in Hyattsville to furnish. This dinette set is actually replacing my previous dining table which is also from Community Forklift!” (IG: @hsbcraftwork)


Check out this awesome mirror upcycle! “These old mirrors have so much character, I love them. For this one I added a few scroll details in the style of a Primrose Mirror from Anthropologie.” Upcycling is a great way to get the look of an expensive item for less! Thanks for the great example, Erin! (IG: @flippin_fairfax)


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 bathroom fixtures during August!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on bathroom fixtures during August!

August 1–31

Switch out your sink, modernize your master, or transform your tub! Save 25% on modern and vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, and medicine cabinets! We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation.

Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose when visiting the reuse warehouse. 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 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.

Save 25% on Kitchen Cabinet sets, single cabinets, and cabinet doors!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on Kitchen Cabinet sets, single cabinets, and cabinet doors!

Saturday & Sunday, July 31 & August 1

Save 25% on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors. We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed! Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose when visiting Community Forklift. 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 kitchen cabinets or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom cabinets, living room cabinets, work benches, tool stands, vintage hutches, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Just a few days left to nominate us BEST GREEN BUSINESS!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2021 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, News, Press we've received | 0 comments

Just a few days left to nominate us BEST GREEN BUSINESS!

Nominations close August 1!

Your favorite local salvage warehouse needs your help defending our Best Green Business title in Washington City Paper’s annual poll! You’ve named us Best Green Business every year since 2014 and we’d love it if you did so again!

This year’s contest is a little different in that there are two phases: a nomination phase that ends August 1, and a voting phase that begins August 19. We need your help NOW in nominating Community Forklift as Best Green Business so that we can appear on the ballot August 19!

If you’ve already nominated us, thank you so much for the support!


Here’s how you can nominate us for the Best Green Business category:

  1. Visit the Washington City Paper Best Of D.C. 2021 website.
  2. Select the GOODS category
  3. Find “Best Green Business”
  4. Type in “Community Forklift”
  5. Enter your email address
  6. Click “nominate”

Tell your friends and ask them to help nominate us too!


Besides bragging rights, why does this contest matter? We’ve been named Best Green Business every year since 2014 and winning earns us valuable free publicity! The more folks who discover us, shop here, and donate, the more money and resources stay embedded in the local economy, creating green jobs and supporting our community giving programs.


Thank you for your support!

Visit washingtoncitypaper.com/best-of-dc-2021 today!

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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. 

The Bee’s Knees: Colmar Manor Community Gardens

Posted by on Jul 27, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Customer Creations, Forklifter Profiles, Green Living, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

The Bee’s Knees: Colmar Manor Community Gardens

The town of Colmar Manor is a vibrant suburb of over 1,400 people situated between the Anacostia River and Bladensburg Road. Within the town lies the hidden gems of two community gardens managed by the Colmar Manor Garden Club, a group of gardeners with a mission to beautify the Town of Colmar Manor and share their knowledge of gardening.

Since 2017, Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program has provided free materials to the Colmar Manor Garden Club for use in the gardens. Their most recent finds include modular honeycomb shelving units that are used as seating and a picnic table and patio furniture that they’ve painted with bright summer colors.

“The residents and visitors like our tables and honey shelves we made into sitting,” says Doreatha from the Colmar Manor Garden Club. “The picnic table, honey shelves, and round table are talking pieces, and the painted beautiful colors and the yellow shelves have put more beauty into both gardens.”

Other materials from Community Forklift have found their way into the gardens over the years: the club uses gardening tools found at the reuse warehouse and created a walkway into the garden using salvaged bricks. They have also built a bench using Community Forklift pallets and even found a cabinet at our warehouse to convert into a blessing box, which is stocked with free canned and dry goods for the community.

The Colmar Manor Garden Club received a Sustainable Maryland Certification and, for five years, both gardens were awarded Prince George’s County Beautification Certificates. Community Forklift’s CBB program provides free materials to nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit the community. Visit our website for more info and to apply!

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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 Jul 23, 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 July 24 & 25

This Saturday and Sunday, July 24 & 25, 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. 

Community Forklift: a lending library for your home!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Green Living | 0 comments

Community Forklift: a lending library for your home!

Do you use Community Forklift as a lending library for your home? We really hope you will!

Home improvement spending has risen steadily over the past decade. Americans love to redesign their homes and change out materials like cabinets, furniture, and lighting fixtures for the newest style.

Oftentimes, shopping at a traditional furniture or home goods store follows a linear type of economy: one buys an item, uses it in the home, and then throws it out when it becomes tiresome or out of style. This type of consuming has consequences for the planet both in terms of natural resources needed to create new products and also the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills.

Community Forklift is a part of a different type of economy: a circular one. At the reuse warehouse, you can buy items for your home at below market prices, enjoy them in your space, donate them back to the warehouse when you’re ready for a change, and then pick up something else to replace them!

In this way, the reuse warehouse functions a lot like a communal library of stuff. Just as you would check out a book from a library to read and return for the next person, you can purchase an item from Community Forklift and then later donate it back for another person to enjoy.

This type of economy lessens the amount of natural resources consumed and the amount of waste in landfills by keeping usable materials in circulation longer. Also, by shopping at Community Forklift you are supporting good green jobs in the community and helping provide free materials to nonprofits and households with limited incomes. Since 2005, we have provided over $500,000 in free materials to neighbors in need and local nonprofits through our HELP and CBB programs.

So the next time you embark on a home remodeling project or redecoration, think of Community Forklift as your local lending library for your home! Donate your existing materials and purchase salvaged ones from our reuse warehouse and help us lift up our community through reuse!

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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 doors and windows this weekend!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on doors and windows this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, July 17 & 18

This weekend, July 17 & 18, take 25% 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 25% off the marked prices on windows and window sashes! We offer 5 days of free storage for purchased items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

Please continue to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose while 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, windows, or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include doors or windows 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. 

Meet Andrew in the Lighting Department!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Forklifter Profiles, Green Jobs and Job Creation | 0 comments

Meet Andrew in the Lighting Department!

Did you know that in 2020, Community Forklift redistributed 3,819 light fixtures to the community? That’s a lot of lights saved from the landfill — ceiling fans, sconces, lamps, chandeliers, flush-mount lights, outdoor lights, and more!

Andrew is responsible for sorting, assembling, cleaning, testing, and pricing the mountain of modern and vintage fixtures that get donated to our reuse warehouse. He started working at Community Forklift in September of 2017 and was thrilled to get a chance to work with salvaged materials.

“I’ve always been interested in reusing stuff,” Andrew says. “It frustrates me to see what people will throw out. Working at Community Forklift, I get to help people reuse things instead of tossing them in the dumpster.”

Outside of the reuse warehouse, Andrew also makes pottery. He has done a few demonstrations at past Community Forklift events and teaches classes at both Hinckley Pottery in Georgetown, DC, and Something Earthy in Laytonsville, MD.

To help you shop for new or vintage lighting at Community Forklift, Andrew has a few tips:

  1. If you’re installing lighting yourself, make sure you know what you’re doing. Feel free to ask Andrew for advice on simple projects or hire a professional if you’re unsure.
  2. Read the hanging tags on the lighting to learn more about it. According to Andrew, “most of the lighting for sale in the warehouse is installation-ready. The tags will note if the fixture needs to be rewired.”
  3. Make sure to measure your space before coming to the reuse warehouse. Knowing your ceiling height and the diameter of the space where the lighting will go will help you find the perfect fixture.
  4. Use your imagination when shopping for vintage lighting. “A lot of the high-quality older fixtures can be upcycled and reused if you want a different style,” Andrew says. “Changing the bulb style, refinishing the metal, or adding crystals are just a few ways to give a new look to old lighting.”
  5. If you’re looking to replace a part on a fixture you already own, make sure to bring the broken piece with you to the warehouse. Andrew says that “lighting parts are not always interchangeable. Have the piece you’re trying to replace with you so you can find a match.”

Make sure to subscribe to Community Forklift’s blog and newsletter for information on discounts and other news. Lighting is 25% off through the end of July, so now’s a great time to pick up a fixture!

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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. 

Our free Donation Pickup Service … and its limits!

Posted by on Jul 13, 2021 in Blog, Donation Development | 0 comments

Our free Donation Pickup Service … and its limits!

Why are there limits on Community Forklift’s free donation pickup service?

Donated building materials are the cornerstone of Community Forklift and we very much appreciate all of the businesses and individuals who contribute items to our reuse warehouse. We couldn’t exist without you!

Community Forklift offers a free limited donation pickup service to and from your home, business, or work site. However, donation requests are fulfilled on a case-by-case basis, and we’d like to explain why!

COST OF OPERATION
Our donation pickup service, while free to donors, is our biggest expense. Trucks, fuel, truck maintenance, and staffing end up being quite costly for our non-profit!

NUMBER OF VEHICLES
The Donations Team currently has only one vehicle in its fleet — a 26-foot box truck. 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Community Forklift is a green business and a part of the circular economy. Our pickup service is the most carbon-intensive activity at our non-profit and we work toward minimizing that footprint.

Because our donation pickup service is costly to operate, limited in size, and has a large carbon footprint, we reserve its use for deconstruction projects, large volumes of materials, or materials that are in high demand in the communities we serve. By limiting the service and carefully planning our pickup routes, we work to ensure that we can collect the most reusable materials with the least environmental and organizational impact.

If you have items that you’d like to donate and would like to know if we can pick them up, please fill out a donation pickup request form on our website. By donating, you can qualify for a tax deduction, reduce disposal costs, keep items out of the landfill, and support your community by giving a second life to reusable items. Feel free to reach out to the Donations Team at Donations@CommunityForklift.org or (301) 985-5180 with any questions! Thank you!

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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.