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Reuse, community support, and salvaged gravestones: a visit from WUSA9’s Adam Longo

Posted by on Jul 7, 2021 in Blog, News, Press we've received, What others are saying | 0 comments

Reuse, community support, and salvaged gravestones: a visit from WUSA9’s Adam Longo

WUSA9’s Adam Longo recently visited Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse and took a tour with CEO Nancy J. Meyer.

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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. 

Prepare to be inspired! Creative upcycling projects from Forklift Fans

Posted by on Jul 5, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Gardening, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Prepare to be inspired! Creative upcycling projects from Forklift Fans

“I picked this up the other weekend from your store! I couldn’t believe how well it cleaned up. Thank you for saving these special pieces of the past.” Thank YOU to a Forklift Fan for supporting reuse and helping us provide free and low-cost home improvement materials to the community! The new-to-you knobs and backplates look great!


The black and gold color scheme really highlights the beautiful details on this side table! The new owner had this to say about the upcycling project: “This entire set was destined for the trash but a little love and paint made it pretty again.” Indeed!


With some paint and new hardware, a creative Forklift Fan turned these vintage desks into beautiful nightstands! A lot of the furniture in the reuse warehouse can serve multiple purposes: china cabinets can be bookshelves, dressers can be sideboards. What ideas do you have for reuse?


Check out this awesome garden fence created with wrought iron pieces from Community Forklift! The wrought iron is attached to wooden posts and then everything is painted black to match. Thanks to a Forklift Fan for sending in photos of their creative reuse project!


Man, what a difference a coat of paint makes! These lawn chairs look awesome in their new bright blue hue, and the total cost for the chairs and paint was only $20. Thanks to a Forklift Fan for giving these chairs a spectacular new look!


Can you believe this beautiful renovation featuring salvaged lighting, tile, and cabinets from Community Forklift? The Forklift Fan who sent in these photos says “I’m lucky to live pretty close to the fantastic community focused salvage warehouse Community Forklift. They also collected materials and fixtures from our demo, minimizing our construction waste a little. I felt proud to learn new skills and to breathe life back into these finds.”


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% storewide this holiday weekend!

Posted by on Jul 2, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% storewide this holiday weekend!

25% off Storewide

Saturday, July 3 – Monday, July 5

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

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. 

Nominate Community Forklift for BEST GREEN BUSINESS!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2021 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, News, Press we've received | 0 comments

Nominate Community Forklift for BEST GREEN BUSINESS!

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 began today, July 1, and a voting phase beginning August 19. We need your help NOW in nominating Community Forklift as Best Green Business so that we can appear on the ballot in August!


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. 

Save 25% on modern and vintage lighting in July!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage lighting in July!

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

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. 

Save 25% on appliances at the reuse warehouse this weekend!

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

Save 25% on appliances at the reuse warehouse this weekend!

25% off appliances June 26 & 27

This Saturday and Sunday, June 26 & 27, take 25% off appliances with orange and blue tags, 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. 

Warehouse Secrets: salvaged objects with features in disguise

Posted by on Jun 23, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Warehouse Secrets: salvaged objects with features in disguise

While we’re very open about Community Forklift’s nonprofit mission to keep usable items out of the landfill and redistribute them to the community, some of those items in the reuse warehouse are not as forthcoming!


Item: Hand-painted dining set with six chairs and two leaves
Secret: This is the item that inspired this blog post! See those tiles inlaid on the top of the table? They’re actually not tiles at all, but rather painted sections of the wooden table top! The top is actually grooved between “tiles” to make the effect even more realistic.


Item: Drexel serving cart
Secret: This one’s got a few secrets! This Drexel cart has a flip-top that expands the surface area for serving. It’s also on wheels, which are hidden at the bottom. And while the hardware is a giveaway, the cabinet doors are camouflaged by the awesome panels on the front.


Item: Leather ottoman
Secret: This leather ottoman is actually … [drumroll please] … a SLEEPER ottoman! The split cushion on top slides up to reveal a single bed. Plus, the matching sofa is a queen pull-out. Lots of sleepover potential here!


Item: Not a lamp
Secret: I love this quirky item. What looks like a lamp with square bell shade is actually a candle sitting on a stand! I mean, it still gives off light, but probably a little less than its electrified counterpart.


Item: Antique Mantel Bookcase
Secret: While at first glance this bookcase could be mistaken for a fireplace mantel, this built-in’s secret is in its construction. The bookcase is made of solid tiger-oak wood! The exterior has been refinished, but you can still see the beautiful wood grain on the inside.


Item: Victrola Case
Secret: The secret on this Victrola case is kind of important to its function. The top panel on the front of the case is actually a series of louvers that can be opened to adjust the sound of the machine. This particular case is without a Victrola, but with some DIY work it would make a great bar or storage cabinet!


Item: Sewing Machines
Secret: These four tables all have flip-up tops that reveal their sewing machines! While this secret is a fairly common one, these pieces of furniture are still a lot of fun. All four still have their machines, and some also have little drawers for accessories!

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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 this weekend!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on doors this weekend!

25% off doors June 19 & 20

Take 25% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors this weekend, June 19 & 20. 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 donateor 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. 

Donation Explanation: The reasons behind our Donation Guidelines

Posted by on Jun 17, 2021 in Blog, Donation Development | 0 comments

Donation Explanation: The reasons behind our Donation Guidelines

At Community Forklift, we gladly accept donations of appliances, kitchen cabinets, furniture, hardware, tools, and other home essentials. These generous donations are the cornerstone of our mission to provide free and low-cost materials to the community while diverting usable items from the landfill. Not all materials are accepted at the reuse warehouse, however, and we have a list of donation guidelines available online to help you understand what you can bring to our Donations Team.

It’s important to remember that while your item’s journey with you ends at Community Forklift, our goal is to prolong that item’s usefulness by passing it on to another person in the community who needs it. Our reuse warehouse is the creative hub and means by which your used materials find a new home. So why are some materials accepted while others are not?

CONDITION

Generally, items must be in good condition and easily reusable in order to be passed on to a new owner. If something is really dirty or moldy, broken beyond repair, or inoperable or missing pieces, then it has limited potential for reuse. Before donating, ask yourself: “if I needed this item, would I buy it in this condition?”

REUSABILITY

Some items have limited reuse demand even when in good condition. When items are not in demand for reuse, they remain in our warehouse and take up space that could be devoted to materials that the community does need. For this reason, we don’t accept exercise machines or commercial office furniture.

SAFETY

There are also some materials that can’t be safely processed and stored at our reuse warehouse. Mattresses, bedding, baby items, medical equipment, and clothing do not fare well in our dusty warehouse full of building materials. Visit the reuse resources on our website to find a home for these materials!

We appreciate all of the support that we get from the community through material and financial donations. We couldn’t exist without it! If you have any questions about items that we can accept, please contact our Donations Team at Donations@CommunityForklift.org or (301) 985-5180. Thank you for helping 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. 

A hidden treasure trove of history on a deconstruction project

Posted by on Jun 16, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, News | 0 comments

A hidden treasure trove of history on a deconstruction project

You never know what hidden treasures you’ll find when working with salvaged materials! Community Forklift recently completed a deconstruction project on a series of row homes on North Capitol Street in Washington, DC. By carefully removing good used construction materials from the buildings, Community Forklift can redistribute them to the community instead of sending them to the landfill.

While removing an antique fireplace mantel in one of the homes, the deconstruction team discovered a stash of items that had fallen behind it over the years. Among the materials are playing cards from the ’70s, a postcard from Alabama, vintage photos and letters, business cards for DC businesses, and a receipt from the ’30s! All-in-all, it’s a fascinating bunch of stuff and so we wanted to share it with you. Check out the photos below!

This deconstruction project was completed for So Others Might Eat (SOME), a Washington, DC, nonprofit that helps neighbors experiencing homelessness. They provide housing, healthcare, job training programs, and more, and plan to replace the four rowhomes on North Capitol Street with an affordable apartment building. Thanks to SOME for supporting reuse and the community by letting us deconstruct their properties! For more information on Community Forklift’s deconstruction services, please email DeconWorks@CommunityForklift.org.

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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.