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Doorn’t miss it! Save 25% on modern and vintage doors this weekend

Posted by on Apr 9, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Doorn’t miss it! Save 25% on modern and vintage doors this weekend

25% off doors Saturday and Sunday, April 10 & 11

Take 25% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors this weekend, April 10 & 11. 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.

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). Please maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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. 

Elementary School students learn a RANGE of important life skills

Posted by on Apr 8, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Elementary School students learn a RANGE of important life skills

Every year, around 50 students at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) take a Home Economics class to learn important life skills such as cooking and baking. Once the school returns to in-person learning after the pandemic, students will learn these skills using a free, gently-used electric range provided by Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program!

Located on the Gallaudet University campus, KDES serves deaf and hard of hearing students from the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. Tuition at the school is free and students can attend through 8th grade. In 2020, the Kendall Parent Teacher Association (KPTA) applied on behalf of the school for a Community Building Blocks grant to replace the electric range in the home economics classroom.

“Community Forklift’s grant program really helped the school by providing one free stove for the school’s EC class. They had a really old stove that was not really working very well. Now with this stove, the deaf children will learn the most important life skill: cooking and baking,” said Harish Ramroop, Treasurer of KPTA.

Thanks to Harish and the Kendall PTA for their contributions to the school. We are glad we could help with this project!

KDES was founded in 1857 by the U.S. Congress and today is operated by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. If you would like to learn more about KDES, please visit https://kdes.gallaudet.edu/.

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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 fabulous modern and vintage salvaged furniture!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on fabulous modern and vintage salvaged furniture!

Saturday & Sunday, April 3 & 4

This Saturday and Sunday, April 3 & 4, take 25% off modern and vintage furniture at the Community Forklift reuse warehouse and online in the Community Forklift Marketplace! Save on all sorts of styles and types of tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, chairs, sofas, and more. We offer five days of free storage after purchase to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Subscribe to our Youtube channel or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for regular video walkthroughs of our reuse warehouse!

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 furniture or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include bathroom vanities or kitchen cabinets, mantels, appliances, 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.  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 windows and window treatments in April!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Blog, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on windows and window treatments in April!

Thursday, April 1, – Friday, April 30

During the month of April, save 25% on windows, window sashes, and window treatments including curtain rods, blinds, interior and exterior shutters, screens, and security bars. We offer 5 days of free storage for purchased items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

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). Please maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 windows or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include 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 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. 

Save 25% on modern and vintage bathroom fixtures!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage bathroom fixtures!

March 27 & 28

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.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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 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.

Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Forklifter Profiles, Non-profit partners, Our Partners | 0 comments

Laughter is the Best Medicine!

As they say on the stage, “The show must go on.” The Best Medicine Rep, a local nonprofit theater company located in Gaithersburg, takes that message to heart even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges of putting on productions during the pandemic, they continue to do so, bringing the community together in laughter during a tough time.

For several years now, Best Medicine Rep has been a community partner and grant recipient of Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program. With support from the CBB Program, Best Medicine Rep received free furniture pieces for its productions, including tables, chairs, doors, rugs, and a lamp. These items were used in shows such as Helen on Wheels, Comedy of Venice, and Roaring.

In this writer’s humble opinion, however, the best Forklift find was a vintage fireplace mantel. Through their boundless creativity, Best Medicine Rep has repurposed this piece for multiple productions, including Engaging Shaw and The Crater Sisters’ Christmas Special, repainting and reshaping it as needed. We are in awe of how they have brought all of our pieces to life on the stage.

“Large bits of scenery can be really costly. Our little non-profit theater is running on a small budget where we like to make sure all the professional theatrical actors, directors, and designers are paid fairly for their work. Community Forklift’s grant has been invaluable in bringing our sets to life…The mantel brought a lovely English home to life, then gave a homey feel to the TV stage set for our original Christmas musical for two years running,” said Rebecca A. Herron, Vice-President of Best Medicine Rep.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Best Medicine Rep has not been able to invite audiences to its theater in Gaithersburg, but has been creating new productions that can be viewed online. The organization also partners with Montgomery County Public Schools to teach students playwriting. At the end of the school year, Best Medicine Rep professional actors perform a few of the plays in their Annual New Plays/New Voices Festival, which is a celebration of plays that the students and their families get to watch and enjoy. For the 4th Annual New Plays/New Voices Festival, plays were zoom-recorded and are available online.

The team at Best Medicine Rep is staying hopeful and looks forward to producing live performances in the future. “Once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and we can safely gather in theaters again, we have new plays at the ready and professionals eager to get back to live performance,” Rebecca A. Herron, said.

We are so happy that our community partner has been able to continue its work and appreciate its continued partnership with schools!

Best Medicine Rep, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit professional theater company that develops and produces comedies. This organization offers full productions, classes for children and adults, and free readings of new plays. To learn more about this nonprofit, please visit www.bestmedicinerep.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. 


Happy Feet: salvaged furniture with bases that grab you

Posted by on Mar 24, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Happy Feet: salvaged furniture with bases that grab you

The next time you’re in the Community Forklift reuse warehouse, watch your feet — the feet on the furniture, that is! Metal, carved wood, claws, paws, casters, toes, and scrolls lend a bit of whimsy and playfulness to the feet of many of the wardrobes, dressers, and tables. Here are a few favorites, but you can visit the reuse warehouse any day between 12 and 5 pm to go on your own feet-finding scavenger hunt!






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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.

Eco-friendly Amazon Select Paint restocked in the reuse warehouse!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2021 in Blog, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Eco-friendly Amazon Select Paint restocked in the reuse warehouse!

We’ve received a new shipment of Amazon Select Paints! It comes in a variety of beautiful colors, it’s a quality product, and it’s cheaper than paint from the big-box retail stores!  And of course, proceeds from your purchase will support Community Forklift’s work to turn our waste stream into a resource stream for local communities.

Using patented technology, Amazon Select Paints recycles surplus paint collected from local businesses, consumers, and governments. The manufacturer’s reprocessing system guarantees that every gallon sold meets strict specifications for color, gloss, viscosity and coverage.

Specifications

  • Amazon Select latex paint
  • 20 beautiful and consistent colors
  • interior or exterior applications on drywall, wood, stucco, or masonry
  • low-sheen finish (between a flat and an eggshell)
  • washable and scrubbable
  • $20 per gallon, $68 per five-gallon

This environmentally-responsible paint is available at the reuse warehouse, open every day from 12 to 5 pm. You can also find a selection of colors online in the Community Forklift Marketplace!

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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. 

Lights! Save 25% on modern and vintage light fixtures this weekend

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

Lights! Save 25% on modern and vintage light fixtures this weekend

March 20 & 21

This Saturday and Sunday, March 20 & 21, take 25% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. There are so many beautiful and interesting light fixtures from many different decades here in the warehouse! The discount includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC and are paying close attention to warehouse conditions. Please stay home if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting very sick. Learn what to do if you are sick here.

Under Maryland Executive Order, everyone over the age of five is required to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all Maryland businesses, including Community Forklift. Help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. Thank you!

Please note our warehouse hours: 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. 

Vintage History: a beautiful Arts and Crafts sideboard

Posted by on Mar 16, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Vintage History: a beautiful Arts and Crafts sideboard

Note: we’re starting a new blog feature called Vintage History! In each blog, Community Forklift pricing team member Chris will tell us about something in the reuse warehouse, with particular attention paid to its style, history, and function.

Today we’re going to be discussing this awesome Mission style Arts and Crafts sideboard! Dating from the early 1900’s, this piece features tiger oak veneer on solid oak construction, original wood knobs and unique wood pulls, a full-length beveled mirror with an open shelf, seven drawers, and two cabinets.

Mission style is a simple rectilinear furniture design style which originated in the United States and became popular in the early 1900’s of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  “The Arts and Crafts movement originated in Great Britain in response to industrial era mass manufacturing of objects,” Chris says. “The movement was actually a socialist movement that sought to elevate the work of the craftsperson and the value of human labor that the craftsperson brings to a made object as opposed to machine-made products that sought to replace jobs through mass-production. The whole point was to value the skill and the time a person did to master a craft — in this case furniture making.”

While valuing the contribution of the person who created the piece, the Arts and Crafts Movement also endeavored to make beautiful furniture in both form and function and make it available to all economic classes and especially the working class. According to Chris, “The simple and natural beauty of the materials used come alive via the handwork of the craftsperson in Arts and Crafts design with the intent to make homes, furniture, and decorative objects affordable to working class folks.”

Common characteristics of the Mission style include:

  • right angles and long horizontal and vertical lines
  • legs extending upward through the piece as a column
  • wide flat wood panels
  • shallow, low-relief ornamentation
  • square, low relief pyramidal knobs
  • oak construction

According the Chris, one of the wonderful things about Arts and Crafts furniture is that “it displays the beauty of wood, the handcrafting of the furniture itself.” This feature is especially noticeable in this Mission style sideboard with its tiger oak surfaces. Tiger oak has a beautiful striping pattern that is created by cutting the oak log in a special way at an angle called “quarter sawing” which creates a tiger stripe effect with the wood grain.

Another notable wooden feature of this piece are the knobs and pulls. While square pyramidal knobs are common to Mission style, the two elongated wooden handles on this sideboard are unique. “I have actually never seen these long carved handles open on both sides before,” Chris says. “Most drawers have pulls or knobs often fashioned out of metal.”

Shallow low-relief beveled ornamentation on the cabinet door.

While two of the square knobs on this piece are missing, there are a number of things one could do to replace them:

  • find similar knobs from another piece of Mission style furniture
  • search for wooden knobs from online retailers that make replica replacements
  • replace them with coordinating metal Mission style knobs
  • take one of the intact knobs to a local woodworker and have two additional ones created

According to Chris, the Arts and Crafts Movement influenced furniture, but also “decorative objects, picture frames, art pottery, table settings, and textiles — all types of elements in a home — and the expansive shelf above the mirror would have afforded an open view unlike a closed display cabinet.”

These decorative objects, like the Arts and Crafts furniture, moved away from the ornate decoration of most Victorian furnishings. “Art pottery was decorated in matte glazes that accentuated the connection with nature often with foliate designs and stylized landscapes,” Chris says. And while the beveled mirror would make it possible to see all sides of these decorated objects displayed on this sideboard, the glass also served to add space, lightness, and a sense of expansiveness to sideboard top. “It lightens the furniture and adds to the simplicity of the piece.”

There are some other specialized features of the sideboard, namely in the purpose of the drawers. The top center drawer is a silverware drawer. It has a floating insert on the top where you can easily double-stack your serving implements. The drawer also has its original velveteen lining, which is a very short pile velvet. One could use it as it is right now or have it replaced. One of the other drawers is “a very long drawer for table linens. So if a person had long tablecloths, they could be folded in such a way to minimize wrinkles,” Chris says.

All-in-all it’s a beautiful piece of furniture with quite a history. Pricing, dimensions, and more photos are available in the listing on the Community Forklift Marketplace. [EDIT: The sideboard has been sold.] You can also explore other unique and interesting items on the Marketplace, including this salvaged Arts and Crafts bookcase, which has a lot of the same features as this sideboard!

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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.