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Reuse in the great outdoors!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Blog, Customer Creations, Gardening, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Reuse in the great outdoors!

Create new spaces or spruce up the ones you have — all through reuse! Outdoor spaces of every size have become more important than every this summer. Here we can visit with friends in an open-air setting while social distancing or just take a minute to get out of the house and enjoy some quiet time alone. See below some ways Forklift Fans have created or upgraded their spaces using Community Forklift materials.

ABOVE LEFT: A follower of our Twitter account shared this beautiful patio created with decking tiles from Community Forklift.

ABOVE RIGHT: One DIY enthusiast used salvaged iron and wood railing parts from Community Forklift to create this neat garden bed fencing.

ABOVE LEFT: This beautiful garden fountain from Community Forklift adds the relaxing sound of running water to an outside space. Need a break? Hear it on YouTube!

ABOVE RIGHT: An owner of The Painted Pig in Lovettsville, VA, created this amazing DIY sunroom out of vintage doors from Community Forklift. More info here!

ABOVE LEFT: This garden structure — dubbed “Kate’s Folly” — was built with salvaged windows, wrought iron, cabinets, and copper gutters. More info here!

ABOVE RIGHT: Another Forklift Fan refinished this glass-topped table with a fresh coat of paint and a new wooden shelf stained a bright green.

Looking for more ideas? This article has some great outdoor DIY project inspiration!


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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. 

Essentials for Less: 25% off Doors during August

Posted by on Jul 31, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 25% off Doors during August

Save 25% on doors August 1 – 31

Community Forklift provides free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. For the entire month of August, 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.We offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky 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 MD Executive Order No. 20-07-29-01, which takes effect Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m., all Marylanders over the age of five are required to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state, including Community Forklift. Please help keep our community safe by wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose.

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm.


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other household essentials to people with low incomes through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs doors or other home repair 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. 

A new wall color inside the warehouse

Posted by on Jul 29, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

A new wall color inside the warehouse

In June we updated one of the warehouse spaces with a brand new coat of paint! We liked the yellow walls, but it was time for a change. We settled on the color Slate from our Amazon Select Paints.

These eco-friendly paints are available to buy in our warehouse and online in our Community Forklift Marketplace. Using patented technology, Amazon 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

Amazon Select Paint in Slate is available online in one-gallon and five-gallon sizes! If you haven’t seen the new color in person, visit our warehouse any day between 12 and 5 pm. Furniture is currently 25% off through this Sunday, August 2, so you could also score a deal on a new-to-you chair, table, couch, dresser, or other unique piece of furniture!

We’re excited about the fresh new look and hope you like it too!

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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. 

Essentials for Less: 25% off Furniture

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 25% off Furniture

Wednesday, July 29 – Sunday, August 2

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. This Wednesday, July 29, through Sunday, August 2, take 25% off modern and vintage furniture. Save on tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, filing cabinets, sofas, and more! 

At Community Forklift, your well-being is our first priority. We are taking all precautions recommended by the CDC. 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 wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: 12 – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday. You can also shop for furniture online in our new Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other household essentials to people with low incomes through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs furniture or other home 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. 

Essentials for Less: 25% off Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, July 26

Community Forklift is a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26, take 25% off the orange and blue tags on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors. We offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky 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 wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: 12 – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday. You can also shop online in our new Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other household essentials to people with low incomes through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs kitchen cabinets or other home 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. 

Donor Spotlight: TW Perry of Gaithersburg

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in Blog, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles, Forklifter Profiles | 0 comments

Donor Spotlight: TW Perry of Gaithersburg

Donations are the cornerstone of what we do here at Community Forklift and we couldn’t exist without the generous individual and corporate donors who provide us with the materials that stock our store and support our neighbors in need.

TW Perry of Gaithersburg is one of these corporate donors who are so important to the success of Community Forklift. TW Perry is a quality building materials supplier that works throughout the DMV area. Founded in 1911, they have store locations in Baltimore, Maryland; Silver Spring, Maryland; Gaithersburg, Maryland; Leesburg, Virginia; and Springfield, Virginia.

Since 2013, the TW Perry store in Gaithersburg has generously supplied us with surplus building materials through multiple donations. Receiving Manager Marvin Esquivel and his team have been enthusiastic supporters of reuse. In the most recent donation at the beginning of July, we received a large supply of interior doors, windows, stair parts (including balusters, railing, and newel posts), siding, shutters, sinks, molding, tools, hardware, and more!

“It’s very important that the items always go to a great home and what’s … better than you guys at Community Forklift!”

Marvin Esquivel, Receiving Manager

This partnership with TW Perry of Gaithersburg supplies Community Forklift with the materials we need to accomplish our mission. Some donated materials go directly to neighbors in need through our Home Essentials Program. Some donated materials go to nonprofit groups for projects that benefit the community through our Community Building Blocks program. And some materials go to our nonprofit reuse warehouse, where they’re sold at below-market prices to support these programs, the community, and the green jobs we create.

Thank you to TW Perry of Gaithersburg and Receiving Manager Marvin Esquivel and his team for supporting Community Forklift and lifting 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.

Essentials for Less: 40% off Bathroom Fixtures

Posted by on Jul 14, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 40% off Bathroom Fixtures
toilets and sinks

Wednesday, July 15 – Sunday, July 19

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. This Wednesday, July 15, through Sunday, July 19, save on modern and vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, and medicine cabinets. Take 40% off the marked price on clawfoot tubs, vessel sinks, pedestal sinks, and more! We will continue to offer 5 days of free storage for most bulky 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 wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: 12 – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday. You can also shop for bathroom fixtures online in our new Community Forklift Marketplace!

medicine cabinets and vanities

Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies to people with low incomes through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs bathroom fixtures or other household essentials but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include faucets, plumbing parts or hardware, kitchen or living room cabinets or other types of cabinetry, mirrors that are not part of medicine cabinets, endcap display items, 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.

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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. 

Help stock a local food pantry

Posted by on Jul 10, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Community Happenings, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Help stock a local food pantry

July 10, 2020

In July of 2018, Girl Scout Troop 6899 used a grant from Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks program to create a food pantry near the entrance to the St. Jerome Catholic Church parking lot at 5205 43rd Ave. in Hyattsville, MD.

The grand unveiling of the Blessing Box in July of 2018

Using a Community Forklift cabinet and building supplies, the Troop created The Blessing Box, a Little Free Pantry concept. A Little Free Pantry uses the familiar idea of a Little Free Library and works to battle against local food insecurity. It offers a place where neighbors can come together to meet neighborhood needs, whether food or other household necessities.

After their annual fundraiser was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Girl Scout Troop needs the help of friends, neighbors, and local businesses to keep it stocked, as the demand far outpaces their ability to keep it full. 

SUGGESTED SHOPPING LIST

The Troop asks for non-perishable canned vegetables and proteins, beans, rice, pasta, personal care items, and paper goods (non-food items go in the bottom of the Blessing Box). They also like to include kid-friendly school supplies at the end of August, too!

  1. canned or dried beans
  2. peanut butter, or other nut butter
  3. rolled oats
  4. canned fruit in juice
  5. canned vegetables, tomatoes, stews, and soups
  6. canned tuna or chicken in water
  7. rice and quinoa
  8. nuts and seeds, unsalted
  9. shelf-stable milk and milk substitutes
  10. pasta and pasta sauce (no glass jars please)
  11. apple sauce
  12. macaroni and cheese box dinners
  13. olive or canola oil
  14. dried fruits
  15. baby food
  16. chicken, beef, and vegetable broths and stock
  17. diapers and female hygiene products
  18. personal care items (toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo)
  19. toilet paper and paper towels
  20. bottled water
  21. pet food
  22. school supplies
  23. funds to repair, maintain, and buy bulk items to stock the pantry

BLESSING BOX RULES

  • take what you need, give what you can
  • please donate unexpired and unopened food and toiletries
  • no jars or glass (broken glass is dangerous)
  • no chocolate or food that can melt
  • no fresh fruit or vegetables (seems counter intuitive, but they attract insects and make a mess)  
  • please make sure cabinet doors are closed to protect items from elements and animals
  • If there is damage to the pantry, please notify the troop leader at dinacolin@netzero.net.

Thanks to all that have supported the pantry these last two years! Please reach out to the troop leader at dinacolin@netzero.net with any questions or contribution inquiries.

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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. 

Essentials for Less: 25% off Lighting

Posted by on Jul 8, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 25% off Lighting

Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12

We are here for you! Community Forklift is committed to staying open as a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. This Thursday, July 9, through Sunday, July 12, 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.

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 wear a face mask and maintain a six-foot distance from other people when shopping in the warehouse.

Please note our new warehouse hours: 12 – 5 pm, Monday through Sunday. You can also shop for lighting online in our new Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies to people with low incomes through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs lighting or other household essentials 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. 

Furnishing Homes to Rebuild Lives in America

Posted by on Jul 7, 2020 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Furnishing Homes to Rebuild Lives in America
LSSNCA case managers Layth and Tesfay worked hard to ensure this family had the necessary furnishings to turn their apartment into a home.

July 7, 2020

Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program and the local nonprofit Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) help refugee families in our area rebuild their lives. LSSNCA’s Refugee and Immigrant Services Program helps furnish apartments for newly-arrived refugees that are forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution, poverty, and civil unrest. Community Forklift’s CBB Program provides them with free essential furniture pieces like tables, chairs, dressers, couches, and lamps.

Every year LSSNCA welcomes hundreds of refugees from around the world to the United States. From the moment a refugee arrives at the airport, LSSNCA’s staff is ready to greet the newcomers and provide guidance during this important transition. One of their crucial services is to secure and set up housing prior to the arrival of their clients. If LSSNCA staff is unable to get furniture donated, then they have to buy furniture using money that would otherwise go to the families directly. Community Forklift’s CBB Program grant provides LSSNCA with free furniture and allows them to provide refugee families with funds to use toward rent and other necessities instead.

“With the help of Community Forklift, we are able to provide the much-needed furniture to make newly-arrived refugees and their families feel comfortable and welcome in their new homes,” says Asinate Vitusagavulu, Maryland Director at LSSNCA.

“Usually, LSSNCA receives at least two weeks notice of an upcoming arrival and LSSNCA coordinates volunteers to set up homes for our clients. However, at times LSSNCA has been given less than a week’s notice and limited time for preparation. In such instances, LSSNCA has benefitted from being able to select furniture needs from Community Forklift to set up these new homes as well as store furniture in our own storage for future arrivals when our furniture donations are low.”

In addition to setting up homes, the staff also provides the families with other supportive services to help each household gain self-sufficiency. These services include case management, mentoring, employment training, and immigration services. Depending on refugee arrivals and enrollments, LSSNCA expects to help 80 to 120 refugee families and other eligible humanitarian immigrants this year.

“An unemployed, recently-arrived refugee mom living with HIV and her toddler had no place to live after being asked to leave by their landlord,” Vitusagavulu said. “With limited time, LSSNCA was able to secure housing for them and along with community donations from Good Neighbors of Capitol Hill and furniture from Community Forklift, the mom and child were able to have a comfortable and safe home. Community Forklift graciously let LSSNCA staff pick out furniture for them and provided flexibility with the pickup and delivery of the furniture to the new home. The client has since started working as a result of employment services LSSNCA provides and another client of ours, who happens to be her neighbor, provides childcare. With the help of the community, LSSNCA was able to give her and her child a new lease of life. This is just one of many examples of how LSSNCA works with incredible partners like Community Forklift to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the community through collaboration.”

I am inspired by the resilience of the refugee and humanitarian immigrants we serve and the passionate and dedicated colleagues that serve alongside me.

Asinate (Tanya) Vitusagavulu, Maryland Director at LSSNCA

Community Forklift is honored to have worked with LSSNCA since 2016 to ensure that refugee families have a community of people that will lend them a hand during their transition to life in the United States. We greatly appreciate LSSNCA’s compassion and humanitarian efforts.

LSSNCA is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that offers a comprehensive range of services throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. LSSNCA is always looking for volunteers who can assist with mentoring refugee youth and families, drivers, ESL tutors, and movers. If you are interested in helping this amazing organization, please contact Community Relations Director, Shelby Kruczek, at kruczeks@lssnca.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.