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June Tile Sale

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

June Tile Sale

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

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

TILE IS 25% OFF

June 2019

Throughout the month of June, take 25% off the marked prices on wall and floor tile, including ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile.

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

If you’re planning a bathroom or kitchen project, it’s a good time to visit!

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Plus…

On the first Friday evening of each summer month, we stay open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live music, and local artisans. This month, enjoy dinner from Holy Crepes, craft beer & wine from Town Center Market, music from the Tritone Jazz Trio, and free face-painting with Signs, Wonders, & Gifts. Get more details on our blog, and invite your friends!

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Every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Midweek Lighting Sale

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Midweek Lighting Sale

40% off

Lights & Ceiling Fans

May 29th & 30th, 2019

This Wednesday & Thursday, take 40% off the marked price on ceiling fans and hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers.

Sale includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps from every era.

Please note:  Sale does not include light parts or electrical supplies. Flash sales do not include select specialty items or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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Other Sales & Events:

Last chance for the door sale!

Through May 31st, take 25% off the marked price on barn doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, iron security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and modern doors in frames. Visit our blog for details.

Are you coming to the party?

On the first Friday evening of each summer month, we stay open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live music, and local artisans. This month, enjoy dinner from Holy Crepes, craft beer & wine from Town Center Market, music from the Tritone Jazz Trio, and free face-painting with Signs, Wonders, & Gifts. Get more details on our blog, and invite your friends!

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

Yes, we’re open on Memorial Day… and we’re having a storewide sale!

Posted by on May 26, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Yes, we’re open on Memorial Day… and we’re having a storewide sale!

This weekend is full of parades, commemorative events, family time, and local celebrations.  But if you’d like a reason to stop by your favorite salvage center, we’re having a big sale:

40% Off Storewide

9am – 7pm on Monday, May 27th

The sale includes 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 note: This flash sale does not include lumber, bricks and masonry, select specialty items, items listed online, 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. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

Community Forklift will be open 9am – 7pm on Monday.  Please note:  If you are dropping off a donation or picking up a bulky item, you will need to arrive before 6pm.

We expect to be busy, so please be patient with staff, volunteers, and your fellow Forklift Fans.  If it has been a while since you last visited, check out our Policies and Shopping Tips for info about what to expect, what to bring, and what to wear.

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While you’re in the neighborhood…

A long weekend is a great chance to tackle projects around the house, so we’re glad to help with our big sale. However, we don’t want to forget the reason for the holiday:  to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.  So when you visit us this weekend, you might also want to visit a group of memorials that are located just a few minutes away.

Within walking distance of each other, you can find three memorials honoring those who died in World War IIthe Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the War of 1812. The most recently constructed of the three is the Undaunted in Battle Bladensburg War Memorial, at the intersection of Bladensburg Road (U.S. 450) and Baltimore Avenue (U.S. 1) .  Click here for a map.

There is quite a gripping story behind the War of 1812 battle here in our backyard!  The Undaunted monument depicts Commodore Joshua Barney of the U.S. Navy a moment after being wounded by approaching British troops. He is assisted by Charles Ball, an enslaved man and flotillaman of the U.S. Navy, and by a U.S. Marine, part of a force of nearly 500 troops who refused to retreat until ordered to by their commander.

Although they were outnumbered and outgunned, they were able to hold off the British for two hours, giving citizens and leaders in Washington the opportunity to flee and save official documents like the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Not only that, but the Star Spangled Banner was composed as a result of this battle.

No matter how you choose to spend your time this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to take a moment to honor and remember those who sacrificed for our country.

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Remember, every donation and purchase helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

40% off Storewide Sale

Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

40% off Storewide Sale

We know this weekend is full of parades, commemorative events, family time, and local celebrations.  But if you’d like to stop by, we’re having a big sale:

40% OFF STOREWIDE!

Saturday May 25th, Sunday May 26th,

AND Monday, May 27th

The sale includes furniture, architectural salvage, tile, appliances, lighting, granite counters, doors, windows, tile, flooring, bathroom fixtures, cabinets, items in our courtyard, and more!

Please note: This flash sale does not include lumber, bricks and masonry, select specialty items, items listed online, 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. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

Community Forklift will be open 9am – 7pm on Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday.  Please note:  If you are dropping off a donation or picking up a bulky item, you will need to arrive before 6pm.

We expect to be busy, so please be patient with staff, volunteers, and your fellow Forklift Fans.  If it has been a while since you last visited, check out our Policies and Shopping Tips for info about what to expect, what to bring, and what to wear.

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A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR MEMORIAL DAY

A long weekend is a great chance to tackle projects around the house, so we’re glad to help with our big sale. However, we don’t want to forget the reason for the holiday:  to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.  So if you visit us this weekend, you might also want to visit a group of memorials that are located just a few minutes away.

Within walking distance of each other, you can find three memorials honoring those who died in World War IIthe Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the War of 1812. The most recently constructed of the three is the Undaunted in Battle Bladensburg War Memorial, at the intersection of Bladensburg Road (U.S. 450) and Baltimore Avenue (U.S. 1) .  Click here for a map.

There is quite a gripping story behind the War of 1812 battle that this memorial commemorates!  The monument depicts Commodore Joshua Barney of the U.S. Navy a moment after being wounded by approaching British troops. He is assisted by Charles Ball, an enslaved man and flotillaman of the U.S. Navy, and by a U.S. Marine, part of a force of nearly 500 troops who refused to retreat until ordered to by their commander.

Although they were outnumbered and outgunned, they were able to hold off the British for two hours, giving citizens and leaders in Washington the opportunity to flee and save official documents like the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Not only that, but the Star Spangled Banner was composed as a result of this battle.

(Here at the Forklift, we also have a personal connection to this memorial – it was sculpted by local artist Joanna Blake, who died on May 27, 2016.  She also worked on the National World War II Memorial in D.C. In her spare time she volunteered for the local community development corporation and would hunt for treasures at Community Forklift.  She was incredibly creative – we remember a beautiful play kitchen she built for her daughter out of salvaged cabinets).

No matter how you choose to spend your time this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to take a moment to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

It’s time to #ReclaimKindness in our communities!

Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Blog, Donation Development, Fundraising, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

It’s time to #ReclaimKindness in our communities!

Community Forklift, together with United Way of the National Capital Area, are going to take back the kindness during this year’s Do More 24 movement.


Now in its 7th year, Do More 24 is an exciting 24-hour giving day, powered by United Way of the National Capital Area. This year’s theme is #ReclaimKindness. Community Forklift reclaims kindness through reuse. Did you know construction waste accounts for over 30% of the material in local landfills? We are breaking this destructive cycle by finding new lives for old materials. Since 2005, we have recovered over $30 million of building materials in the DC metro region!

Community Forklift reclaims kindness  for our fellow community members by creating good green jobs with benefits (including 25% of our staff who have barriers to employment), supplying an affordable source of building materials for homeowners, contractors and artisans, and providing free material to neighbors in need and local nonprofits. We host educational workshops and social events to spread the good news about reuse and environmental stewardship and create a gathering space for the community.

Your support through Do More 24 will help us reach thousands throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and we can’t do this without you! Not only do we need your support, we need your help to spread the word. Please tell your friends and family why you believe in our work and encourage them to donate too! Join the movement today, May 22 at Noon until May 23 at Noon and donate to be the change we all want to see! Go to our donate link today: https://www.domore24.org/CommunityForklift


Giving is live NOW and we only have 24 hours
to reach our goal!


Gifts as low as $10 are accepted on the DoMore24 website. As a local, grassroots nonprofit, we appreciate your support in any amount you choose.

Thank you for helping us #ReclaimKindness and Do More for our community.

25% Furniture & Decor

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

25% Furniture & Decor

This Wednesday & Thursday

Furniture & Decor is 25% off

From 9am to 7pm this Wednesday & Thursday (May 22 & 23), take 25% off modern and vintage furniture, housewares, and art. Save on tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, and file cabinets, as well as mirrors, cookware, baskets, wall art, lamps, and vases. 

Planning a wedding or special event? ,Many chairs are only $3.75 each during the sale, so pick up a few dozen for mix-and-match seating!
In addition to the usual landscapes and still life art, right now we have some unusual photos and posters, including memorabilia from careers spent in Washington politics and advocacy. Come get a piece of local history!

Please note: This flash sale does not include built-in cabinetry like bathroom vanities or kitchen cabinets; mantels; appliances; select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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Other Sales & Events

Jazz Night at the ‘Lift

Join us on June 7th for Forklift First Friday!  On the first Friday evening of each summer month, we stay open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live bands, local art, craft beer & wine, a delicious food truck, and activities for kids.

Doors are 25% off all month long

Throughout the month of May, save on barn doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, iron security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and modern doors in frames. Visit our blog for details.

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Every donation, purchase, and vote helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Calling all Forklift Fans, Reuse Rebels and Heavy Lifters!

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Blog, Donation Development, Events, Forklift First Friday, Fundraising | 0 comments

Calling all Forklift Fans, Reuse Rebels and Heavy Lifters!

What do you love about the ‘Lift?

Do you enjoy supporting our community giving work? Or maybe you find yourself perusing our picker’s paradise for hours? Does our intersectional mission of environmental justice and social justice get you fired up?

No matter what your cause, when you support us you are a Salvage Superhero; just like our staff and volunteers!

And now we have a fun, new way to support the ‘Lift:

Sponsoring Jazz Night at the ‘Lift is a great way to show members of our community that you support local events, and the work the ‘Lift does to lift up its community.

Whether you’re a Forklift Fan or a Heavy Lifter, your support will be appreciated and we’ll make sure the community knows just how amazing you are!

Please review our sponsorship options below and help give the ‘Lift a lift.


Heavy Lifter: $10,000 or more

  • Logo or name on our website banner *
  • Sponsor acknowledgement on social media **
  • Sponsor acknowledgement on event page **
  • Sponsor acknowledgement in the program **
  • Acknowledgement at the event entrance
  • Recognition during the event or optional
    5 minutes for sponsor to give a speech
  • 6 Forklift t-shirts
  • 6 dinner tickets & 12 drink coupons
* runs on our home page from June 1– 7
** includes logo or photo, link, and up to 200 characters

 

Salvage Superhero: $5,000 or more

  • Special acknowledgement on social media *
  • Special acknowledgement on the event page *
  • Special acknowledgement in the program *
  • Acknowledgement at the event entrance
  • Recognition during the event or optional
    3 minutes for sponsor to give a speech
  • 5 Forklift t-shirts
  • 5 dinner tickets & 10 drink coupons
* includes logo or photo, link, and up to 50 characters

 

Reuse Rebel: $1,000 or more

  • Logo or name listed on the event page *
  • Logo or name listed in the program
  • Acknowledgement at the event entrance
  • Recognition during the event
  • 4 Forklift t-shirts
  • 4 dinner tickets & 8 drink coupons
* Includes a link to your page

 

Waste Warrior: $500 or more

  • Name listed on the event page *
  • Name listed in the program
  • Acknowledgement at the event entrance
  • Recognition during the event
  • 3 Forklift t-shirts
  • 3 dinner tickets & 6 drink coupons
* includes a link to your page

Forklift Fan: $25 or more

  • Name listed on the event page
  • Acknowledgement at the event entrance
  • Name listed in the program
  • 2 Forklift t-shirt
  • 2 dinner tickets & 4 drink coupons

We have a sizeable online reach, with 16,600 blog subscribers, 4K Twitter followers, and 11K Facebook followers.
Please note – to be acknowledged in the print materials & online, you must send all information (logo, photo, links, and descriptions if applicable) to Events@communityforklift.org before 6pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

We appreciate our current sponsors

Heavy Lifters
The Honorable Jolene Ivey, Prince George’s County Council, District 5
The Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation

Salvage Superhero
The Honorable Calvin S. Hawkins, II, Prince George’s County Council, At-Large

Reuse Rebels
The Honorable Deni L. Taveras, Prince George’s County Council, District 2
The Edie & Pat Yinkey Foundation

Waste Warriors
The Honorable Dannielle M. Glaros, Prince George’s County, District 3
The Honorable Todd M. Turner, Chair, Prince George’s County Council, District 4
Central Square Bladensburg Center
Studio 3807

Forklift Fans
Reverend Gail Addison
End Time Harvest Ministries
J. Alexander Management Company
Lusk Damen Charitable Gift Fund

Weekend Cabinet Sale

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Blog, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Weekend Cabinet Sale

Cabinets are 25% off

This Saturday & Sunday!

Through 7 pm on Sunday April 19th, 2019, take 25% off the orange and blue tags on kitchen cabinet sets, single kitchen cabinets, and cabinet doors.

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

Please note: Sale does not include bathroom or living room cabinets; work benches or tool stands; select specialty items; items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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Other Sales & Events

Doors are 25% off all month long

Throughout the month of May, save on barn doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, iron security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and modern doors in frames. Visit our blog for details.

JAZZ NIGHT AT THE ‘LIFT

Join us on June 7th for Forklift First Friday!  On the first Friday evening of each summer month, we stay open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live bands, local art, craft beer & wine, a delicious food truck, and activities for kids.

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Every donation, purchase, and vote helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

3-Day Sale: Courtyard Clearance!

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Blog, Flash Sale, Gardening, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

3-Day Sale:  Courtyard Clearance!

This Tuesday – Thursday

Items in our courtyard are half off

Granite, marble, ironwork, tubs, sinks, & more!

On May 14 – 16, 2019, take 50% off items in our courtyard. The sale includes granite & marble counters, cast iron sinks, modern and vintage tubs, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, and more!

Yup, this sleek soaker tub is half off!

Remember, we offer 5 days of free storage on most bulk items, so if you buy something heavy during the sale, you have a little time to figure out how to get it home.

You might find some beautiful old steps and stone blocks for your garden.

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


The courtyard is overflowing with granite and stone countertops, in a big selection of sizes and colors. Great for kitchen counters, bathroom vanities, tops of furniture, and garden walkways
The sale includes cool old cast iron sinks…
And pretty modern sinks too!
Patio furniture is half off.

We’ve got tons of iron security bars and fence pieces. They’re great for trellises too.
Courtyard Clearance ends at 7pm on Thursday, so come in soon!

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Other Sales & Events

Doors are 25% off all month long

Throughout the month of May, save on barn doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, iron security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and modern doors in frames. Visit our blog for details.

Jazz Night at the ‘Lift

Join us on June 7th for Forklift First Friday!  On the first Friday evening of each summer month, we stay open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live bands, local art, activities for kids, delicious food trucks, and craft beer & wine.

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Every donation, purchase, and vote helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Weekend Lighting Sale – and gift ideas for Mom

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Weekend Lighting Sale – and gift ideas for Mom

25% off

Modern & Vintage Lights

May 11th & 12th, 2019

This Saturday & Sunday, take 25% off the marked price on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers.

abalone pendant and white geometric stained glass shade

Sale includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps from every era.

Please note:  Sale does not include ceiling fans, other light parts, or electrical supplies. Flash sales do not include select specialty items or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

Victorian brass hanging light with rose painted shades

Need a gift for Mom?

Is she into DIY, upcycling, and Community Forklift? We bet she’ll love a Forklift gift card and t-shirt! Stop by our front desk this weekend to pick up a useful gift for her.

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