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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.

Essentials for Less: 25% off Storewide

Posted by on Jul 3, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 25% off Storewide

We are open on Independence Day!

25% off Storewide

Saturday, July 4 – Monday, July 6

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!

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 warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm.

Community Forklift also offers online shopping and low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace! Shop online for items on our warehouse floor, come to our warehouse within five days of purchase, show your ID to the front desk associate, and we’ll bring your order to the loading dock while you get your vehicle! Please bring an appropriate vehicle for transport and help for loading. Due to social distancing, we will not be able to help you load items into your vehicle. See what’s available at www.CommunityForkliftMarketplace.org!


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 items 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.

Essentials for Less: 25% off appliances during July

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Monthly Sales, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Essentials for Less: 25% off appliances during July

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. July 1 – 31, 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 sale includes both modern and vintage items and we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances. 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 warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm.

Community Forklift also offers online shopping and low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace! Shop online for items on our warehouse floor, come to our warehouse within five days of purchase, show your ID to the front desk associate, and we’ll bring your order to the loading dock while you get your vehicle! Please bring an appropriate vehicle for transport and help for loading. Due to social distancing, we will not be able to help you load items into your vehicle. See what’s available at www.CommunityForkliftMarketplace.org!


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 appliances or other items 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.

Vintage tools in the Community Forklift eBay store

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Vintage tools in the Community Forklift eBay store

From lathes and planes to saws and wrenches, the Community Forklift eBay store has an interesting selection of vintage tools! Buy online and have your find shipped to you at home or choose free low-contact pickup at our nonprofit reuse warehouse.

A FEW OF THE LISTINGS:

Visit the Community Forklift eBay store to see all of the vintage tools, plus lighting, tile, appliances, and more!


We also have vintage and modern tools in our nonprofit reuse warehouse in Hyattsville, MD. Stop by any day between 12 and 5 pm. Please wear a face mask and keep 6 feet from other people. Thank you!

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

Treincarnation Live Edge Lumber: newly restocked!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2020 in Blog, Consignment items, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Treincarnation Live Edge Lumber: newly restocked!

Our partners at Treincarnation create sustainably-harvested, rough-planed specialty lumber — and it’s available here at Community Forklift! This local company works to bring a second beautiful life to trees felled by storms or removed to make way for development. Instead of chipping them into mulch, Treincarnation mills these hardwoods into ‘live edge’ lumber, which is stacked and air-dried for years to bring out the best qualities in the wood.

Species include pin oak, cherry, maple, walnut, sycamore, elm, and more. We have slabs of all sizes perfect for everything from cutting boards and shelves to gorgeous bars and dining tables. Stop in and see what’s here for your next project! Our nonprofit reuse warehouse is open every day from 12 – 5 pm so you can look through all of the options in person. Just remember to bring a face mask and keep a 6-foot distance from employees and other customers.


Community Forklift Marketplace

If you would rather shop online, we also have select pieces of Treincarnation live edge lumber listed in the Community Forklift Marketplace! Find a piece that you like, buy it online, then come to the warehouse for low-contact pickup! Just show your ID to the front desk associate and bring your car to the loading dock while we bring over your order. Please bring an appropriate vehicle and people to help you with loading, if needed.

A FEW OF THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON THE MARKETPLACE

  • Ash 23.5-28.75″ x 72.75″ | $342
  • Maple 24″ x 41.25″ | $180
  • Elm 12-15.5″ x 50.5″ | $153
  • Maple 26.5″ x 21.5″ | $54

Visit www.CommunityForkliftMarketplace.org for more!

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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.

Specially-marked items are 50% off!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2020 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Specially-marked items are 50% off!

Select items throughout the warehouse that are marked with the “Manager’s Special” tag (see above) are all 50% off. You can save on end tables, coffee tables, dining tables, desks, chairs, china hutches, dressers, and more!

Visit our nonprofit reuse warehouse to shop for these discounted items. Please wear a face mask and keep a 6-foot distance between employees and other shoppers.

The Manager’s Special includes only items bearing a “Manager’s Special” tag. It does not include items with missing or damaged price tags and may not be combined with other offers. Discount available while supply lasts.

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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. 

Carpeting at Community Forklfit is wall-to-wall value!

Posted by on Jun 24, 2020 in Blog, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Carpeting at Community Forklfit is wall-to-wall value!

Looking to add or replace wall-to-wall carpeting in your home? Check out the carpeting section at Community Forklift! We have rolls and rolls of wall-to-wall carpeting in a variety of solids and patterns and all of it at below-market prices. Our nonprofit reuse warehouse is open every day from 12 – 5 pm so you can look through all of the options in person! Just remember to bring a face mask and keep a 6-foot distance from employees and other customers.


Community Forklift Marketplace

If you would rather shop online, we also have select rolls of carpet listed in the Community Forklift Marketplace! Find a roll of carpet that you like, buy it online, then come to the warehouse for low-contact pickup! Just show your ID to the front desk associate, then bring your car to the loading dock while we bring over your order. Please bring an appropriate vehicle and people to help you with loading, if needed.

A FEW OF THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON THE MARKETPLACE

Visit www.CommunityForkliftMarketplace.org for more!


More flooring options

If wall-to-wall carpeting is not your thing, we also have tile flooring, hardwood flooring, carpet tiles, area rugs, and more. Visit the warehouse or search the 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 flooring or other home supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!

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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 Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Essentials for less: 40% off Kitchen Cabinets

Wednesday, June 24 – Sunday, June 28

We are here for you! Community Forklift is a resource providing free and low-cost essential home repair materials to the community. Wednesday, June 24, through Sunday, June 28, take 40% 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 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 online. 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.