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Save 40% on salvaged interior and exterior doors this weekend!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 40% on salvaged interior and exterior doors this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3

This weekend, October 2 & 3, take 40% 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 purchased items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed.

Please continue to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose while at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs doors or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include doors with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass, specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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Every time you 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 salvaged modern and vintage lighting in October

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

Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage lighting in October

25% off lighting in October!

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

Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs lighting or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include light parts, electrical supplies, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online in our eBay or Chairish shops. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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

Vintage History: antique carved China Cabinet and Sideboard

Posted by on Sep 27, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Vintage History: antique carved China Cabinet and Sideboard

Note: In our Vintage History blog feature, a Community Forklift pricing team member will tell us about something in the reuse warehouse, with particular attention paid to its style, history, and function.

The mirrored sideboard with gorgeous woodgrain and intricate carving work.

These fully carved antique dining room set pieces in the style of R.J. Horner are spectacularly unique! Both the mirrored sideboard and china cabinet feature gorgeous wood grain and intricate carving work in a beautiful turn-of-the-century style.

The most eye-catching feature is the profusion of masterfully done woodcarvings. A total of six winged griffins support and adorn the two pieces and these enigmatic sentries are joined by carved acanthus leaves, scrolls, shells, and faces on a stippled background. Even the feet are adorned: heavily carved big bulbous toes with little nails carved into them!

The china cabinet has three curved glass panels that follow the graceful lines of the windows and door. Inside, four shelves provide ample storage and display space, and the upper portion is backed with a mirror, creating a lightness in an otherwise heavy, stately piece.

The sideboard also features a mirror, which has very little wear and was possibly replaced in a recent restoration. The two griffins supporting the upper shelf of the sideboard have fantastic pointed wings. Toward the bottom, a long drawer spans the length of the piece and is ideal for storing table linens to minimize folds and creases.

The china cabinet with curved glass panels.

Another fantastic feature of the sideboard are the carved handles and pulls for the drawers and doors. The cupboards can be opened by pulling on the open mouths of the faces that decorate the fronts. The center cupboard door will need repair: each piece needs to be removed from the center panel and reassembled to properly fit and swing. The drawer pulls are also carved, though the pulls on the two outer drawers are damaged. However, one of the missing pieces to the pulls comes with the sideboard and could be reattached by a skilled artisan or used to mold new pulls.

Both the sideboard and cabinet feature beautiful tiger oak wood graining. 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. It’s especially noticeable on the flat sections of the drawer and door faces and the top of the sideboard.

Likely over 100 years old, these pieces were probably built between 1890 and 1920. A few decades earlier, Japan ended its isolationist foreign policy and opened up regular trade with the West. With this opening, a strong interest in Japanese techniques and motifs depicting flora and fauna began to arise.

These Japanese styles influenced the Aesthetic Movement, which began around the same time. This movement emphasized the creation of art for art’s sake and swept quickly through architecture, furniture, and interior design. American design was highly influenced by the movement around the turn of the century when these pieces were likely made.

One of the furniture makers who created furniture in this style was Robert J. Horner, who established the furniture company R.J. Horner & Co. in 1886. He made a name for himself selling masterfully carved pieces featuring winged griffins, acanthus leaves, and other opulent woodwork. This sideboard and china cabinet are in that style, but the label on the back of the sideboard is incomplete and obscures the maker, though the style of the label does conform to labels from the turn of the century.

Regardless of the maker, these two stately and spectacular pieces of history would make a fine addition to any home. They would be stunning in a period dining room or displayed in a modern setting like the works of art they were designed to be. The china cabinet has already sold, but for more information and photos of the sideboard, visit the listing on 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.

Save 25% on appliances September 25 & 26!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on appliances September 25 & 26!

25% off appliances this weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday, September 25 & 26, take 25% off appliances, including dishwashers, ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, microwaves, stove hoods, wall ovens, washing machines, and dryers.  The discount includes both modern and vintage items and we offer a 3-week return policy on most Forklift appliances. We also offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Please continue to wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online in the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs appliances or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: discount does not include appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, items listed in our eBay or Chairish stores, or select specialty items. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Discount may not be combined with other offers.

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

Kitchen appliance reuse helps alleviate food insecurity

Posted by on Sep 23, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Kitchen appliance reuse helps alleviate food insecurity

September 23, 2021

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has created a spike in the number of communities facing food insecurity. Even with businesses, organizations, and schools reopening, many communities are still struggling with low access to affordable and nutritious foods. According to an analysis study from Feeding America’s findings on the 2020 & 2021 Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity, “many people who have been most impacted by the pandemic were food insecure or at risk of food insecurity before COVID-19 and are facing greater hardship since COVID-19.”

One of our partner organizations that have been providing services to combat food insecurity in Prince George’s County and Howard County is LindaBen Foundation, Inc., a grassroots nonprofit that provides services to the homeless and underserved communities in Maryland.

In May, LindaBen Foundation Inc. received a free refrigerator through Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks (CBB) Program, which distributes free materials to nonprofit organizations for projects that serve the community.

“THANK YOU SO MUCH! As you can see, it’s been put to good use to help in our food rescue & feeding efforts.”

Annabelle Beavan, Founder of LindaBen Foundation, Inc.

The LindaBen Foundation aims to support Title I public schools and has partnered with the City of New Carrollton to distribute food to students and families through its Adopt-A-School Program. The donated refrigerator is currently being used to store perishable food during their regular food distribution. Annabelle Beavan, Founder of LindaBen Foundation, Inc., sent us pictures of the fully stocked refrigerator and said: “THANK YOU SO MUCH! As you can see, it’s been put to good use to help in our food rescue & feeding efforts.”

LindaBen Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization founded in 2020 during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Founder Annabelle Beavan created the organization in the loving memory of her parents and those who suffer from homelessness, poverty, severe mental health issues, and addiction. Visit the LindaBen Foundation website to find out more about their initiatives.

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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.


Donate A/C units and help lift up your community through reuse!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

Donate A/C units and help lift up your community through reuse!

September 20, 2021

Have you removed your window or in-room A/C unit yet in preparation for cooler fall weather? If you’re thinking of upgrading or getting rid of your current A/C units, consider donating them to Community Forklift!

Every summer, Community Forklift provides dozens of free air conditioners to households with limited incomes through our Home Essentials Program. And every summer, the waitlist and demand for units outpaces our supply!

Hola Cultura recently published a three-part report on summer temperatures in D.C., the connection between heat and our health, and how we can cool down D.C. residents. Check out their findings and learn how heat extremes affect the health of children, the elderly and pregnant, and people with chronic health problems.

We hope to alleviate these issues by diverting useable air conditioning units from the landfill and providing them for free or at low cost to those that need them — and you can help! Here’s how:

  1. DONATE: You can donate unneeded window or in-room air conditioning units (under 10 years of age and including all their pieces) at our reuse warehouse in Hyattsville, MD. We are open Monday through Sunday, 12 to 5 pm.
  2. FUND THE CAUSE: Help us buy new units to donate directly to a Home Essentials client! When donating money through our online contribution form, add a note in the comments section that you’d like your contribution to go to the HELP program.
  3. BUY AND DONATE A NEW A/C UNIT: If you don’t have a used A/C unit to donate, we also accept new ones! Just drop it off at the reuse warehouse any day between 12 and 5 pm and pick up your receipt for your tax-deductible donation.
  4. SPREAD THE WORD: Do you know of someone who might have an air conditioner to donate? Let your family, friends, and neighbors know that we can put it to good use!

Thank you for helping us lift up our community through reuse!

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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.

Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage lighting!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on salvaged modern and vintage lighting!

Saturday & Sunday, September 18 & 19

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18 & 19, take 25% off the blue and orange price tags on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers. The discount includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps.

Please wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in the public spaces at Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


Community Forklift provides free home repair supplies and other essentials to households with limited resources through our Home Essentials Program. If you or someone you know needs 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. 

Donor Spotlight: Bozzuto Construction

Posted by on Sep 16, 2021 in Blog, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles, Forklifter Profiles | 0 comments

Donor Spotlight: Bozzuto Construction

September 16, 2021

Donations of new and gently-used building materials and home essentials are the backbone of what we do here at Community Forklift. While our reuse warehouse serves as the hub for the redistribution of these materials, we wouldn’t be here without the generous community members and businesses who donate them. One of these generous community donors is Bozzuto Construction, who recently donated cabinetry, refrigerators, ranges, and bathroom vanities.

“From environmentally-responsible practices to outreach initiatives, Bozzuto Construction partners with project owners and other team members to ensure our collective community and sustainability goals are met,” said Mark Weisner, President of Bozzuto Construction Company. “In this case, ownership asked us to find charities accepting furniture donations. We are thankful to have found Community Forklift – a great organization who is taking and repurposing all cabinetry for a greater good.”

Some of these materials from Bozzuto Construction are already making a difference in our community after being distributed by Community Forklift’s Home Essentials Program. An 83-year-old senior with health conditions didn’t have a way to store fresh food when her refrigerator stopped working. Her social worker and a neighbor helped her apply to our Home Essentials Program and we provided her with a free refrigerator from Bozzuto Construction.

“I spoke with Ms. M yesterday and she said everything was going well,” her neighbor said. “I caught her as she was returning home from getting eggs and other produce to place in the fridge. If I may speak for her, she is grateful to you and your team at Community Forklift for assisting her in her time of need. You guys are true angels and God bless each and every one of you.”

Bozzuto’s charitable and philanthropic efforts are guided by a desire to make a difference in communities facing homelessness and housing challenges. They support youth development and social and environmental impact causes through their Rise by Bozzuto initiative and have raised money and donated materials for numerous local organizations. In 2020, Multi-Housing News recognized their efforts with its award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program.

With the help of donors like Bozzuto Construction, Community Forklift has recovered an estimated $45 million of building materials in the DC metro region since opening in 2005. In addition to being distributed for free through the Home Essentials Program, some donated materials also go to nonprofit groups for projects that benefit the community through our Community Building Blocks program.

Salvaged materials also stock the Community Forklift nonprofit reuse warehouse, in Hyattsville, MD. These items are sold at below-market prices to people in the area who need them. Funds from these sales support our community giving programs, the operation of the reuse warehouse, and the 30+ local green jobs we create.

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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.

You’ve nominated us for “Best Green Business”! Vote now and help us win!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2021 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, News, Press we've received | 0 comments

You’ve nominated us for “Best Green Business”! Vote now and help us win!

Thank you for nominating us in Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. 2021!

We really appreciate the love and support you’ve shown us by nominating us. We’ve won the “Best Green Business” category every year since 2014 and we’re so happy to be in the running again!

This year there’s a bit of a twist! We’ve been nominated for “Best Green Business” and … “Best Adult Toy Store”? We can honestly say we weren’t expecting the latter, but we appreciate your enthusiasm for our reuse warehouse and its contributions to your hobbies, whatever they might be. 

Please help us continue our winning streak by voting us “Best Green Business” again. Voting ends this Sunday, September 19! Here’s how to vote:

1) Visit the Washington City Paper Best Of D.C. 2021 website.
2) Select the GOODS category
3) Find “Best Green Business”
4) Click “VOTE” next to “Community Forklift”
5) Enter your email address

Thank you for the support!

Save 25% on bathroom fixtures and tile!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on bathroom fixtures and tile!

Saturday & Sunday, September 11 & 12

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! Also, take 25% off the marked prices on ceramic, porcelain, stone, terracotta, vinyl, and glass tile. We offer 5 days of free storage to give you time to arrange for transportation.

Please wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose when visiting Community Forklift. Thank you! Our warehouse hours are Monday – Sunday from 12 to 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, tile, or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


Please note: tile discount applies only to bundles and boxes of tile, not loose pieces. Discount does not include other types of flooring or furniture, roof tile, wood tile, appliances from our ALCO consignment partner, water heaters, window air conditioners, other heating and cooling equipment, select specialty items, items listed on eBay or Chairish, or items from our consignment partners. 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.