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Donation Explanation: The reasons behind our Donation Guidelines

Posted by on Jun 17, 2021 in Blog, Donation Development | 0 comments

Donation Explanation: The reasons behind our Donation Guidelines

At Community Forklift, we gladly accept donations of appliances, kitchen cabinets, furniture, hardware, tools, and other home essentials. These generous donations are the cornerstone of our mission to provide free and low-cost materials to the community while diverting usable items from the landfill. Not all materials are accepted at the reuse warehouse, however, and we have a list of donation guidelines available online to help you understand what you can bring to our Donations Team.

It’s important to remember that while your item’s journey with you ends at Community Forklift, our goal is to prolong that item’s usefulness by passing it on to another person in the community who needs it. Our reuse warehouse is the creative hub and means by which your used materials find a new home. So why are some materials accepted while others are not?

CONDITION

Generally, items must be in good condition and easily reusable in order to be passed on to a new owner. If something is really dirty or moldy, broken beyond repair, or inoperable or missing pieces, then it has limited potential for reuse. Before donating, ask yourself: “if I needed this item, would I buy it in this condition?”

REUSABILITY

Some items have limited reuse demand even when in good condition. When items are not in demand for reuse, they remain in our warehouse and take up space that could be devoted to materials that the community does need. For this reason, we don’t accept exercise machines or commercial office furniture.

SAFETY

There are also some materials that can’t be safely processed and stored at our reuse warehouse. Mattresses, bedding, baby items, medical equipment, and clothing do not fare well in our dusty warehouse full of building materials. Visit the reuse resources on our website to find a home for these materials!

We appreciate all of the support that we get from the community through material and financial donations. We couldn’t exist without it! If you have any questions about items that we can accept, please contact our Donations Team at Donations@CommunityForklift.org or (301) 985-5180. Thank you for helping us lift 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. 

A hidden treasure trove of history on a deconstruction project

Posted by on Jun 16, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, News | 0 comments

A hidden treasure trove of history on a deconstruction project

You never know what hidden treasures you’ll find when working with salvaged materials! Community Forklift recently completed a deconstruction project on a series of row homes on North Capitol Street in Washington, DC. By carefully removing good used construction materials from the buildings, Community Forklift can redistribute them to the community instead of sending them to the landfill.

While removing an antique fireplace mantel in one of the homes, the deconstruction team discovered a stash of items that had fallen behind it over the years. Among the materials are playing cards from the ’70s, a postcard from Alabama, vintage photos and letters, business cards for DC businesses, and a receipt from the ’30s! All-in-all, it’s a fascinating bunch of stuff and so we wanted to share it with you. Check out the photos below!

This deconstruction project was completed for So Others Might Eat (SOME), a Washington, DC, nonprofit that helps neighbors experiencing homelessness. They provide housing, healthcare, job training programs, and more, and plan to replace the four rowhomes on North Capitol Street with an affordable apartment building. Thanks to SOME for supporting reuse and the community by letting us deconstruct their properties! For more information on Community Forklift’s deconstruction services, please email DeconWorks@CommunityForklift.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. 

Take 25% off modern and vintage salvaged lighting!

Posted by on Jun 11, 2021 in Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Take 25% off modern and vintage salvaged lighting!

Saturday & Sunday, June 12 & 13

This Saturday and Sunday, June 12 & 13, 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 continue to 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: Fishman Flooring Solutions

Posted by on Jun 10, 2021 in Blog, Donor Profiles, Donor profiles, Forklifter Profiles | 0 comments

Donor Spotlight: Fishman Flooring Solutions

Community Forklift is nothing without our donors. Their generosity enables us to operate our reuse warehouse, where sales of donated materials fund our community giving programs, support our dedicated staff, and enable the reuse of materials instead of sending them to a landfill.

One of these generous donors is Fishman Flooring Solutions, a wholesale flooring distributor with local branches in Beltsville, Rockville, and Manassas. In April of this year, they donated 16 large rolls of carpeting to Community Forklift!

“Thanks to the amazing employee owners of Fishman Flooring Solutions for donating surplus carpet to our reuse warehouse,” Community Forklift CEO Nancy J. Meyer said. “Their generosity will give households and non-profit organizations access to free or low-cost floor coverings. We appreciate their commitment to bettering the communities in which they live and work!” 

Community Forklift staff will cut each of the 16 rolls down into about 12 144-square-foot sections in order to stock our reuse warehouse. The carpeting is distributed for free to community organizations and households with limited incomes or sold to the community at below-market prices. You can even find them listed on our Community Forklift Marketplace!

“Thanks to the amazing employee owners of Fishman Flooring Solutions for donating surplus carpet to our reuse warehouse! Their generosity will give households and non-profit organizations access to free or low-cost floor coverings.”

Nancy J. Meyer, Community Forklift CEO

This donation to Community Forklift is one of many examples of Fishman Flooring Solutions employees supporting the communities in which they live. The company is 100%-employee-owned and has donated materials to Help and Emergency Response (H.E.R.), Ronald McDonald House, and other great organizations. Fishman employees also raise money for all sorts of causes and volunteer at shelters, schools, and other community organizations.

“Fishman Flooring Solutions has been in business for more than 100 years, which means we have deep roots in the communities in which we operate,” Fishman Flooring Solutions Vice-President of Human Resources Jon Karp said. “We are based locally and hire locally, and our employee-owners want to help their communities grow.  Supporting a great cause like Community Forklift is a way for our employees to make a difference, and to do something that resonates with their values as employee-owners.” 

Christopher Murphy, Fishman Flooring Solutions’ Beltsville, MD, Branch Manager, says that “these donations are given because there is a place for everything. This floor product can be new hopes for the less fortunate. Rather than throw them away to clear space, they wanted to give them to a resource that would put them to great use.” He summed up the donation with a quote from Muhammad Ali: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

Founded in 1919 as L. Fishman & Son, Fishman Flooring Solutions has 37 (soon to be 38!) branches in 15 states. Their 240+ full-time employee owners sell flooring installation supplies and more to the trade. Thank you to Fishman Flooring Solutions 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. 

Save 25% on modern and vintage furniture this weekend!

Posted by on Jun 4, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage furniture this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday, June 5 & 6

This Saturday and Sunday, June 5 & 6, take 25% off modern and vintage furniture at the Community Forklift reuse warehouse and online in the Community Forklift Marketplace! Save on all sorts of styles and types of tables, dressers, shelves, wardrobes, desks, chairs, sofas, and more. We offer five days of free storage after purchase to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed!

Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse and courtyard. Thank you!

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

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


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


Please note: discount does not include bathroom vanities or kitchen cabinets, mantels, appliances, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed on eBay or Chairish. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.  May not be combined with other discounts or promotions.

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

Reuse at work in the Uniting US Summer with the Arts exhibition

Posted by on Jun 3, 2021 in Blog, Community Giving Programs, Non-profit partners | 0 comments

Reuse at work in the Uniting US Summer with the Arts exhibition

One of Community Forklift’s nonprofit partners, Uniting US, recently opened the Summer with the Arts exhibition in collaboration with the Military Women’s Memorial. Located at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery and open to the public during regular hours, the exhibit features work by more than a hundred artists. “The range of artworks created by Uniting US artists for the Summer with the Arts exhibition is breathtaking,” says Uniting US Executive Director, AnnMarie Halterman.

Some of those works of art are displayed on custom-made gallery pedestals created by the Community Forklift team and donated through our Community Building Blocks Program (CBB). This program provides free materials to other nonprofits for projects that benefit the community. Since 2011 we have partnered with over 400 organizations and awarded over $400,000 in store credit.


Uniting US works to inspire participation in therapeutic art activities and unite service members and the community in which they live. They provide art supplies, therapeutic art experiences, art exhibit bookings, speaking engagements, mentoring, and more. The Summer with the Arts exhibition runs through September 7, 2021.

Related Blog: Lifting US, a Uniting US veteran art show held at Community Forklift at the end of 2020.

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

Save 25% on windows and window treatments in June!

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

Save 25% on windows and window treatments in June!

Tuesday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 30

During the month of June, save 25% on windows, window sashes, and window treatments including curtain rods, blinds, interior and exterior shutters, screens, and security bars. We offer 5 days of free storage for purchased items to give you time to arrange for transportation, if needed. Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in 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 windows or other supplies but will have difficulty paying for them, please take a look!


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

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Every time you 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 modern and vintage items storewide this holiday weekend!

Posted by on May 28, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Holidays and Long Weekends, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

Save 25% on modern and vintage items storewide this holiday weekend!

25% off Storewide

Saturday, May 29 – Monday, May 31

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. Please continue to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while in 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 supplies 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. 

A reused and repurposed living room addition

Posted by on May 26, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Customer Creations, Green Living, Ideas for Reuse, Ideas for Reuse & Repurposing | 0 comments

A reused and repurposed living room addition

What does a contractor do when the beginning of the pandemic stalls business? If you’re Phil Johnson of P.L. Johnson Construction, Inc, you go to work on your own home!

Working every weekend and some week days too, this sunroom addition took just over a year to complete. Since Phil is a frequent shopper at Community Forklift, it’s natural that reused materials would find their way into his construction project. “I’m always going to Community Forklift … to find those rare items or vintage items that I could use in my home,” he said.

The fireplace mantel, wood mantel shelf, four full-light windows, the side window over the couch, a door that he uses as a window, and an end table all came from Community Forklift. Those window and door elements in the room look like a matched set with their new black paint job. “All of the doors, windows, and interior trim are painted on the inside with [two coats of] black satin Rust-Oleum paint,” Phil said.

The wood soffits, clerestory window, couch, chair, coffee table, lamps, wall sconces, and fireplace stone step are also all secondhand. The record player by the fireplace is a vintage 1958 Grundig Majestic record player that Phil found on Facebook Marketplace. “It works,” he said. “It needs a new cartridge for the record player, but I won’t be playing records on it. […] I just purchased a vintage turntable for my top shelf.”

By using salvaged materials to build and furnish his living room addition, Phil has diverted all of these usable materials from the landfill. Did you know that building materials make up approximately 30% to 40% of our nation’s solid waste stream? That’s a lot of waste!

Community Forklift is turning this waste stream into a resource stream for the DC metro region by accepting donations of new and gently-used building materials and home essentials at our reuse warehouse. Since 2005, we have recovered an estimated $45 million of building materials in the area, and redistributed it to homeowners, small businesses, nonprofits, artisans, and historic restoration projects.

Thanks to Phil Johnson for being a part of this reuse economy and supporting Community Forklift and other reuse nonprofits!

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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 vintage and modern lighting this weekend!

Posted by on May 21, 2021 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Save 25% on vintage and modern lighting this weekend!
Pick up a light fixture for a weekend project!

25% off vintage and modern lighting!

This Saturday and Sunday, May 22 & 23, 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.

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

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

Please note our warehouse hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. You can also shop online and choose low-contact pickup through the Community Forklift Marketplace!


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


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

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