Would you like to share Before and After photos from a creative reuse project that you’ve completed using salvaged materials from Community Forklift? Send the photos and a short description to outreach@CommunityForklift.org or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

Reuse can stretch a budget AND a space! From a Forklift Fan: “This cabinet was added to an existing kitchen for additional storage. Originally, we were looking for a kitchen cart but we happened to find a cabinet that matched perfectly — we even found almost the exact same handles at Community Forklift.” Thanks for shopping second hand for your creative kitchen addition!

This salvaged pendant light from our reuse warehouse is fantastic and the shadows it casts are even better! Thanks to Forklift Fan for shopping secondhand, conserving natural resources while saving money and supporting our reuse warehouse.

From a Forklift Fan: “I wanted to restore the wood and hardware, but the knobs were busted. I went to Community Forklift to find matching secondhand knobs, and after stripping the doors and polishing the hardware, the glass knobs made it complete!” Thanks for using salvaged materials in your project … the doors look great!

This vintage pedestal is back in service as a plant stand after its new owner found it at Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse. What a difference some orange oil and scratch cover can make! An application of each and this plant stand is better than new; the scratches and wear are less noticeable, but the warmth and comfort that comes from age and use is still there.

The set for “Mummy in the Closet: Evita’s Return” at GALA Hispanic Theatre incorporates salvaged 4x4s, light fixtures, molding, and more from Community Forklift, supplied to the theater for free through our Community Building Blocks (CBB) program.

The musical blends history and fantasy and follows the afterlife of Eva Perón, when her preserved corpse ignites political scandals and clandestine affairs. Catch “Mummy in the Closet: Evita’s Return” and its fantastic salvaged sets at GALA Theatre May 9 through June 9!

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.