A couple of weeks ago, my friend Mary and I visited the most incredible salvage yard in the DC area: Community Forklift. Just like their website says, this is “no ordinary home improvement center.”
With lumber, ceramic tiles, lighting, molding, tools, cabinetry, even antiques ready to be refurbished or refreshed, this place has everything a DIYer could ever want.
But even better, Community Forklift promotes green building — it keeps reusable materials out of landfills and makes repair and renovation projects more affordable for everyone in the community.
It’s a little tricky to find, but well worth the visit. We went on a Sunday morning when traffic was light. And as an added bonus, the College Park IKEA is just a 10-minute drive away (get two fun trips for the price of one!). Their inventory changes daily, but here’s a peak at the type of items you will find.
Outside, there are slabs and slabs of granite and marble. You’ll have to find someone else to cut the size you need, but you’ll get a great deal.
Need a tub? They have standard styles and even a few claw foots (not pictured).
Love this vintage dining set in a cool blue — six chairs and a table for $75! And note those industrial file drawers to the left — perfect for storing tools and craft supplies.
There were a bunch of these antique mantles — if only I had a fireplace! They would also make a fabulous headboard for a bed.
Don’t know if they actually work, but we saw several vintage stoves. I wonder if you could convert one into a storage cabinet.
Rows and rows of kitchen cabinets — these look like new and they’re dirt cheap!
So much treasure — this place is huge.
I’m kicking myself for not snatching this fabulous window (no clue what I would do with it, but it’s awesome!).
When we left, a fellow shopper was purchasing these classic blue and white tiles (looks like enough for a small Del Ray bathroom).
Mary measured radiators for a construction job. She found one for $160 — new, these cost over $1,000.
Wouldn’t this jukebox be awesome at Los Tios?
One word: LOVE
Whose house doesn’t need an organ? Although I’d be concerned about using an antique crib for a baby, that charming Jenny Lind-style one to the right could be repurposed somehow. Also note: fab retro yellow stool on the left.
I looked for my kids’ names — lots of Bobs, Garys, Dales, and Jeffs (sorry, no Jack and Calvins).
Sadly, there’s no room for this old school desk in my house, but would be great if we had just one more nook to fill.
Plastic, wood, and glass knobs galore.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. There is soooo much more to see. Bring a friend and your measuring tape (and a large vehicle) and get ready to plan your next DIY project.
Have you been to Community Forklift? Tell others in the comment section about your experience.
Posted by Katie