Hunting for treasures at the Community Forklift in Edmonston, MD

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Community Forklift


I love to hunt for treasures at antique stores, flea markets or any of the Re-stores. The Community Forklift (love that name!) in Edmonston, MD (greater Hyattsville area) is similar to the Habitat for Humanity® in its mission - DON'T DUMP, DONATE!

It's a win-win for everybody - less material ends up in the landfills, donations are tax deductible, communities are uplifted and the character of historic homes can be preserved through the use of donated, salvaged materials. The Community Forklift carries new green materials (sustainable harvested lumber, low VOC paints for example), surplus materials and salvaged materials. You can find anything from sinks, cabinets, granite & marble, wood-flooring, ceramic tile, appliances ... or a true treasure like an antique vent cover or kitchen utensil, an odd-sized window, character-rich door or the antique piece of molding that is hard to find somewhere else! 

Community Forklift is located at 4671 Tanglewood Dr in Edmonston, MD 20781. They are open year-round but hours change - check their website before you go.

You can drop off donations at the store or arrange for a free home pick-up service but you want to find out first which  items are accepted (some change based on stock). The Community Forklift also gladly accepts monetary donations to support their mission and welcomes volunteers!


Community Forklift Antiques

Community Forklift Salvaged Items


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Andrea Bedard
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Comments (7)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Andrea - I must say that I am very attracted to the antique vent covers.  I grew up in a house which had a similarly styled one.  That photo snapped me back in time.  I'm with you - I also like that name, "The Community Forklift."

Jan 27, 2012 01:04 PM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Andrea.  I love Habitat for Humanity!  There are always "finds" to be found in resale shops, but it takes a little time and sometimes a good eye to see the potential.  As you said, keeping stuff out of the landfill and offering  the buyer a discount price -- everybody wins!

Jan 27, 2012 01:06 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Hi Myrl: I loved the vents - and the picture came out nicely. I'm thinking about going back to take more pictures of those and turning it into a photograph series?

Hi Dianne: I do, too and I'm really excited about having discovered the Community Forklift! My imagination goes wild when I visit and I'd love to take home so much stuff - but first I need a bigger house and a proper workshop!

Jan 27, 2012 01:32 PM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Andrea, I love these kinds of places as well and they really do some good. Just looking at those metal grates I see outdoor art.We don't have a Community Forklift (unless it's Thanksgiving).  I need to go check my local ReStore's been a while.

Jan 27, 2012 01:38 PM
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Andrea - this looks like my kind of place!  Thanks for sharing - it woould be great if you did a series - I would love it!

Jan 27, 2012 02:18 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I bet I could spend an entire day looking around in there.  I love to rehab old things into something new and useful.

Jan 27, 2012 03:29 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Hi Cindy: It's the best of all worlds - recycling, supporting the community and coming up with unique items! I was contemplating on using one of those metal covers as decoration ... I see another trip to the Community Forklift in my near future!

Hi Louise: Thank you! I've been playing around with the photographs already but think I need to go back to take some more!

Hi Tammy: I know! Everytime you turn around you discover something else! I have lots of ideas what I would like to do with some old doors and windows and shutters but am seriously lacking the space right now.

Jan 28, 2012 06:49 AM