Community Forklift: The DC DIY-er’s Best-Kept Secret

Have you been to Community Forklift? Have you even heard of Community Forklift? I lived in DC for four years before ever hearing about this place, and once I discovered how chock full of amazing stuff it is, I couldn’t believe it was such a well-kept secret! It’s basically a gigantic warehouse and storage yard chock-full of reclaimed fixtures, construction materials, appliances, and vintage doodads from old homes. This place is located just over the NE border of DC in Edmonston, MD (a 15-minute drive from The Hill) has EVERYTHING.


Crystal doorknobs, beautiful wrought-iron grates, vintage light fixtures, ancient kitchen supplies like this cute-yet-creepy teddy bear cake pan:


…piles of all sorts of different kinds of tiles, aisles full of all shapes and sizes of doors, windows, window screens, refrigerators, stoves, toilets, sinks, and more. There’s a section for tools and hardware too – nails and screws of all sizes are just the beginning. Outside, you’ll find slabs of granite and stone in various shapes and sizes, bathtubs galore, bricks, lumber…phew.


From fun decorative pieces like dusty apothecary jars and cast-iron kettles to practical pieces like raw lumber of various species and sizes, I really am not exaggerating when I say this place has EVERYTHING. The many, many photos below barely begin to capture the vastness of this place and its remarkable collection of, well, stuff. Check them out, then find a friend with a pickup truck and go visit!

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