Forgotten treasures step out of the shadows of antiquity at Community Forklift. A project of the Sustainable Community Initiatives nonprofit, the architectural-salvage shop raises money for community assistance like the Home Essentials Program and the Community Building Blocks Program. The funding comes from the sale of surplus building materials, salvaged lumber and fixtures from deconstructed homes, and used appliances. For those restoring an older home or with vintage tastes, the warehouse is packed with such finds as enameled cast-iron sinks, wainscoting from the late 1800s, and a steady stream of retro furniture from centuries past.
Purchasing supplies here has plenty more benefits: it reduces construction-industry waste and makes home improvement more affordable. And if you're unsure how to get started on your own DIY projects, Community Forklift hosts lots of workshop on topics ranging from home carpentry to upcycling to beekeeping.