Dear PoPville – Looking for a Marble Slab

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for a small marble slab to use as a tabletop and could use some recommendations on places that may sell small (20” x 32”) slabs. Most of the online searches I get are for kitchen design companies. While I’m happy to call them, I’m hoping the community has better leads for me.”

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  • Check out Community Forklift or try the flea markets in Georgetown/Glover Park and Eastern Market.

    • I was just at Community Forklift last Saturday, and they have a ton of nice pieces. You also might check out craigslist.

    • Ditto on Community Forklift!

      Speaking of, anyone know if they’re open tomorrow? I should probably call to find out…

  • Have you tried calling The Brass Knob? They might have something like that.

  • Metro Weekly had this ad for “12 inches of rock hard” stone at one point that I adored. So aside from just sharing that for sharing’s sake, I would check out the ad pages of the weeklies (not just Metro).

  • Definitely the Community Forklift. They have a bunch of different scraps outside. You may have to find someone to cut the perfect size or shape though.

  • Last time I was at community forklift they had some – though you may have to cut it down yourself or pay to have it done.
    Pretty cheap.

  • Def. Community Forklift. They have a pretty good selection at all times, and the prices can’t be beat. They can also give you names of businesses that will cut it to size for you.

  • I found a piece of Carerra Marble at Community Forklift a few months ago for a table top and it only cost me $13!

  • head out to Rockville. You can get a remnant slab from several marble/granite places out there. ABKA provided beautiful marble for my kitchen floors and counters at a VERY reasonable price. The Carrara marble there is lovely.

  • Yes, community forklift, or if you’re willing to drive to b-more, Second Chance (like community forklift on steroids)

  • Marmara in DC.

  • Maybe Second Chance in B-more – 100x better than Community Forklift. I don’t know why people like that place – seemed like a small dump to me compared to Second Chance

  • yes – marmara – off NY Avenue near the animal shelter

  • Agree with the Second Chance in Bmore rec. Love that place and definitely worth the drive!

    • It’s very spendy compared to Community Forklift

    • oh yeah definitely Second Chance its awesome and if they have had it a long time you can get it for super cheap, since the price goes down ever so many months! It is also a blast just to walk around and explore that place!

  • ah

    Try Fernando’s Marble in Rockville

    While they’re usually fabricating big counters for kitchens they have loads of scrap pieces. It should be really easy to pick among them for a tabletop that size, and you’ll get a nice piece. If you want you can have them put a nice edge on it as well. Won’t be too expensive, and if you’re picking a scrap it will be even less.

  • I have a couple of slabs of granite leftover from the previous owner’s kitchen renovation. I know, not marble, but they’d be free. Both are 24″ x 36″, one has a beveled edge running the length of it

  • Call up a granite/marble fabricator in the area (lots in VA such as one right off of Jefferson Davis Highway in Del Ray). Ask if they have any spare pieces/scaps. I was able to get a 24×24 piece for about $15-20 a while back

  • There’s a place called Housewerks in Baltimore near Second Chance that has a lot of marble remnants and the sizes aren’t too random or odd. It’s in a beautiful old building that was headquarters of The Chesapeake Gas Company of Baltimore City.

  • We loved Blue Isle Granite & Tile – they were awesome to work with and would totally work with you on a deal for leftover granite.

  • Hi folks, Ruthie from Community Forklift here. Thanks so much for all the recommendations! Just wanted to add some more info:

    • Except for Thankgsiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day, we are usually open on federal holidays. We know there are a ton of people who like to do home improvement projects on three day weekends!

    • We always have a ton of granite scraps, and some marble and slate scraps. These are broken pieces or cancelled orders donated by granite companies, and reclaimed pieces donated by renovators, which otherwise would have gone to the landfill. If you are ever looking for a really big piece, or several matching pieces to do an entire kitchen, it is a good idea to follow us on Twitter (@CommForklift) or join the Community Forklift Facebook group, because we will announce when a truckload of stone arrives, and that is when you will find the best selection.

    • The name Community Forklift refers to our mission: to “lift up local communities” by reducing construction waste, creating jobs, and making repairs affordable. Therefore, we try to provide materials at 40%-90% below retail prices. This means that our granite and marble pieces are mostly priced at $2.50 to $10 per square foot.

    • We do have a handout listing companies that will cut and polish the stone to your specifications. Some will even pick it up from Community Forklift and deliver it to you after they finish, although of course that costs more.

    • • We occasionally get other types of stone – for example, marble steps that have been removed from a public building being demolished, or granite curbstones. These tend to sell quickly, as people find all sorts of interesting landscaping uses for them.

      • For those generally interested in reclaimed and/or low-cost building materials: If you are going up to Baltimore, Second Chance has a great selection and is indeed worth a visit. But you should also check out Housewerks and the Loading Dock. Housewerks is at the higher-end of the market, but they have amazing stuff that you won’t find anywhere else, oddities from cathedrals and factories as well as the standard mantels and crystal doorknobs. The Loading Dock doesn’t have so much architectural salvage, but their prices are incredibly low on standard items like bricks, kitchen cabinets, fixtures, etc. They are also a very worthy organization – they are the oldest thrift store for building materials in the country, and they have provided start-up advice to hundreds of other reuse centers around the country. Don’t forget the Habitat for Humanity Restores as well – they don’t have too much vintage stuff, but they have excellent prices on basic materials. They are scattered all over, including Alexandria, Gaithersburg, Annapolis, Brentwood, Manassas, Baltimore, etc.

      (A bit of background info on why Second Chance has such a great big selection: Rumor has it that the City of Baltimore gave Second Chance their warehouses for free or almost-free. As I understand it, this has freed up more of their budget to spend on labor, so they are able to send deconstruction crews throughout the mid-Atlantic, and frequently to DC, to save the nice materials out of renovation and demolition projects. We are quite impressed and envious – if only land were cheap enough in the DC area that someone could give us a free warehouse! Currently, rent eats up a large portion of our proceeds, and this is a huge problem for most reuse stores – in fact, it contributed to the recent closures of the Brass Knob Back Door Warehouse, and the Rebuild Warehouse in Springfield. However, Community Forklift is fundraising to buy our building, so that we can eventually afford a deconstruction crew ourselves. In the meantime, we have brought in an antique dealer as a consignment partner to increase the variety of architectural salvage we can offer. If you’d like to see a better selection of salvage in the DC area, please donate to our building fund, and encourage local government officials to support the ‘Lift and other nonprofits like ours!).

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