Lumber Flash Sale – today through Saturday, while supplies last!

Great for building raised beds & planters, as well as home improvement projects!

 

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Wed. April 16th through Sat. April 19th

Select 2”x10” boards in the courtyard are

just 25 cents a linear foot (regularly $0.45)

and…

Select  1”x6”, 1”x8” and 1”x10” boards in the courtyard are

just 20 cents a linear foot (regularly $0.30- $0.45)

Remember, we cannot hold or store lumber, so you must take it with you when you purchase it.  Sale good while supplies last. Sale does not include lumber from other areas, select specialty Items, or items from our consignment partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wanna be on TV? Home improvement show would like to interview Forklift Fans

vintage tvHi Forklift Fans -

Wanna be on TV?

We have a home improvement show coming to film here this weekend, and they’re looking for folks who have completed creative or useful projects around their home using salvaged materials.  We especially need folks who either:

a) have great photos of their projects, or

b) live within a few minutes of Community Forklift.

Also, you would need to be available for an interview at the warehouse THIS Saturday April 12th.  To be considered, please contact Ruthie immediately at 301-985-5180 or Ruthie(at)CommunityForklift.org.  Thanks!

 

 

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Rain or Shine, the Garden Party Goes On!

TOMORROW!!!

March 29, 2014

Community Forklift’s Annual Garden Party & Sale

Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. Here at the ‘Lift, we give new life to old materials… So what better place to celebrate the season?  

Our annual Garden Party & Sale is our largest and longest-running tradition.  Drawing over 1,200 guests last year, it’s a crazy and fun-filled day!   After squirreling away landscaping and garden supplies all winter, we put them all out for sale at once – and yup, folks are already lined up at the gates when we open at 9am.  

Just as exciting are demonstrations, live music, activities for the whole family, and a lemonade lunch with grilled goodies.  Our favorite part of the tradition is the Costume Contest:  get out your jaunty caps, seersucker suits, frilly garden party dresses, and huge hats (friendly four-legged friends are encouraged to dress up too)!

Check out the full schedule below -

and please send it to your friends and listserves!

Photo of 2013 Garden Party courtesy of the Hyattsville Life & Times

Photo of 2013 Garden Party courtesy of the Hyattsville Life & Times

DC-Area Gardeners Mark the Return of Spring with Quirky Local Tradition

Community Forklift’s 5th Annual Garden Party will be held on Saturday, March 29th, from 9am – 5:30 pm at the large warehouse, just a few minutes from NE DC at 4671 Tanglewood Drive in Edmonston, MD.

stylish Forklift Fan in red dress compressed

This stylish Forklift Fan found a lot of great stuff!

Low-Cost Garden Supplies:

As a nonprofit reuse center, Community Forklift receives donations of modern and vintage building materials and home improvement supplies, then offers the items to the public at low prices in their huge thrift store, and distributes free materials to nonprofits and families in need.  

Over the winter, Forklift staffers squirreled away all the donations of gardening tools, outdoor furniture, brick, stone, landscaping materials, planters, pots and architectural accents (they also received items from several collections held in Bethesda at American Plant Garden Décor Boutiques).  These items will all be brought out for sale on the morning of the Garden Party – and at 25% to 75% below retail, the prices are easy on the wallet.

(Note to early birds:  no lawn & garden supplies have been put out yet.  The ‘Lift will not have any garden party items available until 9am on March 29th) 

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Christian shows off the seedlings

Seedling Sales: 

ECO City Farms, a nearby educational farm, will have vegetable seedlings for sale.  There are even options for folks who live in dim basement apartments:  Radiant Blooms by Ellie will be offering beautiful flower arrangements crafted from clay.

Lemonade Lunch: 

Starting at 11am, visitors can enjoy refreshments and grilled goodies (both meat and vegetarian options).  Doggie treats will be provided by The Big Bad Woof, a local store specializing in eco-friendly and organic pet supplies.

doggies compressed

These sweet puppies showed up in spring colors

Big Hats, Seersucker Suits, & Puppies:  

Adults, children, and (leashed) pets will earn discounts for sporting their best garden party attire.  Two- and four-legged Forklift Fans are encouraged to wear dramatic hats, frilly dresses, jaunty caps, and seersucker or madras suits.  Alternative options include gardening boots and overalls, or dressing as your favorite flower or veggie.  Prizes for the most stylish and creative costumes will be awarded at 1:15pm. 

Live Music: 

Local musicians will be performing throughout the day.  The diverse mix includes Appalachian and Irish tunes, as well as folk music from Riverdale Park’s mayor Vernon Archer, and zydeco and New Orleans jazz from local favorite Wild Anacostias

This little guy can't wait to start gardening!

This little guy can’t wait to start gardening!

Activity Zone: 

From 10am – 5pm, folks of all ages can give hands-on help to our local rivers.  Help paint rain barrels to be used in the Hickey Run Watershed Program, or plant seeds for the Anacostia Watershed Society to use in restoring wetlands. 

Gardening Advice: 

From 10am – 5pm, the UMD Master Gardeners, the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources, and other partners will be offering information and demonstrations on topics including the Tree Relief Grant Program, Rain Check Rebates, and Bay-Wise landscaping.  There will also be composting information from Compost Cab and Veteran Compost.

Free Workshops:  

colorful cold frame

10am – 11am:  Cold Frame Building 101:  Chris Gummo shows you how to turn old window sashes into as mini-greenhouses, so you can start seeds earlier and continue growing when the weather gets colder – and Community Forklift will be offering FREE vinyl sashes so you can start building! 

12pm – 1pm:  Starting Seeds and Raising Seedlings:  presented by Deborah Wren of ECO City Farms.  She says, “We grow vegetables using intensive agricultural methods. Because we’re urban, we grow in a small space and use a variety of methods of amending and seeding. In this workshop, we’ll discuss our different seeding methods and how you can adopt some of these methods for your own personal use.

upcycledrawer2pm – 3pm:  Container Vegetable Gardening:  presented by UME Master Gardeners: Explore vegetables that you can grow in containers of various sizes and small yards.  Enjoy fresh vegetables no matter the size of your garden, and eat healthier!

4pm – 5pm:  Composting 101:  Veteran Compost is here to talk about tea:  “We’ll share the history of compost tea, starting back to the Middle Ages to today. We’ll examine the benefits of compost teas, the biology behind teas and the different brewing and application modes. You’ll walk away with the knowledge and enthusiasm to brew up compost tea at home for free. Also, bring your home composting problems – we promise to troubleshoot any and all composting issues people may have.”  Jason will also be giving away FREE compost tea, while supplies last!

For updates on the Garden Party and Spring Sale, visit www.CommunityForklift.org or call 301-985-5180.

**********

Community Forklift, the metro DC area’s largest thrift store of surplus and salvaged building materials, opened in 2005. The unusual name refers to the nonprofit’s mission:  to lift up local communities by keeping waste out of landfills, creating green jobs and making renovation supplies affordable. Open 7 days a week:  Monday & Tuesday 12pm – 6pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 6pm; and Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm (If you are picking up a bulky item or making a donation, arrive at least a half hour before closing).  

Address: 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Five minutes from DC, in the Hyattsville area.  Bus, bike, and driving directions at www.CommunityForklift.org

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Are you coming to the Garden Party on March 29th?

Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. Here at the ‘Lift, we give new life to old materials… So what better place to celebrate the season?  

Our annual Garden Party & Sale is our largest and longest-running tradition.  Drawing over 1,200 guests last year, it’s a crazy and fun-filled day!   After squirreling away landscaping and garden supplies all winter, we put them all out for sale at once – and yup, folks are already lined up at the gates when we open at 9am.  

Just as exciting are demonstrations, live music, activities for the whole family, and a lemonade lunch with grilled goodies.  Our favorite part of the tradition is the Costume Contest:  get out your jaunty caps, seersucker suits, frilly garden party dresses, and huge hats (friendly four-legged friends are encouraged to dress up too)!

Check out the full schedule below -

and please send it to your friends and listserves!

Photo of 2013 Garden Party courtesy of the Hyattsville Life & Times

Photo of 2013 Garden Party courtesy of the Hyattsville Life & Times

DC-Area Gardeners Mark the Return of Spring with Quirky Local Tradition

Community Forklift’s 5th Annual Garden Party will be held on Saturday, March 29th, from 9am – 5:30 pm at the large warehouse, just a few minutes from NE DC at 4671 Tanglewood Drive in Edmonston, MD.

stylish Forklift Fan in red dress compressed

This stylish Forklift Fan found a lot of great stuff!

Low-Cost Garden Supplies:

As a nonprofit reuse center, Community Forklift receives donations of modern and vintage building materials and home improvement supplies, then offers the items to the public at low prices in their huge thrift store, and distributes free materials to nonprofits and families in need.  

Over the winter, Forklift staffers squirreled away all the donations of gardening tools, outdoor furniture, brick, stone, landscaping materials, planters, pots and architectural accents (they also received items from several collections held in Bethesda at American Plant Garden Décor Boutiques).  These items will all be brought out for sale on the morning of the Garden Party – and at 25% to 75% below retail, the prices are easy on the wallet.

(Note to early birds:  no lawn & garden supplies have been put out yet.  The ‘Lift will not have any garden party items available until 9am on March 29th) 

Christian selling ECO city farms seedlings compressed

Christian shows off the seedlings

Seedling Sales: 

ECO City Farms, a nearby educational farm, will have vegetable seedlings for sale.  There are even options for folks who live in dim basement apartments:  Radiant Blooms by Ellie will be offering beautiful flower arrangements crafted from clay.

Lemonade Lunch: 

Starting at 11am, visitors can enjoy refreshments and grilled goodies (both meat and vegetarian options).  Doggie treats will be provided by The Big Bad Woof, a local store specializing in eco-friendly and organic pet supplies.

doggies compressed

These sweet puppies showed up in spring colors

Big Hats, Seersucker Suits, & Puppies:  

Adults, children, and (leashed) pets will earn discounts for sporting their best garden party attire.  Two- and four-legged Forklift Fans are encouraged to wear dramatic hats, frilly dresses, jaunty caps, and seersucker or madras suits.  Alternative options include gardening boots and overalls, or dressing as your favorite flower or veggie.  Prizes for the most stylish and creative costumes will be awarded at 1:15pm. 

Live Music: 

Local musicians will be performing throughout the day.  The diverse mix includes Appalachian and Irish tunes, as well as folk music from Riverdale Park’s mayor Vernon Archer, and zydeco and New Orleans jazz from local favorite Wild Anacostias

This little guy can't wait to start gardening!

This little guy can’t wait to start gardening!

Activity Zone: 

From 10am – 5pm, folks of all ages can give hands-on help to our local rivers.  Help paint rain barrels to be used in the Hickey Run Watershed Program, or plant seeds for the Anacostia Watershed Society to use in restoring wetlands. 

Gardening Advice: 

From 10am – 5pm, the UMD Master Gardeners, the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources, and other partners will be offering information and demonstrations on topics including the Tree Relief Grant Program, Rain Check Rebates, and Bay-Wise landscaping.  There will also be composting information from Compost Cab and Veteran Compost.

Free Workshops:  

colorful cold frame

10am – 11am:  Cold Frame Building 101:  Chris Gummo shows you how to turn old window sashes into as mini-greenhouses, so you can start seeds earlier and continue growing when the weather gets colder – and Community Forklift will be offering FREE vinyl sashes so you can start building! 

12pm – 1pm:  Starting Seeds and Raising Seedlings:  presented by Deborah Wren of ECO City Farms.  She says, “We grow vegetables using intensive agricultural methods. Because we’re urban, we grow in a small space and use a variety of methods of amending and seeding. In this workshop, we’ll discuss our different seeding methods and how you can adopt some of these methods for your own personal use.

upcycledrawer2pm – 3pm:  Container Vegetable Gardening:  presented by UME Master Gardeners: Explore vegetables that you can grow in containers of various sizes and small yards.  Enjoy fresh vegetables no matter the size of your garden, and eat healthier!

4pm – 5pm:  Composting 101:  Veteran Compost is here to talk about tea:  “We’ll share the history of compost tea, starting back to the Middle Ages to today. We’ll examine the benefits of compost teas, the biology behind teas and the different brewing and application modes. You’ll walk away with the knowledge and enthusiasm to brew up compost tea at home for free. Also, bring your home composting problems – we promise to troubleshoot any and all composting issues people may have.”  Jason will also be giving away FREE compost tea, while supplies last!

For updates on the Garden Party and Spring Sale, visit www.CommunityForklift.org or call 301-985-5180.

**********

Community Forklift, the metro DC area’s largest thrift store of surplus and salvaged building materials, opened in 2005. The unusual name refers to the nonprofit’s mission:  to lift up local communities by keeping waste out of landfills, creating green jobs and making renovation supplies affordable. Open 7 days a week:  Monday & Tuesday 12pm – 6pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 6pm; and Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm (If you are picking up a bulky item or making a donation, arrive at least a half hour before closing).  

Address: 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Five minutes from DC, in the Hyattsville area.  Bus, bike, and driving directions at www.CommunityForklift.org

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Thanks to your support, we won the National People & Planet Award!!!

Dear Forklift Fans,

Thanks to all of your votes, we’ve just won a prestigious national award from Green America.  Not only that, but it came with $5,000 in prize money, which we sure can put to good use.  Check out the press release below!

We’re so grateful for your help with this contest, and for all of your enthusiasm, creativity, and support over the years.

THANK YOU!

- The Forklifters

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Local Business Wins National Award

Washington DC – March 17, 2014

Local green business Community Forklift is no stranger to praise, receiving frequent “Best of DC” nods and awards from local trade associations and foundations.  Recently, however, they have also been recognized on the national level, receiving a People & Planet Award from Green America, the country’s leading green economy organization.

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The People and Planet Award recognizes businesses around the country for their dedication to a sustainable economy:  a bottom line that includes protecting workers, communities, and the environment.

As a reuse center for home improvement supplies, Community Forklift’s business model fits the bill.  The organization collects unwanted and salvaged building materials throughout the metro region, then provides them to the public at very low prices, and donates them to nonprofits and folks in need.

“Most people  don’t realize that construction and renovation waste makes up 40% of our nation’s solid waste,” says Nancy J Meyer, CEO of Community Forklift.  “By collecting reusable items, we’re turning this waste stream into a valuable resource stream for the metro region.  Since opening in 2005, we have kept $12 million of building materials from going to landfills or incinerators.”

“We now employ 45 green workers, and have annual proceeds of almost $1.5 million.  Community Forklift proves that a green operation can be good for the environment AND the local economy.”

PandP award logo

Three People & Planet winners are selected each season by a nationwide vote.   The winter 2014 awards celebrated businesses committed to green and healthy homes.  Finalists included green architects and builders, sellers of green-home and green-pet products, and sustainable pest control companies.  Along a solar company in Ohio and a green cleaning service in California, Community Forklift will receive a $5,000 prize.

Meyer says, “Builders, contractors, and homeowners in the DC area have been so supportive that we’re now a victim of our own success.  We’ve grown so much in eight years that our shop is bursting at the seams.  However, we’ve recently been offered unfinished space in a nearby warehouse, and the People and Planet prize money will help us fix it up!   More room will open up a lot of possibilities, like a paint recycling program, expanded materials processing, or a workshop for ‘upcycling’ scraps.”

Green-America-LogoAbout Green America
Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses, investors, and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems. http://www.GreenAmerica.org

About Community Forklift

Community Forklift is the Washington region’s largest reuse center for modern & vintage house parts.  Located 5 minutes outside of NE DC, near the Hyattsville Arts District at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781.  Open Mon. & Tues noon – 6pm; Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 10am – 6pm; and Sat. & Sun. 9am – 6pm.  www.CommunityForklift.org

 

Community Forklift has received the 2013 Green Business Award from the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, the 2011 Image Award from the local chapter of the National Association of Remodeling Industries, and a 2011 Potomac Champion Award from the Alice Ferguson Foundation.  The organization also received the Washington Post Express Reader’s Choice Award for Best Vintage Store of 2013, Best Home Store of 2012, and Best DIY Store of 2011 & 2010.  Readers of The City Paper chose Community Forklift as “Best Hardware Store” in 2013 & 2012, and “Best Home Goods Store” in 2011 & 2010.   Community Forklift is a member of ThinkLocal First DC, the MD Nonprofit Energy Alliance, Prince George’s Zero Waste, and the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.

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Reminder: this is the last weekend for the garden supply collection in Bethesda!

Hey NW DC & Montgomery County – here’s a great reason to clean out your garage!

Our friends at American Plant have generously offered to collect garden tools & supplies for Community Forklift.  This weekend, March 15 & 16, you’ll be able to drop off donations at either of their locations on River Road – and they’ll thank you with a coupon!  See below for details:  

Tool collection poster

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You’re invited: our Annual Garden Party is March 29th!

Celebrate spring

at Community Forklift’s

Annual Garden Party & Sale

March 29, 2014

 

Elizabeth Zoe croppedHistorically, spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. Here at the ‘Lift, we give new life to old materials… So what better place to celebrate the season?  

Our annual Garden Party & Sale is our largest and longest-running tradition.  Drawing over 1,200 guests last year, it is a crazy and fun-filled day.   

After squirreling away landscaping and garden supplies all winter, we put them all out for sale at once – and eager Forklift Fans start lining up at the gates even before we open at 9am!

Just as exciting are gardening workshops & demonstrations, live music and entertainment, activities for the whole family, and a lemonade lunch with grilled goodies.  

doggies compressedOur favorite part of the tradition is the Costume Contest for people & pets.  Get out your jaunty caps, seersucker suits, frilly garden party dresses, and huge hats!  Friendly four-legged friends are encouraged to join in the fun (they must be leashed).

We’ll send out more details soon, but mark your calendars now for March 29, 2014, from 9am – 5:30pm!

Need to clean out your garage?

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Between now and the end of March, we are piling our warehouse sky-high with great gardening tools, flowerpots, patio decor, and other supplies – and we sure could use your help.
It’s a great excuse to clean out your garage, basement, or shed!  Just drop off your landscaping materials and gardening supplies at Community Forklift any day during store hours.
We’re also offering a convenient alternative for those of you in NW DC and Montgomery County:  
Our friends at American Plant will be accepting your donations this weekend, March 15 & 16, from 12pm – 5pm – and they’re offering a 10% discount to thank you!
You can drop your donations off at either American Plant location:

Beltway location
301-469-7690
Bethesda Chevy Chase location
301-656-3311
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Save up to 50% on dining tables and sets of chairs

We’ve got a bunch of solid wood & vintage dining tables and chairs right now, but we need to make space before our big garden party!

So, it’s your chance to save big:

dining tables

Manager’s Special:

Save 30% to 50%

on Select Chairs & Dining Tables

Look for the neon green tags!  While supplies last.  

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Our tool collection in Bethesda starts this weekend!

Hey NW DC & Montgomery County – here’s a great reason to clean out your garage!

Our friends at American Plant have generously offered to collect garden tools & supplies for Community Forklift.  On March 8 & 9 and March 15 & 16, you’ll be able to drop off donations at either of their locations on River Road – and they’ll thank you with a coupon!  See below for details:  

Tool collection poster

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Yup, we’re open today – and do you know about our March Sales?

Hi Forklift Fans!  The warehouse is open today until 6pm.  Please note:  you must arrive before 5:30pm if you are picking up a big bulky item, or dropping off a donation.

(Be careful on your way here - the main roads seem pretty well plowed and salted, but the back streets in our little industrial area are still pretty slippery).

If you haven’t seen our latest newsletter, check out the March sales below – we’ve got some good ones for you this month!

colorful cold frame30% Off Windows, Sashes and ShuttersTake 30% off all windows, window sashes and shutters that are regularly priced $300 or less. Sale includes both surplus and salvaged items with orange tags, but does not include items with blue tags, vintage windows and sashes with wavy glass, stained glass, leaded glass, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.  Old sashes are great for building cold frames for starting seeds!

30% Off Doors

Take 30% off the orange sticker on doors that are regularly priced $300 or less. Sale includes interior and exterior doors. Sale does not include vintage and specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.

20 Cent Bricks

Standard Rectangular Bricks, Solid and Cored are just .20 cents each while supplies last. Sorry, we are unable to place holds or allow storage on bricks! We have thousands in stock, so come ready to haul your purchase away! Sale does not include pavers, coping bricks, stone, slate, concrete blocks, or specialty items.

Forklift Fan Amir Lowery makes coasters using our tiles and his beautiful photography

Forklift Fan Amir Lowery makes coasters using our tiles and his beautiful photography

20% off Tile

20% off all ceramic, glass, porcelain, and quarry tile. Sale does not include roofing tiles, items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty tile, or items from our consignment partners.

Free Orphan Tile Pieces

We have a big stack of free tile in our yard. These items are damaged, but are useful for mosaics and garden paths. Hurry in while supplies last. Free to take away, but donations are always appreciated!

Half Price Cabinet Drawers

Take 50% off orphan cabinet drawers. Sale does not include cabinets or drawer hardware, items with missing or damaged price tags, specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.  We know you’re going to get creative… send us pictures of what you do with them! 

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