Midweek Flash Sale: Save 40% Storewide!

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This week, on August 27th & 28th only,

 SAVE 40% STOREWIDE!

 

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This Wednesday & Thursday, take 40% OFF Community Forklift items.  Sale includes both modern and vintage building materials, tools, hardware, and furniture! 

(Cannot be combined with other sales. Sale does not apply to select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners like Salvage Arts, Treincarnation, Rox Produx, Alco Appliances, or Shabadaba Chic)

 

 

Photo by Edward Jackson

Photo by Edward Jackson



 

 

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Free Workshop – Up Cycled Garden Gate

IMG_1055Come join Barbara Turner on Saturday, August 30th 2:00pm, as you learn to make a garden gate out of scrap decorative metal; sconces, lamps, wall grilles, etc., All you need is a gate frame, pliers, dremel, paint and slip ties. It helps to have pairs of items to make a symmetrical pattern.

Barbara Turner up cycles jewelry and sells it online. She is also adept at gardening, mosaics, quilting and upholstering. BA in geology.

When: Saturday, August 30th 2:00pm

Where: Community Forklift
4671 Tanglewood Drive
Edmonston, MD 20740

For more information call 301-985-5180

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Midweek Flash Sale: Take An Extra 10% Off Your Entire Purchase!

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This week, on August 20th & 21th only,

 Take 10% off your entire purchase!

This Wednesday & Thursday, take 10% off your entire purchase, including both modern and vintage items.  Yup, that means you can take an extra 10% off items that already on sale!   There are no price limits – high dollar items like cabinet sets are included.

 

(Sale does not apply to items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners including Salvage Arts, Treincarnation, Rox Produx, Alco Appliances, or Tanglewood Works)

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Just arrived – rolls of new, high-quality carpet!

Hello Forklift Fans – Anybody need some carpet?

2014 - 08 - 07 carpet rolls colors compressedWe have just received a bunch of surplus carpet!  We have rolls in three different colors:  red, green, and off-white.  It’s very high-quality, heavy-duty commercial grade carpet, at just $0.75 per square foot. 

Most of the rolls are 12’x12′ and 12’x10′.  We have several rolls of each color on the sales floor, and will be putting out more over the next few weeks.  

There are also some smaller, narrower rolls of green carpet that might be nice for hallways (most of these are about 4’x24′).

(If you need larger sizes of carpet, please leave a message for TJ  at 301-985-5180 or TJ(at)CommunityForklift.org. We may receive larger rolls of this carpet in the near future) 

Here’s what you need to know:

Please remember that it’s best to come look at the carpet yourself!

These kinds of materials go very quickly, so you can call us, but our Reuse Associates may not know what we have left in stock (it’s kind of like calling Goodwill to ask how many blue shirts they have). 

We’re here today (Friday) till 6pm.  We’ll be open Saturday and Sunday 9-6.  PLEASE NOTE:  You must arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time so you have enough time to load your vehicle. 

We’re not able to do holds over the phone, and we cannot take your credit card over the phone.

So you need to come visit if you’re interested!  However, we do offer a free storage service – after you purchase your items, you have a week to find a truck, and round up friends to help you load.  2014 - 08 - 07 carpet rolls 1 compressed

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Midweek Flash Sale: Save 30% on Tools, Windows, & Vintage Furniture

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Every Wednesday & Thursday throughout the summer, we have extra discounts for you!  Here are the flash sales for this week, August 13 & 14:  

 

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30% Off Vintage Furniture with Blue Tags

Save on vintage furniture, including tables, trunks, dressers, and more.  Sale does not include items with orange tags, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags.

 

We even have some high-quality Ace Hardware tools, donated by our friends at A Few Cool Hardware Stores

We even have some nice new tools form Ace, donated by our friends at A Few Cool Hardware Stores!

 30% Off Surplus & Gently-Used Tools

Take 30% off the orange tags on modern hand tools, power tools, and garden tools.  Sale does not include vintage tools with blue tags, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags. 

 

Cliff Wright, of Wright Way Construction, often finds great deals on windows at the 'Lift.

Cliff Wright, of Wright Way Construction, often finds windows at the ‘Lift.

 30% Off Modern & Vintage Windows & Sashes

Save on surplus/new and salvaged/used windows and window sashes.  Sale does not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, items with missing or damaged tags, or vintage windows and sashes with wavy, stained, or leaded glass.  

The porch divider on this Annapolis rowhouse was featured on ApartmentTherapy.com

The porch divider on this Annapolis rowhouse was featured on ApartmentTherapy.com

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InMyOwnStyle.com had a great idea for upcycling a vintage window sash! They used a type of spray paint called “Looking Glass Mirror-like Paint” to create the antique mirror effect



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Call for Re-branding Proposals

Community Forklift is excited to announce it is searching for a consultant to lead Community Forklift’s re-branding effort.  If interested, please read on to find out more details:

Organizational Background:

Community Forklift is a non-profit building materials reuse center.  Our name refers to our mission: to “lift up local communities” by reducing waste, creating green jobs and making repairs affordable for homeowners, small businesses and community groups.

We accept donations of salvaged and surplus building materials and make them available to the public at low cost or for free from our warehouse thrift-store, located in the town of Edmonston, Maryland, just 5 minutes from Northeast Washington, DC.    

Superficially, Community Forklift operates like a Goodwill Industries storefront for home-improvement.  But unlike a typical thrift store, Community Forklift places a significant emphasis on community engagement and education.  Our organization’s mission and resources are dedicated to providing the following core services:

  1. Support local communities by providing low-cost and free building materials to low-income families, small business, service organizations, churches, schools, theaters and arts groups and other nonprofits;
  2. Create good jobs and promote economic development;
  3. Educate the public about the benefits of re-use and sustainable building practices;
  4. Reduce waste going into area landfills; and
  5. Foster community outreach and revitalization to expand local capacity for community sustainability.

Community Forklift’s constituents represent a broad racial and economic cross section of the Washington, DC metro area, including low income families, small business owners, environmentalists, artists, urban hipsters and interior decorators with wealthy clients.    Our donor base is similarly broad, and includes homeowners, realtors, universities, contractors, architects, government agencies, and retailers and distributors of building-materials from across the region.

We are staffed by over 40 paid employees, as well as dozens of volunteers.   We offer all employees structured training on subject areas related to building materials reuse, job training specific to their position, professional development opportunities including leadership development and human relations skills.  We partner with a number of local nonprofit organizations to provide training and volunteer opportunities to high school and college students.

Community Forklift’s primary mission is to provide low cost building materials to the public.  The availability of these materials not only allows many of our customers to undertake home improvements that they could not otherwise afford, but it also makes it possible for many of our customers to maintain their livelihoods. About one-quarter of our customers are handymen, very small contractors and small businesses, the majority of which serve the surrounding low-income communities.  Many of these small business-people were hard hit by the recent recession and rely on Community Forklift for the materials they need to either support their work or supplement their incomes. 

In addition to reselling materials at low cost, Community Forklift has programs to provide free materials to low-income households, nonprofits and community groups.  In 2013 we donated over $28,000 worth of materials to households-in-need and other nonprofits.  We project that number to reach $45,000 in 2014.

Community Forklift actively supports economic development by promoting or dedicating a portion of its warehouse space to small, local green businesses, such as Treincarnation, which salvages and mills downed urban trees, and ECO-City Farms, an organic urban farm located in the towns of Edmonston and Bladensburg, MD.   We also host an annual “green arts” fair that promotes arts and crafts that embrace reuse and sustainability practices. 

Community Forklift devotes substantial resources to public education.  Every year we attend dozens of events, including neighborhood festivals, housing and green building fairs and home improvement events to promote reuse and waste reduction.  We also host an annual series of home improvement and reuse workshops, which are free to the public.

Community Forklift is an enterprise which, over the past eight years, has become an integral part of the Washington-area landscape. Fondly known as “the Forklift,” the value to the community is abundantly evident in the community center-like atmosphere of the store, which is cultivated through festivals, workshops, parties and other community events. Homeowners mingle with contractors and mutual aid is fostered through the cooperative atmosphere and referrals to tradespeople. Community Forklift believes that social revitalization and economic revitalization go hand-in-hand. Housing stock is improved while environmental principles become everyday practices, and valuable skills and resources are more widely shared.

Project Goal

Over the course of its eight-year existence, Community Forklift has expanded from an obscure, understaffed thrift store to an organization with over 40 employees and considerable positive name recognition across the Washington region.   We regularly win “best of” awards from the Washington City Paper and Washington Post Express, and we have received a number of citations from municipal and environmental groups for our positive work as a green business.    Although our core activity remains the same as it was at our founding, our mission and our vision have expanded, and we have also undergone significant management changes.    At the same time, the market for what we do has also evolved and become increasingly competitive, with a number of organizations vying for the same donor and client base.

Our original marketing materials and graphics have not kept pace with our growth.  We have made a number of successful adjustments to these materials over the years, but these changes have often occurred piecemeal and in response to immediate needs, rather than in a holistic fashion.  We feel it is time to undertake a more comprehensive evaluation of our brand, with the goal of developing a complete set of marketing materials and graphics that clearly and consistently convey our mission and the unique atmosphere or “funky vibe” that sets Community Forklift apart from similar organizations.

Project Scope

Community Forklift seeks a consultant with extensive experience in rebranding nonprofit organizations.  Familiarity with the issue of waste-reduction and re-use would be a big plus.

The consultant will produce the following deliverables:

  • New or revised logo
  • Detailed brand package including fonts, brand assets, other graphic elements, and a color palette for a host of collateral materials, including a newsletter, stationary, brochures, webpage, and various event flyers, mailings and signage
  • Branding package standards and usage guide
  • New or revised tag line and elevator pitch

Community Forklift’s mission and vision will remain the same.  The consultant or will work with existing Community Forklift materials, including logo, taglines, brochures, and help create a complete, holistic set of materials.  The selected consultant will be given access to CF management and staff.  It is expected that the selected consultant will also seek input from CF customers and beneficiaries.

We see this process not as a re-invention of who and what we are, but as a refinement and integration of our various parts into a more coherent and compelling package.  It is very important that deliverables capture our current aesthetic, and we are open to incorporating significant elements of our existing materials into the new product.    

Budget:

As a small nonprofit, Community Forklift is seeking to cap the budget for this project at $2500, and we anticipate the consultant would have to provide some of the services pro bono or at a discounted rate in order to fulfill the scope of work within that budget. 

Submittal Requirements.

Proposals should be submitted online at https://podio.com/webforms/8946113/662942 and include the following:

  • Business profile, including length of time in business and core competencies
  • Profiles of key staff
  • Brief summary explaining why your business is the best fit for Community Forklift
  • Summary of rebranding experience
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations
  • Experience with website design
  • Brief statement regarding the ownership of the produced materials and what will be required for Community Forklift to own the final work produced
  • List of three references
  • Proposed approach, work plan and timeline
  • Total proposed budget and a breakdown by deliverable

 

Selection Process:

All proposals will be reviewed to evaluate applicant qualifications and proposed budget feasibility.  Finalists may be contacted to provide additional information or to schedule interviews. 

Community Forklift reserves the right to cancel this Request for Proposals at any time, to elect not to award the work listed, to reject any or all of the responses, to waive any informality or irregularity in any response received, and is the sole judge of the merits of the respective responses received.

 

 
 
Those wishing to be considered should submit the required information on line at:
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Repurposing 101 – Free Workshop this Saturday at 2pm!

Hi Forklift Fans – we’ve got a great workshop this Saturday, August 9th, at 2pm at Community Forklift.  But if you can’t make it, we’ve got more workshops later this summer.  They’re all free, too!  Read on for the full schedule…

 


 

Repurposing with Community Forklift 101:

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Thinking Differently About Materials, and Starting Your Next Project

with Forklift Fan Ryan Quinter

August 9th at 2pm

 

Do you have a project in mind but don’t know where to start? Come learn the basics of re-purposing with a class built just for beginners.

In this customized workshop Ryan will work with attendees who have projects in mind, but don’t know where to start. We will be rethinking about salvaged materials and how they are used, looking at materials differently in order to help start or finish home projects and inspire others to do the same!

 


Ask Mr. Fix-It

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Repairing & Restoring Old Furniture 

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with Bergamin Fortunati from Southern Cross Co.

August 16th from 2-4pm

 

Have an old piece of furniture you want to restore but don’t know how to get started? Bring it in to Community Forklift during this interactive, hands-on workshop.  Bergamin Fortunati will show you how to repair and restore old furniture, without great costs.  Bergamin will guide you through decisions on what kind of finish to use, how to decide whether to strip the wood, replacing broken parts or removing water stains and marks. Trim, knobs, handles and other useful materials are available here at Community Forklift.  Bring your questions and let’s get started!


 

Making & Using Your Own Chalk Style Paint

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**** Note: This is a hands on workshop

with Sue Mondeel from Shabadaba Chic

August 23rd from 2-3pm

At Shabadaba Chic, we are all about Reducing, Reusing and Recycling! There are many varieties of chalk style paints available today which make it easy for painting novices to tackle their own furniture facelifts, but the price tag can be daunting. The beauty of chalk based paint is its ability to adhere to almost any surface and to create customized weathered looks.

We will show you how to take any latex paint you find, either in your own basement or on the shelves at Community Forklift and mix up your own chalk based paint.

We’ll show you how to measure it, mix it, paint it, layer it and weather it too.

Bring some paint and a small furniture item such as a stool, side table, chair, or any other metal or wood item that you would like to transform.

 

 


Making Your Own Upcycled Garden Gate

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with Barbara Turner of Takoma Park

August 30th at 2pm

Learn to make a garden gate out of scrap decorative metal, sconces, lamps, wall grilles, etc.  All you need is a gate frame, pliers, dremel, paint and slip ties!  It helps to have pairs of items to make a symmetrical pattern.

Barbara Turner upcycles jewelry and sells it online. She is also adept at gardening, mosaics, quilting and upholstering, and has a BA in geology.

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Just arrived – patio pavers!

Hi Forklift Fans!  We know many of you are looking for pavers, and we just got a donation of them.

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These pavers are 75¢ per square foot, or $95 per pallet. We have several pallets available but come in soon – they are already going fast!

Here’s what you need to know:

If you are interested, you need to come look at the items yourself!

These kinds of materials go very quickly – so you can call us, but our Reuse Associates may not know what we have left in stock (it’s like calling Goodwill during a half-price sale to ask how many shirts they have). 

We’re not able to do holds over the phone, and we cannot take your credit card over the phone.

So you’ve got to come visit right away if you’re interested!    

After you buy them, you have a week to pick them up.

We offer a free storage service - so after you purchase your pavers, you have a week to find a truck, and to round up friends to help you load.  

When you are ready to take them home, you must arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time so you have enough time to load.  We’re here today (Wednesday) till 7pm.  We’ll be open Thursday & Friday 10-6.  We’re also open on Saturday and Sunday 9-6, but chances are, all the pavers will be sold by the weekend.  

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Midweek Flash Sale: Save 30% Storewide!

Every Wednesday & Thursday throughout

the summer, we have extra discounts for you. 

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This week, on August 6th & 7th only,

 SAVE 30% STOREWIDE!

This Wednesday & Thursday, take 30% OFF the orange and blue tags on items priced at $2,500 or less.  Sale includes both modern and vintage items! 

(Cannot be combined with other sales. Sale does not apply to select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners like Salvage Arts, Treincarnation, Rox Produx, Alco Appliances, or Shabadaba Chic)

Photo by Edward Jackson

Photo by Edward Jackson



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Let’s Trade! Your Food for our $5

 

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Food Pantries are running close to bare!

The generous support Community Crisis Services received last year is not possible from just one source.

So, we are reaching out to you to help make it happen!

Join our “Meal in a Bag” drive!

When you bring in dry or canned goods to Community Forklift this month, we’ll give you a $5 gift certificate good for use on any Forklift product. (Does not include items from our consignment partners.  See coupon for details)

 

Here are some suggestions on how to fill your bag:

Canned Tuna/Tuna Helper

Beef stew

Boxes or Bag of Rice

Spaghetti/Spaghetti Sauce

Oatmeal/Raisins/Brown Sugar

Mac & Cheese boxes

Chunky Soups

Canned Vegetables

Peanut Butter/Jelly/Honey

Canned “Cream Of” Soups

Egg Noodles

Canned Chicken

And anything else that can help create a healthy and filling meal!

Please make sure your food items are non-perishable as they will be stored until the end of the month for Community Crisis Center’s Riverdale Cares Event. https://www.facebook.com/RiverdaleParkCares


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