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Mistletoe Market Artist Profile – Karmalades, household cleaners with a conscience!

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. Check out Suitland-based artisan Cynthia Brevil of Karmalades .

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profile: Steampunk Lamps

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. Today, we are featuring the Forklift’s very own Terry Lewis of Salvage Arts, with his fantastic steampunk lamps.

Terry Lewis steampunk lamp

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profile: Upcycle Joy

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. Check out Joy Ashcraft and her small business: UpCycleJoy from Potomac, MD:

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Know anyone looking for work?

WE’RE HIRING
for two positions!

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Truck Driver (Salvage Superhero!)

Community Forklift is seeking a full-time Truck Driver to work with our growing green business. This person will represent the organization while picking up used and surplus building materials in the DC area.

Responsibilities include driving our 24-foot box truck with manual transmission, loading donated materials carefully, and providing friendly service to donors. A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is preferred. All applicants must have an excellent driving record, a friendly personality, relevant driving experience and a current Maryland Department of Transportation medical card. If you do not have medical card, you will need a physical before you begin. Prior related driving experience is required!

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Weekend Sales Shift Supervisor (Reuse Rockstar!)

Community Forklift is seeking an outgoing, detail-oriented, mission-driven individual with retail supervisory experience and excellent people skills to work with our growing green business.

The Weekend Shift Supervisor oversees the sales desk and supervises Reuse Associates on weekends (and potentially some weekdays).  The supervisor is responsible for creating a welcoming environment, positivelyengaging visitors to the warehouse, and providing superior, friendly service to all Forklift Fans. Prior supervisory experience is required – this is not an entry-level position.

To view the complete job postings for these positions, and for information on how to apply, please click here:

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Mistletoe Market Artist Profiles

From now through December 31st, we have a ton of fantastic artisans offering handmade and eco-friendly gifts in the Mistletoe Market at Community Forklift. Today, we are featuring Ruth Meininger, an abstract artist from Silver Spring!

 

Abstract Colors

 

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Find great gifts at our Mistletoe Market!

Dreading the crowds at the mall this month?

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Check out these great tips to simplify your holiday season, from the Center for a New American Dream.

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Then, stop by Community Forklift to:

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We have affordable gifts made by local artisans using recycled and reclaimed materials, including nontoxic cleaning products, handcrafted Christmas stockings, recycled glass wind chimes, funny throw pillows, stylish clutches, t-shirt produce bags, leather cuff bracelets, eco-friendly holiday cards, steampunk lamps, and amazing lamps and clocks made out of vintage appliances.  Yes, we even have a flying toaster.  So come visit us soon!

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 Also, make sure to visit our newest project, Tanglewood Works, where upcycling and art connect!  Located just to your left before you enter our courtyard, the shop is bursting with a variety of unique and handmade gifts.

Sue in her shop 

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Join us for Green Friday and Small Business Saturday!

What are you doing right after Thanksgiving?

At the holidays, shouldn’t you be spending time with family and friends instead of wasting money on imported plastic junk?  Well, this year is your chance to break the Black Friday habit, and choose community instead of commercialism.

Check out these great tips to simplify your holiday season, from the Center for a New American Dream.

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Then, stop by Community Forklift on

Green Friday (Nov. 28)

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or Small Business Saturday (Nov. 29).

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Yes, yes, we’ll be holding a big sale, but the emphasis of our celebration is really on relaxing and spending time with friends and neighbors!

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HOT CIDER

So what do we have planned for the big party?  Well, cocoa and hot cider to keep you warm, of course!  We will have some cookies, but you like to bake, feel free to bring some of your treats to share too.

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NEIGHBORS!

Get to know your fellow Forklift Fans! Gentle four-legged friends on leashes are welcome to join the fun too.

Charles sips cider and shows off his new scarf from Upcycle Joy

Forklift Fan Charles warms up with hot cider, and an “Upcycle Joy” scarf from our Mistletoe Market

 

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MUSIC

Our old friends DJ One HeART and DJ Livi are going to rock our socks off with some great tunes (Friday and Saturday, 12pm – 4pm).

DJ One Heart and DJ Livi

 

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A CHANCE TO CREATE HANDMADE GIFTS!

Adults and children can make gifts for family and friends.  

From 10am – 6pm on Fri. & Sat, we’ll have an ornament-making station and a coaster-making station (bring photos for your family to make into coasters!).  This activity is free, though donations are appreciated.craft - wind chimes compressed

On Friday, from 12pm – 4pmArts on a Roll will be here! A project of Prince George’s County Parks & Planning, these folks will help you make image transfer tee-shirts ($5 a shirt).  Bring in a reverse print of what you’d like on a tee-shirt. It could make the perfect gift for Grandpa or Grandma! Arts on a Roll logo  

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ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS!

At this year’s Mistletoe Market, you’ll find lots of eco-friendly gifts and homemade housewares from local artists.  The Market is open throughout November and December, but on Friday and Saturday during the celebration, we’ll also have artists scattered about the warehouse (times vary), selling their wares and demonstrating how they make their amazing upcycled items.

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Save time to visit our newest project, Tanglewood Works, where upcycling and art connect!  Located just to your left before you enter our courtyard, the shop will be bursting with a variety of green gifts on Green Friday, and will be hosting an open house on Small Business Saturday!  Have a nosh, and find all your handmade holiday gifts right here this year.  

Sue in her shop 

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 But there’s no pressure to shop – just come to hang out!  Help us decorate our tree, and spend time with Santa while he’s here on Friday (12pm – 4pm).

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Hope you can make it!

 

 

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40% off storewide this weekend, plus 3 great DIY workshops!

Unfortunately, the railroad crossing on Tanglewood Drive will be closed at various points this weekend.  So if you’re coming from the west, you may have to take a short 5-minute detour through the lovely little town of Edmonston (click here for directions).  But don’t worry!  We’re going to make it worth your while.

 

We’re having a Road Closure Sale!

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On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Oct. 18 – 20), take 40% off modern AND vintage items storewide!!!  This includes blue and orange tag merchandise, so you can save on everything from antique mantels, mosaic tile, and clawfoot tubs to plain ol’ nails, paint, or carpet squares (Sale does not include select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners).

Also…

This weekend, we have THREE workshops in our brand-new classroom!

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Saturday Oct. 18th Double-Header:

Mark Wardlaw, of BNV Remodeling, returns to the Forklift to bring us this double header featuring two highly requested subjects:

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10-11am with Mark Wardlaw

Learn how to safely work with products that have or appear to have lead paint on them. Upon completion of this workshop with remodeling expert Mark Wardlaw, you’ll be able to remove & dispose of lead material or encapsulate it for safe handling or display with confidence.

 

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11-12pm with Mark Wardlaw

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find interior wall framing from your outlets and door & window locations to safely hang pictures and other wall items. Get hands on experience installing different types of wall anchors from toggle bolts to plastic inserts.

Find BNV Remodeling on: Facebook  or The Web

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 Then, at 12pm on Sunday:

 

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workshop

IMG_20130227_173239This Sunday, Bahia Akerele, an Annie Sloan stockist and retailer, will do live demonstrations of transforming pieces one can find at Community Forklift without sanding or stripping or priming the piece.

Participants will learn the many ways to use this decorative paint and how to use clear and dark wax to finish off their project. Chalk Paint is NO VOC and the perfect accompaniment to a re-purposed lifestyle. Come with your questions and stories to share!

Bahia Akerele is the owner of On the Purple Couch, LLC located in Kensington’s antique district right outside DC off of Connecticut Ave. In 2012 Bahia opened On the Purple Couch and became the exclusive retailer for Annie Sloan in Silver Spring, Kensington and parts of Montgomery county.

OPC_NewLogo_purplebackgroundSince then Bahia has taught over 200 people in the DMV, in a variety of classes and workshops, how to re-purpose and reuse what they have collected through upcycling and more.

On the Purple Couch, A Place to Create is located minutes outside of DC in Kensington MD at 4228 Howard Ave. Kensington MD www.onthepurplecouch.com.

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How to get to Community Forklift when the railroad crossing is closed this weekend.

The railroad company just informed us that they’ll be closing Tanglewood Drive on and off over the next few days.  Unfortunately, this will make it just a little harder for folks to get to us from the west…

Don’t worry!  It’s only a 5 minute detour,

through the lovely little town of Edmonston.  Here’s how to get to us from the closure point:

Map for Road Closing Detour

 

 

Carne asada, cow tongue, and barbacoa tacos are among a wide variety to choose from on the menu at La Fondita restaurant. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

Carne asada and barbacoa tacos are among a wide variety to choose from on the menu at La Fondita restaurant. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

1)  Turn around and go back to the stop sign. Turn right onto Baltimore Ave/Alternate Rt. 1, then travel 0.5 miles

2)  At the first traffic light, turn right onto Decatur St., then travel 0.4 miles  (Did you know Decatur Street was the East Coast’s first “green street?’  Admire the native plants, rain gardens, solar street lamps, permeable pavement, and bike lanes! If you’re visiting around lunchtime, take note of La Fondita, an excellent taqueria located in a little house to your right)

3)  After you go over the river, turn right onto 51st Ave.

4)  Turn right onto Buchanan Street.  Follow it around the sharp curve, and our warehouse is on your left.

 

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“This Old Warehouse” – Q & A about our fall event with Ronnie Reuse-asaur

Ruthie, our outreach and education director, has been busy preparing for our fall activities, but she took a moment recently to speak with an old friend of hers, Ronnie Reuseasaur.

Ronnie was hearing some buzz about our big fall event, This Old Warehouse, and wanted to find out more about it.

Ronnie: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today, Ruthie. I know you’re one busy gal!

Ruthie: No problem – we’ve got so much fun stuff going on!

Ronnie: Well, tell me more. I’ve been hearing about free workshops, new partnerships, and something about live music?

Ruthie: That’s right! We are lucky to have great local musicians who like to jam in our old warehouse. Of course we couldn’t throw a party without our resident house band, the DaveMac Consort, but we’re also excited to have Bruce Hutton and Bill Mansfield join us as the Mount Rainier Ramblers.

Community Forklift’s very own Event Assistant Rebekah Ortiz might even sing a folk song or two.

Ronnie: That’s  a great line-up! I know Rebekah from a viral video I saw once, when she sang her heart out to the George Mason University admissions office. What other (locally) famous people can I meet?

Ruthie: I’m glad you asked. Former pro soccer player and artist Amir Lowery will be on-site to help you transfer photos onto tiles so you can make coasters and magnets just like his.

We’ll also have Matthew White and O.F Makarah here collecting photos and film for the Prince George’s Memory Project.

We’ll have guest appearances, lectures, and information tables from local preservation professionals Aaron MarcavitchL’Enfant Trust,Maryland Historical Trust, UMD Historic Preservation ProgramGL Barnhart Construction, and Terry Lewis (of Salvage Arts at Community Forklift).

Ronnie: Wow! Sounds like this party will be fun and super informative! Just one thing I’m still confused about–what’s the deal with bringing pictures and old film? My grandma, Rosie the Reuseasaur, has an attic filled of old film and photos. Should I bring these things?

Ruthie: Yes! Please do!  6 Hearts is a community-based organization that initiates and promotes programs that engage artists, educators, historians and activists in projects for the common good.  They are initiating The Prince George’s Memory Project: Capturing Our Memories With Home Movies and Photographs, and we’re excited to help them out.

The project is gathering up home movies and photographs from Prince George’s County to make a movie about the visual memory of Prince George’s.  This will include characters and landscapes long since lost, and will reveal the rich community that has been at the heart of this County for generations.

If you’re a visual person like me, here’s an info-graphic to show you what the process looks like:

Ronnie: Oh, that’s neat! Thanks, for all this information, Ruthie. Who should I bring with me?

Ruthie: Bring your friends and family!! There will be snacks – Zeke’s is offering coffee and Goldilock’s Goodies will have cake. We’re gonna have a great time!

Want to make your own dinosaur planters?
Learn how here!

 

THIS OLD WAREHOUSE

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, 10AM-2PM

SEE YOU THERE!

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