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Snow Flurry Flash Sale! 30% Off Storewide!

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Wintery weather may be coming, but we’ve got coffee and hot chocolate! And we’re having a 30% off STOREWIDE flash sale Friday-Sunday (January 23-25) to encourage your winter home improvement endeavors!

As always, this sale does not include items from Tanglewood Works, certain specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, items from our consignment partners (Treincarnation, Salvage Arts, Alco Appliances) or Amazon Paint. The sale may not be combined with other sales.

If the weather is hazardous, please call the store at (301) 985-5180 to make sure we are open. We will change the voicemail message if we close due to weather.

Polar Bear Plunge:  Our Forklift Freezers will also be plunging into the Potomac on Saturday morning at National Harbor, if you’d like to come cheer them on! (Or make a donation to our team page to raise money for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.) Help keep winter cold!

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The National Building Museum needs volunteers!

Our friends over at the National Building Museum are up to some pretty cool things this year, including their Design Apprenticeship Program, which brings together 30 youth from the D.C. metro area to learn the basics of design and construction.


2014 NBM Teen apprentices using materials from the `Lift to build a Little Library

Community Forklift worked with the NBM apprentices last year, and we’re looking forward to doing it again.  But before they can begin, the museum needs some skilled adult volunteers to help with the students!
–>  This summer, NBM is partnering with the Petworth Community Market. The Petworth Community Market strives to be perceived as more than a place where people buy produce from local farmers. They want it to be a space where people feel comfortable, connected to their neighbors, and engaged with ideas that are important to the neighborhood. Working in studio teams, the apprentices will generate design solutions that help create a sense of community in a temporary space, a weekly and seasonal outdoor market. The end products are entirely up to the studio teams and may address issues such as presence, visibility, way-finding, and engagement.
–>  The Design Apprenticeship Program meets on Saturdays, February 28 through May 2 (with one Saturday off, on April 4), and volunteers actively instruct and assist the teens as they explore materials, learn to use power tools, and work in teams to fabricate their final product. Ideally volunteer instructors can commit to all 9 Saturdays, but we understand that sometimes life gets in the way, so 2 sessions would be the max one could miss.
–>  There is a mandatory training on Saturday, February 21, 10am-2pm (if majority of schedules don’t work with this day, will shift to a weekday evening session).
–>  More information:

–       Volunteer hours: 9:30am to 3:30pm; 9:30am is when we check-in as a staff and volunteer team, arriving at this time is really important

–       Volunteer role is heavy on instruction, so one should feel comfortable leading a group of 5-6 teens, with help from 2 other adult instructors, through the project. Any fabrication and tool experience one has will be helpful, but not mandatory.

–       Though it is my job to create and implement the curriculum, volunteer instructors should plan on spending time reviewing weekly emails (before meeting on Saturday morning) or communicating with their team outside program hours as the project progresses.

–       The first couple days will focus on revealing the project, getting to know the client, brainstorming ideas, and sourcing materials. There will be 3-4 days devoted to fabrication, and the final day will be a final presentation of their work to their family, friends, and the museum community.

–       The students are 13-18 year olds in DC, MD, and VA, and have all completed DAP I, and some have completed DAP II once or more. DAP I is always in the fall and is for new students only, and DAP II is always in the spring and is for returning students.

If you are still interested after reading, please fill out the volunteer application. Should you have any questions, please get in touch with Lauren Wilson, Teen Programs Coordinator at 202.272.2448 ext. 3301  |  202.376.3564 (fax)  | |  Follow Teen Programs on Facebook and Instagram | National Building Museum  |  401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001  |  |  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Long Weekend Sale – plus great ways to celebrate and serve on MLK Day

big saleDue to the long weekend, we are having a HUGE 4-day sale! On Friday – Monday (January 16 – 19), you can take 40% off items throughout the warehouse, and take 75% on orange-tag furniture.

As always, this sale does not include items from Tanglewood Works, certain specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, items from our consignment partners (Treincarnation, Salvage Arts, Alco Appliances) or Amazon Paint. The sale may not be combined with other sales.

But let’s not forget the reason for the long weekend – Martin Luther King Day!  Here’s how you can  make it a day ON, not a day off:  There are lots of events celebrating the life of Dr. King around town, and many opportunties to take part in the national day of service honoring his legacy – including service activities for kids!

And all year long, please remember:  if you belong to a nonprofit, school, community, or faith group that serves the community, Community Forklift would like to help you out.  Please visit our programs page for more information, and to apply for free supplies and materials through our Community Building Blocks program.



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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!

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Learn how here!






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You’re Invited! This Old Warehouse: Restoring Homes and Communities


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DC is holding a free Green Building Symposium on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Hi Forklift Fans – we just received this announcement from our friends at DC Department of the Environment.  Looks like a great event!

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On Friday, September 26th, plan to attend the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ FREE Green Building Symposium and Expo at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. 

Find the full schedule of events here.


Make your way to room T#3 to take part in two afternoon educational workshops on solar permitting, featuring information presented by DDOE solar expert Emil King and DCRA solar inspector Keith Winston.

The 1:30pm thru 2:45pm session – Solar Permitting Guidelines Part I – “Streamlining Solar Permitting” will focus on understanding the key elements necessary in plans and specifications to ensure solar permit applications are processed smoothly and successfully in the District.

The 3:00pm thru 4:14pm session – Solar Permitting Guidelines Part II – “Supercharging Solar” will focus on improving the coordination and reaching for best practices amongst the solar community in DC – a particularly crucial need in the face of rapidly increasing solar installs in the region. This session is envisioned as a more free-flowing exchange of ideas and information in order to draw on the experience of the attendees while addressing some of the challenges as solar installations increase in DC. 

These sessions are highly recommended for residents submitting solar permitting applications to DCRA and for anyone interested in supporting the broader, faster adoption of solar in DC.

District Department of the Environment
(202) 535-2600

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“Disruption” Movie Screening – 1pm Sunday – How can we fight climate change?

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Hi Forklift Fans – check out this invite from our friends at

This Sunday, September 7, at 1:00 PM, we’ll get together to watch the new movie, “Disruption”, and have a discussion about what we can all do to fight climate change (including attending the historic September 21st NYC march on climate change).  

Please join us!

Disruption – 1pm, Sunday September 7th

University Park Church of the Brethren, 4413 Tuckerman St, University Park, MD 20782

(If University Park isn’t convenient for you, there are screenings all over the country tomorrow – find one closer to you at

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Let’s Trade! Your Food for our $5



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.

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Do you know a nonprofit in need of metal trash cans? (could be turned into planters!)

Old Metal Trash Cans @ Wabash compressedHi Forklift Fans –

We recently heard from a commercial property company looking to donate 2,000 gently-used office trash cans.  We don’t have space to take them all, so the company is hoping to donate to other nonprofits, schools, or community organizations who could use large amounts of them.  They are nice and sturdy, and could be repurposed creatively (perhaps as planters or stools?)

Your organization would need to pick them up from 6100 Wabash Ave, in Baltimore, MD.  To arrange for pickup, DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST.  Instead, please contact Barbara Fonseca at bfonseca(at) or 240-994-7485.  Thanks!


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Ward 5 Residents: Win up to $2,400 to beautify your garden!

Hey Forklift Fans, please spread the word to anyone you know in Ward 5:  the DC Department of the Environment is awarding up to $2,400 for Green Block Makeovers!  The kickoff event is this Saturday, June 28th…

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