A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives / 34,000 sq. ft. of Low Cost Building Materials!
We stock Alco appliances!
Visit the Warehouse
and See What's New!

4671 Tanglewood Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Click here for directions

Hours: Wednesday 12-7
Thurs-Sat  9-5

Community Forklift's
Holiday Hours

Wed, Dec. 24

Thurs, Dec. 25

Fri, Dec 26 &
Sat, Dec 27
9 am - 5 pm

Wed, Dec 31
  This is your LAST chance to
donate in 2008!

12pm - 5pm
(We're closing 2 hours early)
Material donations MUST arrive

Thurs, Jan 1

Fri, Jan 2 &
Sat, Jan 3
9 am - 5 pm
(back to regular hours)

Last Chance for 2008 Tax Deduction!

Now is the time to clean out your garage and bring us those leftover materials to get the 2008 tax deduction!  Please bring materials to the warehouse at least half an hour before we close (PLEASE NOTE donations must arrive by 4PM on New Year's Eve!)


Year-end financial donations are also very much appreciated! Checks should be made out to Sustainable Community Initiatives (CF's parent non-profit), and can be mailed to Nancy Meyer's attention at CF.  Include your current address to receive your tax-deduction thank you letter!
We hope to accept donations online soon.

Meghan Adkins,
Donations Coordinator


Meghan Leigh Adkins is a natural-born donations coordinator, who has been working for non-profits seeking donations since she was a teenager!  She studied film in art school, then spent time touring the world as a rock star.

Meghan currently lives on a farm in central Virginia with her 2 dogs (Ruthann and Stella), her husband, and various other relatives.  They are hoping to increase their menagerie next year to include a family of chickens, and a pig!  She still enjoys being a professional musician, and definitely loves chili-- she says, "I can eat chili 3 times a day, hands down, for a week!!"

As our Donations Coordinator, Meghan is the person who schedules CF to pick up your large material donations!

We really appreciate it when you are able to drop off materials at our warehouse, but sometimes the load is too large--if you need us to pick up your donation, please fill in the form at:

or give Meghan a call at:

Thank you in advance for donating materials to
Community Forklift!

December Sales

Free bathroom sinks
Look at the price tags in the sink aisle - select
cultured marble and wall mount sinks have $0 tags!
(Limit 10 free sinks per household)

50% off single cabinets
Salvaged, unmatched kitchen cabinets are half off! 
Sale does not include surplus cabinets, bathroom or
vanity cabinets, medicine cabinets, or cabinets that
are part of sets. 

Steel Doors
Select surplus, fire-rated steel doors, only $30 - $40
each!  (We recently received a large donation of
them...they usually start at $120- $130 retail)

We hate to have to say this, but...
Don't bother scratching off price tags -
Sinks, cabinets, or doors without price tags are
not eligible for the sale.

50% off Glass & Mirrors
Half off unframed mirrors and glass.  Find some nice
glass shelves, or glass tops to protect your
(Sale does not apply to medicine
cabinets, framed mirrors, or door-mounted mirrors).

Free wood
Our free lumber pile is in the yard.  Ask a staff
member to point you to the right direction.

Gifts that are better for your
wallet and our world!

Loyal Forklift Fans know that reusing building
materials is easier on your pocketbook AND the
planet.  But chances are, your son doesn't want
a reclaimed brick in his stocking, and your sister-
in-law would be a little confused if you handed her
a 2x4 with a big bow.  Not to worry!  We've got
some tips:

1)  There are some fantastic ideas at the Center for the New American Dream's "Simplify the
Holidays" website!

2)  Attend an alternative gift fair, where you can
make donations to a variety of charities in honor
of your friends and family.  Takoma Park has a fair
on Dec. 6, and Hyattsville on Dec. 13 - for more
check this website!

3)  Of course, you can give a donation to Community
Forklift in the name of your favorite packrat,
handywoman, or eco-guy!  (Please email
NancyJMeyer@communityforklift.com for details.)

4)  If you must buy new...buy local!  As Dr. Juliet
Schor says in the L.A. Times:  "We can find better
ways to support one another than funneling our
money through giant multinationals in hopes that
some trickles down to its employees. Support local
and socially responsible businesses when buying
what you need."  

One small business that could use your support is
Urban Solar Solutions, which recently opened at the
front of our building.  They've got all sorts of
affordable earth-friendly gifts, including solar
chargers for flashlights and cell phones, organic t-
shirts, LED Christmas lights, and ecology and solar
experiment kits for kids!  Call 301-209-0011 or go to
UrbanSolarSolutions.com for more info.  

Or, give your holiday business to some of the local
companies that generously supported Community
Forklift this year - check out the list of donors to our
Third Anniversary Party and to our Tropical Treat

5)  Get creative!  Community Forklift's hardware aisle
holds endless possibilities for making Christmas
ornaments--this year, Ruthie is punching star shapes
into little tin squares!  Our glass is on sale, so get
some stained-glass paint from the craft store and
make suncatchers.
If you have to wrap a gift, put it in a reusable bag
that can be used later for grocery shopping (Urban
Solar Solutions stocks Chico bags, 5 for $20!).  Or,
stop by the Forklift for some of our wallpaper (only
50 cents/roll!).

If you come up with a fun gift idea using Community
Forklift materials, email a photo to
Bea@CommunityForklift.com so we can post it on
the website and inspire other Forklift Fans!  Please
include a brief description of what your project,
including which materials you got at CF.  See the
Customer Creations section here!

  Upcoming events

  Green Roofs Class at the
  Green Building Institute

  Saturday, December 6, 2008, 9-11am

  Instructors Sarah Murphy of Green Roof Canopy & Sara
  Loveland of DC Greenworks will cover what is a green roof, their
  aesthetic and ecological benefits, choosing a system to install,
  plant selection and maintenance with specific case studies. 
  Participants will also get an opportunity to view the green roof
  installed at the Enviro Center.

  For more info:

  National Building Museum series
  For the Greener Good
  Check out www.nbm.org/programs-lectures/series
  /for-the-greener-good-1.html for a list of their
  upcoming events.
  The next one is Divorce Your Car, on
  December 4, 2008.

  "While public transportation use continues to rise in America,
  the overall number of people served is fairly small. What will it
  take to get Americans out of their cars? What is the role of
  private business in public transit? How do you provide a variety
  of transit options? How can we design neighborhoods that are
  more walkable and encourage public transit?"


One FREE BOX (4 pints) of DAP Patching Plaster ($15 value) with any CF purchase!

Print out the coupon, fill in your name, and hand it to the
cashier at checkout
to receive your free gift!

Name: _______________________________
Zip code: ____________________________

While supplies last.

One discount per household - may not be combined with other offers or used more than once. Not valid toward consignment items. Valid on purchases made 12-1-08 thru 12-31-08.