September 2009 Newsletter  
You're invited to the Grand Opening of...
Salvage Arts! 
vintage dept entrance
Sept. 26 at the
A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives - 34,000 sq. ft. of
Low-Cost Building Materials
Salvage Arts
Sept. 26 ALL DAY 
Music, Food, Prizes, & Fabulous Stuff!
For a long time, you have been asking for more valuable, unusual items in addition to our low-cost fare. 
 terry leveling beams  
Well, we got to work... and we have finally finished building our vintage section!

Come check it out at the...
GRAND OPENING of Salvage Arts on Saturday, Sept. 26!
canisters and mantel 
 The Salvage Arts department includes restored lighting from the 1880's through the 1930's.  It also features a wide selection of unique primitives, iron heating grills, vintage signs & containers, and architectural ironwork.
lighting rodOh no!  Does this mean Forklift prices are going up?  
Our antique items are priced at affordable market value.  You may find that a restored Salvage Arts piece will be worth more than a modern fixture or unrestored item.  But don't worry!  We still have all the usual super deals throughout the store to help our Forklift Fans live sustainably!  
In fact, by offering a greater diversity of products, the Community Forklift will be in healthier financial shape - ensuring that we can continue to provide low-cost, quirky, and beautiful materials to the DC area for years to come.
iron grates
Volunteer Terry Lewis has helped to price our donated antiques since 2007, and we are excited that he is now providing items for Salvage Arts.  He has over 20 years of experience in buying and selling antiques (if you've shopped in Olney, you may know his company, Bear Creek Trading).  If you have questions, he would love to answer them.  As he can explain, antiques may cost a bit more...but they sure hold their value!  
We Need HELP!
And you earn store credit!
Our wonderful data entry volunteer Sharlene is temporarily leaving us -- and we need to fill her big shoes.
Data Entry Volunteer  
 to enter info into our database at least 4 - 6 hours per week.
Web Site Volunteer 
 Some knowledge of web work......
For more info, call Nancy or Ruthie at 301-985-5180

Shed Up!!!

One of our Forklift Fans won an international award?!?  
We Love Sheds ( holds the renowned annual Shed Week and contest for UK shed designers.  But this year, they had so many international submissions that they created the International Shed of the Year Award.  Beating out submissions from all over the world, SCALEhouse design obtained the most votes and won the judges over to win the award.
scalehouse shed nighttime
This winning shed incorporates "environmentally responsive architecture," which is a site-specific and sustainable response defined by the individual site amenities or obstacles.  This design promotes sustainable principles such as less material waste, embodied energy conservation, natural light and views.  Lumber, glass and other materials from the Community Forklift were integral in construction of the shed.
scalehouse shed nighttime
SCALEhouse design doesn't just design sheds.
  Founder Chuck Witmer is an architectural designer that can apply sustainable principles at every scale.  As a design/build outfit, SCALEhouse design comes from a diverse architectural background that has produced everything from LEED Corporate headquarters, mixed-use, single-family + multi-family homes, decks, cabins, get the idea, they can operate at any scale!  SCALEhouse design can be contacted at [email protected] and their work can be seen at

scalehouse shed side

Donate building materials, vintage stuff, & tools!  

 *  Earn a tax deduction! 
*  Free up storage stace!
*  Help make repairs more affordable!
*  Keep good stuff out of the landfill!
*  Create good green jobs!
Check our donation guidelines
to find out what we can accept:
or call our Donations Coordinator at
September Sales
Every day is Free Friday! 
This month, all sale items in aisle one are free every day of the week.  Just check with a Reuse Associate before loading it into your vehicle (we don't want any shopping carts or dollies to go missing!)
Ceramic Tile
Take half off flat, square ceramic tile 
(Sale does not include subway, cove, bullnose, terra cotta, painted, brightly colored, unusually shaped, mosaic, stone, wood, metal, glass, honeycomb, smaller than 4"x4", or other specialty tile).  
ceramic tile
$2 Doors
All interior hollow-core used doors, including flat/flush & stamped panel, are just 2 bucks! 
(Sale does not include doors in frames, surplus/new doors, exterior doors, solid doors, doors with glass, or other types of doors).
interior hollowcore doors
screen door50% off all salvaged storm and screen doors!
Take half off metal or vinyl used storm & screen doors  (Sale does not include surplus/new doors, security doors, wood doors, French doors, storm windows, other styles of doors, or doors without price tags).
50% off Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks!
Take half off metal or vinyl used storm & screen doors  (Sale does not include surplus/new doors, security doors, wood doors, French doors, other styles of doors, or doors without price tags).
stainless sinks
Oil-Based Paints 
All gallons of oil-based paint are just $2 as-is
(Sale does not include latex paint, Rustoleum, surplus paint, stain, or other products in gallon cans.  No returns).
  oil based paint

50% off "orphan" cabinets
Take half off individually-priced used modern kitchen cabinets  (Sale does not include surplus/new cabinets, cabinets that are part of sets, bathroom cabinets, glass-fronted shelves, vintage hutches, wardrobes, or other types of cabinets).
 orphan cabinets   
Fun Events
So many fall festivals! 
Have you ever thought about helping out at the Forklift?  This month, event volunteers earn DOUBLE store credit!  Check out upcoming events and orientation dates at
Urban Solar Solutions
Solar Hot Water Heating Class for Installers starting Sept. 21 (three sessions).  It is for contractors only (!) and, if the contractor lives in DC or Maryland, they may be able to get full financial aid for it (!!).  That's right - for FREE!  It can be used to pursue a NABCEP certification.  If interested, contact Kyl McKinney at 301-209-0011 or [email protected]   
Green Jobs Class! Sept. 20, 2pm-4pm.  More info at
Life after Labor Day Festival
Sunday, Sept. 13th
Mount Rainier Bike Co-op
3601 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD Contact: 202-271-9113 or 301-277-2110
Fall is a great time to do something good for the earth and party for a good cause.  In the spirit of the Fall Equinox, the Mount Rainier Bike Co-op, in collaboration with the Community Forklift and the Prince George's Community Pool, is hosting a Life After Labor Day festival. Proceeds will be used to build a new storage barn for the Co-op. Our fundraising goal is $5000.

1:00-4:30 Bike Trailer Building Workshop: Build yourself a "customizable" bike trailer with materials supplied by the Co-op. Register by Sept. 3rd.  $40-$60.

5:00-8:00 Potluck Party & Silent Auction featuring DJ Joe & the band Chance Gardener: Bring your friends and family, chow down, sing, dance, and bid on all kinds of items ranging from bikes, bike accessories, pool passes, and gift certificates for local area businesses.

Calling all tradespeople and Do-It-Yourselfers!
extreme green home makeover logo
National Geographic has awarded $20,000 to CarbonfreeDC to give green makeovers in Deanwood and Shaw.  The end result? Twenty low-income families with lasting savings on their energy bills, leading their community to planet-friendly lifestyles!  However, CarbonfreeDC still needs skilled volunteers to assist with this cool project!  They need plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and folks with renovation experience to help with weatherization and installation of energy-saving equipment for these deserving families. 
Interested? Contact Cindy Olson at 202-870-6805 or [email protected]
November Art Show
Do you make crafts or art from what you find at the Community Forklift?  We would like to celebrate the Forklift's Fourth Anniverary with the artisans who give new lives to our old materials.  Amateurs encouraged!  For more info or to submit your work for consideration, contact [email protected]
 Spackling Paste 

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

 Limit one per household.  Expires 9/30/09.

Name: _______________________________

Zip code: ____________________________

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