November 2009

Celebrating four years of

lifting up local communities!
We Have a Fabulous Selection of Low Cost Building Materials 
34,000 sq. ft. of  Low-Cost Building Materials

A Project of Sustainable Community Intiatives

Have you visited lately?
4671 Tanglewood Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Store Hours:  Wed 12-7
Thurs, Fri, & Sat 9-5,
and Sun 12-5 
Store Hours for
Thanksgiving Week:
Wed 25th:  12-5pm (closing 2 hours early)
Thurs 26th:  Closed all day
Fri 27th:  9am-5pm 
Sat 28th:  9am-5pm
Sun 29th:  12-5pm 

Don't miss our 4th

Enjoy some cake,
and take advantage of extra sales throughout the store,
one day only!
Wed. November 18th, 12-7 pm

cakeCommunity Forklift will be celebrating our
4th Anniversary this month.  Can you believe it?!?
Four years of keeping good materials from going to waste, creating local green jobs, and making repairs affordable for thousands of homeowners, small businesses, and nonprofits - all thanks to your support. 

We hope all of our friends and Forklift Fans will stop by.  Enjoy the special sales, and share your project stories and Forklift memories for a chance to win great prizes!  More details at the bottom of the newsletter...

We still need 
donations & artists for 
Community Forklift's December gift fair!


This winter, support your favorite reuse store by donating to our gift fair!  Proceeds will support our work through the lean winter months, and you'll earn a tax deduction. 
There are three ways to participate:
1) Donate home
decor, tools, or small
Donations should be something that you would be proud to give as a present.  Just stardrop it off at the store during business hours, from now through Dec. 13. Unfortunately, we cannot take clothing or other fabric because it gets too dusty here.   
Good for the gift fair:  
That beautiful vase you don't have room for. 
Bad for the gift fair: 
the chipped plastic kitchenware you've been meaning to take to Goodwill.   
 2) Create a piece of art - or two or three - to donate! lamp craft 
Amateur crafters and artists encouraged, and you'll receive a tax deduction.  If art is your business and you would like some publicity, let us know and we'll feature you in our website and newsletter (which reaches almost 5,000 Forklift Fans).  Just drop your piece off at the store during business hours from now through Dec. 13. 
2) We are still accepting exhibit applications from crafters & artists. 
Would you like to show and sell your art on one Saturday in December?  If your work is chosen, we will give you a table and space for free.  Preference is given to work that includes or celebrates reclaimed materials, and to folks with interactive displays. 
To submit your work for consideration, send your name, phone number, which Saturdays you are available, and descriptions/photos of your work
 [email protected]

Now Hiring!

Community Forklift needs someone who can work at the register and in the warehouse. 


We are looking for someone with retail experience, an easygoing personality, and some knowledge of home improvement.  
If you are willing to work on an as-needed basis, please send your resume to [email protected] or drop it off at the store.
 November Sales

We've got tons of $4 items & 40% discounts to celebrate our Fourth Anniversary: 
  ceramic tile
 40% off Ceramic Tile!
Take 40% off all standard ceramic tile (not including stone, painted, and specialty glazed tile).

4 free shelf boards!
Take up to four pine, fir, plywood, and particleboard 1x6, 1x8, 1x10, 1x12, 1x14, and 1x16 boards that are four feet long or less. (Giveaway does not include specialty wood or trim). 

40% off Lights! 
Take 40% off all light fixtures in Aisles 2 & 3 that are marked at $44 or less (Sale does not include lights in the Salvage Arts department or lights without price tags).
kitty holding lights

$4/sq. ft. or less on granite counters
Usually, granite counter pieces larger than five square feet are $5 - $10/sf.  This month, they are only $4/sf unless otherwise marked!  (Pieces smaller than five square feet remain a bargain at only $2.50/sf).
 orphan cabinets      40% off "orphan" cabinets
Take 40% 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). 

 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!).

Fun November Events
(And we still need a few good volunteers!)
All month long:  the Green Building Institute is holding dozens of classes for homeowners and builders.  The classes are all over the region, from Baltimore and DC to Loudoun Co. VA and St. Mary's Co. MD.  They have a range of good topics,  including "Green Tax Incentives," "Environmental Landscaping," and "Home Energy Audits."  More info at the GBI webpage.
THIS Saturday, Nov. 7th:
GLUT (Mt. Rainier's fantastic food coop) is celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a street fair on 34th St. from 10am - 4pm.  Enjoy live music and dance, a potluck lunch, face-painting, games, and a silent auction.  More info at  
(We still need volunteers to staff our booth!  To sign up, send your name and number to [email protected]) 
 Saturday, Nov. 14:  the DC Office of the People's Council is holding an Energy utilitiesEfficiency Expo from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center.  Check out hands-on demonstrations to learn how to make your home more energy efficient and save on utility bills. 
(We don't want to miss this chance to reach out to DC residents!  Please contact us immediately if you can set up and/or staff our booth.  Send your name and number to [email protected]).
Every Saturday and Sunday, we need "Community Builders" in the store to assist staff and greet new customers and donors.  Don't forget that you earn store credit for volunteering!  To sign up for an orientation or volunteer shift, send your name and number to [email protected]  
Did you know you can check out events and volunteer needs on our website? 
The schedule is online at sign up for a volunteer orientation or shift, send your name and number to [email protected] or call 301-985-5180. 

Why are YOU a Forklift Fan?
Send us your stories or photos by Nov. 18 for the chance to win great prizes!

The other day, we got a call from a customer who repairs homes for folks in need.  It was inspiring to hear about the families and seniors that have been helped because his nonprofit could find affordable materials at Community Forklift. 

We know there are many more stories like this, and we'd like to hear them!   

Why are you part of the Community Forklift family?  Do you have a story to share, or a memory of the store back at the beginning?  Have you finished a project using reclaimed materials?  Share your story, memories, or photos to help us celebrate our anniversary! 

We will be grateful for your stories at any time, but if we get them by Nov. 18, you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 Community Forklift gift certificate, energy efficient lightbulbs, or cool reusable bags from our friendly, green trash-hauling friends at Junk In The Trunk.

Drawing held 11/30/09. 
To enter, please send an email to [email protected], or drop off stories, memories, or photos at the store. 
Please include:
1)  Your name
2)  Your email and phone number
3)  If you are sending photos or writing about a particular project, please let us know which materials came from Community Forklift
4)  Optional:  if you don't mind, please tell us your profession and your neighborhood or town