July Sales & News
panorama of warehouse 
 34,000 sq. ft. of  Low-Cost Building Materials 
A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives
2010 City Paper Readers' Choice Best Home Goods Store 
In this month's newsletter...
How To Get Here
How To Donate
We need your support on July 14
Community Forklift in the News
I can see - it's a miracle!
Are you missing out on the good stuff?
Holiday and Summer Hours
Summer Fun at the Forklift
Volunteers Needed
Green Events Around Town
Visit our huge warehouse at

4671 Tanglewood Drive,

Edmonston MD 20781


In the Hyattsville area,
just 5 min. from the DC line!
How to Donate 
To donate building materials,
click here,
or call 301-832-0781.
To donate money,click here
or call 301-985-5180  
(Please let us know if you would like your contribution to go to our general fund, or specifically to our building fund:  Rooting a Green Business in Our Community).
come out to support Community Forklift
and the Prince George's County Green Power Coalition!

The Prince George's Green Power Coalition is holding a briefing for all candidates running for countywide office. We will share our platform, a blueprint to improve the environment and economy in Prince George's County and to secure environmental justice for all of our residents.

 The event is open to the public.  Please stop by to support us, and wear a company shirt if you work for a local business

It is SO important to show the candidates how many citizens care about Community Forklift and these issues.

The more folks show up, the more of an impact our words will have!
PIC OF RUTHIE(Plus, our own Ruthie M. will be speaking.  She'll be less nervous if there are some Forklift Fans hooting and hollering in the crowd!) 

The evening will include refreshments - please let Ruthie know if you can donate food or drinks.

 For more information,
click here or contact Green Power Coalition co-chairs:

 Lisa Lincoln
L[email protected]

Mariko Bennett

[email protected] 

Forklift in the news...
Washington Post,
July 13:
Check out our bathtubs in

 Washington Examiner,

May 23: 
Our Chief of Operations always knows just what to say! 
Brighter light in the warehouse

Forklift customers have been known to bring flashlights as well as tape measures when they visit.  It's always been hard to see in parts of our store, and the situation got worse when February's snow knocked out some skylights.
But thanks to our Forklift warehouse staff and electrician Bill Jolley, it's getting a lot brighter in the Community Forklift warehouse! 
They figured out an inexpensive way to lower our light fixtures, and it's starting to make a big difference.  And the staff is excited that we can now replace bulbs without renting a cherry picker!
Are you missing out?

If you're not following us on Facebook or Twitter, you might be. 

Find us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter 
Click here to follow us on facebook, and click here to follow us on twitter. 
To give you an example, here are some posts from yesterday:

We've got a ton of grout right now!  

Several pallets full of 10 lb. boxes and 25 lb. bags, a variety of colors, sanded & unsanded dry grout.  $6 and $7 each(they retail for $12-13 at the big box stores).


Just received a truckload of granite counters! 

There are some nice big pieces - come take a look before they're gone!  Our granite is $5 to $12.50/sf (original retail prices range from $35 - $120/sf).

More tile has been donated! 
We got another truckload yesterday - there are many boxes of new tile, all sizes and styles. 
Reminder:  We will be
closed Sunday, July 4th
to celebrate Independence Day.
And don't forget our
 new summer hours! 
Our schedule is now:
Wed & Thurs 10-8 
Fri, Sat, & Sun 9-6
(Closed Mon & Tues) 
July Sales 

25% off Medicine Cabinets

PIC OF SURPLUS MED CABS Take 25% off mirrored medicine cabinets.  We have some cool vintage ones, and sleek surplus ones that are still in the box (Sale does not include bathroom vanity cabinets, kitchen cabinets, other types of furniture, and select vintage medicine cabinets.  Sale does not apply to medicine cabinets without pricetags).

Don't need a medicine cabinet?  Maybe you need a family message center like the ones below (click here for DIY instructions)


25% off Pedestal Sinks

PIC OF PEDESTAL SINKPIC OF MODERN PEDESTAL SINKTake 25% off the marked price on all pedestal sinks.  We have a good selection of modern porcelain and vintage cast iron pedestal sink sets right now!  (Sale does not apply to other styles of sinks or pedestal sinks without pricetags).    

30% off select Cabinet Sets
The donations have really been rolling in and we have TWENTY-SEVEN kitchen cabinet sets right now!!!! So, we've put select sets on sale for 30% off...look for the neon sale stickers to save big. We've got gorgeous reclaimed sets that are perfect for a green kitchen remodel, and nice sturdy sets that would make excellent storage for workshops and garages.  Come soon for the best selection (Sale does not include other types of furniture or cabinet sets without a neon sale sticker).


75% off "Orphan" Cabinets

Take 75% off salvaged kitchen cabinets originally priced at $40 or less (Sale does not include surplus/new cabinets, cabinet sets, bathroom cabinets, vintage hutches, wardrobes, glass-fronted shelves, or other types of furniture.  Sale does not apply to cabinets without pricetags)

 Furniture: half off and FREE 
  Look for the neon stickers to save 50% on select furniture, including chairs, file cabinets, mirrors, headboards, kitchen cabinets, store fixtures, shelving, entertainment centers, and wardrobes.  Some items are even marked with as FREE!  
(Sale does not include any furniture without a
neon "50% Off" or "Free" sticker). 
 40% off Fireplace Mantles  PIC OF MANTLE HEADBOARD 
 Take 40% off all mantles with orange price tags, including complete and disassembled mantle pieces made of wood or marble (Sale does not include mantles with white price tags).  Don't have a fireplace?  Get crafty!  Create a focal point in your living room with a faux fireplace filled with candles, or make a nifty headboard.  Forklift Fan Malek sent us a gorgeous example!
50% off Jet Tubs 
PIC OF JACUZZI Take 50% off the price of salvaged jet tubs (Sale does not include surplus jet tubs, soaker tubs without jets, or other styles of tubs).   
Not doing any renovating right now? 
That's okay.  There are still plenty of 
reasons to visit Community Forklift this month! 
 Ask-the-Expert Series:   
Ask the Green Builder
Thurs. July 22, 6:30-7:30 pm
Brian Higgins will discuss improvements to his own house, then tackle questions about your homes.  He says, "I have renovated my house to a high performance level by sealing PIC OF BRIAN ON ROOFthe building envelope, and installing high performance windows, and supplemental solar and biomass heating.  While repairing my roof, I also created more space for insulation.  These are investments that pay off in lower utility bills, and increased comfort and security for my family.  And, of course, I used a lot of reclaimed materials from Community Forklift!" 
Brian is the president of Green Home LLC, a local company that aims to be "the smart, affordable choice for energy efficient, healthy, and earth friendly additions, renovations and solar heating." 

Ask the Home Energy Expert
Wed. July 28, 6:30-7:30 pm
David Brosch is an energy auditor, trained weatherization practitioner, certified HERS rater, and a certified home performance contractor.  He will explain what all these terms mean, share tips for reducing your energy bills, and answer your questions.
David says, "A significant amount of the energy Americans use each year is consumed to condition our homes and operate our appliances and lights. With cheap fuels a thing of the past, it is sensible to make our dwellings more energy efficient in smart, careful ways that also leave them safer, healthier, and more comfortable." 
His local business, Green Homes Blue Sky LLC, was formed to offer homeowners energy conservation and green construction services in a time of rising utility prices and a growing concern and awareness of the environment both within the home and on the larger global scale.  Their goal is "to make the world a little bit better and your home a lot better."
 "Community Lifters"
If your  nonprofit or government agency works hard to lift up our community,
we wanna spread the word about you. 
Schedule a day to have an info table
at our store!  We may also be able to feature you in our newsletter.  Priority given to organizations that focus on housing or green issues and groups that have used Community Forklift materials. 
Can you help? 
PIC OF TRAIN CARSPicnic by the Train 
 We know little Forklift Fans love watching trains go by across the street.  So, we've got a local children's author to perform, and a DJ & folk singer ready with railroad songs.  The tentative date is August 14th, but we'll have more info in the next newsletter.  Any local historians, picnic planners, or kids-at-heart able to volunteer?
Tech expert needed:  We'd like to set up a podcast or video of some of events.  Anyone know how to make that happen?
PIC OF CUPCAKEBakers and Grillers needed: At some of these events, we'd like to have a bake sale and/or cookout for the building fund.  
Regular Volunteering: 
Now that we have expanded our summer hours, we need more help than ever in the warehouse.  If you can volunteer for a weekly or monthly shift, let us know!
To sign up or make suggestions,
Ruthie or call 301-985-5180.   
Events around the region:
Washington Mystics celebrate 
 Go Green Night July 2nd!
 Watch the Mystics whump the Atlanta Dream, and learn about great local businesses at the green expo!  Click here for details and tickets. 

Green Education at
 Nationals Stadium!
The Green Building Institute brings green education to the nation's first green sports stadium.  Click here for registration info and details.  Two classes in July: 
July 2nd: Learn How To Save Money with Solar, enjoy a ballpark buffet, and watch the Nationals put a hurtin' on the NY Mets. PIC OF NATIONALS LOGO 
July 30th:  Water is the Next Gold.  
Learn how to conserve this precious resource by "harvesting" rain for use around your home and garden (this is especially important in DC, where we all need to do our part to reduce the stormwater that causes sewer overflows).  After the class, enjoy dinner, and watch the Philadelphia Phillies play bravely to no avail.     
Eating Well on a Budget  
PIC OF BOOK July 14th: Through The Kitchen Door
is a DC non-profit that sees food as fuel for sustainable community development and healthy family stability.  They are featured in a new cookbook from Eating Well Magazine, which will be discussed on July 14th at Politics and Prose.  Click here for more details. 
  Fringe Festival
PIC OF FRINGE LOGOFrom July 8-25, there is an explosion of theatre performances all around town.  Click here for more info - they have a huge variety of shows, held in all kinds of venues (I think last year, some shows are actually performed in a fountain!).  It's a lot of fun, especially if you're not a regular theatre-goer.  And guess what - they chose Community Forklift as their official supplier of green building materials! 
FREE Furniture 
Right now, we have a lot of furniture marked with neon "50% off" stickers.  That's already a great deal, but with this coupon, you can have one of those items for FREE! 
Come on in today and get yourself a free chair, file cabinet, mirror, headboard, kitchen cabinet, store fixture, shelving, entertainment center, or wardrobe!  (Sorry, coupon cannot be used for any furniture without a neon 50% off sticker) 

Offer Expires: June 30, 2010.  Limit one coupon per household per month.  Cannot be combined with other sales.  Coupon cannot be applied to any furniture without a neon 50% off sticker.