Visit our huge warehouse at:
4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781
see our website. We're in the Hyattsville area, just 5 minutes from the DC line.
Fri, Sat, & Sun 9-6
Closed: Mon & Tues
**********************How to Donate
To donate money, click here or call 301-985-5180
Let me tell you a secret
Customers often ask us how to find out when specific items arrive. Donations are always arriving, so your best bet is to visit often. However, you can also search for our posts on Craigslist, or...
To give you a taste of what you've been missing, here are some recent Twitter posts:
Sept 17: Looking for lumber? Get here early tomorrow!!!
Go Green LLC just donated a huge truckload of deck boards; barnwood; and 2x4s, 2x6s, & 2x8s
Sept 17: Weekend Project: Learn how to clean your refrigerator for more efficiency at Green Upgrader
Sept. 16: Now THIS is a cool idea for old glass bottles (by the way, pre-1900's bottles are 50% off right now)
Just a few days left to save...
50% off Solid Wood
Panel Doors Take half off all salvaged solid wood panel doors priced at $34 and under.
Sale does not include other styles of doors, hollow-core doors, surplus/new doors, or doors without price tags.
50% off Mortise Knob Sets
Take half off the marked price on sets with orange price tags. Applies to glass, wood, brass, and porcelain knob sets with the mortise box. We've got a big selection right now! Limit 5 per household. Sale does not apply to individual knobs or parts, modern knobs, any items without price tags, or items with white price tags.
50% off Salvage Arts containers
Take half off all containers marked with
white price tags, including:
* vintage advertising tins,
Sale does not apply to containers without price tags or containers with orange price tags.
* glass bottles (pre-1900's), and
* art pottery & stoneware
50% off Take 50% off all salvaged light fixtures and glass shades with orange price tags. We've got sleek modern lights and charming vintage lights! Sale does not include surplus/new lights, ceiling fans, or lights without price tags.
Take 50% off all white vitreous china sink-and-pedestal sets. Sale does not include other styles of sinks, kitchen sinks, or sinks without price tags.
30% off Mantels
Take 30% off reclaimed mantelpieces with orange price tags. We've got a lot to choose from right now!
75% off Jet Tubs
Take 75% off the price of salvaged jet tubs (Sale does not include surplus jet tubs, soaker tubs without jets, or other styles of tubs).
Sale does not include other types of furniture, or cabinet sets without price tags.
Orphan Cabinets Individual kitchen cabinets marked $35 and under are FREE all day on Sat. & Sun.
Limit 5 per household. Freebie special does not apply on weekdays. Freebie special does not include cabinet sets, surplus/new cabinets, bathroom cabinets, vintage hutches, wardrobes, glass-fronted shelves, or other types of furniture. Sale does not apply to any items without price tags.
We opened our antique department one year ago. It's been even more successful than we hoped! We've been able to stock a wider variety of architectural salvage, so folks restoring old homes have been able to find bargains on vintage materials as well as more valuable, unusual items. It's drawn new customers to the store, and - very importantly - the revenue is helping Community Forklift become more financially sustainable so that we can stick around in the long term!
Sept. 25th1st Anniversary Party
for Salvage Arts
9 am - 6 pm
* Coffee & Lemonade
If you can remember, please do the green thing by bringing your own reusable mug.
* Free munchies & potluck
If you'd like to bring something, bring finger foods!
* The WCFR Radio Show:
DJ One HeART Muzik will take your requests.
* Special Sale!
20% off all white-tag items in Salvage Arts.
* Door prizes & gift certificates
every hour, and recognition of long-time Forklift Fans.
In addition to being a Forklift Fan and volunteer, Neil Gladd is a mandolin soloist, composer and historian. He's performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as in Europe and Japan. He will be performing a selection of recycled music, including mandolin solos and pop songs from the 1920s & '30s.
Mary Gordon Hall began her songwriting career about 20 years ago writing songs for her first grade students. Her first recording of original and traditional songs (1991), I Just Can't Eat My Peas, is enjoyed by families around the world. More recently, she has been composing music for adults, and has performed in Central Virginia venues including First Night Virginia, Gravity Lounge, Acoustic Muse, The Prism, Rapunzel's, and others. Her most recent recording (2006) of "grownup" original songs, Wine Glasses & Wooden Spoons, is her richest expression of both voice and songwriting to date. Receiving radio play beyond her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, radio host and singer songwriter Christine Lavin said, "Her voice is gorgeous, her arrangements surprising. It's so obvious when I hear a voice like Mary Gordon Hall's, I know she was born to sing. A beautiful, beautiful album."
Mary Gordon's musical career branches out in varied ways. Besides traveling around sharing her songs in coffeehouses and concert series, she has found a way to blend her two passions: teaching and songwriting. A veteran school teacher of 34 years, she leads songwriting workshops for children and has plans to lead workshops for teachers to help them incorporate songwriting in the classroom. As fine arts programs are typically the first to go with funding cuts, from experience, she knows how important it is for classroom teachers to feel comfortable and confident providing creative musical experiences for their students.
We are always hearing about great events around the region - so check our website calendar frequently for updates. If you have heard about a good event, send us the details and we'll post it. Here's what we know about right now:
Solar & Green Home Tours
Historic Property Grants
Sept. 28, 10:30am-noon: The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission is holding a workshop for property owners interested in learning more about the historic property grant program in Prince George's County. Grants are being awarded to rehabilitate, restore, preserve, and acquire historic property. The workshop will focus on the application process and will be held at Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville. For more info, go to www.pgplanning.org/hpgrants.htm
Repower at Home
Sept. 29, 7 pm Our energy choices at home have a huge impact on our health, our environment, and our pocketbooks. This community energy meeting at Bethesda Green will explore ways we can all use less energy. We'll discuss simple actions that tackle the main sources of home energy waste, and brainstorm ways we can grow our impact by getting others involved in saving energy. Together, we can repower our world. To RSVP, visit www.repowerathome.com
Oct. 2 & 3: This is your chance to check out a remarkable variety of solar designs, green technology and sustainable living techniques being used by your neighbors. Visit www.SolarTour.org to learn about tours in the DC Metro area, Takoma Park, and Western Maryland.
Oct. 16: To see how renewable energy sources and energy efficiency features can be incorporated into DC buildings, stop by the Capitol Hill Energy Cooperative Solar Home Tour. There will also be a Solar & Sustainability Fair, which will include green and renewable energy vendors, activities, a solar car, and food (Community Forklift has been asked to exhibit, but we need outreach volunteers to staff our booth from 10-2. Anyone? Contact Ruthie if you can help or need an orientation).
Awesome Free Gardening Workshops!
FREE educational, hands-on workshops to help property owners create unique & important habitat for wildlife on their own land. The 6-hour workshops will include presentations on conservation landscaping and gardening for wildlife, plant selection, general landscape design principles, and how to do a site assessment. Participants will help plant a demonstration garden, and will receive a habitat kit at the end of the workshop including a native plant guide, an invasive plant booklet, a book on wildlife gardening, a birdhouse kit and live plants. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to: ddoe.dc.gov/fisheries and click on "Backyard Habitat Education."
Oct. 13 & 15 or Oct. 30: The District Department of the Environment and Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Audubon Maryland-DC, is sponsoring
Ask the Window Restoration Expert
Held at Community Forklift. It's free - just bring your questions! The next in the series is:
Sat. Oct. 2nd, 4-5pm
In this Q&A session,
Daniel Wolkoff will cover wood window restoration, stripping, glazing and glass cutting. Stained glass restoration will be demonstrated with videos and color slides.
Daniel was born into a NY jewelery and silverware family, and was very artistic from early childhood. At 21, he learned stained glass from Jack Cushen, America's foremost stained glass restorer. Following this passion, he worked at Durhan (a 90 year old NY studio) and Reflections (in California) before moving to DC.
Inspired by Washington's architectural heritage, and his desire to work independantly, Daniel started Adams Morgan Stained Glass
in 1989. Working with the renovation community, he has restored numerous antique windows and skylights for restaurants, embassies, churches and most importantly, the apse windows at Caldwell Hall, Catholic University's, original 1889 chapel.
(Registration is not required, but we'd like to have a head count. Just e-mail Ruthie or call 301-985-5180 to let us know you're coming).
Do you use reclaimed materials
in your crafts or artwork?
You may remember our Green Gift Fair last winter. Artists and woodworkers donated really beautiful pieces to be sold (proceeds went to our building fund). On the weekends, crafters exhibited and sold their work. The Forklift Fans enjoyed finding unique gifts, and our local artists got some publicity.
It was a big hit, so we're going to do it again!
Don't forget: you can take a tax deduction for donated artwork. And if you'd like to sell your crafts, exhibit spaces are free.
If you want to participate this year, please email Ruthie ASAP, or call 301-985-5180.