October Newsletter: 
It's the last day to vote,
we've got some great sales,
and don't miss all the cool events!
 panorama of warehouseI 
 34,000 sq. ft. of  Low-Cost Building Materials
A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives
In this month's newsletter...
How To Donate
Wanna hear about good stuff as soon as it arrives?
Oct. 2: Ask the Window Restoration Expert
Events around the region
Looking for crafters, musicians & artists

Visit our huge warehouse at:

4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD  20781

For detailed directions,

see our websiteWe're in the Hyattsville area, just 5 minutes from the DC line.

Wed & Thurs 10-8

Fri, Sat, & Sun 9-6

Closed: Mon & Tues

How to Donate
To donate building materials, see our donations page
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).
How to get
your hands on
the good stuff
Customers often ask us how to find out when specific items arrive.  Well, hundreds of donations arrive every week, so your best bet is to visit often! 
However, you can also search for our posts on Craigslist, or...
Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
To give you a taste of what you've been missing, here are some recent posts:

Sept 24: Need some 5-gallon buckets?  Right now, we've got dozens of buckets for $1 each - some are very clean (no lids though)

Sept 17:  Looky here, a set of 500 sf of red oak flooring.  Reclaimed flooring is the greenest you can get! 


50% off
Nails, Bolts & Screws
This month, standard fasteners are just $0.25-$0.50/lb.  The sale does not apply to specialty or large-size fasteners (Sorry, Frankenstein!).

pic of ceramic tile

50% off Tile
Fix up that bathroom before the in-laws come for Turkey Day!  Take half off the price of all standard ceramic tile.  The sale does not apply to specialty, glazed, mosaic, or stone tile.


50% off Solid Wood
 Panel Doors
  Is the ghost in your house unhappy with recent renovations?   Does he slam the particleboard doors in the middle of the night?  Perhaps Casper will calm down if you install doors from his era.  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.    
75% off Jet Tubs

 Take 75% off the price of salvaged jet tubs.  Great for relaxing after a long day wandering around a corn maze.  Sale does not include surplus jet tubs, soaker tubs without jets, or other styles of tubs.  


40% off Cast Iron Finned Radiators

Take 40% off the marked price on cast iron radiators.  Sale does not apply to radiators without price tags, and does not include electric baseboard, hot water baseboard or cast iron baseboard heaters.


75% off Stain and Colored Paint

October is the perfect time of year to paint - not too hot, not too cold!  This month, paint and stain is just $1.25/gallon and $0.50/quart (regularly $5/gal and $2/qt). 
Sale does not apply to white or off-white paint, primer, or to cans without price tags.  


50% off

ALL Wall Ovens 
Won't this make holiday dinners easier?  Sale includes warrantied wall ovens from Alco Appliance, our consignment partner.  We have white, black, and stainless - visit soon for the best selection.  Sale does not apply to stoves or microwaves, or to wall ovens without price tags.
Thanks for coming to the party!

We opened our antique department one year ago, and last week we marked it with a celebration.  It was a wonderful day, and we hope you had as much fun as we did.  DJ One HeART Muzik and DJ Livi were on fire, Mary Gordon Hall  played some beautiful original folk music, Neil Gladd gave us a mandolin concert, and Fran Owen's cupcakes were the highlight of the potluck.  Thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make it a success.


Today is the last day to vote!

Dear Forklift Fans, 
As you may know, we've made it to the finals of the Washington Post Express contest.  The contest ends at midnight tonight, so here's one last reminder to vote again:  just follow this link, open the "Stores & Styles" tab, and scroll to the bottom to find us in the "Best Hardware/DIY" category.

Why is this a big deal?
Thanks to all of you, we won the City Paper's "Best of DC" contest in the spring.  As a nonprofit, we can't afford advertising like that.  It was wonderful to win that kind of publicity, and helped make many more people aware of our services. 
Well, the Washington Post Express has even more readers than the City Paper, and winning this could really put us on the map!

But it's hard to decide!  
Why should I vote for the Forklift?

We're up against some stiff competition, and we're honored to be among them. The other nominees are fantastic stores who serve the community - we love them too, so I admit that you have a tough choice!
Just keep in mind that we are a young organization without decades of devoted customers - and we are operated by a local nonprofit, so we don't have the benefit of national brand recognition. Therefore, the publicity from winning this award could make a real and significant difference for us. 

As more folks learn about Community Forklift,
* fewer materials will go to the landfill,
* more homeowners can afford repairs,
* more green jobs can be created, and
* there will be more good stuff to choose from when you're shopping!
After you vote, please ask your friends and neighborhood listserves to vote for us too.  Thanks so much!


This Saturday!
Ask the Window Restoration Expert
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.
This event is part of our Ask-the-Expert series.  It's free, just bring your questions!  (Registration is not required, but we'd like a head count.  E-mail Ruthie or call 301-985-5180 to let us know you're coming).
It's a busy month! 
PIC OF CALENDAR CLIP ARTWe 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: 
This week:  Frager's old-fashioned store has been a fixture on Capitol Hill since 1920.  In fact, some folks believe you're not a real DC resident until you own a Frager's FRAGERS LOGOT-shirt!  From now through Sunday (Oct. 3rd), they have a packed schedule of special events, including daily raffles & giveaways, special bargain prices, local restaurant fare, DIY seminars, and a commemorative Charm City Cake.  Stop by, have some food, and check out their window display with vintage tools on loan from Community Forklift.  They were nice enough to invite us to give a seminar on greening old homes from 3-5pm on Thurs. Sept. 30th, and also to have a booth on Sat. Oct. 2nd (We still need booth volunteers from 3-6.  It's easy - just handing out brochures.  Please contact Ruthie immediately if you can do it).
Solar & Green Home Tours
DC SOLAR TOUR LOGOOct. 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 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 CAP HILL TOUR LOGOthe 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). 
10/10/10 Global Work Party 
Oct. 10:  On 10/10/10, in every corner of the globe, people will work together on climate solutions.  From solar panels to community gardens, wind turbines to bike workshops, we'll start to change our world from the bottom up. At all of these events, we'll take a moment to shoot a group photo with a call to action for our political leaders. We'll tell them "We're getting to work--what about you?"

We are having a cleanup party at Community Forklift, and just up the street in University Park, you can learn about organizing a community-financed solar project.  In Camp Springs, you can find out how your faith community can become a green sanctuary.  There are many more events throughout DC, Montgomery, and Northern Virginia, so visit to check them out, or create your own!

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
FREE educational, hands-on workshops to help property owners create unique & important PIC OF FROGhabitat 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: and click on "Backyard Habitat Education."
It's Green Festival time...YAY!
Oct. 23 & 24:  You REALLY can't miss this festival.  A project of Global Exchange and Green America, it's held at the DC Convention Center, and it's the largest sustainability event in the world. 
PIC OF CHILD PLAYINGEnjoy more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators; great how-to workshops; cutting-edge films; fun activities for kids; a fashion show, organic beer and wine; delicious vegetarian cuisine and diverse live music. FASHION SHOW PICCheck out more than 350 eco-friendly businesses:  everything from all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to Fair Trade gifts and kitchen counters made from recycled materials.  See the most recent developments in renewable energy and green technology; sample Fair Trade chocolate and coffee (yes, they really do taste better); and learn how to invest in your community, green your home and avoid products made in sweatshops. 
PIC OF ALICE WALKERRecharge your batteries with all the hope, inspiration and practical ideas you'll find at the one and only Green Festival´┐Ż.  Admission is cheap, but if youvolunteer at Community Forklift's booth, we'll get you in free!  Contact Ruthie to sign up.

Calling all artists, crafters, & musicians!

blue plate
 Do you remember our Green Gift Fair last winter?  Artists and woodworkers donated beautiful pieces to be sold (proceeds supported 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.  If you'd like to sell your crafts, exhibit spaces are free - the only requirement is that you use reclaimed or recycled materials in your work.  We would also love to have live music, so musicians:  let's set up some jam sessions!
If you can participate
by selling your green crafts, playing your music, or donating a piece of artwork this year, 
please email
Ruthie ASAP, or call 301-985-5180.
Free box or bag
of Polyblend grout

Offer Expires: October 31, 2010.  Limit one coupon per household.