November Newsletter: 
Halloween Fun,
November Sales, & 
The Great Green Gift Extravaganza!

 34,000 sq. ft. of  Low-Cost Building Materials 
A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives
 panorama of warehouseI 
In this month's newsletter...
How To Donate
Halloween Discounts
Wanna hear about good stuff as soon as it arrives?
The Great Green Gift Extravaganza
November SALES

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).
Just a few days left for

Only a few days left
save on nails, screws, tiles, jet tubs, radiators, paints, stains, and wall ovens.  Refer back to our last newsletter for the details.

Also, this weekend you can save 10% with our special
Halloween discount!

Wear a costume to Community Forklift on October 30th or 31st.  We will be giving out candy, and if we're impressed with your costume, you'll receive an additional 10% off your purchases that day. 

Sorry, just grabbing a tool from your truck and saying, "I'm a carpenter" won't cut it - you gotta put in some effort.



Costumed children or pets are welcome!  Our apologies to Octomom, Jon & Kate, & anyone else with a truckload of cute kids, but each household gets only one discount per day.  Discount cannot be applied to items from Alco, Nature Neutral, Rox Produx, or Treincarnation.


A nifty way to repurpose doors


So doors are on sale, but you don't think you need a door right now. Well...maybe you need a swanky outdoor bar like this one, from the "Confessions of a Curbshopaholic" blog!  



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 an example of what you've been missing, here are some recent posts:

Just got a donation of granite countertops. The biggest & prettiest pieces will go quickly, so stop by soon! $5-$12.50 a square foot

More details about the architectural iron work we got yesterday! Door & window bars, railing, fencing, garden decor
We won!!!!

Thanks to you,

our fabulous Forklift Fans,

we now hold bragging rights to the title

Best Hardware /DIY Store

of 2010


We are SO grateful to all the members of the Forklift community that went online to vote.  This is a big honor, and wonderful publicity for our cause.  In fact, we've already received several donations from folks who read our profile in the Express!  Check out the article here.



It's that time of year again...

A floating garbage patch
I was in the mall the other day, and found myself drawn to the piles of stocking stuffers that were ALREADY set out.  A voice whispered, "Hey, look at the attractive displays of plastic junk!  Wow, here are some designer labels made in sweatshops!  Ooh, there's a poorly-made toy covered in lead paint!"  Down in my wallet, my credit cards groaned.

But what else can you do?  After all, your aunt is going to expect something in return for that dumb "travel chess set" she's giving you.

Dried orange slice ornament
Well, Community Forklift is here for you!  We're gonna help you knock out that holiday list in a way that makes you feel good, not guilty.  Here's what we recommend:

1)  Check out these
fantastic ideas for simplifying the holidays.  From gift swaps to earth-friendly decorating, the Center for a New American Dream has tips for celebrating the holidays with more joy and less stuff.    

2)  Visit our Green Gift Extravaganza!  From Oct. 30th through Dec. 24th at Community Forklift, find beautiful presents from crafters, artisans, jewelers, and woodworkers.  These gifts are made from reclaimed materials, are related to home improvement, or are made by local artists or Fair Trade co-ops

 In addition, an artist will visit each weekend to explain and demonstrate their work - so check the calendar on our website regularly! (If you are a musician or artist, and you're curious about playing or selling your work here, please contact Ruthie as soon as possible)

Green Gift Extravaganza
Exhibitor Schedule:

Oct. 30 & 31:  The Crafty Campbells



11am - 6pm:  John and Michelle Campbell have been home renovators for over twenty years, and have been Forklift Fans from the beginning. They are experts at creative reuse, and will be happy to tell you how they make useful items like laptop stands, planters, and serving bowls out of junk mail, concrete, salvaged paint, and reclaimed wood.  (Michelle is also a regular volunteer, and we are grateful to have her help coordinating the Green Gift Extravaganza). 

Nov. 6 & 7:  Platewerkz


11am-6pm:  What began as an idea during a Hyattsville home remodeling has developed into one-of-a-kind handcrafted designs on metal light switch and outlet plates. Daryll Harris will be here to talk about how he uses contrasting colors, assorted applications, and finishes to create outstanding abstract geometric colors - enhancing surfaces and areas formerly ignored in decorating schemes. 

November 13:  IngeNEWityWORKs

PIC OF CUFFLINKSTimothy DeVenney, a DC-based glass artisan, practices a form of folk art craftsmanship.  His handcrafted, artisanal glass art encompasses a combination of selected elements.    PIC OF BOTTLE STOPPERSUsing scraps from other artists and a glass school, Tim makes small mosaics and kiln-fused glass pieces including wall art, functional household objects, refrigerator magnets, bottle stoppers, and jewelry.  He also uses granite scraps from the Forklift for the base of his tealight candle holders (If you miss his visit, you can contact him at or 202-316-2956).

November 20th
 To be announced

November 26-28

Mark your calendar, because we've got party plans in the works.  We're thinking about craft-making activities, a potluck, tree-trimming, fun for the kiddies, and live music.  Now doesn't that sound better than fighting Black Friday crowds at the chain stores?  Send us your ideas, sign your band up to play, and look out for more details in our mid-month update! 

November Sales

Salvaged Orphan Cabinets, $5 each

PIC OF ORPHAN CABINETSNovember is not too hot and not too cold, so it's the perfect time of year to clean up your garage or storage room!  This month, get a bunch of salvaged kitchen cabinets to organize all your stuff.  Remove the doors and ta-da, you've got open shelving!   Sale applies to individual kitchen cabinets marked at $34 or less.  Sale does not apply to cabinet sets, bathroom cabinets, other types of furniture, or cabinets without price tags.   


50% off Ceramic Tile

pic of ceramic tile

Fix up that bathroom before the in-laws come for Turkey Day.  Take half off the price of all standard ceramic tile (regularly $.03 to $.75 just $.01 to $.37 a tile).

Sale does not apply to specialty, glazed, subway, mosaic, or stone tile.



50% off Solid Wood Panel Doors



We've just received a truckload of vintage doors, so we're extending our Oct. sale.  Take half off all salvaged solid wood panel doors priced at $34 or less.  Sale does not include other styles of doors, hollow-core doors, surplus/new doors, or doors without price tags.    



50% off Salvaged Windows


Winter is coming, and the light is waning.  So, add some light to your life with a new-to-you window!  This month, all salvaged windows are half off.  Sale does not apply to surplus windows, curved or specialty windows, vintage window sashes, or windows without price tags.


40% off Salvaged Sinks,

including Pedestal Sinks


Take 40% off the marked price on all salvaged bathroom sinks priced at $100 or less.  Sale does not apply to surplus sinks, vanity sets, kitchen sinks, or sinks without price tags.


10% off Salvage Arts white-tag items 

Take 10% off any item in our vintage department with a white hanging tag.  If, for example, you have been eyeing our rewired chandeliers, antique tools, stained glass, or unusual hardware, now is the time to visit!


One pair of shutters:  free!
We asked you to vote for us for "Best Hardware/DIY Store of 2010," and you didn't let us down.  Thanks to your votes, the Express published a nice profile, including a picture of our shutter aisle. 

To thank our Forklift Fans, we are giving away shutters.  Bring in this coupon, and you are entitled to one pair of vinyl exterior shutters OR one pair of wooden interior shutters.  Even if you don't need them for their original purpose, they can be reused in many craft projects.  They make good mail sorters, magazine racks - even lamps!

Offer Expires: November 30, 2010.  Sale does not apply to bifold doors or wooden exterior shutters. Limit one coupon per household.