This update is packed with goodies...
Avoid Black Friday madness with GREEN FRIDAY fun,
or chow down at the Dec 11th Holiday Party & Potluck!

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A Project of Sustainable Community Initiatives
In this month's newsletter...
After Thanksgiving, come to Green Friday
Dec. 11th Holiday Party & Potluck
The Great Green Gift Extravaganza gets bigger
November Sales
We need your financial support
One-Day Only Storewide Sale
Winter hours start Dec. 1st
Musically inclined?
Useful news
Deconstructing, not demolishing
Events around the region



Nov. 26-28: 

Celebrate GREEN Friday
instead of Black Friday

At the holidays, shouldn't you be celebrating peace, family, and friends instead of wasting money on imported junk?  Well, this year is your chance to break the Black Friday habit, and choose community instead of commercialism.   

Come to Green Friday (and Saturday & Sunday) at Community Forklift.  You won't have to spend much to have a great time! 

*  During store hours on Nov 26-28, help us trim our trees and decorate the warehouse. 
Enjoy free cider and chances to win door prizes.  We'll have cookies, but if you enjoy baking, bring some of yours too!  Four-legged friends on leashes are welcome too.

*  Adults and kids:  From 12-6 on Fri, Sat, & Sun, grab a seat in Santa's Workshop!  We'll be making holiday gifts, ornaments, wrapping paper, and cards at our community crafting tables.  Bring your own supplies or use ours, share your skills and favorite craft ideas, and get to know your fellow Forklift Fans
We still need volunteer Elves to operate the glue guns at Santa's Workshop - send your phone number to [email protected] if you can help.  We need crafting supplies too:  old maps, construction paper & cardstock, stamps & ink, scrapbooking supplies, ribbon & yarn, pinecones, colorful plastic bags, pipe cleaners, whatever ya got. 

*  On the weekend, The Face Paint Lady will be here! (12-3 Saturday, and 1-3 Sunday, $5/face).  We're not talking a few little squiggles - the Face Paint Lady is a local celebrity who has painted over 50,000 faces, and she does amazing work!  The kids (and some adults, I suspect) will have a blast.   

PIC OF GLOVES*    Get a warm feeling in your heart by warming someone's toes.  We are collecting donations of NEW socks, gloves, scarves, and hats; and new or gently-used coats for children & adults.  On Dec. 24th, the D.C. Jewish Community Center will send hundreds of volunteers to distribute your gifts at homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities, pediatric units, and nursing homes (For more info, contact Erica Steen or Gena Schoen at the DCJCC).

*  If you can't resist the urge to buy something, stop by on Friday.  From 9-6 on Nov. 26, all orange-tag items will be 25% off!  And of course, you can pick up some great sustainable, locally-made presents in the Great Green Gift Extravaganza area.

Sat, Dec. 11, 2-5 pm:
Holiday Party & Potluck
One of the best things about the Forklift is that it brings people together from all walks of life, so this is sort of a Chrismahanakwanzasolsticenewyearfestivus party.  We encourage you to share your family's traditional food, songs, and holiday customs with us!

It's not required, but feel free to bring a potluck dish or a drink to share.  We're also planning a scavenger hunt, and very special Forklift caroling.


The Great Green Gift Extravaganza keeps growing!! 

From now through Dec. 24th at Community Forklift, find beautiful presents from local crafters, artisans, jewelers, and woodworkers.  These gifts are made from reclaimed materials, or related to home improvement (
We're still looking for pros & amateurs to participate -it's free!  Contact Ruthie as soon as possible if you're curious).

More artisans are showing up every day, but right now we've got...
The Crafty Campbells:  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 also will be selling herb garden kits, PIC OF FELT BIRDhomemade cocoa kits, and her mouthwatering fudge in vintage tins.
 Karin Konrad makes adorable boas, ornaments, purses and wreaths from old clothing and fabric scraps.  I have my eye on her tweed scarf, and I particularly love her little felt birds!

PIC OF MAG BAGRenee Rubin is inspired by African and Latin American arts & crafts made from scraps and unused materials  She makes bottle cap earrings, and the coolest purses out of Vogue magazines & packing tape! 
Plarn It All:  Patti Mallin crochets purses, totes, wine gift bags, and cell phone holdersPIC OF PLARN PURSES from "plarn" - plastic yarn made from100% post-consumer recycled plastic bags.   I like her slogan:  "Saving the planet, one really cute bag at a time."

Karmalades:  Ensure your good Karma and that of the planet by using the Household Cleaner with a Conscience.  PIC OF KARMALADEMade locally by Cynthia Brevil, the Scrubbing Souffle is a natural nontoxic option for scrubbing your tub, counter tops,granite, stainless steel,refrigerator, sink, dishes, silver jewelry, tile and more!  It comes in unscented, lemon meringue, coconut macaroon, almond butter, and lavender sugard cookie - yum!

PIC OF FEATHER EARRINGSRecicle Inn:  Helena Barona & Adriana Alarcon are graduate students from Mexico.  Currently interning in DC as part of the Mexican-U.S. civil service exchange program, they enjoy handcrafting as a hobby.  They make earrings, purses, belts, and bracelets from anything imaginable:  potato chip bags, newspapers, cotton threads, and soda pop tops!  


PIC OF KEY NECKLACEGoyne Vintage:  Amanda Goyne scours flea markets, yard sales and Community Forklift to find interesting and unusual items to work into vintage-style jewelry.  Her lacy earrings made from clock hands are quite unique, and her antique key necklaces are quite stylish (Amanda can be contacted at [email protected] or 706-897-4029) 

PIC OF GLASS DISH Sherry G. Selevan has been a lifelong crafter, working in a variety of media and techniques.  Her area of specialty is reclaimed glass, and she exhibits in local galleries.  She brought us some unique little dishes - who knew broken tempered glass could be so beautiful?  (Sherry can be contacted at 301-920-0663 or [email protected])

PIC OF SPOON RESTJellyBug Art & Home Accessories:  Greenbelt artist Karen Wallace recycles wine bottles and glass jars into charming, eco-friendly serving ware, desk accessories, and bird feeders in her 100% wind-powered studio.  Preview her work online!

IngeNEWityWORKs:  Timothy DeVenney, a DC-based glass artisan, practices a form of folk art craftsmanship.  Using scraps from other artists and a glass school, Tim makes small mosaics and kiln-fused glass pieces including wall art, dishes, mosaics, cufflinks, refrigerator magnets, and bottle stoppers.  He also uses granite scraps from the Forklift for the base of his tealight candle holders (To commission an item, contact Tim at [email protected] or 202-316-2956).

 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 tileFix 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

PIC OF WINDOWSWinter 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 Bathroom Sinks


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

10% off Salvage Arts white-tag items 

PIC OF SALVAGE ARTS DEPTTake 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!

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Please consider donating to our general fund to help defray our operating costs (utilities, truck, staff, rent, building repairs, education and outreach efforts, etc).
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Your contribution will ensure that Community Forklift can continue to provide low-cost materials to the DC area for years to come.
One-Day Sale
From 9am-6pm
on the day after Thanksgiving, 
save 25% storewide! 

(Sale applies to all items donated to Community Forklift.  Sale does not apply to products from our consignment partners)

Don't forget!!!!

New hours of operation
 start Dec. 1st

Until Nov. 30th,
we will remain
Wed & Thurs 10-8

Fri, Sat, & Sun 9-6

Closed: Mon & Tues


On Dec. 1st

we return to shorter

 winter hours:

Open: Wed, Th, & Fri 10-6

and Sat & Sun 9-6 

Closed: Mon & Tues

Enjoy playing for an audience?

We're hoping to find some local musicans or bands to play during our holiday events (especially on Nov. 26, 27, & 28, and on Dec. 11).  If it helps entice you, we are happy to sell your CDs & merchandise in our Gift Extravaganza section.

Contact Ruthie if you're interested.

Useful news:
Urban Turf reports on the
closing of the Brass Knob Back Door Warehouse

From The Daily Green: 
How to re-gift and get away with it!

The Healthy Stuff organization provides consumer guides to help you avoid toxic chemicals in everything from toys and school supplies to pet products, cars, and apparel.  Their latest guide focuses on home improvement products and flooring.

The Georgetown Patch recently had a good article about
 the benefits of buying local and vintage building materials.

Congratulations to L.A. Davis, an innovative property manager, and a Forklift volunteer.  We agree that he is a Solar Hero!

We've said this before, but it's worth repeating:  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.

Update on our Deconstruction

Job Training Program

Over the summer, a small crew of specially selected DC Public Charter School students participated in a continuation of the on-the-job Deconstruction Job Training Program that Sustainable Community Initiatives (SCI) began in March (As you may know, SCI is the 501c3 nonprofit that operates Community Forklift). 

Pictured Left to Right: Wayne Price, Jr. (Trainer), Serge Keugongo, Gladys Ramos, Luisa Mota Matos, Mohamed Deen, Yoel Lebron, Jim Schulman (SCI Executive Director)

 SCI's primary partner in the job training program, the YouthBuild Public Charter School (YBPCS) is a vocational training and GED preparatory school, and has been operated by the Latin American Youth Center since 1995.  Five students from 16-24 years old participated in the summer work program, learning how to dismantle buildings without destroying valuable materials.  The program is funded by a Recovery Act Grant from the US Dept. of Labor. 

At sites in Anacostia, Chevy Chase, and Arlington, the summer participants learned how to carefully remove and process pine and oak flooring and trim, doors, windows, railings, carpeting, roofing, & structural steel.  If you are curious about the program, which will resume in November, feel free to call Jim Schulman, the Program Administrator, at 202-544-0069 and ask him about it!  

Events around the region:

Tuesday, November 23, noon - 1 pm
Composting Workshop at Bethesda Green offered by Alan Pultyniewicz, Recycling Coordinator at the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services.  Composting bins are available for Montgomery County residents. Send an email to [email protected] to RSVP.

Friday, December 3, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm -- Annual Fundraising Gala for the Green Building Institute in Jessup, MD.  This organization is a valuable resource for the region.  They deserve your support, and it sound like a fun night!

Tuesday, December 7, 10:30 am - 1 pm
Green Career Training Information Session, Montgomery Works Sales & Service Learning Center in Wheaton, MD.

Throughout November & December -- Greater Goods (in NW DC on U St.) is offering excellent free classes on a variety of topics including energy efficiency, installing solar panels on your home, and urban composting.


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.