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February 2011 Newsletter

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A project of Sustainable Community Initiatives

In this newsletter...
February Specials
Useful info & fun events
Is your shed overflowing?
Want us to call you when something specific comes in?
February Sales

"Orphan" 12-inch Tiles
Just 5 cents each

PIC OF MOSAIC HEARTHWe have lots of mismatched 12"x12" ceramic tiles right now.  Pick up a bunch of these orphans for just five cents each.  (Free for nonprofits and schools while supplies last).  Sale does not apply to sets of 6 or more matching tiles.  Sale does not apply to other sizes of tiles, specialty colors or textures, glazed, mosaic, or stone tile. 

PIC OF MOSAIC PATIO TABLEThey would make a great mosaic project for a coffee table or a kitchen backsplash.   Even neutral tiles can be lovely, as demonstrated by this patio table from RoboMargo.com, and this hearth mosaic from Phoenix Handcraft in Richmond.  Or, choose some that complement your kitchen, and glue felt on the bottom to make trivets.
Bifold Doors
Two bucks each 
This month, pay just $2 for salvaged
bifold doors, including flat, louvered, and panel styles.
  Sale does not apply to surplus bifold doors, or other styles of doors.

Bifolds are great for hiding laundry machines, or ugly pipes in the corner of a kitchen.  Take apart a flat one, and you've got 2 nice long shelf boards to improve a closet or pantry.  Get creative with paint or vintage hardware to make a room divider or a headboard.



Orphan Cabinets

Two bucks each!



Pay just $2 for individual kitchen cabinets marked at $34 or less.  Sale does not apply to cabinet sets, bathroom cabinets, hutches, other types of furniture, cabinets with white tags, or cabinets without price tags.PIC OF KITCHEN ISLAND


If you have a small kitchen and need more workspace, HomeBodyHolly.com has a good idea:  add wheels and a scrap of butcher block to turn a cabinet into a little rolling island.  Or turn cabinets into window seats, ottoman/storage bench, work tables, or garage storage!  

Small Granite Scraps
25 cents each! 



This month, pay just a quarter for granite counter scraps that are one square foot or less.  Sale does not apply to granite tile.PIC OF GRANITE CHEESE BOARD

Get a bunch to edge a flower bed!  Or, pick up a few for cheese plates at your next party.   



Salvaged Windows

30% off



Take 30% off all used windows & vintage sashes.  Sale does not apply to surplus windows, stained glass, curved or specialty windows, or windows without price tags.  PIC OF GREENHOUSE


 If you're itching to start this year's garden, here are some

instructions for building a cold frame.  Or, you can get ambitious and use old sashes to build an entire greenhouse like this one!

Fireplace Mantels
0% off



Take 40% off reclaimed mantelpieces with orange price tags.  We've got a lot to choose from right now, including complete and disassembled mantle pieces.  Sale does not apply to mantels with white price tag or items without tags.



The lovely headboard here was created by Forklift Fan Malek Naz Freidouni.  Or, create a focal point in your living room with a faux fireplace - click here to see mantels repurposed as a TV frame, an unusual bookcase, and more.  Or turn one into a landing strip and coat rack!



30% off


Take 30% off the orange price tag on all toilets, urinals, bidets, toilet bowls, toilet tanks, and tank lids.  Sale does not apply to surplus toilets or toilets without price tags.


I'm sure most of you are not interested in repurposing toilets - they're basically good for only one thing.  But since I'm on a "roll" with the project ideas, I couldn't resist including this link to the Ultimate Portapotty!




Useful info &
fun events
Are your old computers & electronics gathering dust because you don't know what to do with them?  This recent Washington Post article lists local options for recycling and reusing old electronics.


PIC OF PLUGDid you know that riding the bus is 79 times safer 

than driving your own car?  Save your life and the environment by taking the bus or the Metro to FunXion to attend Green DMV's Unplugged event on February 10th. Be sure to unplug all of your unused electronic devices before heading over to learn what Green DMV is doing to fight poverty and pollution in DC, MD, & VA. 

PHOTO OF COUPLEA romantic idea for Valentine's Day weekend:  How about a trip to Community Forklift on Sunday, Feb. 13th?  DJ One HeART Muzik will be here taking requests!  Ask him to play your special song, then wander the aisles holding hands and sipping cocoa.  Whisper sweet promises in your honey's ear:  "Baby, look at this weatherstripping...I'm gonna take it home and seal up all the drafts to keep you warm and snug." Or, "Hey, Mr. Handsome Chef, I'm gonna install these granite counters just for you."   
PIC OF NEIGHBORS PLANNINGAre you the greenest person on your street?

Do you want to help your neighbors see the light?  Come to Prince George's Green Power Coalition's forum: Building Innovative Green Communities.  Learn about practical solutions for creating sustainable neighborhoods, including a green business incubator, a community solar co-op, and the first complete green street in Maryland.  The event will be at the Greenbelt Community Center on Tuesday, February 22nd from 7-9 PM.  For more details, visit our calendar, or contact Lisa Lincoln (301-642-3135) or Mariko Bennett (301-741-3443).

PIC OF GREEN CONDOGreening an entire condo...

is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of a lot of people! Starting Wed, March 2nd, learn strategies to green your condo at a series of panel discussions sponsored by Bethesda Green, Ecobeco, and several others. These free panel discussions will take place at  from 7:00-8:30 PM on the first Wednesday of every month from March to July. Light appetizers and networking opportunities will be provided before the panel discussion begins.


PIC OF EXPO LOGOGreen Living Expo in Arlington

On March 19th, the Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment are presenting the Green Living Expo.  This year's focus is on how to green our schools. There will be activities for kids, seminars, sustainable food, cooking demonstrations, and networking roundtables. However, if you want to help out, they are also looking for volunteers and more exhibitors.

5-gallon  color paint
Bring in this coupon to receive one 5-gallon bucket of color paint.  We have a variety of colors right now, including pinks, yellows, and greens.  Visit soon for the best selection.  One per household. 

Nonprofits and schools:  bring in proof of your tax-exempt status, and you can have as many as you can use!
Coupon cannot be used for white or neutral paint. 
Good while supplies last!
Offer Expires: February 27, 2011.
Wed, Th, & Fri 10-6
Sat & Sun 9-6 

We remain closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.  Don't worry, we'll return to longer hours in the spring. 


Visit us!


Our huge warehouse is located at:

4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston MD 20781


We're in the Hyattsville area, just 5 minutes from the DC line.


Please visit our website for:


a map and detailed directions to our store


to learn how to donate building materials,


or to support our work with a financial contribution.




Is your shed overflowing?

Every spring, we get lots of  requests from folks who need low-cost materials to spruce up yards & community gardens.


Please consider donating your...


* sturdy pots

* patio furniture 

* brick & pavers 

* garden tools

* birdhouses

* soil & seed

* gates & fencing

*lawnmowers in good working order

* other landscaping materials


Unfortunately, we are not able to accept thin plastic pots and planting trays (the disposable kind that live plants are sold in). 


For more info, visit our donations page.



Want us to call you when something comes in?


Each week, hundreds of customers ask us to call them if a specific item comes in. We'd like to, but it's impossible for our staff to keep up with all the requests!


Here's a better bet:

you can learn about exciting new arrivals and popular items if you follow @CommForklift on Twitter, or join our Community Forklift group on Facebook.


Follow us on Twitter

Find us on Facebook


To give you a taste, here are some of our latest posts:

Feb 2:  Need PVC fittings for a plumbing project? We've just received hundreds of 'em! We've got 1.5" - 6" fittings in a variety of angles & types.


Jan 28:  Beautiful dark stained white oak, Mission style entryway storage unit with beveled mirror up top and cabinets below. 


Jan 26:  Looking for stainless steel cabinet hardware? We just got a bunch, but it will go very quickly.

Jan 26:  We now have lots of parts for vintage lights! Old brass parts, chandelier crystals, etc. - come see!