Cheap chairs, compost, cilantro, and a coupon -

there's something for everyone in our 

Mid-April Update 



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34,000 sq. ft. of Low-Cost Building Materials

A project of Sustainable Community Initiatives

In this newsletter...
Closed for Easter
Spread the word about reuse!
Veggie Plants for Sale in May
Just a week left for April Sales
Calling all Art Cars
FREE Composting Workshop


Closed for Easter





Please note that we will be closed this Sunday, April 24th, so that our employees and volunteers can celebrate the Easter holiday with their friends and family.   


However, we will remain open for our regular hours (9am - 6pm) on Saturday April 23rd. 




Come on, you know you wanna... 
...spread the word about reuse! 


This time of year is packed with spring events and community festivals, and it is a great chance to let folks know that they can donate renovation leftovers to us.


We still need a ton of outreach volunteers over the next month.  Home Depot has millions of dollars to advertise - but to spread the word about reuse, we just have YOU.  Check out our calendar, then email Ruthie or call 301-985-5180 to sign up for a shift!  

Plant Sale! 


The Neighborhood Farm Initiative is returning to Community Forklift for their second annual vegetable plant sale. They will be here every Saturday in May from 10am - 1pm.

Seedlings will be $1.50 - $3.50, including:

Tomatoes, Peppers, Basil, Lettuces, Kale, Collards, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, Cilantro, Cat Grass, and more!

For pre-ordering or more information, email NFI or call 301-779-2321.  Proceeds benefit their work to create demonstration gardens for hands-on community-wide gardening education, thereby increasing access to fresh vegetables for all members of our community, regardless of income).




Just a week left for... 


April showers keeping you away?  With these deals, it will be worth it to pull on your rainboots and head to the 'Lift!



10-cent Granite Scraps



We're extending the granite scrap sale!  Pay just a dime for granite counter scraps that are one square foot or less!  Sale does not apply to granite tile.


The scraps make great edgers for your garden beds or walkways, or can be used for coasters or cheese platters. This discussion on Garden Web has more good ideas. 




$2 Granite


This month, pay $2 per square foot for small granite counter pieces (measured at 3 square feet or less).  Use them to make beautiful radiator covers or tops for small tables!



$5 Tree Gators


They retail for $25, but you can get them here for just five bucks each (limit 5 per household).  PIC OF TREE GATORSAccording to the manufacturer, Treegator® bags are designed to properly water a newly planted tree or shrub by slowly and evenly providing deep water saturation directly to the root zone, with no run-off or evaporation.  If you have a thirsty large tree with a thick trunk, you can use two gators back-to-back.


Just fill the bag once a week... that's it.  Installation is easy - zip it around the trunk, fill it with water, and walk away.



$5 Sliding Door Panels



Pay just five bucks apiece for sliding door panels that are marked at $24 or less, including mirrored panels and sliding shower door panels. (Sale does not apply to other styles of doors, sliding door sets in frames, or doors without orange price tags). 


Don't need to replace a sliding door panel?  Mirrored panels offer all sorts of creative reuse possibilities.  Or, use sliding panels with insulated glass to turn a screened porch into a sunroom, to bring more light into your workshed, or to build a greenhouse!


PIC OF TOILETS50% off Toilets


Take half off all toilets marked with orange price tags at $20 or less (Sale does not apply to toilets with prices over $20, or toilets without pricetags)


 $5 Wall-Mounted Sinks


PIC OF WALL MOUNT SINKSWe have a lot of wall-mounted vintage and modern sinks right now, so we're pricing them to go!  Look for the sinks with $5 orange price tags (Sale does not apply to sinks marked at other prices, or sinks without pricetags.  Cannot be combined with other sales)



30% off Kitchen & Bathroom Sinks 


PIC OF STAINLESS SINKSTake 30% all modern & vintage sinks priced at $100 or less, including stainless, cast iron, pedestal, and cement cultured marble. (Sale does not apply kitchen cabinet sets that include sinks, bathroom cabinet vanity sets, or sinks without price tags.  Cannot be combined with other sales).



While we're on the topic of you dream of a vintage powder room?  Right now, we have a bunch of bathroom sinks in hard-to-find colors!



50% off Chairs 


PIC OF CHAIRSDue to our mission, we focus on building materials - so we don't pick up many furniture donations.  Somehow, though, chairs tiptoe through the back door in the middle of the night. 


We'll show those sneaky chairs!  We're putting chairs and sets of chairs on sale this month for half off the orange price tags (Sale does not include benches, chairs with white price tags, or chairs without price tags).  


50% off Window Sashes


PIC OF WINDOW FRAME PORCH DIVIDERTake half off the marked price of standard window sashes.  With this sale, most sashes will be just $1 per square foot!  (Sale does not include framed windows, unusual shapes, or specialty textures like pebbled, opaque or stained glass sashes.  Sale does not include sashes from our Salvage Arts consignment partner, or sashes without orange tags)


You can use several for a space divider.  Crafters like to repurpose them for picture frames, wall art, and jewelry organizers.  Gardeners know they are great for building cold frames to start your seeds.   Ella, one of our Forklift Fans, makes mini-greenhouses - she donated a beautiful one to our last silent auction! 





April Coupon

Four Free 


 ...per customer.  If you have a damp basement, they are nice for elevating your stuff so air can circulate.  Pallets are also great for building compost bins.  Blogger ThisGardenIsIllegal lists detailed instructions on how to build one.  You could probably find all the other parts you need here at Community Forklift!

Limit one coupon per household per month.
Offer Expires: April 30, 2011.
We're now on our Summer Schedule

That means we have more evening hours! 
We're open:
Wed & Th 10-8
Fri, Sat, & Sun 9-6 

(Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)




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.



Calling all Art Cars! 
We know that more than one artist in the area has creatively adorned a vehicle with odds & ends from Community Forklift.  Now, we wanna track you down!  
The Gateway Community Development Corporation is looking for art cars to participate in an upcoming event.  Please call 301-864-3860 for more info.
Composting Workshop! 
Open to all, no charge to attend.  The Hyattsville Environment Committee (HEC) and the Hyatt Park Community Garden Group will hold a workshop on composting. 
Hyattsville Municipal Building,
4310 Gallatin St,

Hyattsville, MD 20781



April 26, 2011
Christian Melendez of ECO City Farms, will talk about compost, why you need it, how to compost the right way, how NOT to compost, compost bins, worms and everything else you can think of regarding composting! If you want your thumb to truly be green, you need to come to this workshop! A special thanks to Elizabeth Arnold for setting this up!

For More Info: 


Jim Groves

or call him at 202-255-7593.