Expert advice this weekend,  

and 5 days left to save up to 75%!  

June Update 


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In this newsletter...
Ask The Experts: Decluttering & Basic Plumbing
Just a week left for June sales!
Ask-the-Expert Series 

We've got some great experts coming to Community Forklift this weekend.  These informal talks are free - just drop by the store.  


If you can't make it, keep an eye on our calendar - we will be lining up other topics in July and August.  



Ask the Organizer

Sat Jun 25, 11am - 12pm


Where is your biggest clutter spot?


Clutter!  Where does it come from?  Am I the only one who can't keep up with the piles of papers?  Whose kitchen counters are crowded and closets are overflowing?   


Am I the only one who buys things I already own because I can't find them?  Who wastes time looking for my keys, my phone, and everything else?  Who pays bills late because I don't see them? 


Am I the only one who finds it hard to relax at home because of clutter?  Who would rather eat out?  Who avoids having guests?  Why can't I just get a grip on this? What steps should I take first?  How do I decide what to keep and what to discard?  Then what?


LOGOThese are some of the questions that clients ask Judy Tiger, owner of Just That Simple. She'll share her answers to these and other insights gained from the 4+ years her company has served the DC metro area, providing home & office organizing services and move planning & preparation services, in settings ranging from studio apartments to 5 bedroom homes (and small businesses and nonprofits). Her goal for clients? Less stress, refreshed living and working spaces, more productivity and more fun.  



Ask the Plumber

Sun June 26, 2 - 3 pm

PIC OF PLUMBING PROBLEMBob Petrlick has been a Master Plumber for over 40 years.  He is also a certified Backflow Prevention Technician, and has previously taught classes to homeowners and professionals in Prince Georges County.  He will give a short overview of basic plumbing, and how water and sewers work.  Feel free to bring general and specific questions, pictures, and any plumbing parts that you have questions about.

June Sales & Ideas

Reminder:  you have just five shopping days left
to take advantage of these great sales! 


cultured marble sinks

75% off Bathroom Sinks

Take 75% off the marked price on all salvaged bathroom sinks priced at $40 or less, including many porcelain, ceramic, cultured marble, and cast iron sinks. (Sale does not apply to pedestal sinks, surplus sinks, vanity sets, kitchen sinks, or sinks without price tags).   



panes of glass

50% off Glass

This month, unframed glass, unframed mirrors, and unframed insulated glass panels are half off the standard price (Sale does not include decorative or textured glass or window sashes).   


carpet rolls

50% off Carpet Rolls

In May, when Diener's Flooring closed one of their stores, they were kind enough to donate many rolls of surplus carpet.  We still have some left...and it's on sale in June!  Take half off the marked price on all rolls of carpet (Sale does not include carpet tiles or area rugs). 




50% off Doors priced at $35 or less

Take half off all salvaged doors marked at $35 or less, including modern doors, French doors, vintage wood panel doors, flush doors, storm doors, framed doors, and security doors (Sale does not include surplus doors, or doors without price tags).   
daybed made of doors 

Check out this Door Daybed from DIY Magazine!


 It's a great time to stock up on solid panel doors for creative projects.  Here are two great ideas to inspire you: 

fence from old doors 

A door fence is a fun way to bring color to a drab patio


50% off Nails & Screws

This month, standard fasteners are just $0.25-$0.50 per pound (Sale does not apply to bolts or specialty hardware).  




Manager's Special!  

30% off Select Cabinet Sets

Look for the neon stickers to save big on select kitchen cabinet sets while supplies last (Sale does not apply to vanities, furniture, or cabinet sets without neon sale stickers).   



steel studs 

25% off Metal Studs, Channels,

& Ceiling Tile Tracks

Take 25% off the regular price on these items (Sale does not include specialty items, other types of steel, or other types of channel).   



Salvage Arts lighting 

15% off Salvage Arts Lighting

Take 15% off vintage light fixtures from our consignment partner in the Salvage Arts department.  These lights have been rewired, and restored with period glass covers and details (Sale applies to lights with white hanging tags - it does not include lights with orange tags)   



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.




An unusual request 


Dear Forklift Fans -

David North has been volunteering at Community Forklift for years.  He has been a reliable friend to the 'Lift, and shows up every week, no matter how hot it is or how many worries he has on his mind.  He loves to help his neighbors and has been a volunteer builder on several Extreme Home Makeover renovations.


Recently, we learned that he could use some help himself, and we decided to share his request with the Forklift community.


He's very worried about his cat Maggie.  He says, "She is an American Bobtail - she looks like a calico but has no tail. I got her from Howard County Animal Control eight years ago, just as she was about to be put down.  Maggie will get on your shoulder, put both front paws around your neck, and squeeze - giving you a hug!  She has not been herself recently and a doctor's visit confirmed that a tumor is growing in her hind quarters and kidneys." 


After being laid off a few years ago, he lost his house.  He is now working and climbing out of bankruptcy -  but is not sure how he can pay the vet fees.  


He told us, "I am in need of funds to pay her surgery and recovery bill of $1,400.  If you are able to help me, these can be credited directly to Everheart Vet Hospital in Glen Burnie, Md.  I can try to pay you back over time, or trade services- carpentry, design, massage therapy, general labor!  Thank you for any assistance in helping her."


If you are able to help, even a little, you can contact David at



 Thanks everybody!