Reminder:  today is the last day to vote for  

Best Hardware Store of 2012!   


2011 City Paper Readers' Choice Best Home Goods Store

34,000 sq. ft. of Low-Cost Building Materials  / 301-985-5180

A project of Sustainable Community Initiatives   



In this reminder...
Help us win Best Hardware Store of 2012
Recent donation: Eco-Friendly Flooring
Last chance for February sales
Now open Tuesday afternoons
Seeking Sustainable Business Intern



 The City Paper is holding their "Best of DC 2012" contest.  We won in 2010 and 2011, thanks to you wonderful Forklift Fans, and we saw a big jump in donations of building materials.  Let's make it happen again!   




Advertising is expensive for a nonprofit like us.  But if we win this award, it means thousands of dollars of free publicity in the City Paper!  And remember:  lots of publicity = more donations arriving at the Forklift.  Less waste & more green jobs = a better selection when you come shopping!


The contest ends today,

so please tell all your friends, and

vote now!! 


Just Arrived: 
Eco-Friendly Flooring!


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Wow! Our donations team recently picked up something very unusual: pallets and pallets of brand-new marmoleum flooring, still in the box. These are true linoleum tiles, similar to what your grandparents might have used in their first kitchen.

  • Made out of linseed oil, pine rosin, jute fibers, and other natural & renewable ingredients. 
  • Unlike vinyl flooring, these tiles won't off-gas toxic chemicals in your house
  • Extremely durable - can last for decades
  • Easy to maintain: naturally anti-microbial & anti-static

Visit our blog for more info. 


We received a variety of beautiful colors, including a trendy grey, charcoal, dove blue, and a nice neutral tan.


Come see us soon, because at 50% below retail price, it is going quickly.  Spread the word to your friends - especially if you know someone with chemical sensitivities, allergies, or asthma who is renovating and needs materials that won't harm them. Marmoleum is also healthier for pets and small children who spend a lot of time close to the floor!




Last chance for
February Sales! 



PIC OF MANTELS50% off Mantels

Take half off the orange price tag on mantels priced at $300 or less.


(Sale does not apply to mantels with white price tags, mantels with missing or damaged price tags, or to other types of fireplace surrounds or equipment) 



50% off Fireplace Screens

Take 50% off salvaged fireplace screens with orange price tags of $40 or less.


(Sale does not apply to select specialty items, cast iron items, other fireplace accessories, fireplace inserts, grates, and screens with damaged or missing price tags)


Even an outdated shiny brass fireplace screen can look fresh with heat-safe spray paint, like the one above, featured in a living room makeover on The Nesting Game blog. 



50% off Shutters & Window Treatments

Take 50% off the orange price tag on salvaged interior and exterior shutters, blinds, shades, curtains, curtain rods, and accessories.

Console table by
Layla Palmer at HGTV


 (Sale does not apply to select specialty items, louvered doors, plantation shutters or blinds, windows, frames, trim, items with white price tags, or items with damaged or missing price tags)



Old shutters offer endless possibilities.  Check out our blog for a roundup of ideas, including a console table, a ceiling treatment, and a charming endtable.    



PIC OF FILE CABINETS50% off Office Furniture

Take half off office furniture with orange price tags of $100 or less. Sale includes: Metal & particle-board office furniture with orange price tags of $100 or less, such as file cabinets, media cabinets, bookshelves, and desks.


Chad Kelly's ingenious planter, featured on Design Sponge


Sale does NOT include select specialty, vintage, or surplus pieces; solid wood furniture, trunks; card catalogs; flat files or map files; light tables or drafting tables; lockers and schoolhouse furniture; individual shelf boards; kitchen, bathroom, or living room cabinetry; items with missing or damaged price tags; or items from our consignment partners)


What's that you say - you don't need a big metal office cabinet?  Well, how about a cheerful planter?  



PIC OF BUCKETS$5 each for 5-gallon buckets of...

sealant, roofing tar, adhesives, stain, & color paint!

They retail for $40-$150, and we usually sell them for $25 each. But until the end of February, they're just $5 each!


(Sale does NOT apply to white or off-white paint, primer, or other sizes of paint cans).



PIC OF URINALToilets & Urinals $5-$10 each


Pay just $5 for toilets & urinals with orange price tags of $15 or less. Pay just $10 for toilets & urinals with orange price tags of $45 or less.


(Sale does not include plumbing parts, toilet lids and seats, and toilets & urinals with missing or damaged price tags)



PIC OF BRICKSBricks with chunks of mortar:   

Just a nickel apiece!

Bricks are normally $0.25 - $0.30 each. Until the end of February, pay just a nickel each for bricks with chunks of mortar.


(Sale does not apply to brick with traces of mortar; unused brick; select specialty, decorative, and antique brick; landscaping stone; and other types of masonry)




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Now open

Tuesday afternoons


 We've expanded to six days a week! 


 Our new winter hours are: 





Wed, Thurs, Fri



Sat & Sun



(Closed Mondays)






Visit us!


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 directions to our store,


to learn how to  

donate building materials,


or to support our work with a financial contribution.





Sustainable Business Interns needed



Do you know a college student, grad student, or career changer who is curious about environmental issues, sustainable business, historic preservation, community work, or marketing? Excited about the promise of a green economy?




We are now interviewing for spring interns!

Because we're a fast-growing organization, you have the opportunity to do real work and gain valuable experience. Because we're part of a young industry, it's an exciting time to get your foot in the door! 

Please visit our website for details and application information.