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It was fun to hang out - let's do it again
Customer Creations - wow!
Gorgeous Old Ovens
August Sales!

Dear Forklift Fan,

It's the last day for nominations for the Best of 2012 contest in the Washington Post Express.  Please take a second to nominate Community Forklift for Best Local Hardware Store, and ask your friends to do it too - we would be so grateful! 



Here's how:


1)    Go to

2)    Look in the "Shopping" section

3)    Nominate Community Forklift for "Best Local 

       Hardware Store"

4)    Lather, rinse, repeat!  You can vote as often

       as you like today.  You can also ask your

       friends to nominate us - just send these

       instructions to everyone you know! 


Here's why:


Winning this award will give Community Forklift publicity and credibility (which means large construction companies will be more willing to donate their excess materials!)


As more folks find out about us,

* more good stuff will be kept out of the landfill,

* more folks can afford repairs,

* more green jobs will be created, and

* you'll find more good stuff here in the store!


Know anyone looking for a job


Are you an outgoing person interested in community-building, reuse, sustainable business, or home improvement?  Community Forklift is looking for you!

 Click job titles to read the position descriptions: 

 Had fun at the Ice Cream Social,
& more fun to come on Aug. 25th

We had a great time at the August Ice Cream Social (organized by Community Forklift and the Prince George's Green Drinks networking group).  Thanks so much to everyone who came out, and an extra big THANK YOU to:
Green Drinks logoDetails about our September Green Drinks meetup are coming soon, so be sure to join the Prince George's County Green Drinks Facebook page to stay in the know!

Please email Bea(at) if your restaurant/bar is interested in hosting a future Green Drinks meetup event. 

Speaking of community events, we hope we'll see you next weekend at the grand opening of the Battle of Bladensburg Visitors Center, just a few blocks from Community Forklift.  We love local history, so this is our kind of fun!
Saturday, August 25, 2012 
Noon-5:00 pm
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD

Celebrate the story of America's "Second War of Independence" also known as the War of 1812. Tour the new Visitor Center and learn about the dramatic events that took place in Prince George's County as the British marched to Washington, D. C. and burned the U. S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, The White House, and other government buildings..

This family-friendly event features:
New Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center ♦ Interactive Shipwright ♦ Camp Surgeon ♦ Impressment Station ♦ Exhibits ♦ Costumed Interpreters ♦ Period Music ♦ Musket and Cannon Demonstrations ♦ Encampments ♦ Food Vendors ♦ Guided Boat Tours ♦ And More!

Call 301-779-0371 for more details. 

Community Forklift's Materials in Action 
   We want to showcase a few of our customers' recent creations to get you thinking both functionally and creatively about how to put reclaimed materials to work in your own projects!

The problem?
Trying to match 100-year-old flooring 
The solution? 
Community Forklift!
"I am writing as contractor, Joseph Fugere (Conspicuous Cleaning Co.) who recently found a treasure of lumber at The Community Forklift.  The owner of a 100 plus year old Victorian on 42nd Avenue in Hyattsville was in need of replacement lumber for his 3rd floor bathroom. The CF had the most exquisite flooring that not only matched but superseded the quality and look of the present 100 year old heart pine and yellow pine mixed flooring. 
The cost was unbeatable and I would have been hard pressed to find a better match anywhere else in the area, and acquired in such lengths that the entire bathroom floor could be spanned with a single board. 

--Joe Fugere, Conspicuous Cleaning Co.
Planning a Rustic Wedding? 
Check out Megan's great ideas, & send us your photos!
Megan Wickless writes,
"I came by your store about two months ago for some supplies for realizing some of my visions for my wedding.  I've attached photos of the black shutters that I bought to hold the tree slices I used as reception name cards, and the wooden planters my husband and I built from your reclaimed wood.  
I love how your store is all about reimagining old materials into something new and great.  I'll keep the visions coming, so you'll see me around again soon."  


We've got your vintage ovens!   

Know anyone doing a retro kitchen remodel who could use an authentic vintage stove?  Or someone who wants an old stove to feature in a modern kitchen like some of these beautiful kitchen remodels on Houzz?  We've got over a dozen in stock now, with several listed for auction in our Ebay store!



 Click to check out our other available models, all priced to sell:


 August Sales


Salvaged wood doors 


Take 50% off the orange price tag on any used/salvaged wood door priced at $35 or less. (Sale does not apply to some specialty doors, surplus doors, glassed or metal doors, doors with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners.)  

Small Granite Pieces

This month, all granite counter pieces of 3 square feet or less are just $1 per square foot. (Sale does not apply to thresholds, sink cutouts, stone tile, roof slate, other stone, specialty items, or items from our consignment partners)


Furniture Parts     


Take 50% off partial pieces of furniture and furniture parts in aisle 2. Includes tables missing legs, disassembled or broken tables, etc. (Sale does not apply to some specialty items, intact furniture, lumber, stair parts, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners.) 
Short lengths of Plaster Trim

How cool would this look arranged on your living room wall or at the end of a hallway?  Plaster trim and molding 4 feet long or less is just .25 per foot, at any width. (Sale does not include bundled crown molding or longer pieces, medallions, brackets, or other types of décor.)  
$1 Cabinet Doors 

Pay just one dollar for any orphan wood or particleboard cabinet door. Great for a craft project, so don't forget to send pictures of the cool stuff you create!  (Sale does not include select specialty items, doors with glass, doors on cabinets, or items from our consignment partners.)


Take half off most lights and lamp parts with orange price tags of $100 or less. (Sale does not include ceiling fans, select specialty items, lights with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners.)
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