November 2012
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Sunday: Kick off our Green Gift Fair!
Free workshop at the 'Lift!!
Meet the artists
Seeking artists & crafters for our Green Gift Fair
Sad news about two Forklift Friends
November Sales
Dear Forklift Fans,

We hope that you are all well & made it safely through the storm!   We've still got power and we'll be open for business during our regular hours all week.

Now that the weather's cooled down, come in and enjoy a cup of free coffee & peruse our special sales!

In addition to our monthly sales (listed at the bottom of the newsletter), we're having several flash sales over the next 2 weeks:

Wednesday October 31st: Halloween!
Wear a costume and get 5% off your purchase of any CF merchandise throughout the day! 


Saturday Nov 3 - Sunday Nov 4: 

To celebrate all of the artists who do such creative things with our materials, we've got a bunch of great sales for you THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

  • FREE Plaster Trim: While supplies last, trim pieces under 7 feet in length are free! Giveaway does not include plaster medallions, brackets, décor, or crown molding).
  • FREE Vinyl Window Sashes: On Nov. 3rd & 4th, standard modern vinyl window sashes are free while supplies last. Great for building cold frames to start your seeds! (Giveaway does not apply to vintage or wood sashes, windows in frames, specialty shapes, or other items) 
  • Cabinet Doors: On Nov. 3rd & 4th, buy one, get one free! Applies to any orphan wood or particleboard cabinet door of equal or lesser value (While supplies last.  Sale does not include select specialty items, doors with glass, doors on cabinets, or items from our consignment partners).
  • Parquet Flooring: On Nov. 3rd & 4th, all wood parquet tiles are just a quarter apiece! (While supplies last.  Regularly priced at 40 cents to $1.50 each. Sale does not apply to other types of floor   ing, or to items from our consignment partners)
Sunday November 11: Veteran's Day!
Community Forklift wants to thank you for your service. Active and retired military, show your military ID at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase of any CF merchandise. 

Join us to Kick-off Our
2012 Green Gift Fair!
Sunday, November 4th 

From November 1st-December 30th at Community Forklift, find beautiful gifts that have been lovingly made by local artists and crafters, many using reclaimed materials! Join us for our Kickoff event, where we'll be spinning tunes and grilling all afternoon!  
On weekends throughout November-December, we'll also be having live concerts and demonstrations by the artisans, so check our website/blog calendar regularly for more special events. 

Saralyn Salisbury and Samantha Jones present...
A Free Craft Workshop! 
Sunday, November 4th 

Come learn how to make great hanging décor from recycled and restored items. We will be demonstrating how to use a few basic hardware pieces and some salvaged wood to create a beautiful display. With a few simple steps, you will learn how to build a jewelry rack, a scarf/purse hanger, or just a great decorative piece for your home!


  RSVP: Bea(at) 


Meet some of our

Green Gift Fair Artists! 


Ruth Meininger of abstractcolors
I love to paint using acrylics. I'm an abstract artist. Always have heads turning more than once at my pieces. I look everywhere and anywhere for my pieces to paint on. I've found wooden objects at thrift stores, yard sales, old scrapes laying around my parents house, the as is section at IKEA, and Community Forklift. Planting pots, rocks (big, medium, small) wooden coat rack, little wooden bird houses, outlet & light switch covers...anything everything!

Jill Yutan of Knitting Pretty
My green craft is repurposing old thrift store wool sweaters into fun new things such as toy blocks and animal-shaped pillows.  The sweaters are cut into pieces, washed and felted.  The custom designed patterns are cut out of the felted material and hand stitched together to create cute animal pillows and brightly colored toys.

Saralyn Salisbury of studiomaison

studiomaison transforms antique clay marbles into exquisite pieces of jewelry. Our pendants feature French antique clay marbles circa 1900. These delicate pieces hang on 18-inch gold fill chains and can be paired with additional studiomaison charms and pendants.   







Lara Jones of Elements of Nature 

Hand-crafted, all natural, nature-inspired, art, gifts and collectibles








Cas Loll is a multi-platform artist who currently resides in Prince George's County. She works here at Community Forklift painting signs & decorating chalkboards in addition to working on the floor staff and being a Reuse Associate.  Her focus is in fine arts, specifically watercolors, but dabbles in many 2D and 3D mediums. During the Green Gift Fair Cas Loll will be selling fine art greeting cards and giclée prints of her paintings and designs. For a sneak peek at what is for sale or to look at work that is not yet offered in print visit her website (





Daryll Harris of PLaTEWeRKz

Designs are uniquely one of a kind, hand crafted pieces produced on a variety of metal wallplates, using a variety contrasting color and/or texture.  From wonderfully whimsical WeRKz, to natural & nuanced sublime finishes.  Each plate then goes through a 5-layer finishing process that permanently seals the design with one of three finishes: Liquid (high-gloss & shiny), Flat (smooth & sublime), or textured (rough, bumpy,  or layered surface).


Want to participate in the Gift Fair?
It's not too late!!


There are two ways to participate in our Green Gift Fair:

(1) You can come and exhibit your wares with no charge for the space any Saturday or Sunday in November and December (with approved application), or 
(2) You can consign your work with us for a 20% fee of items sold throughout Nov-Dec.

For more info or to get an application,
contact Bea(at) 

Sad News


We are very sorry to report that we lost two friends in September.


PIC OF EVERETT SHOPPINGEverett Scrivner passed away on Sept. 30th.   He was a longtime Forklift customer & cheerleader. He found all sorts of thrifty, creative ways to reclaim and reuse, and we featured his home in our May 2012 newsletter. He could always be relied on in a pinch, and loved to welcome customers to the warehouse. Last year, he became an employee and began working on our Outreach & Education team (he was particularly proud that his efforts helped us win Best Hardware Store of 2012 in the City Paper). We will greatly miss his enthusiasm, friendship, and giving spirit. 


There will be a memorial gathering this Saturday, Nov.3rd at 5:30pm at Shortcake Bakery at 4700 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781. All are welcome to share stories and celebrate his life.  Donations are being collected for the care of his loved ones (Checks can be mailed to 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781. Please make checks out to Community Forklift and write Everett's "Modern Family" in the memo line).  


His obituary is posted on the Community Forklift blog.





Paul Hughes was a leader in the local green jobs movement. He founded Deconstruction Services, which was the biggest supplier of reclaimed materials to Community Forklift in our early years. He then founded the ReBuild Warehouse, a much-needed reuse center in Northern Virginia.


We greatly appreciated his gregarious personality, his booming laugh, and his incredible dedication to his employees and the reuse industry.


From the folks at ReBuild: "We hope to keep his vision going and with the help of many of his devoted friends and followers, the ReBuild Warehouse will remain open. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations to the ReBuild Warehouse in Paul's memory will be greatly appreciated. You may donate online or send a contribution to the office at 8929 Colesbury Place, Fairfax, VA 22031." His obituary can be found here, and there are also tributes on the Annandale VA blog and DCmud.








November Sales


50% off Granite Counters

Take 50% off most granite pieces! It's regularly priced at $5 to $12.50 a square foot, but this month, most granite is just $2.50 to $6.25 a square foot (Sale does not include select specialty granite, sets of matching granite, or granite and sink sets).


30% off 2-Panel Doors 

Take 30% off the orange price tag on any used/salvaged interior 2-panel wood door (Sale does not apply to new, surplus, oversize, exterior, louvered, hollowcore, decorative, bifold, glassed, & metal doors; or to cabinet doors, other styles of doors, doors with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners.)

30% off Ceiling Fans 


Take 30% off the orange price tag on almost all ceiling fans! CF's ceiling fans now come with a 2-week warranty!  (Sale does not include select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners) 

Cherry & Maple Dimensional Lumber

Regularly priced at $6/board foot, but this month, they're yours for just $2/board foot. Most are 1x1s and 1x2s - perfect for building picture frames for gifts for the holidays! (Sale does not include rough-hewn boards from our consignment partners, select specialty pieces, molding, flooring, or other items) 


Blinds for a Buck!

Pay just $1.00 each for standard vinyl and metal mini-blinds. (Sale does not apply to plantation-style wood or faux-wood blinds, to select specialty blinds, or to other types of window treatments).

FREE Plaster Trim!!!

How cool would this look arranged on your living room wall or at the end of a hallway?  Free plaster trim pieces under 7 feet in length!  (Giveaway does not include plaster medallions, brackets, décor, or crown molding).
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