Mid-November 2012
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After Thanksgiving, join us for GREEN Friday & Small Business Saturday
Smart shoppers think local
FREE DIY workshops!!
New goodies in the gift fair!
Seeking artists & crafters for our Green Gift Fair
Hiring Weekend Help
Volunteer Elves Needed
Salvage Arts is bursting at the seams
November Sales
Dear Forklift Fans,

It's that time of year again - as the days get shorter, nights get colder, and we start to think about the all-too-quickly approaching holidays.  Well, Community Forklift has you covered!  Now through the end of December, our Green Gift Fair is gathering some of the area's most creative artists to display their work all under one roof!  Each of these artists use reclaimed, refurbished, or otherwise renewable materials in their work.  Many artists are offering how-to workshops or demonstrations in the coming weekends.  Come warm up with a free cup coffee or tea, shop our gift fair, and peruse special sales on Forklift items - and enjoy STOREWIDE SAVINGS all Thanksgiving weekend! 

Click for a pdf version of the flyer 
Join us Thanksgiving weekend for
Green Friday & Small Business Saturday!

At the holidays, shouldn't you be celebrating peace, family, and friends instead of
wasting money on imported junk? Well, this year is your chance to break the Black Friday habit, and choose community instead of commercialism. 
Come to Green Friday (and Saturday & Sunday) at CF! 
You won't have to spend much to have a great time!


Save 20% off Storewide Nov 23-25!!!  
This discount applies to all regularly-priced items. Cannot be combined with other sales or used for items from our consignment partners

Enjoy free cider and cookies at the Forklift!
We'll have some cookies, but if you enjoy baking, bring some of yours too! 

Four-legged friends on leashes are welcome to join the fun!  

Learn to THINK LOCAL by
visiting some of our small business neighbors 
in the Port Towns and Gateway Arts District!

To start, check out Ten Reasons to Shop Local. Did you know that small businesses donate more to local charities, and that they create most new jobs? 
The folks at Shift Your Shopping point out, "As customers, we are about to collectively spend a large portion of our annual shopping budget between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. If you join us in shifting those dollars to locally owned, independent businesses, we'll all generate 2-3 times as much economic activity in our community than if we had spent our money at a national chain. Across North America, that could mean billions of dollars of economic impact!"  

A Tangled Skein

5200 Baltimore Avenue

Hyattsville, MD 20781
A Tangled Skein offers lovely yarns, useful books and supplies for knitting and crocheting, good advice and a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.  


For the entire week of Nov. 20-25 (except Monday and Thanksgiving Day, when we will be closed), we will be offering 25% off all yarn, books and patterns!

Art Works Studio School


3711 Rhode Island Avenue Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Art Works Studio School is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing socially-aware art education to all members of our community. 


Visit art matters, our exhibition project, on Saturday November 24th between noon and 3 for the Opening Reception of Visualizing Impermanence; a sand mandala installation by former Buddhist monk Karma Sonam. Observe Karma create a mandala and try your hand at creating your own. Children welcome.


Franklins General Store 20th Anniversary!


5121 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781.

(301) 927-2740  

Franklins General Store is celebrating 20 years in Hyattsville! Come help us celebrate on Saturday, November 24th from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. for our first ever Sooper Dooper Saturday Sale and Celebration. One day only, 20% off everything store wide. There will also be tastings throughout the day, and treats and giveaways for the kids. Hope to see you there!



4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, MD 20781 

Non-profit urban farm offering fresh produce and classes year-round.


Please note: the farm is closed for Thanksgiving weekend.

Free Craft Workshops
Every Weekend at Community Forklift! 

It's the holidays, and what better way to show your love for family and friends than to make them a homemade gift?  We have a lot of fun craft workshops & artist demonstrations coming up between now & the end of the year where you can learn some new skills and try your hand at some fun (and affordable!) projects

How to revitalize reclaimed wood
Sunday November 18th, 2pm
Presented by Rachel Kerwin
Reclaimed wood has beautiful history and up-cycling can help cut down on deforestation, but where to start? And what about wood that's been treated or painted with toxic chemicals? Rachel Kerwin will be discussing how to safely remove old paint and otherwise revitalize salvaged wood for your art, craft, or home decor projects.

How to restore a folding antique table 
Sunday November 18th, 3pm 
Presented by Charles Thomas
Charles Thomas will be talking about the antique furniture restoration process and techniques. 

Green Crafts for Kids:
Make your own Reuse Holiday Ornaments! 
Friday, November 23, 2pm (GREEN FRIDAY!) 
Bring your kids to Green Friday at Community Forklift!  You can Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by making your very own ornaments out of nuts, bolts, pinecones, etc. You can construct a unique creation by reusing assorted hardware pieces and salvaged art supplies. 

Hands on Workshop:  
How to decoupage picture frames
Saturday, November 24th 2pm 
Liz Hammond will be hosting a workshop on how to decoupage picture frames using materials that you already have available at home. This is an interactive workshop and children 5+ are welcome to participate (with parental supervision).

Demonstration Workshop: 
How to Make Mosaic Art to Beautify Your Home!
Sunday November 25th at
Presented by Jenny Marsh 
Jenny Marsh of Beloved Community Mosaics will be
demonstrating how to make a mosaic panel to decorate your home or office interior, using a variety of materials.

Demonstration Workshop: 
How to Make Your Own Candles!
Sunday December 2nd at 2pm
Amina Ahmad of Handmade Habitat will be demonstrating how to make your own soy wax & beeswax candles

Please RSVP so we can be sure to get enough supplies: Bea(at)


Recent Additions to our

Green Gift Fair! 


Shawn Theron of SOGH From Scrap lumber to old bedroom doors (some from Community Forklift itself) to chucks of wood  found on the side of the road and even a good dumpster. As a fairly new artist  based out of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, I have a total blast painting big bold abstract paintings in all shapes and sizes! - doing what i can to make the world a more beautiful place! Thanks and have a great now! SOGH


Eileen Campbell of refab reconstructed clothing
Unwanted sweaters are deconstructed and recreated as fabulous new designs.  The one-of-a-kind sweaters and accessories by refab reconstructed clothing are made from cast-off clothes, thrift-store finds, and items scavenged from the back of closets.  The materials, mostly 100% natural fibers, are machined washed and dried before reconstruction, which means the finished products will not need to be dry-cleaned.

Jennifer Perrella of JenKaye Designs   
I use old tee-shirts, pillow cases, and sheets to create shopping bags, messenger bags, and other items.  Very affordably priced, so they make great stocking-stuffers!  

Pierre-Antoine of GoHoArt

A painting begins intuitively. My inspirations come from many unexpected places.  A trip, a conversation or an event can be sources of inspirations. My work is born out of the necessity to express emotions, thoughts and feelings. You would find some images which are familiar to you because they are from your backyards. I paint to portray the beauty of the world and the environment in which I live in any way the imagination guides me.
I work on canvas, wood, paper and on rocks. I use acrylic or oil paint according to my inspiration of the moment. I pick up some reclaimed or recycled materials to give them a second life. They can be old cabinet doors or clipboards. 


Peggy and Paul Lord of RocketPig T-Shirt Co.

We make custom embroidered shirts for children, adults and extra sizes using reclaimed and recycled materials for appliques, reclaimed thread and notions and discarded buttons from a previously-owned fabric store.  Our designs include green themes, humorous sayings, and winter and holiday art. Most of our T-shirts are low environmental impact cotton grown in the USA.



Daniel Sekou Williams says, "I have been blessed with the gift of creativity and I am going to share my creativity with the world."  Daniel is one of our newest staff members at Community Forklift.  He is selling 3-year old Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, and Eastern White Pine saplings at the gift fair. 





Terry Lewis, of Salvage Arts. Lamps built from scratch, using gears & springs from old machines.  Inspired by "steampunk".  Some materials & shades from Community Forklift & other resale sources.







Keith Harper of Rox Produx

Did you know that CF's floor manager is also a stone artist?  It's hard to believe that Keith's beautiful bookends, radiator shelves, and ornaments were once broken curbstones, discarded tile, & scraps of granite counters.




Want to participate in the Gift Fair?
Applications are due Friday 11/16/12 
for consignment applicants!! 


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, contact


Community Forklift is excited to welcome several new staffers aboard!  All our full-time positions are now filled, but we are still looking for someone with weekend fill-in availability Please see our website for more info!  




Also, our friends at Green Home LLC are seeking an Environmental Sales & Marketing Manager!   



From the job announcement:  Green Home LLC provides Energy Saving, Healthy, Earth Friendly Additions, Renovations and Solar Heating. We seek out genuine green remodeling solutions for our customers home improvement needs.  For more info, visit or call Brian Higgins at 301-277-9660 


Do you love holiday decorating?
Volunteer Elves Needed! 

If you have any time to give us a hand next week Monday November 19th through Wednesday Nov 21st during business hours (10-6), please contact
Bea with your availability! 
Salvage Arts is adding inventory
for the holidays!

As you're doing your holiday shopping, don't forget to stop into Salvage Arts, CF's antiques consignment department.  Our Salvage Arts department features restored lighting, a wide selection of unique primitives, iron heating grills, vintage signs & containers, architectural ironwork, and much more!  Terry Lewis is bringing in additional inventory each week, so be sure to check in regularly! 


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).

30% off Vintage Laboratory Glassware in the Salvage Arts Department!

Take 30% off the white price tags on lab glass - serve up some fancy holiday cocktails!
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