Mid-December 2012
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FREE Workshops This Weekend: Furniture Restoration, & Functional Art from Found Objects
Recent additions to our Green Gift Fair!
Hiring Bilingual Help
December Sales & Freebies
Dear Forklift Fans,

As part of our Forklift family, will you take a short online survey?  Your input will help us plan for the future, and improve the Forklift experience for community members, customers & donors.  It should only take about ten minutes, and you'll recieve a $5 gift certificate to thank you for your time!

Free Workshops THIS Weekend
at Community Forklift!
Furniture Repair & Restoration Clinic 
Saturday December 15th from 9am-5:30pm 
Presented by Bill and Bob Kinneary 

Figure out how to repair what's broken!  Carpenter Bill Kinneary of Cheverly, Maryland will be offering this all-day workshop with his brother, Bob Kinneary. It's best to bring in a furniture repair or restoration project from home so Bill and Bob can offer pointers, tips and hands-on advice geared just for you.

Converting Found Objects into Functional Art  
Sunday December 16th, 2pm
Presented by James Kerns of Corehaus DC

Learn from recycling guru and installation artist James Kerns how to design and build a display table or small shelving unit from found and salvaged materials. Kerns is the owner of Corehaus, a contemporary design gallery in D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood. He and an assistant will provide tools and materials. Workshop attendees will be able to select materials from an inventory of pre-cut boards, fasteners and steel pieces.


No RSVP needed, just come on in!
Email Bea(at) with questions 

Recent Additions to our

Green Gift Fair! 


Check out our blog for the latest on our Green Gift Fair.  Now through December 30th!  


Munir Ward of MWForge:
I use old tool steel, spring steel from security barriers that have been replaced, and old saw blades, to heat in my forge and turn into custom blades used for utilitarian purposes. I have made hunting knives, skinning knives, blades for display in collections, traditional knives, such as Bowie knives, Sgain Dubh, and Scottish Dirks. I use antler found in the woods, or found in antique shops, bones from beef ribs, and wood repurposed from dead trees.  

Alan Binstock of Alan Binstock Sculpture 

Based in Mt. Rainier, Alan is quite modest.  His fair application said only: "Lanterns are made of recycled tomato cans from pizza restaurants.  However, we happen to know that he is an accomplished artist, yogi, and NASA architect, and has received rave reviews in the Washington Post & Sculpture Magazine!  We're honored to have him exhibit here.   



Jennie Carman of Purple Clover    
Purple Clover creates eco-friendly home d�cor products with a fresh, feminine feel.  Each piece is handmade from repurposed materials, such as outdated maps, industrial kickboard, floor tiles, and used clothing.  Artist, Jennie Carman, a Maryland native and interior design student, believes that with enough polish and paint, any item can become a delightful, eco-friendly creation any home would be proud to display.

Matt Menke of Scrounger, LLC  

Home bars made from wood & metal purchased at CF, handpicked for character and made to be fun and practical.









Ella Bert  

I make a green product- home made soap. I used only vegetable oils, herbs and essential oils. There are no synthetic fragannces, dyes or other chemicals except for sodium hydroxide, which is necessary for the soap making to take place. I use the least number of ingredients for a good and add nut oil to enhance it.  I do make one laundry bar the old fashioned way, with lard. It is labelled so people know. The other thing I do is pick the local lavender myself from a small organic grower in Virginia. I grow lavender and herbs, and hope to use them in future products.  The french label storage jars are recycled as are the paper and labels. They are printed on the computer, and are leftover from other print jobs.



Kim S. Joy

Kim is a stained glass artist and jeweler as well as instructor.  After completing stained glass comissions, she makes jewelery from scraps.  Kim belongs to National Capital Art Glass Guild and PMC Guild. Her work can be found at Glasshouse at the Workhouse at Lorton, Artful Gift Show in Vienna
VA, Kawamura Arts & Crafts Center Ft. Belvoir VA and at various local craft shows. 






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


December Sales


50% off Tools

Take half off most hand and power tools in our tool department. (Sale excludes hardware, select specialty items, and white-tagged items from our consignment partners.)


50% off Sinks 

Take 50% off the orange price tag on most salvaged bathroom sinks. (Sale does not include pedestal sinks, sinks with matching vanities, surplus/new sinks, kitchen sinks, or items from our consignment partners.)


Manager's Special on Mantels   


Select fireplace mantels are priced dirt-cheap all month long! (Sale items priced as marked.  Sale does not include white-tagged items from the Salvage Arts department, or items with missing or damaged price tags)  


Quarter Parquet

Salvaged parquet squares are just 25 cents each. (Sale does not include surplus parquet and other wood flooring.) 


75% off Lighting $40 and under

Take 75% off the marked price on light fixtures, lamps, glass light covers, and light parts with orange price tags of $40 or less! (Sale does not include lights or parts without price tags, ceiling fans, and items from our consignment partners.)
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, while supplies last!  (Giveaway does not include plaster medallions, brackets, d�cor, or crown molding).

50% off White & Beige Ceramic Tile!

Take half off the regular price on standard white and off-white ceramic tiles. (Sale does not include subway tile, specialty tile, stone or glass tile, colored tile, and items from our consignment partners.)




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