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IN THIS ISSUE - click to jump down to the articles that you wanna read first!
THIS weekend: Drop off garden tool donations in NW DC & Mont. Co.
NEXT weekend: Spring Soireee & Sale!
Can you help with the party?
Small business owners Sarah & Samantha find inspiration
Seeking a Shift Manager & a Bilingual Reuse Associate
Now interviwing interns

How do you get ready for spring?  If you start cleaning, then this weekend's garden tool collection is a great excuse for you to de-clutter your garage or potting shed!  

Perhaps you can't wait to get out in the yard.  In that case, you'll want to show up bright and early on March 23rd for great deals on lawn & garden supplies, compost, seedlings, and more!
Even if you're not a gardener, who doesn't look forward to warmer weather?  Come on out to our Spring Soiree for food, friends, and fun.  Dress up in garden party style, and bring along the kids and puppies!
Read on for all the details.....

Last Chance: Donate Your Unwanted Garden Tools!


Hey Montgomery County & NW DC - here's a great excuse to do some spring cleaning!  Drop off your gently-used lawn & garden supplies, and receive a 10% discount on brand-new items at American Plant Nursery & Landscaping. 



It's THIS weekend! 


March 16-17




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  • Montgomery County:  both American Plant stores, at 5258 River Road (Chevy Chase) and 7405 River Road (Bethesda)


If you are unable to attend the collection events, or if you have a large donation such as a riding mower or building materials, contact Community Forklift directly to schedule a free pickup at your home.  






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Coming to our Spring Soiree?
Doors open at 9am 
   Arrive early for the best selection of garden tools, at 25%-75% below retail prices.  
We are also launching a new consignment partnership with ECO City Farms, so we'll have their coveted compost, herb baskets, and vegetable plant seedlings!
Adults, kids, and leashed pets are encouraged to dress up, so wear a darling frock or snappy seersucker suit, and don't forget the straw toppers or fancy hats.  But muddy boots and bib overalls are great too! 


10 AM - 5 PM: 

Door Prizes every hour!!
Visit our partners' booths: 

10 AM - 11 AM: Free Workshop! 
Building Raised Beds for Small Space Gardening 
Presented by Dennis Chestnut, Executive Director, 
Learn how to build a raised garden bed, which tools, material and skills needed. How much does it cost. A model raised bed will be constructed on site. 

11 AM - 2 PM: Free Photobooth Fun!
Presented by
   Grab your favorite gardening finds and join in the photobooth fun with professional event photographers Sarah & Samantha!

Noon - 1 PM: Free workshop!
Second Harvest Gardening 
Presented by Matt Carucci, farm apprentice ECO City Farms
Learn about how to extend the growing season with cold frames.

Noon - 3 PM: Lemonade Lunch!   
Buy fresh-grilled hot dogs & burgers (both meat & veggie options) to support the 'Lift. 

2 PM - 3 PM: Free Workshop! 
Growing Medicinal Herbs 
Presented by Tricia McCauley, Nutricia Consulting and Leafyhead Lotions & Potions
  Do you want to create a beautiful, healing herb garden? Learn which medicinal herbs grow well in the DC area, in full sun or part-shade, in the ground or in containers. Bring your questions for this interactive presentation.    

2 PM - 4 PM: Free seeds!
NFI will be distributing FREE vegetable & flower seed packets, along with planting advice to help you get your garden started right!

3 PM - 6 PM: DJ One Heart Muzik 
DJ One Heart and DJ Livi will play your favorite tunes 


Check back online for updates throughout the week!  


Click here for photos of last year's event, and get some outfit inspiration! 



Lend a hand:
Volunteer at our
Spring Soiree! 


You're already coming to our Spring Soiree on March 23rd, so why not lend a hand while you hang out?  Please email Bea with your availability and preferred task(s): 
  • Set-up Superheros (8-10am) 
  • Gregarious Greeters (3 hour shifts, 9am-6pm)
  • On-the-Ball Beverage Specialists (3 hour shifts, 9am-6pm)
  • Friendly Photographers (at least 3 hour shifts, 9am-6pm)
  • Cleanup Crew (4-7pm)
Clicking with Community Forklift: 
Photo Booth Entrepreneurs Model Venture After Nonprofit's Unique Vibe
By Elizabeth McGowan 


Picture this. Professional photographer Sarah Gormley was in a pickle. She'd been on a particularly difficult shoot for a corporate client involving a photo booth and was having a devil of a time shaping the assignment into the visual feast she'd envisioned.


Frustrated, she called her new best friend Samantha Okazaki. The two young District of Columbia photographers pulled an all-nighter to meet Gormley's deadline. Not only was the final product well received, but the bond between the two women also had deepened.  


During that frenetic, sleepless scramble last October, the duo also clicked on a joint business plan. That aha moment emerged in January as the eponymous Sarah and Samantha Photobooths and Event Photography. It gives both of them a chance to highlight their strengths and indulge their inner whimsy.


That fancifulness will be in its full glory on Saturday, March 23 at the Community Forklift's Spring Soiree. Gormley and Okazaki are in the midst of customizing one of their painstakingly constructed 8-foot by 8-foot by 10-foot photo booths with a green-thumb theme to tie into the Forklift's fourth annual Garden Party and Spring Sale. No doubt their ingenious backdrop, banners and props will incorporate surplus and salvaged baubles from the Forklift's shelves.


In the spirit of cooperating with a nonprofit they view as a role model, the two are donating their time and photographic talent to the Forklift's fundraiser that day. Their hope is that soiree attendees who enter their one-of-a-kind booth as strangers will exit as friends.


"This place is right up our alley," Okazaki said about their decision to donate services that usually garner the pair $695 for a two-hour session. "Everything at the Forklift is very interactive. We want our business to project a similar welcoming vibe."


"We're so in love with the mission here at the Forklift," chimed in Gormley. "It's about giving back."


Clearly, March 23 won't be the first visit to Edmonston for these two Community Forklift groupies.


Keep reading to see what else Sarah & Samantha
have done with Forklift materials!

Samantha Okazaki and Sarah Gormley ham it up on the other end of the camera. The two will be setting up a garden-themed photo booth on Saturday, March 23 as part of the Community Forklift's Spring Soiree.
Our Wishlist 
Email us if you can help!
A bit of help with Pinterest?
 Are you huge pinner?  Would you be willing to give us advice on how we should use Pinterest here at Community Forklift?  Either over phone or in-person, just basic tips for using it would be very helpful! 

It's crazy that we don't have this in the warehouse right now, but we need a couple of regular ol' analog wall clocks for our office.

  Do you have a microphone you're not using anymore?  We can certainly use one to go with our recently-donated videocamera!  



Now Hiring!

Do you have retail management experience?


We're seeking a Reuse Shift Supervisor (RSS) with retail management experience.  The RSS will provide collaborative oversight of our sales team, including direct supervision of other staff during designated shifts.  The RSS will provide support and direct assistance to staff and customers.  Applicants for the RSS position should be organized, detail-oriented, computer literate, friendly & outgoing, with excellent customer service skills, money-handling experience, and the ability to always maintain a respectful manner when interacting with customers and staff.  


 ¿Habla español?


 We are still looking for a bilingual Spanish-speaker with weekend availability.




See our website for more info.  


Seeking spring intern


Are you a college/grad student or career changer looking to learn about sustainable green business?  Join Community Forklift's Outreach & Education team as our spring intern!  To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Bea(at) - thanks for your interest!


March Sales


5-Gallon Buckets of Paint & Stuff just $10 each

We've received dozens of buckets of paint from a local hardware store!  Normally $25 or more, 5-gallon buckets of paint and other liquids are now just $10 each (Sale does not include 1-gallon cans and select specialty items). 


50% off Plaster Crown Molding

Take half off bundles of plaster crown molding all month long!  Regularly $100 per 40-foot bundle, now just $50 per bundle (Sale does not include wood molding, other plaster pieces, and select specialty items).  

 25% off Most Appliances 


Take 25% off appliances with orange price tags of $300 or less (Sale does not include ALCO appliances, hot water heaters, tools, ceiling fans, furnaces, items with missing or damaged price tags, appliances over $300, and select specialty items).
50% off Vintage & Modern Furniture
Take half off most chairs, desks, bookshelves, pianos and organs, china cabinets, dressers, and tables with orange price tags of $200 or less (Sale does not include select specialty and vintage items, mantels, metal cabinets and shelves, kitchen or vanity cabinets, items with missing or damaged price tags, and items from our consignment partners).
75% off Sinks of $50 or less

Take 3/4 off the orange price tags on kitchen and bathroom sinks with orange price tags of $50 or less (Sale does not include sink/vanity cabinet sets, items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, and items from our consignment partners.)



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