Mid-April 2013
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IN THIS ISSUE - click to jump down to the articles that you wanna read first!
We're "Lifting up Communities" all over town
Guess which Forklifter just won a Pulitzer Prize?!
HUGE truckloads of surplus hardware!
Hiring a Retail Shift Supervisor
Free workshop on growing medicinal herbs!
Come to Forklift to buy your veggie & herb transplants
Why are you a Forklift Fan?
Art Lives Here is building community with Forklift finds
Amazing April Sales, Freebies, & Featured Items
Thank you all for your votes in the Washington City Paper's Best of DC contest - we're thrilled to announce that you voted us Best Hardware Store!

Want to let your friends know what a cool place Community Forklift is?  Through the end of April, you can join our
Friend-Raising Campaign for a chance to win big!


Every week, we'll have a drawing for a $30 Community Forklift gift certificate!


You have unlimited chances to win, and multiple ways to play:

Have your friends "like"/"follow" us online*
2)  Post pictures of you & a friend at the 'Lift*
3)  Answer weekly Forklift trivia questions

Photo Credit: Deirdre McQuade 

Log on to our social media for details & updates!

*  Don't forget to send us a private message with your friend's name, and to tag your friends that you refer!

It's Earth Day, 
and Community Forklift is busy
"Lifting up Communities" all around town!

Do you live in the DMV (DC, Maryland, or Virginia)? 
Chances are, we'll be in your neighborhood 
sometime in the next month!

The Outreach & Education team will have information booths at 20 community events and festivals in the next 4 weeks!  We'll be sharing info about Community Forklift and other recycling and reuse options. 


Bring your friends by our booth and introduce them to your favorite thrift store for home improvement & architectural salvage!  

Just don't bring donations of materials to our information booths, please!  Our education staff often travels by bike or metro, so they won't be able to haul your donations back to the warehouse. 


Check out our calendar for details about each event!
Click map for a larger version 

Congratulations, Elizabeth!



You never know who you're rubbing elbows with here at the Forklift.  The homeowner shopping in grubby sweatpants might also teach law at Georgetown.  The artist picking through lumber scraps might have a work of art in the Smithsonian.  And the woman ringing up your purchase might just have a Pulitzer.   
Community Forklift was thrilled to discover that our own Elizabeth McGowan won this year's Pulitzer Prize for national reporting!!!!

InsideClimate News reporters 
Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer won highest recognition for their work on 

In 2010, more than a million gallons of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River in central Michigan, and almost three years later the cleanup effort still drags on.  In this report Elizabeth and her team follow the story of riverside communities devastatingly impacted by the oil spill, and issue a clear warning against construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. 


A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Elizabeth has worked for daily newspapers in Vermont and Wisconsin. Over the years she has written for a variety of publications including Nature Conservancy Magazine, E/The Environmental Magazine; Washingtonian magazine; Outdoor America; the journal Appalachia; and Crain Communications' Waste and Recycling News.  Elizabeth recently left InsideClimate News to write a book.  


Lucky for us, she likes to relax by hiking, biking, and working as a Reuse Associate at Community Forklift.  She's also been contributing to our newsletter with fascinating profiles of Forklift Fans.  


So we already knew that she's a fantastic writer and hard-working environmentalist.  We're glad that the Pulitzer folks recognized how amazing she is, too!  Congratulations, Elizabeth!


Major Donation Alert:  


A huge thank you to our friends at

"A Few Cool Hardware Stores" in DC!  


A Few Cool Hardware Stores are a unique cooperative of Ace Hardware stores in the Washington, DC metro area and Baltimore, MD. Their main purpose is providing customers with friendly service at your neighborhood hardware store. They strive to be the most neighborhood-oriented, Washington, DC / Baltimore, MD home improvement stores around.

Several of these ACE hardware stores have just donated thousands of products to our warehouse. We have all new-in-the-box hardware, tools, faucets and plumbing fixtures, garden and yard equipment and furniture, toys, lighting and so much more! Come in and check it out while supplies last.

CF Warehouse Manager, Keith Harper, sorting through this week's massive hardware donation, thanks to ACE Hardware DC!


Now Hiring!

Do you have retail management experience?


Community Forklift is seeking an energetic, detail oriented, mission-driven individual with supervisory experience and excellent people skills to work full-time with our growing green business as a new Retail Shift Supervisor!  More details on our website. 


Free workshop!


Sorry, but our April 20th workshop on natural methods of home pest control has been canceled -- we hope to work with the presenter to reschedule soon!


Growing Medicinal Herbs

Saturday April 27th



Tricia McCauley of Nutricia Consulting will give an interactive presentation, and answer all your questions about Growing Medicinal Herbs!  

Got skills?
  • Are you a contractor, woodworker, artist, DIY-er, or general handy-person?
  • Do you reuse materials in your work or hobbies?
  • Are you willing to spend a couple hours showing other Forkilft Fans the basics of what you do & how you do it?

  • Please email Bea(at) if you'd like to lead a workshop, an "Ask the Expert" Q&A session, or a hands-on demonstration at the Forklift!

Plant sales start next week!

Plus, we'll have...


Medicinal Seedlings 
for sale - 2 days only!
Saturday April 27
Saturday May 4th 
Photo by Tricia McCauley

Our friends at Leafyhead Lotions & Potions will be selling medicinal seedlings at Community Forklift on these two days only!  These hard-to-find plants have special medicinal uses, and herbal medicine master Tricia McCauley will be here to answer all your questions.  Here's a few examples of what she'll have available:

Alkanet, angelica, arnica, basil, boneset, calendula, california poppy, catnip, cilantro, comfrey, dill, fennel, gentian, holy basil, lobelia, luffa, pennyroyal, skullcap, spilanthes, stevia, thyme, & yarrow

And of course... 
Plants from ECO City Farms are now available for purchase at Community Forklift whenever the warehouse is open! 

Get your lettuces, kale, collards, chard, and plenty more varieties soon to come! Grab some of ECO's worm castings to organically fertilize your soil.

ECO City Farms is a nonprofit organization that focuses on community food issues in Prince George's County and the region. Their core operation is an urban farm in Edmonston, Maryland, just a few blocks from Community Forklift.
 The activities at the farm include educational tours, volunteer workdays, agriculture training courses, youth summer programs and the sale of healthy food through farmers' markets, farm shares, restaurants, food co-ops, and local caterers. In addition, they advocate for a revitalized, local, and just food system; and partner with government, schools, other nonprofits, businesses, and the community.

Our latest video:

Why are you a Forklift Fan?  

Check out what our wonderful volunteer videographer Phil captured at the Spring Soiree!


Community Forklift is sponsoring




 Art Lives Here is a visibility campaign and season of activities -- pop-up galleries, performances, events and public art -- all designed to shine a light on creative life in the Gateway Arts District.  The goal of the campaign is to highlight the many, diverse ways that art lives here.

Community Forklift is proud to support Art Lives Here by donating materials and supplies to each of the artists!

Join us at the Mt Rainier Circle for the celebration 
and unveiling of Art Lives Here projects at
Better Block Night on Friday April 26, 6-10pm  
See vacant commercial buildings transform into pop-up galleries, business facades with a facelift, and the streets and sidewalks brought to new life!

Check out the Art Lives Here video!


April Sales, Freebies, & Featured Items


50% off Corian and Laminate Countertops
Take half off the marked price on used and new "orphan" countertops. (Sale does not include counters that are part of bathroom or kitchen cabinet sets, wood or granite countertops, items with missing or damaged price tags, or select specialty items.) 

50% off Wood Trim

Take half off the regular price on surplus and salvaged wood trim! (Sale does not include other wood décor, corbels, rosettes and plinths, items from our consignment partners, and select specialty items.)   

30% off Wood and Composite Columns 


Take 30% off the orange price tag on many of our architectural columns! (Sale does not include select specialty columns, other architectural pieces, items from our consignment partners, or columns with missing or damaged price tags.)

25% off Community Forklift Lighting

Take 25% off the marked price on most used and new Forklift lights. (Sale does not include ceiling fans, items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, and other items from our consignment partners.)


FREE Double-Paned and Vinyl Window Sashes

Standard vinyl sashes and insulated sashes are FREE while supplies last. Great for building cold frames for gardening! (Giveaway does not apply to vintage sashes, windows in frames, specialty shapes, door inserts, or other items) 



FREE Tires! 
Community Forklift has free tires available while supplies last.  Potatoes are really easy to grow, and if you don't have enough space in your garden, you can grow them in old tires!  Click here to find out how!  Also, check out our Facebook page for more creative ideas for how to reuse old tires.

National Plumber's Day, April 25

Plumbers and anyone with a plumbing-related business card can take 20% off of any CF materials on April 25th! (Sale is for one day only, and does not include items from our consignment partners.  Cannot be combined with other sales.) 


Featured Item: Joist Hangers
We've got a ton of joist hangers in our hardware department right now, in many sizes - check them out while supplies last!
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