Mid-May 2013
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IN THIS ISSUE - click to jump down to the articles that you wanna read first!
Free workshops - electrical DIY and furniture repair
Enter our T-shirt Design Contest!
NOW HIRING for 2 positions!
June 15th: our Half-Birthday Party!
Backyard Hens + Reclaimed Materials = Eggs-cellent Results
Earn community service hours at CF!
Volunteer to help with our party!
Last call for plants!
Marvelous May Sales & Customer Appreciation Days
It's been a busy spring at Community Forklift!  So many of you have been sending us beautiful donations, and stopping by the store to find treasure.  
To help us keep up with all the great materials pouring in, we're NOW HIRING!  You'll find all the details below.  
We've also got some fun events lined up, including free DIY workshops.  Don't miss our Half-Birthday party in June, with HALF-OFF discounts throughout the store, and activities for the whole family!

Also, we're planning a surprise flash-sale this weekend only.  We'll announce it on Facebook & Twitter Friday morning!

Finally, don't forget to "like" our Facebook PAGE to stay in the loop (Many of you joined our Facebook Group long ago, but it will be closing soon).

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Free workshops!



Your home's electrical system What you need to know to stay safe - or to get safe!

Saturday May 18th
David Shapiro from Safety First Electrical Contracting, Consulting, and Safety Education will teach some elements of D-I-Y electrical safety, and answer whatever questions you want to bring about installation, troubleshooting, repair, etc.


Carpentry & Furniture Repair
Saturday June 1st
Drop in between 10am-3pm

Have an old piece of furniture you want to restore but don't know how to get started?  Bring it in to Community Forklift during this workshop!  Bill Kinneary will show you how to repair and restore old furniture easily, without great costs.

He'll also demonstrate how to create furniture out of wood and other materials found at Forklift.  You don't need a fortune to take on wood-working projects; come learn how many projects can be made with simple hand tools, and have a little fun!

This is an interactive workshop, please bring your questions and your projects to share!

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!


Calling All Creatives!


Community Forklift is holding a T-shirt Design Contest!


Designs will be accepted throughout the month of May. We'll be printing a limited-edition run of the winning design created by one thoroughly artistic Forklift Fan. What are you waiting for? Get busy! The winner could be YOU! The winning artist will receive a $100 Community Forklift gift certificate, a fabulous write-up in our monthly newsletter and Facebook, the glory of seeing Forklift Fans all over town wearing your art and, of course, your very own free t-shirt!


Dazzle us with your creativity. Enter as many designs as you please.


Designs can be any type of media including: cut paper, hand-drawn, painted, collage or computer rendered. If using traditional artistic media, please submit a photograph of your art. Electronically created art files should be full-color and supplied as an EPS, JPG or PDF file. The winner will be contacted to supply original art (if hand-drawn or painted, etc) or a high-resolution electronic file for production of the new t-shirts.


The deadline to submit designs is

midnight on Friday, May 31


Please submit entries to


Spread the word on Facebook!


Now Hiring!

Community Forklift is now hiring for 2 positions:

Retail manager


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 Sales Supervisor!

      Pricing Associate 
Is your dream job a combination of the "Price is Right" and a hardware store? Do you wish you could combine your passion for "all things green" with your immense ability to accurately calculate the prices of obscure hardware, tools and architectural ornaments? Do you astound people with your uncanny ability to rapidly "surf the net" for answers when researching a topic? If yes, you might be the perfect fit for our new Pricing Associate position!


Save the date for...

Community Forklift's Half-Birthday Party!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

(Father's Day weekend)

Half-past 9 in the morning until half-past 5 in the afternoon


We're halfing a party!

Community Forklift, the nonprofit thrift store for home improvement supplies, is turning 7 years old! We're celebrating with a half-birthday party halfway through June. Come help us blow out the candles on our cake, and celebrate Father's Day a day early.


Bring your friends, your dad, your kids and your (leashed) pets! The celebration will include:  

  • Activities for kids
  • Half-price discounts on modern and vintage building materials throughout the store  
  • Live music from local bands (including Headwind and DoubleThink!)
  • FREE do-it-yourself workshops, to inspire you to complete the half-finished projects around your house! 
   Stay tuned to our Facebook
page for more info!


For the Birds: Backyard Hens + Forklift Materials = "Eggs-cellent" Results

By Elizabeth McGowan

Back in mid-December, Nathan Graham and Natala Covert feared a certain speckled Sussex hen would put the kibosh on the agricultural enterprise they had hatched for their Mount Rainier back yard.


The suspect chicken was evidently the diva of the quartet of hens adapting to their new life in the couple's Community Forklift-inspired coop. Alarmingly, she felt compelled to regularly serenade the neighbors.

"She was always singing," Covert said. "And we thought, oh no, everyone in the neighborhood will hear her. We'd told everybody we wouldn't be getting a rooster, so we didn't want this to be a nuisance."


Fortunately, the neighbors became enamored with the fowl's powerful, persistent yet pleasing set of pipes.


"They made a point of telling us that they enjoy hearing the sounds of the farm in Mount Rainier," Graham interjected.


Naming the speckled Sussex soloist, of course, was a no-brainer. She was christened Miss Franklin as a tribute to the soulful Aretha. And she is evidently content to have set up housekeeping with her sister hens - a golden comet called Goldilocks for obvious reasons and a white leghorn named The Machine for her assembly-line like egg production-in suburban Washington, D.C. The fourth hen was the unfortunate victim of a run-in with the family dog several months ago.


Small-scale, urban backyard chicken farming is all the rage in metropolitan regions nationwide but it's a bit of a dicey proposition in Mount Rainier and other developed parts of Prince George's County where zoning regulations are somewhat ambiguous and contradictory. Graham, 28, and Covert, 25, are among those who want the Prince George's Council to follow the lead of a report on urban agriculture issued by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission last fall. It specifically recommends that the county legalize small flocks of hens as a trigger to spur mini-farms in its cities.


Brentwood resident Bradley Kennedy has carefully tracked the ins and outs of backyard chicken farming since 2010 when she helped to spearhead a petition drive as a representative of an advocacy group called Prince George's Hens.


The organization has collected at least 1,000 signatures since the summer of 2010 from locals in favor of allowing county residents in single-family homes to raise up to half a dozen hens. But Kennedy and her cohorts are still waiting for a council member to sponsor legislation at the county level so chicken farming can gain momentum instead of being a slightly stealth operation.


Prince George's Hens makes it clear that cock-a-doodle-doing roosters would not be part of the mix. One, roosters are too loud to mingle in residential neighborhoods. And two, the males are only necessary for farmers needing more chickens. Hobbyists such as Graham and Covert want to harvest only eggs.


"Every other major metropolitan area in the country allows backyard chickens," Kennedy noted. "We're a little behind the curve. This would be an opportunity for Prince George's County to take the lead."


She pointed out that chickens are representative of the modern green sustainable movement because not only are their eggs a local food source, but they also provide natural pest control, eat food scraps and are antibiotic-free.


"I happen to like pets that live outside," said Kennedy, who has experience with small-scale chicken farming. "Some people are cat people, some people are dog people and some people are chicken people."


Community Forklift certainly champions those chicken people.

Need community service hours?

Community Forklift can always use volunteers! 


Community Forklift is happy to accommodate groups or individual volunteers, virtually any time our warehouse is open!  Who can volunteer here? 
    • Teen volunteers needing to complete their service hours in order to graduate
    • Retirees looking to give back to the community  
    • Organize a team-building day of service with your coworkers, fraternity/sorority, club/team, or any other group 
    • Just about anybody!  
Thank you, TerpCorps!  

Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, Community Forklift has partnered with UMD's TerpCorps, a student-led program organizing meaningful service-learning opportunities for UMD students.




Help out with our Half-Birthday Bash!


Do you love to grill?  Help with kids' activities?  Greet Forklift Fans?  Serve refreshments?  Skilled with  photography or videography?  Set-up or cleanup?

Got a fun skill you want to share with the crowd -- face painting, juggling, stilting, clowning?

Is there a DIY skill-sharing workshop you've been dying to teach? 

Or, are you in a band that'd be excited about performing at our half-birthday party?

We're just starting to plan the party, so let us know soon how you'd like to help!

Get your veggie & herb plants at Community Forklift!

Due to overwhelming popularity, many of our partners' plants have sold out earlier than expected.

Maryland Master Gardener Joe will be selling lots of tomato plants at CF on
Saturday May 25 and
Sunday May 26, from 2-5pm!

Stop in between now & Sunday May 26 to purchase ECO City Farms' plants before they're gone for the season!

Plants from 
 are now available for purchase at Community Forklift whenever the warehouse is open! 

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

 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.

May Sales & Customer Appreciation Days


Buy a toilet, get a free sink!
Buy any $15 toilet and get a free bathroom sink of equal or lesser value. (Sale does not include sinks with matching vanity cabinets, faucets, or select specialty items).   

50% off window blinds

Take half off the orange price tags (Sale does not include shutters, select specialty and surplus items, or items with missing or damaged price tags).    

Dollar Joist Hangers  


Just a buck for hundreds of specialty joist hangers and hurricane ties (Sale does not include mending plates, brackets, or other hardware).

50% off Storm and Screen Doors

Take half of the marked price on salvaged exterior storm and screen doors with orange price tags of $50 or less (Sale does not include security doors, surplus doors, items with missing or damaged price tags, or select specialty and vintage items).   


50% off Salvaged Bathtubs

Take half off salvaged bathtubs with orange price tags of $100 or less (Sale does not include surplus tubs, shower pans, or select specialty items).   



50% off Bifold Doors
Take half off the orange price tags on louvered & panel bifold doors (Sale does not include surplus, oversize, exterior, or glassed doors; cabinet doors, other styles of doors, or doors with missing or damaged price tags).

Police Officer's Memorial Day, Wednesday May 15 
Police officers with badge or in uniform, get 10% off any CF merchandise on Wednesday May 15! (Sale is for one day only, and does not include items from our consignment partners.  Cannot be combined with other sales.)  

Memorial Day
, Sunday May 26 

Veterans and active military personnel can take 20% off any CF materials on Sunday May 26th! (Sale is for one day only, and does not include items from our consignment partners.  Cannot be combined with other sales.) 


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