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IN THIS ISSUE - click to jump down to the articles that you wanna read first!
Calling all musicians: Our July Jingle Contest!
Monthly Furniture Workshops
Half-Birthday Party Photos -- tag your friends!
Want to share your skills?
Edmonston, MD: A Green Utopia
Win a $1,000 Gift Certificate!
Jubilant July Sales

Starting TODAY, Community Forklift is now open 7 days a week!!!

Our new hours are:

Monday & Tuesday:                      12-6

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday:   10-6

Saturday & Sunday:                      9-6


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Enter Community Forklift's
Jingle Contest!

Are you musically talented?  Do you find yourself struck by inspiration, wishing you brought a guitar or harmonica every time you stroll through the Forklift's aisles?

Then July is the month for you!  Songs will be accepted in our Jingle Contest throughout the month of July. We'll be selecting the winning jingle created by one masterfully musical Forklift Fan. What are you waiting for? Get busy! The winner could be YOU!

The winning musician will receive a $100 Community Forklift gift certificate, a fabulous write-up in our monthly newsletter and Facebook, and the glory of hearing your jingle used in Forklift's social media & promotional videos!

Jingles can be any musical genre, they can be instrumental, a capella, or any combination.  Get creative -- what unusual "instruments" can you find in our hardware section?  We just ask that jingles be original works (don't just adapt a popular song with new lyrics, karaoke-style). Jingles should be under 3 minutes in length. Enter as many jingles as you please! 
Please submit jingles in mp3 format
The Small Print: 
Submitted jingles must be property of the entrant.   All submissions become the property of Community Forklift upon submission and will not be returned.  By submitting their jingle to the Community Forklift jingle contest, contestants grant to Community Forklift an irrevocable royalty-free nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute, display, reproduce and edit the jingle in Community Forklift's sole and absolute discretion.

 Bill Kinneary's

Furniture Workshops


Due to popular demand, Bill Kinneary will be presenting his Antique Furniture Restoration drop-in hours on the 1st Saturday of every month, starting 10am-3pm on Saturday July 6th! 
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, so please bring your questions and your projects to share!  


Have you seen the photos from our
 Half-Birthday Party?



Community Forklift had a blast turning 7 years old!  Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us! 



EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to all of our bands, workshop presenters, interns, and volunteers who helped to make the party possible! 



Lennard Jack, Jr. from Panmasters


Julie Barnet








M.R. Jam Band









Will McKindley-Ward of

                                 Launch Pad Music 

                                            for the loan of sound equipment 


 Mr Fix-it
  Handtools 101  
Ryan Cooper 
Chicken Coop Design 







Oswald Fernandes of Cuisine Beauties - Watermelon Carving Demonstration 



Ben Hackett of District Garden -
 Rain Barrel Installation 

Charles Thomas of Millinium Properties - Antique Table Restoration 







fojol bros.

 for the yummy Indian food 



  Cake Contest Winner: Kitty Stewart! 


She built a 7 1/2 layer cake complete with building materials and miniature furniture... AND it was delicious!    



T-shirt Design Contest Winner: Randie Hovatter!


Stay tuned for more details on how to order this fantastic shirt... 





Mike McMullin
for coordinating our beautiful

Thanks also to all who helped paint!

Keith Lyndaker for the balloon animals!

Angela Stewart, for the face-painting & crafting!


Volunteers Meg and Jaime for their help in the creative corner!

SCRAP-DC for donating
recycled craft materials! 



  Sarah Sertic, Imani Lewis, & Angela Stewart for their stellar photography!  



Got skills?  

Want to lead workshop?


  • 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!

Edmonston, MD: A Green Utopia

By Imani Lewis



Imagine this. A tightly knit neighborhood that participates in innovative and communal sustainability. You may think of this as some kind of "green utopia" when in fact it is a place that actually exists - Edmonston, Maryland, the home of Community Forklift.



Map of Edmonston - "With town leaders and Community Forklift working together, Edmonston residents have great resources to make green living decisions." - Photo courtesy of the Town of Edmonston


The town of Edmonston was founded by Capt. James Edmonston, an innovator in his own right and a son of prominent family in the Hyattsville area. Adam Plummer, a key town trailblazer, was the town's first settler, a former slave to another prominent family, the Calverts.


When Plummer was freed, he bought land from Capt. Edmonston and used it to build a home for him, his wife, and their children after he bought them out of slavery (Plummer's diary serves as the sole piece of writing by a slave during the Emancipation and is housed by the Smithsonian, learn more here).


After the Plummer family settled, more and more people began to move to the area. Edmonston grew rapidly and thrived. In 1924, the community of Edmonston became incorporated as a municipality.


As its founders were trailblazers, Edmonston's officials were trailblazers as well. The first female Maryland mayor as well as the first Japanese American mayor (ever) served the town of Edmonston.

Shot of Green Street -"The Town of Edmonston constructed Maryland's first ever 'Green Street,' a collection of sustainable street innovation to lessen the area's environmental impact." - Photo courtesy of the Town of Edmonston


Edmonston's Green Street 


In recent years, Edmonston's innovative attitude has been directed more to improving the town's environmental impact.


In 2009, the community of Edmonston decided to begin construction on a "Green Street." The goal was to implement green practices all along Decatur Street, a central road in Edmonston, to "make a positive contribution to [the] regional environment." With the making of walking and biking lanes, installation of energy sufficient street lights, and construction of complex rainwater filtration systems, the town of Edmonston's overall sustainability greatly increased. The Green Street was the first of its kind in Maryland and quite possibly the entire East coast. Its completion serves as a testament to Edmonston's commitment to green innovation for the good of the community.

The CF Impact

With Edmonston being an area quite devoted to the idea of sustainable living and environmental responsibility, the presence of Community Forklift fits well within it. Forklift Sales Manager and Outreach & Education Representative, Ruthie Mundell, commented on the partnership between the town of Edmonston and the 'Lift. "Environmental actions cannot be sustainable unless they are also economically sustainable and accessible to all...We contribute [to the Edmonston community] by providing a place where residents and local tradespeople can donate or shop for reclaimed materials."


The community leaders and Community Forklift work together to provide sustainable and reuse choices for all Edmonston residents in order to increase the environmental responsibility of the town and green innovation for its future.


Sources: The Town of Edmonston: History, Green Street Project -
Don't forget...
Have you done something cool with reused materials? 


Enter your project in the

2013 National Reuse Contest! 


Go to our blog for more details!


Jubilant July Sales


Cheap Heats!

Load up for winter now and save a ton - 50% off of furnaces, fireplace tools, gas fireplaces, and space heaters (Sale does not apply to A/C or other HVAC, radiators, items with missing or damaged price tags, or select specialty items).  


50% off Salvaged Windows

Take half off the orange price tags (Sale does not apply to vintage wooden sashes, surplus/unused windows, unframed glass, select specialty items or items with missing or damaged price tags).    

Half-Price Hinges and Mortise Locks  


50% off our regular price: standard 3-hole door hinges for .25, vintage hinges with finials for $2, and mortise locks just $2.50 (Sale does not include knob sets, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items or other door hardware). 
50% off Sinks under $75

Take half off the marked price on bath and kitchen sinks with orange price tags of $75 or less (Sale does not include sinks over $75, bathroom vanity sets, items with missing or damaged price tags, or select specialty and vintage items).  
50% off Marmoleum Tile

Take half off our regular price on eco-friendly Marmoleum floor tile, now just $1 per piece! That's just .85 cents a square foot (Sale does not include vinyl or ceramic tile or select specialty items)


July 12 is Simplicity Day 
20% off on CF materials storewide! (Sale does not include items from our consignment partners or select specialty items.)
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