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Help us reach 1,000 YouTube subscribers!
Walking for Wellness: Join our team!
Got old media equipment?
Seeking workshop presenters!
Out with the New and in with the Old!
Solar space heaters now available!
Save the date for our next parrrrty!
Calling all musicians: Our July Jingle Contest!
Win a $1,000 Gift Certificate!
Jubilant July Sales

Dear Forklift Fans, 
Well, the heat is upon us and it's definitely summertime.  Things are a bit slower, a LOT hotter, but the Forklift is still truckin' with lots of events, activities, and special sales!

During the summer, we often throw big FLASH SALES -- want to know what's on sale when?  You'll need to stay tuned to our social media to find out when these surprise sales are coming!  Don't use social media?  Hint: You can read our Twitter feed at the bottom of our website without signing up for anything!

Community Forklift is now open 7 days a week!!!

Our hours are now:

Don't forget -- please drop off your donations before 5:30pm!


Read on for all the latest news! 

 Community Forklift gives back 


Our reuse center provides renovation supplies to the public at very low prices. This lifts up the community in so many ways: by creating jobs, making repairs affordable, reducing waste, and stimulating the local economy, to name a few.

But did you know that we also provide free materials to nonprofits and families in need?  
Last year, Community Forklift formalized a new program called HELP -- our Home EssentiaLs Program. Through HELP, we donate essentials like appliances and bathroom fixtures to local low-income families, veterans, and seniors. We receive referrals from non-profit partners that serve folks in need, and then we provide the free items directly to their clients.
These donations really add up!  So far in 2013, CF has donated:

$5,321 worth of materials through HELP, serving 80 people in 23 households  
$9,458 worth of materials to non-profits, 
serving 63 different organizations 

Could someone you know benefit from a donation of building materials?


Find the eligibility requirements and applications

on our website.



Contact Tiffany(at) with any questions!  


 Now hiring! 


CF is seeking a Truck Driver/Helper to work full-time with our growing green business.

This position represents the organization by picking up building materials from our donors in the DC metro area. This position is responsible for driving our 24-foot manual transmission truck. A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is not necessary, but preferred. All applicants must have an excellent driving record, relevant driving experience and a current Maryland Department of Transportation medical card. If you do not have medical card, you will need a physical before you begin. Prior related driving experience is required!

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It's summer & let's face it -- sometimes it's just too hot to hardly even move!  When you just can't bear the thought of trekking down to the warehouse, Community Forklift has you covered online too!

What kinds of videos can you find on CF's YouTube? 
Here's a selection of what we offer:

CF's HELP Program  |  PGTV Feature 

We'll be adding more videos of DIY projects, community events, and much more!

Have a topic you want us to make a video about?  Submit your ideas to Outreach(at) 

 Join CF's team walking for wellness:

A Pedestrian Safety Awareness Event!  

Date: Saturday July 27, 2013
Gathering Time: 9:15 AM
Start Time: 10:00 AM 
End Time: 12:00 Noon
Rain Date: August 3, 2013

The WWW (Walkers Wear White at night) Rally has been organized to focus policy makers and Prince George's County citizens on the importance of pedestrian safety.

Community Forklift is organizing a team to walk/march in the event.  Please join us!

Email Tiffany(at) for more info or to sign up!


Our media equipment wishlist!

In order to ramp up our media outreach, CF's Outreach & Education Team is looking for some donated equipment.  Our goal is to REUSE items the community may already have lying around!  Are you cleaning out & updating your old gear?  Take a look at our wishlist:
  • Intel iMacs -- we can even use those with lines on the screen!
  • 20-inch and 23-inch LCD monitors
  • 15 Vista laptops
  • MiniDV camcorders (Sony, JVC, Panasonic) -- with microphone input ports
  • Video lighting equipment
  • Blank media (blank CD's and DVD's)
  • Blue Snowball USB microphones
Please note: we are only able to accept these items in working order!

If you're able to donate any of the above items, please clearly mark them "For O&E Media Team" and donate by dropping off at the warehouse during our open hours.  If you're not sure whether we can use your items, please email Outreach(at) with the specs before bringing them over!

Thanks in advance for your generosity!

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!

Out with the New 

and in with the Old: 

Historic Preservationists Can Hit the Jackpot at the Forklift 

By Elizabeth McGowan

Mary and Scott Sibley didn't expect that building a rear addition onto their Victorian era home in the Hyattsville National Historic District would be a simple undertaking.


And they were right.


But by hunkering down with architect Mike Arnold, they received the appropriate and far-from-routine blessings from the Prince George's County Historic Commission and the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. Construction on the family room they have been craving began just this week. In the meantime, the Sibleys are brainstorming about how to properly decorate the 18-feet by 20-feet extension so it flows with the interior of the rest of their three-story, 1906 home.


Hardwood floors are a no-brainer. Eight double-hung, single-pane windows framed with bulls-eye molding will extend almost the entire nine feet from floor to ceiling.  


The centerpiece of the addition will be a fireplace. With Arnold's help, the Sibleys found a reproduction of a 19th century cast iron insert. However, they had a devil of a time hunting down a proper mantelpiece.


"We'll scour the whole East Coast to find what we need for this house," Mary Sibley said. "We knew we didn't want one of those fake new plastic mantels that are supposed to look like something Victorian. This time, we shopped all around and still couldn't find what we needed."


That is, until they literally went around the corner to the Community Forklift's 34,000-square foot warehouse a few months ago. Bingo. They scouted out an authentic fit. A yellowing paper tag attached to the back of the double-shelved, oak antique they selected spells out that the Dame Mantel Co. in Harriman, Tenn., delivered the finished product to Washington, D.C., in 1910.


And the Forklift price was right: $225. The Hyattsville couple had expected to shell out $1,500 to $2,000 for a reproduction.


"We were just thrilled to find something we can use so close by," Mary Sibley said. "Our goal is to buy as few new products as possible."


Arnold, their Riverdale Park architect who specializes in historic preservation, casts the Sibleys and others like them who make regular forays to the Forklift into a category he labels "defective consumer." He credits one of his graduate school professors with coining that distinctive phraseology. While such offbeat language might sound like a pejorative to the uninitiated, Arnold actually dishes the two-word term as the ultimate accolade.


What Arnold means is that homeowners such as the Sibleys should be celebrated because they refuse to be brainwashed by the messages that bombard them daily in a throwaway culture that pooh-poohs what appears to be passť. Instead, they reject the consensus that an item must be brand-new and out of the box to have any value.  


"Forklift shoppers don't follow the status quo," said the 55-year-old, who earned a graduate degree in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. "They understand that used stuff is actually useful. Fortunately, we're seeing a resurgence of people who get this concept."



Solar space heaters 
now available at the 'Lift!

Green Home LLC, based in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, provides energy-saving, healthy, earth-friendly additions, renovations, and solar heating (learn more about them in this interview with Green America).


We are now partnering with Green Home to offer SolarSheat panels at Community Forklift!  


Wall-mounted SolarSheat solar panels supplement your traditional heating source, lower your utility bills, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Save 20-30% on your home heating bills
  • Enjoy heated air all winter
  • Enjoy hot water in the  summer (optional feature)
  • Save money on your tax bill with a:
    • 50% Property Tax Credit
    • 30% Federal Energy Credit
    • Maryland sales tax exemption  
Read more about it on our blog,or contact Green Home LLC at 301-277-9660.

Save the date...   

Saturday September 28th:

CF's Pirate Parrrty! 
























Arrrgh, mateys!


Band together ye scurvy lads an' lasses, for piratey fun & games, grub, costumes, prizes, an' of course, ye can scour the warehouse for hidden treasures!  Come one & all!


Mark yer calendars, an' please contact Bea(at) if ye'd like to help out with the parrrrty! 


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!

Please submit jingles in mp3 format
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)

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