September 2013
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End of Summer Blowout Sale!
Get ready for the parrrrty!
New at the Forklift: Shabadaba Chic
Last day to enter National Reuse Contest
One day left for the Mascot contest
Now Hiring!
"Lifting up Communities" all over the DMV
Volunteer to get free admission to DC Green Festival
Community Resource Event in Riverdale
Seeking workshop leaders
Stupendous September Sales

Do you have a few seconds to 
the 'Lift for 
in the DC area?

Thanks to you wonderful people, Community Forklift won the City Paper's Best of DC contest back in April. Well, now it's time for the Express contest, and we need your help TODAY before the nomination period ends!  


Here's how:
Pic of vintage finger pointing1) Go to the nomination page,
2) Scroll to the "Shopping" section, and
3) Write in Community Forklift for "Best Home Store" (you can do it as many times as you like!)
pic of vintage finger pointing 4) Ask your friends & neighbors to nominate us too, and keep your fingers crossed that we make it to the finals!

Winning Best of DC will get us a lot of publicity.  As more folks find out about us,

As you celebrate the end of summer, don't forget to check out our major Labor Day Sale!
Sale runs Saturday August 31st through Monday September 2nd.  


Read on for all the latest news! 


labordayThis Is It, Folks!  Labor Day Weekend Flash Sales!

Saturday August 31st - Monday September 2nd

75% off Doors marked $45 or less!  
Take 3/4 off the marked price on wood and glass doors marked at $45 or less.  Sale does not include security doors, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners.

50% off Radiators & Covers! 
Take half off the marked price on cast iron radiators and wood & metal radiator covers.  Sale does not include other HVAC, stone slabs, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners.

50% off Kitchen Cabinet Sets 
at $1,000 or less!
Take half off the marked price on our kitchen cabinet sets and orphan kitchen cabinets tagged at $1,000 or less.  Sale does not include countertops, bathroom vanity cabinets, select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.

50% Salvaged Windows & Sashes! 
Take half off our regular price on regular salvaged windows and window sashes.  Sale does not include stained glass, privacy glass, transoms, glass doors, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners. 

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Arrrgh, mateys!  Get ready for our...

Pirate Parrrty!

Saturday September 28th 


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!  


Pirates can plunder storewide!

Wear a pirate costume, and receive a 20% discount on almost everything in the warehouse!  


Special sales on antiques & vintage items will be announced soon!


Children's activities 

Little Forklift Fans can make their own pirate eyepatch, spyglass, hat, and more. They can also Walk the Plank, and try their hand at Cap'n Hook's Ring Toss! Children always need to be accompanied by an adult while at Community Forklift.


Raffle drawings on the hour!



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LIVE MUSIC - Letter of Marque will be singing nautical shanties, and marauding through the warehouse.



Join Captain Redbeard to hunt Pirate's Treasure in the Community Forklift warehouse! Children need to be accompanied by an adult throughout the activity.




* Costume Contest

Adults & Children are encouraged to participate - prizes for the best pirate-themed costumes!


* Workshop:  Arts, Antiques, Restoration  

with Mark Baker of Fireflies Studio 




* Visit our grill station for lunch


* Crafts station for little pirates


Workshop:  DIY Stripping and De-Rusting at Home 

with Eric Whitesell of ChemStrip



Workshop:  Your Classic Heat Emitters, friend or foe?

with David Gordon of R&B Inc.

A gallon of water heated to the proper temperature has more bang for the energy dollar than you would think. Pros/cons of staying with your classic radiators in your heating/cooling strategy. R&B inc. are the pros when it comes to heating and cooling your older home. 



Workshop: Taking The Mystery Out Of DIY Image Transfers

with Sue Older-Mondeel of Shabadaba Chic

Have you ever seen an image online, at a paper store, wrapping paper or even a family photograph that you wanted to imprint onto another surface? Sue of Shabadaba Chic will teach you various methods you can use to transfer images onto ceramics, wood, or even fabric. Learn this skill just in time to make personalized gifts for the holidays!



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New Consignment Partner:

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Pic of painted bar

We're excited to welcome a new consignment partner to Community Forklift. Shabadaba Chic is owned and operated by local resident Sue Older-Mondeel. Not only does Sue showcase unique vintage finds, but she works with local artisans, carpenters and painters to combine salvaged treasures into one-of-a-kind home furnishings.


Pic of entry stand

She turns vintage doors and architectural salvage into home organizers, and reclaimed wood into playful signs and wall d�cor. She and her team also breathe new life into neglected furniture by using these pieces as 3-dimensional canvases for creative paint finishes.


By working with salvaged architectural items, Sue can create custom orders in any size, shape or function.


You can find Shabadaba Chic in aisle 2 at the Community Forklift warehouse (across from our lighting department). You can also see what Sue is up to hereor like her Facebook page.



Have you done something cool with reused materials?  It's easy to enter!

YOU COULD WIN $1,000! 

national reuse contest

Enter your project in the

2013 National Reuse Contest! 


Go to our blog for more details!


Enter Community Forklift's
Mascot Contest!


 Community Forklift has expanded our online outreach through various social media platforms. Our communities of online friends and fans have grown like crazy, but now we need an easier way for everyone to find us and stay connected. We'd like your help in choosing a Community Forklift Mascot!

ruthie forklift

  You may know us by our current Facebook mascot, Ruthie Forklift  

adam plummer
Or maybe you know us by our  
G+ moniker, Adam Plummer

We want to have one, single mascot that we can use across all our social media!

Please submit mascot ideas
to Outreach(at)

If your mascot idea is selected, you'll win a $25 gift certificate to the Forklift and have the pride of seeing your mascot represent the Forklift on all our social media platforms!  There is no limit to the amount of ideas you can enter, just keep them coming all month long!


Please submit ideas by midnight,  
Saturday August 31st.

 Now hiring! 

We are seeking a Vintage and Specialty Products Coordinator to work part-time (30+ hours). This new position will be responsible for researching and pricing donated vintage and specialty products as well as working closely with our consignment partners. Ideal for an individual with a vast knowledge base and thorough understanding of the intricacies of vintage and antique pricing. Related experience required!
Our Customer Service team needs energetic and hardworking Reuse Associates to work part-time-including weekends-with our growing green business. Reuse Associates are retails sales positions within our home improvement thrift store. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.  

This fall, Community Forklift is busy  

"Lifting up Communities" all around town!

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

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

Bring your friends & family 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 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!

map of fall fests
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Want to get in FREE to the

  at homeshow  
It's not hard! We just need volunteers who are reliable, energetic, and friendly to hand out brochures and answer basic questions about Community Forklift at our booth at the
DC Green Festival.

Training will be provided.

You MUST be available to volunteer at least 4 hours on:
Saturday September 21 
Sunday September 22 

Community Resource Event 

in Riverdale, MD 


Community Crisis Services, Inc. (CCSI), The Town of Riverdale Park, The House, and other congregations, organizations and businesses have stepped forward to offer the greater Riverdale  Park community access to much-needed resources.

Find out more on Facebook!

Got skills?  

Want to lead a 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!

Stupendous September Sales

Please note:  the September Sales go into effect on 


25% off Radiators and 50% off Radiator Covers

Take 25% off the marked price on all cast iron radiators and half off on radiator covers. (Sale does not apply to granite or stone pieces, items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.) 


50% off Salvaged Wood Trim

Take half off the regular linear foot prices on any salvaged wood trim. (Sale does not apply to surplus trim, lumber, select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.)  

50% off Security Doors and Window Bars    


Take half off the regular prices on steel security doors and security windows. (Sale does not apply to fencing, wood doors, other steel items, or select specialty items.) 
Half off Orphan Cabinets and Countertops

Take 50% off orphan kitchen cabinets and orphan laminate, Corian, and wood countertops. (Sale does not include entire sets, stone countertops, or select specialty items.) 
Half-Price Office Furniture

Take 50% off office desks and chairs, filing cabinets, conference tables, and monster 10-foot-long white boards. (Sale does not include vintage furniture or chairs, china cabinets, or select specialty items.)  

$10 Dishwashers!

Regularly priced at $25, our regular dishwashers are just ten bucks all month long (Sale does not include dishwashers priced above $25, items with missing or damaged price tags, other appliances, or select specialty items.)

50% off Blinds and Interior Shutters

Take half off the marked price on blinds, window treatments, and wooden interior shutters! (Sale does not include exterior shutters, items from our consignment partners, or select specialty items.)

Sunday September 8th is Grandparents' Day!

Special T-shirt sale: Get your "I'm Nuts for Community Forklift" T-shirts or "Teach an Old Log New Tricks" T-shirts for 20% off on Grandparents' Day!
Stay tuned for special vintage & antique sales during our Pirate Parrrty on Saturday September 28th!

Our Salvage Arts department will be celebrating its 4th year of partnership with the Forklift, and giving special discounts during the Pirate Parrrty celebration!  Stay tuned to our website for details. 
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