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Crafters & Artists, your applications are due!
THIS SATURDAY: Upcycle Your Life! A Community Expo Linking Food to Health
Now Hiring for New Positions
Announcing our 2013 Reuse Contest Winners
Check out our updated Customer Creations page
New Rain Check Rebate Program
Save the date: Green Friday & Small Business Saturday
Seeking Workshop Leaders
Outrageous October Sales

Times are tough, and chances are, you have a friend or neighbor who is struggling to make ends meet. Please let them know about the Upcycle Your Life Expo at Community Forklift this Saturday! Thanks to our wonderful partners, we'll have a food distribution with fresh produce, free health screenings, free workshops, and info about all kinds of resources and services available to residents in our community (see below for more details).
Then, get inspired by the Reuse Contest Winners and our updated Customer Creations page, spread the word about our job openings, and mark your calendars for Green Friday & Small Business Saturday...
Read on for all the latest news!


 Applications due TODAY by midnight!  


Calling all Crafters & Artists!


The Green Gift Fair is coming!


Apply now! 


Do you make jewelry, art, or gifts from recycled, reclaimed, or green materials?

Why not apply to our 5th Annual Green Gift Fair? Showcase or consign your work for the holidays!  We're seeking artists who create upcycled or green arts or crafts, such as:   


  • Clothing
  • Eco-friendly beauty care
  • Small Furniture
  • Glass & Ceramic
  • Holiday crafts
  • Housewares
  • Jewelry
  • Metalwork
  • Painting
  • Woodcraft
  • Toys
  • Textile accessories


Please email Bea(at)
with questions! 




Upcycle Your Life:

A Community Expo 

Linking Food to Health

THIS Sat, October 19th

9am - 5pm 


Why host a health expo at a building material warehouse?  It's all in the name:  "Community Forklift" refers to our mission to Lift Up Local Communities! 
We're hosting "Upcycle Your Life!" to help our Prince George's County neighbors to live long, full, healthy lives.  Thanks to our wonderful community partners, we will be offering a food distribution with fresh produce, health screenings, free interactive workshops and information on all kinds of local resources and services available to residents in our community.  These resources include free healthcare, affordable housing programs, energy saving programs, nutrition, food access, and information on growing your own food and maintaining physical and mental wellness!
So bring a friend or neighbor, come on out to learn about these amazing programs and services, and find out how you can Upcycle Your Life!  


Email Tiffany(at) or call 301-985-5180 for more info

 Now hiring! 

Community Forklift is seeking an experienced Office Manager to work full-time. The Office Manager will be primarily responsible for the general oversight and management of the overall office administration, human relations and bookkeeping functions for an organization with more than 40 full-time, part-time and on-call employees. This is not an entry-level position, only qualified applicants will be considered. 
Truck Driver  
Community Forklift is seeking a full-time Truck Driver. This person will represent the organization by picking up used and surplus building materials in the DC area. Responsibilities include driving our 24-foot box truck with manual transmission. A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is 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!   


CF's Reuse Contest Winners!


We'd like to give a huge "Thank You" to all of our 2013  National Reuse Contest participants.   


The judges had some amazing reuse projects to choose from, so narrowing it down to 3 winners was tougher than you'd think. The local DMV-area winners will be sent on to The Reuse People for consideration in the national contest, so keep your fingers crossed and let's root for our hometown finalists!


1st place: Chris Maxwell and Bea Trickett for their complete House Renovation 
The judges were especially impressed with their elegant problem-solving in the weird kitchen.



2nd place: Derek and Rachel Liu for their Backyard Window Pavilion
So gorgeous - it was even featured in the Washington Post!



3rd place: Eric Hempstead for his Ecohouse Studio
From the Botanic Garden to Glen Echo's Bumper Car Pavilion, this structure came together from all over the region!




Thanks again to everybody who participated in the contest!  Make sure to take project photos as you work so you can enter for next year's contest!


And even if you don't want to enter the contest, let us feature you on our newly revamped Customer Creations Section -- read on for details!    


New Customer Creations Section!



Summer Intern Imani Lewis took on the daunting task of reorganizing the "Customer Creations" section of our website into a more user-friendly format.  Rather than simply displaying all the creations chronologically on a single page, Imani went through and divided each of the 140+ projects we've received to date into easily understood categories -- Kitchen, Bathroom, Outdoor Projects, et cetera.  It took a while to get all the coding done, but now each project has its own page on our website, which you can share via Pinterest!


Kudos to Imani for a job well done.  We hope you'll enjoy perusing the Customer Creations!


And of course, if you're proud of how you've used Forklift materials in a project, please share it with us and inspire other Forklift Fans! Send a few photos and a description of what you did to Bea(at) (If you're not too camera-shy, include a picture of yourself next to your completed project).




  Customer Creations


Thanks for sharing & inspiring other Forklift Fans!



 New Rebate in 

Prince George's County! 

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Prince George's County is committed to improving the quality of life for its communities by promoting green solutions to stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff occurs when rain (or snowmelt) flows over the land picking up pollutants such as oil, grease, sediment, and nutrients which make their way into local streams and rivers. The Rain Check Rebate Program allows property owners to receive rebates for installing Rain Check-approved stormwater management practices. Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofit entities (including housing cooperatives and churches) can recoup some of the costs of installing practices covered by the program. 


There will be a community workshop to learn more about Rain Check Rebates, just around the corner from Community Forklift:
October 22, 2013
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57th Avenue
Bladensburg, MD 20710 
small business saturday
green friday
Save the date for our next party weekend... 
Green Friday & 
Small Business Saturday! 


With the holidays coming up, we know we need to get the word out early.  Mark your calendars for Thanksgiving weekend!

Instead of wasting money on imported junk, shouldn't you spend the holidays celebrating peace, family, and friends?
Well, this year is your chance to break the Black 
Friday habit, and choose community instead of commercialism. 

Come celebrate Green Friday at Community Forklift!
November 29th
Stop by on Small Business Saturday
November 30th
We'll have fun activities and special sales all weekend -- stay tuned for more details!
small business saturday
Also, if you represent a small local business and want to be part of our celebration, please get in touch: Outreach(at)   

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!

Outrageous October Sales


$10 Skirted Cast Iron Bath Tubs

Our iron tubs with skirts/aprons are just $10 this month! (Sale does not include clawfoot or vinyl tubs, select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.)  


Half Price Window Sashes

Take half off the regular price on vintage wood and modern vinyl sashes. These are great for craft projects!  (Sale does not apply to intact windows, privacy or stained glass, select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.)  

$2 Orphan Kitchen Cabinets!     


Orphan kitchen cabinets priced at $20 or less are just $2 each this month (Sale does not apply to bathroom vanity cabinets, cabinets in sets, items with missing or damaged price tags, or select specialty items). 
50% off Ceiling Flush-Mount Lights and Shades

Take half off of our flush-mount ceiling lights and light shades (Sale does not include sconces, chandeliers, tagged vintage items, other types of lighting, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners). 
Halloween Flash Sale!

On Thursday, Oct. 31, come and shop in your Halloween costume and take 10% off your purchase of CF materials.  (Sales does not include items with missing or damaged price tags, items from our consignment partners, or select specialty items.)
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Hope to see you around the warehouse soon!


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