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Best Vintage Store of 2013

Voting in the national contest ends today - please go vote to help us with Green America's 2014 People & Planet award for green businesses!

Volunteer Spotlight: UMD Chemical Engineering Honors Club
Meet Our Newest Forklift Fan
Try Out Your Green Thumb at the 2014 Rooting DC Forum
Wanted: 16ft. Box Truck
Manager's Special: 50% of Tubs and Sinks
Marvelous March Sales

Well, almost...
Help us usher in spring at our annual garden party! 
March 29th, 2014

Historically, spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. Here at the 'Lift, we give new life to old materials... So what better place to celebrate the season?



Our annual Garden Party & Sale is our largest and longest-running tradition.  Drawing over 1,200 guests last year, it is a crazy and fun-filled day.   


After squirreling away landscaping and garden supplies all winter, we put them all out for sale at once - and eager Forklift Fans start lining up at the gates even before we open at 9am!


Just as exciting are gardening workshops & demonstrations, live music and entertainment, activities for the whole family, and a lemonade lunch with grilled goodies.  




Our favorite part of the tradition, however, is the Costume Contest for people & pets.  Get out your jaunty caps, seersucker suits, frilly garden party dresses, and huge hats!  Friendly pets are encouraged to join in the fun (they must be leashed).   


We'll send out more details soon, but mark your calendars now for March 29th, 2014, from 9-5:30pm!   


Got Tools?
Between now and the end of March, we are piling our warehouse sky-high with great
gardening tools, flowerpots, and supplies, and we sure could use your help.

Here's an excuse to clean out your garage, basement, or shed!  Just drop off your landscaping materials and gardening supplies at Community Forklift any day during store hours.  

We're also offering a convenient alternative for those of you in NW DC and Montgomery County!  Our friends at American Plant will be accepting your donations on two weekends, at both of their locations:

Beltway location


Bethesda Chevy Chase location
MARCH 15-16

In addition to  promoting high academic scholarship and professional service, the UMD Chemical Engineering Honors Club is  lending a  hand in the local community.

Members have been seen at A Wider Circle and most recently at Community Forklift, where they had the opportunity to keep paint out of the dump and onto store shelves.

The task was pretty relevant to our future biochemical engineers and environmental scientists. "Seeing and helping with the processing of chemicals so that they can be reused instead of discharged" was the best part of one volunteer's experience.

Hopefully, Community Forklift has taught them a thing or two about the importance of reuse, especially when it comes to chemicals!

If you would like to find out more about paint recycling initiatives or how to choose your next batch of paint wisely, here are some links:  



To date, our volunteers have kept over 800 gallons of paint from going to waste!!  

Sawyer Cooper was once a twinkle in his parents' eyes, especially on the day his father, Ryan was to teach a workshop at Community Forklift on Chicken Coops

"The morning I was to teach the chicken coop class at CF, I woke up about 5:30AM to see my wife, who is not a morning person, laying in bed staring at me. I asked if everything was okay and she said, "I took another pregnancy test last night...". I didn't even have to wait for the end of the sentence to know what she meant."
Proud Papa & Momma Ryan and Tabatha Cooper

As workshop attendees had all minds focused on the chicken and the egg, we are sure that Ryan's mind was drifting off elsewhere. Nevertheless, Ryan recollects, "I think it went well."

If Sawyer loves tools and building things half as much as his daddy does, he'll be a frequent visitor at Community Forklift in no time.

We'd love to meet your little Forklift Fans!  Share your stories and photos on our Facebook page. 
(other than shop at Community Forklift)

March 1, 2014,  
Free, all-day gardening forum
with over 70 workshops
& information tables

16ft. Box Truck 
We've been receiving so many donations lately that we just can't handle our pick up schedule with just one truck.

Would you be interested in donating one?
We'd love to continue to offer a warehouse full of unique items, so if you think you can help, send an email to Donations[at]  

Manager's Special 

50% Off  

Select Tubs and Sinks in the Yard


Take 50% off sinks and tubs in our outdoor yard that are specially marked with pink tags. Sale does not include select vintage or specialty items, sinks and tubs that are displayed inside our warehouse, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged price tags.



30% Off Windows, Sashes and Shutters


All month take 30% off all windows, window sashes and shutters that are regularly priced $300 or less. Sale includes both surplus and salvaged items with orange tags, but does not include items with blue tags, vintage windows and sashes with wavy glass, stained glass, leaded glass, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.  Old sashes are great for building cold frames for starting seeds! 


30% Off Doors


Take 30% off the orange sticker on doors that are regularly priced $300 or less. Sale includes interior and exterior doors. Sale does not include vintage and specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.



20 Cent Bricks


Standard Rectangular Bricks, Solid and Cored are just .20 cents each all month long. Sorry, we are unable to place holds or allow storage on bricks! We have thousands in stock, so come ready to haul your purchase away! Sale does not include pavers, coping bricks, stone, slate, concrete blocks, or specialty items.


Forklift Fan Amir Lowery's tile art

20% off Tile


20% off all ceramic, glass, porcelain, and quarry tile. Sale does not include roofing tiles, items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty tile, or items from our consignment partners.



Free Orphan Tile Pieces


We have a big stack of free tile in our yard. These items are damaged, but are useful for mosaics and garden paths. Hurry in while supplies last. Free to take away, but donations are always appreciated!



Half Price Cabinet Drawers


Take 50% off orphan cabinet drawers. Sale does not include cabinets or drawer hardware, items with missing or damaged price tags, specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.  Send us pictures of your creative ideas for 'em! 




Hope to see you at the warehouse soon!

Your friends at the Forklift