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Save the Date! Summer of Life Community Block Party & Health Expo
Stoves! Fridges! Gorgeous Furniture!
Upcoming Community Events
Juicy June Sales

Dear Forklift Fans,  

School is out, but there is plenty to learn at Community Forklift. 
We'll have four free workshops during our  
Summer of Life Party on July 12th, and...

We'll also have nine free workshops on Saturdays at 2PM throughout the summer! 


How to Construct a Vertical Garden

Niraj Ray of Millennial Farmers



How to Lay Tile 101

James Mazzaferro

Mazzaferro Design-Build Services, Inc. 



Green Ideas for Daily Living

  "Green Elf" Tanya DeKona, M.S. Occupational Therapist  



Intro to Repurposing & Paint Prep Basics

 Mark Wardlaw

BNV Remodeling 



How to Patch Drywall

James Mazzaferro

Mazzaferro Design-Build Services, Inc. 



Re-purposing with Community Forklift 101

Ryan Quinter  




Ask Mr. Fix-It

Bergamin Fortunati

Southern Cross Co.



Making and Using Your Own Chalk Style Paint

Sue Mondeel

Shabadaba Chic 



Making Your Own Upcycled Garden Gate

Barbara Turner of Takoma Park


Visit the Forklift blog to find out more!  

July 12, 2014  
(Rain Date July 13)  

Live Block Party Music with 

Mount Rainier (MR) Jam Band, and More


Fresh Veggie and Fruit Distribution by Capital Area Food Bank 


Puppet Play Area with Wit's End Puppets





 Bikram Yoga 

Kendra Blackett-Dibinga  

Bikram "HOT" Yoga Riverdale Park   





Financial Literacy MADE Easy 

Atin Mittra

MADE Microfinance




5 Steps to a Healthy (and Efficient) Home  

Elysian Energy    




Introduction to BUGS Backyard Urban Garden Share

Cynthia Hartley 

Community Action for a Sustainable Environment     




Want to do something really COOL??

Bring us your Air Conditioners!

As many of you know, Community Forklift offers free home essentials to families in need through our HELP program (read Yachad's recent mention of our programs here)

Right now, we have a significant waiting list for A/C window units and with the recent spike in temperatures, families, folks with health issues, and seniors are suffering.

Please help us lift up our local community by bringing in window A/C units in good working order.



We've just received a big donation of fridges, stoves, & beautiful wood furniture - all thanks to you!

Sometimes I'll meet someone new, and when I tell them I work at Community Forklift, they'll lean in and whisper, "Oh, I love that place!  But I don't want to tell anyone else because then all the good stuff will be snatched up too quickly, and there won't be anything for me."


I usually laugh and tell them not to worry.  It's true that as more people find out about our reuse center, items go out the door more quickly... but on the other hand, as word spreads, we get more donations too!!!   This means more jobs created, fewer materials going to waste, less pollution from incinerators, more free supplies given to nonprofits and neighbors in need - and more good stuff here in the warehouse for YOU!


Thanks to all of you wonderful blabbermouths, our donations crew stays very busy.  Every day, we're constantly getting calls from new donors - and just this week, we got some amazing new donations from large property managers!


One donor was an extended-stay hotel.  They are renovating all of their suites, and offered us some beautiful furniture.  Over the next few days, our warehouse team will be setting out an assortment of  gently-used, traditional -style furniture in good to very good condition.  We'll have end tables and nightstands from $38, large dressers with mirrors for $125, coffee tables from $38, and large TV armoires $125.  If you're interested, come in soon - and remember, all of our furniture is 20% off this month!





Another donor was a property manager of an apartment building.  They are renovating all of their units, and sent us some nice stoves and fridges.  We've got 14 standard-size refrigerators, tested and ready for sale.  They vary in brand, and range from $125-$225.  We also have 12 standard-size Whirlpool electric stoves.  They have been tested and are $165 each.  (And remember:  we do offer a 2-week return policy on appliances.  If you get one home and something goes wrong within 14 calendar days, just bring it back with your receipt for a refund).  These are going to disappear quickly!






 Community Events

 Wanna keep your kids busy this summer?

 It's just a few minutes away from Community Forklift!  
Joe's Summer Arts Camp runs between June 16 - August 15 and offers a day camp experience for children aged 3 to 15. Sessions include visual arts, performing arts, and time at the pool.  Camp rates are $200/week, with a 10% discount for multiple registrations.  Visit for more info!

 Still have the gardening bug?
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Hello DC Gardeners,

DC's Department of Parks and Recreation has organized 42 free summer gardening classes starting from June 2-Sept 29.

Read details & register online at



Support our friends at ECO City Farms while enjoying locally produced gourmet hors d'oeuvres and beverages in the garden of one of the most beautiful and unique late Victorian homes in Hyattsville - historic Fox's Barn. 

  • Hear prominent ECO City Farms supporters discuss the organization's impact and influence on local agriculture in urban life
  • Mingle with urban farming activists and food policy experts
  • Learn more about ECO City Farms' advocacy for nutrition education and food justice in the community
  • Enjoy art and music by local professionals celebrating the beauty of food and sustainable agriculture
  • Bring your checkbook to this special event to pick up high-quality, locally produced gifts and homewares



20% Off Kitchen Cabinets  

Take 20% off the orange tags on kitchen cabinet sets, individual kitchen cabinets, cabinet doors, and cabinet drawers

(Sale does not include select vintage items with blue tags, bathroom cabinetry, select specialty items, cabinet hardware, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged price tags).


20% Off Tile  

Take 20% off ceramic, porcelain, stone, and glass tile  

(Sale does not include vinyl or marmoleum tile, carpet tile, parquet, or other types of flooring. It also does not include masonry items such as garden pavers, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged price tags)


20% Off  

Vintage & Modern Furniture


Take 20% off the blue and orange tags on indoor and outdoor furniture

(Sale does not include items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags).

 30% Off Used Tools  



Take 30% off the orange tags on salvaged and gently-used power, hand, and garden tools  

(Sale does not include new/surplus tools, tools in the locked display cases, vintage tools with blue tags, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged price tags). 

30% Off Radiators and Radiator Covers


Take 30% off radiators and covers this month 

(Sale does not include items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags).

And don't forget... we now have Midweek Flash Sales!

This summer, we'll have extra deep discounts for you on  

Wednesdays & Thursdays.



Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out the details each week!



See you at the warehouse soon!   

Your friends at the Forklift