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FREE WORKSHOP TODAY at 2pm! Learn how to upcycle a garden gate
Upcoming community events & classes to help you go green
Are you crafty? Quick on your feet?
September Steals
Enter the National Reuse Competition to win big!
Know any marketing and design folks? Call for Rebranding Proposals

Dear Forklift Fans, 

Our last workshop of the summer series ends today, school is back in session, and the air is crisp and cool in the early morning.  It's safe to say that the end of the summer is near.

Here's a look at the things we've accomplished together over the last 6 months:
We've served 198 community members by donating $20,000 in appliances and other home essentials to neighbors in need.
garden tool collection  


Awarded over $21,000 in building materials to 65 schools and community groups, impacting an estimated 17,683 folks in the DC region.


               Hosted two parties for our closest 2,500 friends, and provided 21 free reuse and home repair workshops for over 200 attendees.



Provided outreach activities and public education about reuse at 56 community festivals and partner events.


Needless to say, we've been busy lifting up our community with the donations and business you've sent our way.  


From everyone here at the Forklift, we thank you so much for your support!


More info about our fall workshop series and events is coming soon, so keep an eye on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

TODAY at 2pm:
Upcycling your Garden Gate 
Who: Barbara Turner 
Where: Community Forklift
When: August 30, 2014
Price: Free 


Learn to make a garden gate out of scrap decorative metal: sconces, lamps, wall grilles, etc.  All you need is a gate frame, pliers, dremel, paint and slip ties!  


About the presenter:  Barbara Turner is a longtime Forklift Fan.  In addition to re-imagining fencing in an affordable way, she upcycles jewelry and sells it online. She is also adept at gardening, mosaics, quilting and upholstering. 

Our partners and other nonprofits are offering a ton of events & classes in September - find out about local resources, test your crafting skills, learn about rainbarrels, and more!  

Are you crafty? Quick on your feet?  

Convinced you'd CRUSH other artists if only your creative genius could be put to a proper test?

Now's your chance to prove your stuff! Grab a friend or fly solo and apply to compete in the first ever East Coast Rebel Craft Rumble.

Rain Barrel Installation Workshop
Sunday, September 7th
DC Water & DDOE 

Learn about stormwater management for local flood mitigation, and how you can help protect the Anacostia River by harvesting rainwater on your property.   
Guest Speaker, Bethany Bezak, DC Water - DC Clean Rivers Project will discuss the recently completed bio-retention at Wangari Gardens. Guest Speaker, Erin Fenton, DC Department of the Environment will demonstrate how to install a rain barrel at your home.
RSVP to [email protected] and DC Water at [email protected]


September Sales

30% off
Radiators and Radiator Covers

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

30% off 
Bathroom Fixtures

Sale includes modern AND vintage bathroom fixtures!  
Take 30% off the orange and blue tags on toilets, bidets, urinals, bathroom sinks, vanities, and bath tubs (including enameled, cast iron, & clawfoot tubs!).  Sale does NOT include medicine cabinets, towel bars, and other bathroom accessories and decor.  Sale does not include select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners. 

20% off Tile
with Orange Tags

Sale does not include items with blue tags, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged tags.
20% off Granite 

Take 20% off the regular price on granite counter pieces.  Sale does not include laminate, corian, or other types of counters.  Sale does not include stone tile, vanity sets, select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.
20% off Paint

Sale does not include items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.  Please ask for assistance if needed - do not open cans of paint yourself!

Enter The Reuse People's National REUSE Competition!

Every year we partner with The Reuse People of America in their national contest, searching for the best reuse projects of the year. Last year Community Forklift contestants took home the national first place prize for their remodel in Brentwood, MD. Let's do it again, Forklift Fans!!

To enter, read all of the offical TRP Reuse Contest Rules and send your submissions* to Aderyn(at) by midnight on October 31st, 2014. You'll be entered into one of two categories:


Construction and remodeling
Art and furniture


* Participation is free and there is no limit to the number of entries per person.


Call for Rebranding Proposals

Does this logo make you think of a fun, offbeat community reuse center?  (Or would you assume it's a logo for a forklift company located in subdivision?)

We think it's time for a new logo!  We need something that better reflects the creative vibe here, our beautiful materials, and the strong Forklift community.  
Community Forklift seeks a consultant with extensive experience in rebranding nonprofit organizations.  Familiarity with waste reduction and reuse issues would be a big plus.

For more information, see our proposal request here: 

See you at the warehouse soon!   

Your friends at the Forklift