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DIY Workshops
Ronnie the Reusasaur Leans about our Fall Party
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Enter the National Reuse Competition to win big!
October Sales

Dear Forklift Fans,

We love October. The hot, sticky weather has subsided, but our heavy coats are still stashed
. It's a good time to enjoy the warehouse.    
We've got some nice October sales this month, and we're also planning some flash sales each week, so keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter feed to find out about all the deals.

Our fall workshop series has begun, and it's a good one. This season's series is focused on repairing, maintaining, and making authentic design choices for your home. We also have our fall party, This Old Warehouse: Restoring Homes and Communities, on Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 10am to 2pm. Hope you can make it!

DIY Workshops
Our free workshop series is brought to you by generous contractors, handypeople, consultants, and designers who care about Community Forklift's mission, and choose to volunteer their time to educate the public about home maintenance and repair, DIY reuse, and other important topics. 

We are grateful to our community businesses for this season's workshops:  Mazzaferro Design-Build ServicesGL Barnhart Construction, BNV RemodelingOn the Purple Couch, Salvage Arts, and Tanglewood Works.

Q&A with Ronnie Reuse-asaur

Ruthie, our outreach and education director, has been busy preparing for our fall activities, but she took a moment this week to speak with an old friend of hers, Ronnie Reuseasaur. 

Ronnie was hearing some buzz about our big fall event, This Old Warehouse, and wanted to find out more about it.


Ronnie: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today, Ruthie. I know you're one busy gal!


Ruthie: No problem - we've got so much fun stuff going on!


Ronnie: Well, tell me more. I've been hearing about free workshops, new partnerships, and something about live music?


Ruthie: That's right! We are lucky to have great local musicians who like to jam in our old warehouse. Of course we couldn't throw a party without our resident house band, the DaveMac Consort, but we're also excited to have Bruce Hutton and Bill Mansfield join us as the Mount Rainier Ramblers

Community Forklift's very own Event Assistant Rebekah Ortiz might even sing a folk song or two.


Ronnie: That's  a great line-up! I know Rebekah from a viral video I saw once, when she sang her heart out to the George Mason University admissions office. What other (locally) famous people can I meet?


Ruthie: I'm glad you asked. Former pro soccer player and artist Amir Lowery will be on-site to help you transfer photos onto tiles so you can make coasters and magnets just like his.


We'll also have Matthew White and O.F Makarah here collecting photos and film for the Prince George's Memory Project.


We'll have guest appearances, lectures, and information tables from local preservation professionals Aaron Marcavitch, L'Enfant Trust, Maryland Historical Trust, UMD Historic Preservation Program, GL Barnhart Construction, and Terry Lewis (of Salvage Arts at Community Forklift).


Ronnie: Wow! Sounds like this party will be fun and super informative! Just one thing I'm still confused about--what's the deal with bringing pictures and old film? My grandma, Rosie the Reuseasaur, has an attic filled of old film and photos. Should I bring these things?


Ruthie: Yes! Please do!  6 Hearts is a community-based organization that initiates and promotes programs that engage artists, educators, historians and activists in projects for the common good.  They are initiating The Prince George's Memory Project: Capturing Our Memories With Home Movies and Photographs, and we're excited to help them out.   


The project is gathering up home movies and photographs from Prince George's County to make a movie about the visual memory of Prince George's.  This will include characters and landscapes long since lost, and will reveal the rich community that has been at the heart of this County for generations.


If you're a visual person like me, here's an info-graphic to show you what the process looks like:


Ronnie: Oh, that's neat! Thanks, for all this information, Ruthie. Who should I bring with me?



Ruthie: Bring your friends and family!! There will be snacks - Zeke's is offering coffee and Goldilock's Goodies will have cake. We're gonna have a great time!




Want to make your own dinosaur planters?
Learn how here!



Community Forklift's team of Community Builders is busy this fall!  We're sharing information about building materials reuse and other reuse options at a ton of weekend events around the region.  Stop by and say hello!  We'll be at:
Takoma Park Street Festival - Sun. Oct. 5 (tomorrow!)
Bethesda Green Gala - Thurs. Oct. 9

This weekend, Oct. 4 & 5, there are solar home tours going on all over Maryland and DC!  It's a great way to learn about what real people with real budgets can do to make their homes more sustainable, comfortable, and energy efficient.  Visit SolarTour.org for details.

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 andsubmit your application and photos here:   



Submissions due 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.


October Sales

50% Off 
Furniture with Orange Tags
 Throughout October, take 50% off household furniture with orange tags, including chairs, desks, tables, armoires and more!

Sale does not include items with blue tags, select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, items from our consignment partners, kitchen cabinets or other built-in furnishings, workbenches or tool stands.
50% Off
Small & Medium Granite Counter Pieces
For the month of October, all pieces under 5 square feet are just $2.50/sf (regularly $5-13.50 per square foot).

Sale does not include stone tile, other types of counters, counters with sinks, items from our consignment partners or items with missing or damaged price tags.

50% Off
Single Cabinets, "Orphan" Drawers and
Cabinet Doors

Great for creative projects!  Take 50% off kitchen cabinets with orange price tags of $30 or less. Sale includes unmatched "orphan" cabinet doors and drawers.

Sale does not apply to other types of furniture, cabinet hardware, bathroom or living room cabinetry, cabinet sets, items with missing or damaged price tags, specialty items or items from our consignment partners.

30% Off 
Light Fixtures & Ceiling Fans with Orange Tags
Sale includes a large variety of modern chandeliers, flush mounted ceiling and wall fixtures, patio lights, lamps and fluorescent fixtures.

Sale does not include vintage items with blue tags, white-tagged items from our Salvage Arts consignment partner, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged tags.
30% Off
Windows, Sashes & Shutters

 Take 30% off surplus and salvaged windows, window sashes and shutters with orange price tags.

Sale does not include items with blue tags, select specialty items, vintage windows and sashes with wavy glass, stained glass, leaded glass, items from our consignment partners or items with missing or damaged tags.

See you at the warehouse soon!   

Your friends at the Forklift