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Our 2014 Mistletoe Market is Here!
SAVE THE DATE! November 28th & 29th
Community News & Events
IMPORTANT meeting tonight about the future of our neighborhood
Tanglewood Works--our best friend for the holidays!
Nifty November Sales
Dear Forklift Fans,

Over the years, we've seen a lot of weird stuff come through the warehouse.  From huge steps out of the old Petworth Library to ornate pews from the renovation of a Capitol Hill church, there is always a surprise waiting for you here.  

Well, now we can even boast about our flying toaster! The toaster, along with other lamps and clocks made from vintage appliances, is just one of many unusual offerings at our Mistletoe Market.  We'll be offering all sorts of gifts from local artists every day of the week throughout November and December - check out all the details below!

Big thanks to everyone who came out last week to our fall festival, "This Old Warehouse!"  For nine years now, Community Forklift employees, volunteers, donors, and customers have been restoring homes and local communities.  This was a fun restoration celebration!  The musicians, community partners, and workshops were fantastic.

But if you missed it, never fear - we've got another fun event coming up right after Thanksgiving (details below)!

Mistletoe Market:
 Something for Everyone on your Holiday List

What's green, affordable, fun-and even smells good? Why, Community Forklift's sixth annual Mistletoe Marketplace, of course.

Thus far, more than a dozen local artists are displaying and selling their handmade, one-of-a-kind recycled and upcycled treasures in the Forklift's warehouse from now through December. 

More invited artists will be added as the season progresses. The market offers an appealing array of jewelry, hangable and wearable artwork, woodcraft, metalwork, fashion accessories, holiday crafts, greeting cards and housewares. Prices start as low as $3.

Here's just a sampling: 


Amina Ahmad of Takoma Park, Md., uses natural fragrance oils and essential oils to create scented soy candles with a literary touch
Valeria Birch of Fairfax, Va., recycles cast-away tile, stone and glass into remarkable mosaic artwork





Joy Ashcraft of Potomac, Md, gives old clothing and military uniforms new life by transforming them into scarves, pillows and T-shirt bags, as well as Christmas trees and stockings









John Davis of Hyattsville, Md., keeps leather and old belts out of landfills by fashioning decorative wrist cuffs








Erika Florez and Lauren Strange of Washington, D.C., draw on the  wonders of the natural world to make their own brand of eco-friendly greeting cards.





The Mistletoe Marketplace is one way the Forklift supports the efforts of local artists. Whether you're seeking a hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or gift to go under the tree, your friends and relatives are gonna love these unique items!


Now showing

November 1-December 31, 2014

NOVEMBER 28th and 29th
What are you doing right after Thanksgiving? At the holidays, shouldn't you be spending time with family and friends instead of wasting money on imported plastic junk?  

Well, this year is your chance to break the Black Friday habit, and choose community instead of commercialism. Check out these great tips to simplify your holiday season, from the Center for a New American Dream.
Then, stop by Community Forklift onGreen Friday (Nov. 28) or Small Business Saturday (Nov. 29).Come on over to our warehouse for...


We'll have some cookies, but if you enjoy baking, bring some of yours to share.



Get to know your fellow Forklift Fans! Gentle four-legged friends on leashes are welcome to join the fun too.


Learn how local artists use upcycled and sustainable materials to make great presents.




Adults and children can make gifts for family and friends.



Community News & Events

Attention residents of NE DC, Hyattsville, and Northern Prince George's County:  

Community meeting tonight (11/6)

about the future of our neighborhood 

including safety & parking at Community Forklift


The Peace Cross intersection is just a minute from Community Forklift.  Many of you drive past on your way to work or home, to shop at the 'Lift, or to play at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.   


Until last year, the Crossroads night club operated at that intersection, on the corner of Rt. 450 and Baltimore Ave.  The site has been empty since then, and local residents have been dreaming about a new use - a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly gateway to welcome folks to Prince George's County.     


The Port Towns Community Development Corporation (Bladensburg, Edmonston, Colmar Manor, and Cottage City) and the Maryland National Capitol Parks and Planning Commission have long envisioned a mixed-use complex with family-friendly entertainment options, and a variety of restaurants & retailers.  A great project could be as beneficial as the new development in the Hyattsville/Rt. 1 corridor that includes Busboys and Poets, Elevation Burger, YES Market, etc.  And living units above the shops would even have a beautiful view of the Anacostia River and Waterfront Park.  


The new owners of the site have now submitted a development plan.  They are proposing the "Beyond Restaurant and Dinner Theatre," a 4-story club to accommodate 1,157 patrons with 110 parking spots (and 327 parking spots off-site).  


Please come to the community meeting on Thursday at 6pm to learn more about this project.  Issues that need to be discussed:

  • Crime and traffic associated with large nightclubs
  • Liquor license
  • Noise and nuisance issues
  • What type of entertainment will be provided on the theater stage(s)?
  • Lack of parking and overflow parking into the community 
  • Adequate security of the premises and health and safety of patrons
  • Effect on and complement to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park recreational/environmental activities

Is a club/restaurant the appropriate usage of this site?  Does it complement our community's vision for neighborhood development and green economic development? 


Please bring your ideas and experiences to the Bladensburg Town Hall this Thursday at 6pm (4229 Edmonston Road, Bladensburg, Maryland 20710).


Presented by Sue of Shabadaba Chic


Have you always wanted to try making and using your own chalk paint but don't know where to even begin? Online tutorials are a good start but leave a lot of questions unaswered. Sue to the rescue! 


Sue uses salvaged paint and will show you numerous recipes for creating the perfect texture for your own project. Sue will cover choosing and mixing paint, brush technique, basic distressing techniques and how to choose a sealant for your finished piece.


Each graduate will leave with a finished piece and the knowledge and courage to start painting everything in their house. They will also be ready for DIY Renegade Chalk Paint Advanced Course where Sue will showcase blending colors and patinas, multiple distressing and chipping techniques, and comprehensive wax techniques.


  • Chalk Paint Brushes
  • A variety of paint colors for you to choose from (bring your own latex flat paint if you want a very specific color)
  • Chalk additives
  • Mixing supplies
  • Light Refreshments
  • Paint ready clothes
  • A small item you would like to paint  (if you can hold it in one hand it qualifies :)
  • Lunch if applicable
  • Flat Latex Paint if you want a very specific color

Some Feedback From Sue's Last DIY Chalkpaint Workshop:

  • "Awesome Instructor!"
  • "Great Class, Fun, Easy and Very Nice Instructor! Thank You"
  • "Good Workshop"
  • "Sue was great!"
  • "I really appreciate having a handout with instructions and links!"
  • "Great instructor with lots of tips. Wonderful sense of humor!"
  • "The instructor was fantastic"
  • "I was glad to have the class in a bigger space in the new building... Quieter, less distractions."
  • "Great Job!"

Class Size is limited so be sure to register early.

Class Cost is  125.00 per person

Class Duration is 3 hours.


Tuesday November 11th 11am-2pm


Register at: 


Also read about Sue's work in a newly released article by the Hyattsville Life and Times 

November Sales

50% Off 
Joist Hangers

 Throughout  November, take 50% off all sizes of joist hangers with orange tags. 
Sale does not include shelf brackets, other types of hardware, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags.
50% Off
Interior Window Treatments

Take 50% off window treatments with orange price tags, including interior shutters, blinds, and cornices. 
Sale does not include windows, exterior shutters, security bars, 
items with blue tags, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners or 
items with missing or damaged tags.

  50% off Humidifers, Air Conditioners, & select HVAC accessories

Sale includes A/C Units, Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers, modern fireplace tools, fireplace screens, & register covers. 
Sale does not include vintage items with blue tags, select specialty items, mantels, stoves, insulation, ductwork, radiators, plumbing or electrical parts, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged price tags.   
25% off Select Cast Iron Tubs & Sinks

Take 25% off many of the sinks and tubs outside in our courtyard. 
Sale does not include clawfoot tubs, select specialty items, sinks and tubs inside our warehouse, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged price tags.
Sanitary Molding / Vinyl Cove Base just 5 cents a foot!

Save 50% off our regular 10-cent price for sanitary molding. Great for basements, community centers,
small businesses, and nonprofit offices! 

Sale does not include wood, composite, or 
other types of trim; vinyl stair treads; tile; or items with missing or damaged price tags.
Manager's Special

Salvaged Carpet Tile just 25 cents each, while supplies last!

Select styles of heavy-duty carpet tile are just a quarter each. We have several pallets of these gently-used 18" carpet squares, but visit soon because they're going fast! 

See you at the warehouse soon!   

Your friends at the Forklift