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Save the Date: Garden Party on 3/28
How does your garden grow? With tools!
Thank you from the Forklift Freezers!
Join us at Historic Takoma
FREE Upcycled Valentine Party
The Prince Hall Masons Rock!
Christmas in April is looking for you.
Valentines Day Swing Dance
February Sales
Dear Forklift Fans, 

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
We've got a super storewide sale for the Super Bowl!  We're even extending the
discounts through Monday (just in case you need some cheering up after the big game).
This Sunday & Monday,
Feb. 1st & 2nd,
save 40% storewide! 
Take 40% off vintage and modern items throughout the warehouse  (Sale does not include consignment items or items with missing or damaged tags).

Have you voted yet?  
If we win "Best Green Business" in the City Paper again, it'll mean tons of free publicity!


So what does that mean for you? Well, more builders & contractors will find out about us, more materials will be kept out of the landfill, more folks can afford repairs, more green jobs will be created - AND you'll find more good stuff here in the store!  Please help us win Best Green Business of 2015 -


for this year's Garden Party: 
March 28th 

On March 28th (the last Saturday in March),
Community Forklift will be hosting our 6th annual Spring Garden Party.
The event has become a local tradition, drawing gardeners, treehuggers, farmers, and families from around the DC region.  Last year, we celebrated the arrival of spring with over 1,500 visitors, and this year's event is expected to be even bigger. 

The Garden Party is where it's at! Last year, we had 1,500 Forklift Fans stop by to mix, mingle, and grab some garden supplies.
 With more tool collection events this year (read about the collections below), we expect this year's selection of garden goods to be more plentiful than ever before! 

So start getting your costume ready for the contest; people and pets are encouraged to wear jaunty hats, frilly dresses, seersucker suits, flowers, and other springtime attire. 

If you're interested in having an information table, playing live music, or hosting a workshop at the event, please contact Events[at]CommunityForklift.org 

Q:  How Does your Garden Grow?
A:  With tools! And sun and soil, water and patience

We're gonna be honest. We were a tiny bit concerned when our amazing partner, American Plant, said they couldn't host our annual garden tool collection this year due to renovations in their parking lot.
It didn't take long, though, for other local garden centers to come to the rescue.  They helped us turn a bunch of lemons into sweet, sweet lemonade!  
This year, instead of collecting tools in one location, we're going to be all over the region, offering several dates and times to drop off gently-used & surplus garden supplies and patio furniture during the month of March. Big thanks to Campbell & Ferrara in Alexandria and Behnke's in Beltsville for hosting us.
Stay tuned for details, and meanwhile, start cleaning out your shed!  You don't really need 12 rakes or 20 shovels, do you?
And, if you can't wait until the collection events in March, feel free to drop your unwanted garden tools, patio furniture, and lawncare donations off at our warehouse. We accept donations every day of the week, up until a half hour before closing.

Thank you from the Forklift Freezers!
The Forklift Freezers and a few of their friends, at the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
They came and they froze. Not only did they have fun jumping in the icy Potomac, but they raised $1,712 from friends, family, and Forklift Fans to benefit the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.  A HUGE thank you goes out to our financial supporters - you know who you are and we're glad we know you.  
In case you need photographic proof, here are the Forklift Freezers! 
Wondering how the Forklift supports historic preservation?


On February 11, 2015 at 7:00pm, Ruthie will be speaking at Historic Takoma, Inc., located at 7328 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, MD. She'll be discussing Community Forklift's effort to keep valuable and historic items out of the landfill.  All are welcome to attend.
FREE Upcycled Valentine Party
Come celebrate love and creativity with fellow upcyclers at Tanglewood Works!
On Sunday, February 8th, stop in and create a masterpiece one-of-a-kind valentine using scraps of ribbon, lace, paper, beads, buttons, glitter, etc.  You name it, we will have it! 
Enjoy a sweet treat and sip some bubbly as you create something unique for that special someone. 
Ideas and inspiration galore. We'll have lite refreshments and yes, kids are welcome.             

The Prince Hall Masons Rock! 
The  Prince Hall Masons of Hyattsville (Shelton D. Redden Lodge #139hit us like a ton of bricks when they volunteered with us on this year's Martin Luther King Day of Service.*

From the moment they arrived, they were hard at work moving every door in our door department (there were 776 at last count), measuring them, and cleaning up behind them.

These Masons have been serving the Hyattsville and Prince George's County community for over 20 years. Composed of Freemasons (a fraternal, community service-based organization) the lodge's major programs are its Community Involvement Program, Seniors Assistance Program, and Youth Safety and Mentoring Program.  Activities include:

  • Coordinating walk/runs, breakfasts, food donations, revitalization efforts, and parade participation
  • Assisting the elderly with Bingo nights, food delivery, social events, and facility maintenance
  • Helping families with the free Masonic Child Identification Program (CHIP) and mentoring efforts

The Prince Hall Freemasons welcome individuals of all backgrounds and faiths to join. SDR 139's ultimate goal is to be the premier fraternity and institute in the area (MD, DC, and VA) for instructing its members on how to effect positive, lasting change in their communities. 


*We'd also like to thank Prince George's Community College, and the College Park Tennis Club for volunteering with us on MLK Day.  Special thanks to the Central Kenilworth Avenue Community Development Corporation for supporting our volunteer program. 


Christmas in April Needs You!

Mount Rainier, Maryland: Joe's Movement Emporium and Gottaswing LLC pair up to bring you an evening of swing dance lessons, dancing, desserts and romance Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at 8 pm. The free dance lesson will begin at 8pm followed by a ticketed DJ-ed dance. Ticket prices and more information online on the Facebook event page.     


With an extra long lesson for beginners, delicious deserts, swing music and attire encouraged, Joe's Valentine's Day Dance is an event for the entire community. Experienced, passionate dancers as well as beginning swingers can enjoy a romantic evening, whether single or coupled, at Prince George's County's oldest, independent non-profit arts center.


Advance tickets are $25 for a couple and $15 for an individual. The day of the dance, tickets are $30 for a couple and $20 for an individual.  More info at  www.JoesMovement.org.  

February Sales
   75% Off   
 "Oops!" Stain, Adhesive, Paint, and other Liquids

"Oops!" paint that is normally $5 per gallon is now just $1.25, and $2 quarts are just $0.50 each! 


(Sale does not include our new line of Amazon Recycled Paint, select specialty items, powders, or items with missing or damaged price tags).


Granite scraps were used to create this awesome walkway from 
 Granite Counter Scraps of 3 square feet or less


Pay just $0.25 - $1.56 per square foot for granite counter scraps!  Sale does not include thresholds, tile, or other finished pieces of stone.  Sale does not include other types of counters, select specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.  



75% Off
  Cloth, Plastic, and Glass Light Shades with Orange Tags 
Great for a craft project! 
Sale does not include light
fixtures, lamps, other electrical supplies, shades with blue tags, items from our consignment partners, or shades with missing or damaged price tags. 

75% Off

  Single cabinets, "orphan" cabinet doors, and cabinet drawers

Take 75% off kitchen cabinets with orange price tags of $30 or less, and 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 tags, specialty items, or items from our consignment partners.



25% Off
Chairs with blue tags

Sale includes folding chairs and stools. Sale does not include items with orange tags, items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags.



25% Off 

Save on white and color toilets, including vintage and modern toilets and vintage toilet-sink sets! Sale does not include items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged tags.



25% Off 
Bi-Fold Doors


Take 25% off the orange price tags on louvered & panel bifold doors.  Great for creating room dividers, hiding water heaters and ductwork, and all sorts of craft projects!  Sale does not include surplus, oversize, exterior, or glassed doors; cabinet doors, other styles of doors, select specialty items, or doors with missing or damaged price tags.


See you at the warehouse soon!   

Your friends at the Forklift