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Labor Day Flash Sale Today
Today, celebrate the first "Birth-A-Versary" of Tanglewood Works!
Our own version of "Antiques Roadshow"
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September Specials & Freebies

Dear Forklift Fans, 
Today is a great day to come by the 'Lift.  It's the last day of our Labor Day Sale, and you can
save 40% on almost everything in the warehouse
(details below).  

Not only that, but the artists at Tanglewood Works are marking their first Birth-A-Versary with a sale, an open studio tour, and a Salvager Hunt.  Most exciting are today's free upcycling demos, covering topics like basic lamp repair, stained glass ornaments, and how to repair missing molding and trim.

Then, next Saturday Sept. 12th, from 10am-3pm, we'll have a lineup of old home experts and appraisal advice at our fall festival.  Workshop topics will include old window maintenance and restoration and electrical systems in old homes.  

You can also enjoy live music and BBQ and check out our selection of vintage tools (normally sold only online).

Keep reading for all the details!

See you soon,
Nancy J. Meyer

LABOR DAY - Monday, September 7th

Save big on almost everything in the warehouse!

Today, Monday, Sept. 7th, take 40% off the blue and orange price tags on modern and vintage items.  Hurry in soon - the sale ends when we close at 6 pm tonight!  

Sale does not apply to lumber products, items with missing or damaged price tags, select specialty items, Salvage Arts antiques, Amazon Recycled PaintTreincarnation raw-edge lumber, Alco Appliances, or upcycled decor and gifts from Tanglewood Works. May not be combined with other sales.

The artisans at Tanglewood Works are celebrating their first year in business with a big celebration today.  If you haven't been into this amazing shop in front of the Forklift warehouse, now is the time! 

LABOR DAY - Monday, 

What better way to commemorate Labor Day than celebrating the one-year anniversary of a local small business - AND celebrating its expansion!

Thanks to all the fantastic support from fans far and wide, as well as the talents of so many local artisans, Tanglewood Works has made it to its One-Year Anniversary!  Not only that, but thanks to the success of our first year and the high demand for upcycled furniture and artistic instruction, Tanglewood Works is unveiling its new 3,000-foot communal maker space.

To celebrate both of these milestones, we will be hosting an open house at the shop (4641 Tanglewood Drive, just in front of Community Forklift's warehouse) from 10am - 5pm on Labor Day. We'll be serving up refreshments and 10% off ALL store items.

From 10am - 5pm on Labor Day, we will also host an open studio tour at our new Maker Space (3613 Oak Lane, Mt Rainier). Here we will be hosting FREE upcycling demos and selling as-is furniture all day for discounted prices.  Topics include basic lamp repair, stained glass ornaments, and how to repair missing molding.

We will also be having a "Salvager Hunt" where participants can hunt for salvaged items at CF, Tanglewood The Shop and Tanglewood The Studios all weekend long. Turn in all three items and redeem your FREE Upcycled Prize at The Shop or the Studio.

Did you know Tanglewood Works also offers in-depth classes?  They sell out quickly though, so you have to sign up fast.

Sept. 13th: 
From crab baskets to chicken feeders, there are so many fun objects to convert but you've gotta know the right way for the right piece.

Sept. 27th:
Learn multiple techniques for transferring images onto wood and even fabric. Prior to class, Sue will take your own personal images and prep them for transfer so that each participant gets to leave with a finished personalized piece of their very own.

Into old houses or old tools?  
You're going to love the Forklift's 2015 fall festival...

On September 12th, we're celebrating all things 
vintage, antique, and well-loved. 

Wide Selection of Old Tools!
In addition to live music and food trucks, free restoration workshops and info from experts, you'll have a rare opportunity to check out our selection of antique tools & hardware (normally sold only online).  

Antiques like these are crucial to the Forklift - the proceeds from rarer and more valuable items make it possible for our nonprofit program to survive!  Your purchases help to create good green jobs, reduce waste in the region, and support local community groups and neighbors in need.

Information & Demos!
Learn about preservation grants, rebates, local restoration companies, and more.  We'll have a ton of folks here to share useful info, including:
Prince George's Memory Project
Prince George's Co. Office of Historic Preservation
Appraisal Advice!
10 am - 3 pm 
We love watching Antiques Roadshow, so we were inspired to do something similar!  Bring your knick-knacks, decor, and small furniture to the festival to learn more about them (much thanks to the Potomack Company for making this possible). 

Sarah Reeder is a specialist at the Potomack Company. Her particular areas of expertise are mid-century modern design and decorative arts. She looks forward to providing guidance on a range of items including silver, ceramics, fine art, glass, and 20th century furniture and decorative arts. Individuals with items outside of Ms. Reeder's areas of expertise are welcome to bring their items and she will document them to be advised later by her colleagues.
FREE Workshops!
Check our webpage often for details and updates.

Understanding Your Electrical System
Familiar with all types of wiring, dating back to the late 19th century, Steve will be sharing tips to troubleshoot and assess electrical safety in old homes.

Capturing Our Legacy 
With Home Movies & Photographs
12pm with the Prince George's Memory Project
Makarah and Matt will explain the Memory Project and give an overview about collecting and preserving home movies and photographs. They will also show clips from some of their collected historic materials.
The Prince George's Memory Project will be collecting local photos and home movies

Harvest Farm Tour
Join us for a crisp neighborhood walk and a fall harvest tour of ECO City Farms. See autumn setting in on the farm, and enjoy some fresh air and nature right in the heart of the Port Towns.

Restoring Historic Windows
2pm with Stephen Ortado of Historic Structures
An expert in conserving, restoring and reproducing period window styles from the early eighteenth century to the early twentieth, Stephen will introduce you to basic maintenance and repair techniques for your old windows. 

Old-Timey Bands!
Jacob Panic: 
10am - 11am
Solo banjo with pop and bluegrass influences.

Sweet Back Papas: 
12pm - 1pm
Moving seamlessly through guitar, ukelele, mandolin, washtub bass, harmonica, sax, fiddle and keyboards; the Sweet Back Papas play an eclectic mix of americana, blues, latino and jazz.
Sweetback Papas play Ukeadoodledoo
Sweetback Papas play Ukeadoodledoo

Rodeo Motel: 
Rodeo Motel takes you back to the heyday of classic country! Tom and Caroline Alderson have been singing country duets for 34 years, along with fiddler Dave Goldman since 1995. Now joined by their son Johnny, an avid fan of vintage country and roots music, they specialize in duet harmony and the tear-in-your beer, fiddle and pedal steel-driven sound of the 50's and 60's.

The Grub: 
Urban Bumpkin BBQ is a modern rolling cuisine that combines Asian, Native Alaskan and Russian dishes with American smoking traditions and unique bang'n flavors.  They say, "Some may call it the idenity crisis menu, but it's defintely the epitome of melting pot 'Murica!"

Thanks to our Sponsors:
Thanks to the National Association of Remodeling Industries Metro DC Chapter for making this event possible!
Thanks also to the Riverdale Park Arts Council for contributing 
a great sound system for the musicians.
Click on the links below to get involved!

Community Forklift is helping GreenBuild provide an urban food studio at the Capitol Area Food Bank this fall - will you help too?  

Fairwood Arts Festival will be held on Sun, Sept. 13th at Fairwood Community Park in Bowie MD.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy performances, art and food vendors.  Free admission for all ages. 

Riverdale Park Community and Resource Day is coming up on Sat, Sept. 26th. Featuring free groceries, prizes, moonbounce, and community organizations offering information about needed services.

Community Forklift provides free materials to Christmas In April of Prince George's County so that they can repair homes for neighbors in need.  They're a great organization and we encourage you to round up some friends and golf for a good cause on Mon, Sept. 28th.  It's a great excuse to take off work on a Monday!

Want to plant trees at your faith's retreat center, school, or congregation to help restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed while learning to care for Creation?  Sign up now for a free workshop - and free trees!

After a Saturday trip to our warehouse, pick up some yummy veggies and fruit.  That's right, the Port Towns neighborhood now has a Farmers Market!  It's open on Saturdays from 10am - 1pm, just a few minutes from the 'Lift. 

FREE Paddle Nights on the Anacostia:  join the Anacostia Watershed Society on Thursdays through September.  You provide the curiosity, and AWS provides canoes, life jackets, paddles and safety lesson.

50% Off Cast Iron Tubs & Sinks

Have you been waiting to restore a bathroom? Love the look of clawfoot tubs? September is your month! 
Image from HGTV

Cast iron tubs and sinks are 50% off this month. Sale includes vintage items with blue tags AND modern items with orange tags. Sale does not include select specialty items; stainless steel, acrylic, or other types of plumbing fixtures; items with missing or damaged price tags; or items from our consignment partners.

Countertop Giveaway!

Specially-marked laminate and solid-surface countertops are FREE (while supplies last). Sale does not include other types of counters, or items without "free" stickers.

(Did you know that we also have a permanent "Free Department?"  Out in our courtyard, we have a section where we put chipped tile, wood scraps, broken furniture, and oddball items.  Ask about it when you visit - these items are just waiting for someone creative to give them a new life!)

Upcoming Flash Sales!  
In addition to our monthly sales, we often announce surprise two-day sales on our social media pages.  The most recent example is the Labor Day Weekend 40% off Storewide Sale, which we announced on Friday night.  

"But I'm reading the newsletter right now!," you say, "Doesn't this have all the sale info?"  Nope - this e-newsletter only goes out twice a month, so due to the timing it can't include all the surprise sales.  

To find out about our Flash Sales, you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook.  Or, you can sign up to get an email every time we post on our blog - just enter your email address in the "Follow Our Blog' box on the right column of our webpage.  

See you at the warehouse soon!   

your friends at the Forklift