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Labor Day Flash Sale Today
November Specials & Freebies

Dear Forklift Fans, 

Between the cost, the commercialism, and the unhappy crowds, not everyone loves Black Friday. So we have an alternative: instead of fighting the masses to buy plastic junk, you can relax with friends and make presents.  Come on by the Forklift to celebrate GREEN Friday & Small Business Saturday!

It's a great way to entertain visiting relatives, and here's the best part:  this party is FREE!  

We'll have food trucks and local bands, kid-friendly activities, and pictures with Santa Claus. Check out work from local artists, and help decorate a community tree. There will be crafting for all ages, and artisans will lead DIY gift workshops.  Get all the details below!  

There are also still a few days to save big with November sales and giveaways, and some fun stuff happening in the community.  

Hope to see you at the party!
Nancy J. Meyer

After Thanksgiving, bring the friends and relatives over to our weekend extravaganza! 
WHEN:  11am - 4pm on Fri. Nov. 28th & Sat. Nov. 29th

WHERE:  Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD - Just 5 minutes outside NE DC, near the Hyattsville Arts District

WHAT: Schedule of events is below.  Activities run from 11am to 4pm on both days, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, 11/27
11am - Jan Knutson, Acoustic Guitar
1pm - Mary Wheatley, Upbeat Acoustic Folk
3pm - Tom Gleason, Acoustic Rock

Saturday, 11/28
11am - Charles Solomon, Blues Harmonica
1pm - Makin' Gin with Friends, Acoustic Rock
3pm - Dave Mac Consort, R&B and Classic Rock

2pm Saturday
Bill will play a variety of world music and teach about its cultural significance while children of all ages get a chance to try unique instruments and play along.  This event is for babies, toddlers, and kids of all ages and skill levels.


Friday 11/27
11am - Glass Cutting 101
Kim Joy is always a popular guest artist at the Forklift!  She'll demonstrate the steps for creating a complete stained glass project. She will then teach attendees different techniques to safely and easily cut their own glass for DIY projects.
1pm - Candle Making For Beginners
Make your own tea lights and small candles as you follow along with soy candle pro, Sonia Srivastava of Diya Candles!

3pm - Watercolor Techniques
Join Mary Ann Lipovsky as she introduces you to the beautiful world of watercolors.

Saturday 11/28

11am - T-Shirt Jewelry
Learn how to transform old t-shirts into no-sew fabric jewelry by making fabric strings and knotting them into friendship bracelets and rings.  Led by Sarah Gingold.

1pm - DIY Candle Gifting & Decorating
Myeisha of Be Playful will show you how to embellish or decorate small containers for gift giving or home decorating with candles. Each participant will be able to take home a scented candle, decorated by them!

3pm - Shibori - The Art of Japanese Dyeing
M3 Supply Co will demonstrate traditional Shibori natural dyeing techniques, as well as modern dyeing methods like tie-dye, for natural fiber fabrics.

 Inside the Forklift, a variety of local artists and vendors will offer their wares.  In addition to our workshop presenters, you can check out Black Beauty Seeds with organic honey, imported Arabian incense, and lotion; traditional blades made from reclaimed metal by MW Forge; and jewelry from wood sculptor and silversmith Richard Brown

You'll also want to check out Tanglewood Works, the colorful shop just in front of the warehouse. A project of Community Forklift, the store will be bursting with a variety of home decor, jewelry, and furniture all weekend. These great gifts are all made by local artists using reclaimed, up-cycled, and other eco-friendly materials. They'll have fun stuff happening throughout the celebration, including free chair massages in the afternoons - visit Tanglewoodworks.com for all the details!

CRAFT CORNER for "kids from 1 to 92"

There will be a free craft area for all ages offered by Jen Mendez of the educational resource network PermieKids. The crafts you can make may include corn husk dolls, self- or family portraits, woven vine baskets, and felted pencils, thanks to some generous alpacas in our area. 
 If you need to pick up some green gifts for the parents & kids on your list, PermieKids will also be selling great educational gifts & craft kits!
KIDS BARTER BLANKET (in the craft corner)

If you have an old toy or item still in good shape but ready for new little hands, bring it to the PermieKids barter blanket (along with its story of how it has brought joy into the life of the child who is giving it away)... our little Forklift Fans can swap stories as well as the gift.


Santa just loves DIY projects and he always makes sure to stop by the Forklift on Green Friday and Small Business Saturday to check in with all the little upcyclers and Forklift Fans!  You can help Santa decorate the community tree, and photos will be available afterwards on the Forklift's Facebook page.


The Crepe Love food truck will offer sweet and savory curbside indulgences on Green Friday. On Small Business Saturday, the Green Bowl food truck will aim to make a positive impact on the community and your taste buds with Asian and Latin-inspired food.

The warehouse is a bit chilly, so make sure to bundle up - but there will be free hot cider to keep you warm!  

Don't worry... if you really must do some shopping while you're here, we will have deep discounts on almost everything in the warehouse, including both modern and vintage items!  

Buying new appliances during the Black Friday discounts?
So what are you going to do with the old ones?

If your used appliances are still in good working order, please consider a donation to Community Forklift.  

Through our Home Essentials Program, we provide free materials to neighbors in need, including seniors and families.  This time of year, the most frequent requests are for gently-used fridges, space heaters, stoves, wash machines, and dryers.

We would be very grateful for your donation!  Please visit our donations page for guidelines about what we can accept (Keep in mind that appliances must be in good working order, as we do not have staff or parts to repair them, and our HELP clients do not have the resources to pay for repairs).    

We do offer a free pickup service for some items, but fill out our pickup request form as soon as possible - the wait can get very long in late fall, as everyone and their brother tries to donate before the end of the tax year!

Our friends at Tanglewood Works have a ton of cool classes coming up, as well as some FREE demonstrations! 

Space is limited, so be sure to register early.

Classes are held at Tanglewood Works THE STUDIOS
(3613 Oak Lane, Mt Rainier MD)
Please note: there is a fee of $125 for these intensive workshops, but right now they're on sale for just $49 - $69 each!

Wed. Dec. 2nd  7pm - 9:30pm
Learn multiple techniques for transferring images onto wood and even fabric, and leave with a finished personalized piece.

Mon. Dec. 7th, 2015:  6:30pm - 9:30pm
Prerequisite:  Chalk Paint Party 101
Please bring an item to paint that you can carry in ONE hand.  Sue's gonna show you all the ways you can use chalk paint to enhance your furniture.  She will be showing you different techniques to get layered color effects, how to create a natural distressed look, and how to get a real chippy look.  She will also go into depth on finishes for your piece

These free demonstrations will be held at the Tanglewood Works shop in front of Community Forklift, at 4641 Tanglewood Drive, Hyattsville, MD

Wednesday, December 9, 2015: 6pm
Don't hand over your hard earned $$ to Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, or Anthropologie for their reproduction mercury glass. Bring a small glass item (under 5 inches) and do it yourself! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015: 6pm
Looking for that perfect hostess gift, or just a chance to leave the holiday stress behind and make some art?  In this demo Sue will show you simple ways to turn ordinary glass ornaments and even recycled light bulbs into one-of-a-kind stained glass-style ornaments.

Saturday, December 12th, 2pm - 6pm
2013 House tour ticket-holders leave the Miller home on Montgomery.  Photo by Nate Pesce of the Baltimore Sun

It's always fun to see what others have done to restore and repair their old homes. We're looking forward to getting inspiration from some of the beautiful historic homes on this tour in Laurel, Maryland.  The Laurel Museum's gift shop will also be open during the tour, so it's a great time to pick up a present for someone who loves local history!

 We've got a TON of lights right, with a dizzying variety of periods and styles!  So, this month, you can save 50% on lights, shades, & bulbs with orange tags and blue tags.  Sale includes a large variety of chandeliers, flush mounted lights, wall sconces, patio lights, lamps, and fluorescent fixtures.  Sale does not include select specialty items, other light parts or electrical supplies, ceiling fans, items from our Salvage Arts consignment partner or Tanglewood Works, or items with missing or damaged price tags.

Free "Orphan" Cabinets, Doors, & Drawers!  Giveaway includes kitchen cabinets with orange price tags of $15 or less, as well as "orphan" cabinet doors & drawers.  Limit 3 cabinets per household, and 10 doors & drawers per household.  Giveaway does not apply to other types of furniture, décor, or doors; select specialty items; hardware; bathroom or living room cabinetry; cabinet sets; items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners.

Upcoming Flash Sales!  
In addition to our monthly sales, we often announce surprise two or three day sales on our social media pages. 
"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