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Forklift First Friday party - TONIGHT 6-8pm
Where to find locally-made green gifts
Fun holiday events that also help the community
Delightful December Specials

Dear Forklift Fans, 

Tonight, Dec. 4th, we're staying open late to throw a little shindig!

From 6pam - 8pm, come on by the 'Lift to enjoy a cozy holiday party with live music and local artists selling unique holiday gifts. We'll have a pop-up bar and a food truck with a warm, toasty dinner selection!  

Forklift First Fridays became such a hit over the summer and we had a lot of fun hanging out with all of you. So if you missed our summer series, this is your chance to experience the Forklift after dark - Holiday Style! 

We also have some fun December sales and freebies for you, and in front of our warehouse, Tanglewood Works is overflowing with great green gifts for the holiday season!  Two of our partners are also offering fun holiday events - a performance of "A Christmas Carol" and a tour of historic homes - that help the community too. 

 Keep reading below for all of the details! 


Hope to see you soon,
Nancy J. Meyer


When:  TONIGHT!  Friday, December 4th, from 6-8pm

Where:  Community Forklift
4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781 (We're just 5 minutes from NE DC, near the Hyattsville Arts District)

Who:  YOU!  Round up your family, invite some friends you haven't seen in a while, and come on out to the warehouse.

Live Music  
from Blue Plains - a local indie bluegrass band, and a favorite of Forklift staff

Local Artists
SallyAnn Rogers with beautiful handmade jewelry
Michelle Bailey, a realist painter with note cards and prints inspired by our local communities
Michelle Bailey

Food and Drinks

Urban Bumpkin BBQ will be joining us again. They were so popular last time that they ran out of their signature dishes! So come early to get yourself some yummy Alaskan Fry Bread Tacos or their slow simmered Chicken Shawarma!
Shortcake Bakery is a locally-owned Hyattsville bakery built with many reclaimed materials from the Forklift.  They will be here with sweet, gooey, holiday treats, so stop by their table for some yummy cookies and cupcakes - they're a perfect desert or evening snack!
Town Center Market will be here with their fantastic pop-up bar! They'll be bringing a special selection of holiday wines and microbrews.
Town center market

Get your green gifts at Tanglewood Works!
In past holiday seasons, Community Forklift has hosted a "Mistletoe Market" for your gifting needs.  We would invite dozens of artists to consign with us, and clear out space in the warehouse for a nice selection of upcycled and eco-friendly gifts. 

We're excited to report that, this year, we are not hosting our Mistletoe Market!  Why is this good news, you ask?  

Well, our Mistletoe Market has been replaced by something even better: 
Tanglewood Works
which is open year-round!
Sue Older-Mondeel consigned her Shabadaba Chic furniture and decor with us during the 2013 Mistletoe Market. It was so popular that we gave her a booth within the Forklift after the holiday season ended. But she was dreaming even bigger, and when the rental space in front of our warehouse opened up, she took the leap. She gathered other artisans to work with her, and now it is a gorgeous space where artists who use vintage, reclaimed, salvaged, and recycled materials come together to sell their jewelry, art and furniture; learn from each other; and inspire other DIYers."

This means that you now have a ton of options for December - and every other holiday, housewarming party, and birthday throughout the year! They're open 5 days a week, from Wednesday through Sunday. You can visit their website or follow their Facebook page to get a preview of all the cool offerings - the inventory changes constantly.

Want to try making your own gifts? 
Our friends at Tanglewood Works also have a ton of cool classes coming up, as well as some FREE demos! 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 jus $69 each!

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

Wed. Dec. 9th:  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!

Wed. Dec. 16th:  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.

A Christmas Carol
to benefit the Warm Nights Hypothermia Shelter Program

Everyone deserves a Warm Night, a safe place to lay their head and food to eat.  You can help by seeing an amazing show:  Wolf Pack Theatre Company's A Christmas Carol!
Showtimes:  December 10 & 11 at 8pm
December 12th at 3pm and 8pm
December 17 & 18 at 8pm
December 19 at 3pm and 8pm
Location:  St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 
5820 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale MD 20737 
Family-friendly, and there is plenty of free parking.

Tickets on Sale Now! A portion of each ticket sold will directly benefit the Warm Nights Hypothermia Shelter Program.

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.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, so get your tickets now (ticket sales benefit the Laurel Historical Society).  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!

This month, take half off the orange price tags on desks, chairs, dressers, bed frames, tables, consoles, entertainment centers, bookshelves, and file cabinets.  
It's a great chance to upcycle something into a cool gift!
This was once a boring wood desk!

Does not include blue or white tag items, select specialty items, other types of furniture, patio/outdoor furniture, kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, mirrors, framed art/photos, housewares, décor, outdoor umbrellas, architectural salvage, mantles & vanities.  Sale does not include items from our Salvage Arts consignment partner or Tanglewood Works, or items with missing or damaged price tags.

50% off Wood Trim

Take half off the linear foot price on wood trim and molding, including pine, oak, and specialty hardwoods. trim
Sale does not include select specialty items; specialty vintage pieces such as window rosettes; dimensional lumber; wood flooring or other lumber products; balusters, handrail, and other stair parts; hook strips or other wall decor, or items from our consignment partners.

FREE 5-gallon Buckets of Paint & Other Liquids

Five-gallon buckets of "Oops!" stain, adhesive, sealants, paint, & other liquids priced at $15 or less are yours for ZERO DOLLARS while supplies last.
Sale does not include Amazon Recycled Paint, powders, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags.

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