301-985-5180 | www.CommunityForklift.org 
Open 7 days a week, from 9 AM - 6 PM - and now open till 7 PM on Wednesdays & Fridays.
(Please drop off donations at least 30 minutes before closing time.)

In this Issue:
Be a Salvage Superhero
in 3 minutes or less
Dear Forklift Fans - 
Isn't it cool when you can have a huge impact with just a little effort? Well, here's your chance! The City Paper's Best of DC contest is almost over, so please take a few seconds to vote for Community Forklift.

We're hoping to win the 2016 Best Green Business award. Each time we've won in the past, it's brought valuable free publicity for our nonprofit program. This means:
  • more homeowners & contractors learn about us,
  • more folks donate renovation leftovers
  • more materials are kept out of the landfill,
  • more folks can afford repairs or find old house parts,
  • we're able to give more free stuff to nonprofits and neighbors in need,
  • and we're able to create more green jobs.
And of course, you find more fun stuff here in the store!

We would be so grateful for your support. Voting is almost over - it ends on Monday, Feb. 29th - so please..
Thanks very much,
The Forklifters

GardenPartySave the Date!
Spring is Nature's way of saying, "Let's party!'
- Robin Williams

7th Annual Garden Party & Sale
Saturday, April 2nd, 9am - 4pm

Spring is just around the corner, and so is our biggest annual event, the Forklift Garden Party & Sale! Throughout the winter, we collect lawn and garden supplies, then put it all out for your shopping pleasure that day. We open at 9:00 am, but folks start lining up outside the gates even earlier, eager to dig through the piles of good gardening stuff!

Then, the party really gets going at 10:00 am, with gardening demonstrations, local experts, live bands, and a farm-to-fork food truck.  You won't want to miss the the costume contest for people and pets!
Homer the golden retriever
Check out what we've booked so far:

Local Experts:

One-Day Sales:
ECO City Farms will be here with great seedlings, already sprouted and ready to go right into your garden.
Hyattsville Horticulture Society will be selling vegetable, flower, and herb seeds; along with some helpful gardening books.
Little Red Bird Botanicals will be here with handmade herbal products including salves, infused vinegars, loose tea, and tinctures; sign-up for classes and an herbal CSA, too.

Live Music:

Free Workshops:
Composting for Urban Homeowners, presented by Justen Garrity of Veteran Compost
Growing Medicinal Herbs, presented by Tricia McCauley of Leafyhead Lotions & Potions
Pro Gardening Tips, presented by Maryland Master Gardeners

Yummy Food:
There's a lot to do, so you'll need some lunch to keep you going.  Don't worry, the Farm Effect is a delicious farm-to-fork food truck with options to please meat-lovers, vegetarians, and kids too.

So round up your friends, start planning a stylish garden party ensemble, and mark your calendar for Saturday, April 2nd!

CinAPGHelping Neighbors in Need

For several years, Community Forklift has partnered with Christmas in April of Prince George's County. This amazing organization pulls together teams of volunteers to repair the homes of local senior citizens who are low-income and/or physically challenged so they may live in warmth, safety, and independence. Christmas in April has been serving Prince George's since 1989, and they're close to renovating their 2,500th home!

In 2016, Christmas in April will fix up about 80 homes. At each home, a volunteer "House Captain" leads the effort. Through our Community Building Blocks program (which provides free home improvement supplies to local nonprofits), we are providing $500 in Community Forklift store credit to each House Captain. We hope this will make it easier for them to find the right parts for older homes, and to provide more repairs to the folks they're serving.
Now, while the Forklift is doing our best to help, Christmas in April also needs YOUR help! Many of the homes require repairs beyond what volunteers can accomplish, so they are in serious need of skilled tradespeople (especially plumbers) who can offer a few hours of their time to assist our neighbors in need. 

If you can volunteer, or connect some skilled volunteers to this fantastic mission, please contact Mary Kucharski, Executive Director, at cinapg(at)aol(dot)com or 301-868-0937.

Thanks, Forklift Fans!!
ThanksWe'd like to thank...
Oscar winners aren't the only people who are feeling thankful this week!  Here at the Forklift, we're feeling appreciative for:

Plakookee Photo Project
  Plakookee is a collaboration between photographers Justin Plakas and Rachel Debuque.  They were in residence in our classroom for the last two weekends, creating beautiful art with our funky old materials.

Check out A Creative DC Blog's interview with Justin Plakas!
One of the many photographs Plakookee made using our materials last weekend 
Prints will be for sale soon, with a percentage of proceeds going to support our Home Essentials Program.
So, thank you, Plakookee, for shining new light on these old building materials and giving back to our community in such a huge way.
And thank you, A Creative DC, for covering this unique collaboration. 

Hyattsville Life and Times
Last week we were mentioned in TWO articles published by the Hyattsville Life and Times. Thank you, Miss Floribunda, for teaching folks about how they can upcycle old window sashes into cold frames for early seed starting and winter gardening.

And thank you, Lauren Flynn Kelly, for spreading the word about the amazing Blake Sloane and his talent for bringing out the beauty in reclaimed lumber and materials! 

The DCist
   Did you see the DCist's article about The Best Thrift and Consignment Stores In the D.C. Area? Community Forklift was included in a list of the top 16 places to go thrifting around town! 
Thank you, DCist, for this great shout-out, and the recognition that building materials can be chic too!

CommunityNewsFor more interesting community news, 
please check out our blog.
 Right now, we're excited about: 

* Takoma's "reCYCLE Please Sit on the Art 2016" contest
* DC 
Preservation Trivia Night on Feb. 29th
See you there, local history nerds!!!

* ECO City Farms' Community Herbal Wellness Series

Last chance for our February Specials

Through the end of February, take half off the orange & blue price tags on lights, shades, & bulbs. We've got a ton of different lights, with a variety of periods and styles. Sale includes a large variety of chandeliers, flush mounted lights, wall sconces, patio lights, lamps, ceiling fans with lights, and fluorescent fixtures!  

Sale does not include other light parts or electrical supplies, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.


Before February ends, take half off the marked price on modern & vintage sinks, including pedestal sinks!  

Sale does not include sink sets with matching vanity cabinets, sink sets with matching toilets, sinks attached to granite counters, other plumbing parts, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.

It's still Free-bruary, so pay ZERO DOLLARS for any hollow-core doors marked with orange price tags of $5 or less.  Limit 5 per household.  

Freebie does not include any other types of doors, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items with missing or damaged tags.

Open 7 days a week, from 9 AM - 6 PM - and now open till 7 PM on Wednesdays & Fridays.
(Please drop off donations at least 30 minutes before closing time.)

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