4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 (5 min. from DC, near Hyattsville)
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:
So Many Great Events Coming Up!
ContGardeningWrkshpContainer Gardening Workshop THIS SUNDAY!  

Spring means planting season. But what if you have an apartment or small lot? A container garden might be the right answer for you. This one-hour class will give you all the basics in creating a vegetable garden in a container on your porch or patio. Have fresh vegetables for cooking and snacking any time you'd like!

Kimberley M. Knox is a certified arborist and a Master Gardener. She is also the coordinator for the Port Towns Community Health Partnership.

As you may know, Community Forklift is located a few minutes outside DC in the lovely little town of Edmonston, Maryland. To support the Edmonston Green Team's edible gardens initiative, we will be giving away free container gardens to town residents. If you're a resident of Edmonston and would like to bring home a pre-planted container garden, please bring proof of residency to this class. Kim will be giving out container gardens while supplies last.


Garden shopping starts at 9am
Throughout the winter, we collect pre-loved lawn & garden tools as well as outdoor décor and furniture. Then, we put it all out for your shopping pleasure at 9am on April 2nd! It's the Forklift's biggest fundraiser each year - proceeds support our work to create green jobs, reduce waste, educate the public about reuse, and provide free supplies to nonprofits & neighbors in need.

(Note to early birds:  no lawn & garden supplies are out yet. The Forklift will not have any garden items available until 9am on April 2nd). 
You'll also want to stop by Tanglewood Works, the "front porch" of our Garden Party! This unique and whimsical shop at the front corner of Community Forklift features upcycled and reclaimed furniture, home goods, jewelry and art - all made by local artisans. Where else can you find planters made from recycled toilets and wind chimes made from spoons?

Tanglewood Works will have fabulous and funky garden decor to help you create magical outdoors spaces. The Tanglewood Team will also have clever "garden-themed" upcycle activity sheets for projects that are great for children and adults. Be sure to check out their sample projects on display to inspire you to create your own "funky junk" garden decor with recycled materials.

The party gets going at 10:00 am
See the full schedule below! Wear a jaunty hat or colorful outfit, as prizes will be awarded throughout the day to adults, kids, and (leashed) pets in garden party attire.
These sweet dogs are dressed to celebrate spring.

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.
 Good Sense Farm & Apiary will be offering their custom tabletop mushroom farms, wild food CSA shares, umami spice mixes, and wild mushroom jerky.
 PERMIE KIDs will be here with a selection of environmentally educational games, books, and other sustainable children's curriculum.

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
Outdoor Pallet Creations, presented by Matt Menke of Community Forklift and Gary Barnhart of GL Barnhart Construction

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 your stylish garden party ensemble, and we'll see you on Saturday, April 2nd!

Photo by Sarah & Samantha


Love painted furniture, but don't know how to do it? Have you always wanted to try making and using your own chalk-style paint, but you don't even know where to begin? Pine after the stained glass-look, but can't afford it? 

Sure, online tutorials are a good start, but they often leave a lot of questions unanswered. Tanglewood Works to the rescue! 

Tanglewood Works hosts classes and meetups for folks interested in furniture painting, dumpster diving, upcycling and other creative re-use projects.  Recent topics have included vision boards and costume jewelry upcycling, and upcoming meetups will focus on mosaics and fiber art. 
Sign up for the #UpcycleJunkies 
meetup group to stay in the loop!

Ok, Forklift Fans, here's a fun way to support 3 local organizations while you laugh yourself silly. The Wolf Pack Theatre Company (a multiple-time DC Metro Theater Arts Honoree) will be performing the hysterically funny farce Love, Sex and the I.R.S on April 8 - 16th. A portion of proceeds from the show will be donated to Community Forklift, and to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Get your tickets now to avoid a fine from Uncle Sam!  

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
April 22-23, 2016 at Community Forklift
"They don't make 'em like they used to..."  
With many of the vintage items in our warehouse, that's true. You won't find cast iron grates or old-growth heart pine boards at a big box retailer!  

But when it comes to woodworking tools, you'll be happy to know: Lie-Nielsen Toolworks began in 1981 as an effort to make top-quality hand tools available again from a U.S. maker, and to revive discontinued but useful designs.

At this event, they will bring their full line of hand tools to Community Forklift and demonstrate essential hand tool techniques for everyday woodworking.
Visit our Facebook event for more info, or check out
Burlap coffee bags & free windows!
Have you liked us on Facebook yet?
There is so much going on at Community Forklift that it's tough to fit it all into a monthly email. That's why it pays to follow us on social media, like our blog and Facebook page
Recent Facebook posts featured free windows (great for building cold frames), and the arrival of dozens of burlap coffee bean bags (just $3 each!)
White rags needed this month
At the moment, we're low on old white t-shirts and rags for cleaning in our warehouse. A lot of donated items have come from attics, basements, or renovation sites, and they're covered in dust!  

We'd appreciate clean t-shirts, baby blankets or burp rags, towels, sheets, and flannel scraps (please, no underwear). White is best, so the colors don't bleed onto items as we clean. Thank you so much!
Marvelous March Specials
Please note:  monthly sales do not include items from our consignment partners, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged tags.
50% Off Modern & Vintage Mirrors 

Take half off the orange & blue price tags on framed and unframed mirrors! (Sale does not include medicine cabinets, furniture, or other items with mirrors.)

50% Off Cast Iron Bathtubs & Sinks 
in the Courtyard
Check out this cool succulent wall garden from OneFortyThree
To make more room for our Garden Party on April 2nd, we're having a courtyard sale. Throughout March, you can take half off the marked price on sinks and tubs in our courtyard. YES, that does include clawfoot tubs and antique farm sinks(Sale does not include items inside our warehouse.)

In addition, select cultured marble sinks have been recently marked down to $5 or $10 each! Pick up a nice basic sink for a great deal. 

30% Off Stone Countertops

Take 30% off the regular price on granite and marble counter pieces of all sizes. (Sale does not include laminate, corian, or other types of counters; stone tile; landscaping stones; counters with sinks; or vanity sets.)

Plus, FREE Granite Scraps
The bloggers at RemoveAndReplace used backsplash scraps to create their front walkway.
While supplies last, granite scraps under 24" in length and no more than 6' in width are free. They're great for garden borders - or for creating an entire walkway!  

30% Off Doors

Take 30% off the orange & blue price tags on interior and exterior doors. Sale includes modern flush doors, vintage panel doors, French doors, bifold doors, oversized doors, and much more!
Get Creative!
Perhaps you don't really need anything listed above...but at these discounts, why not experiment? Forklift Fan Melanie McMillin picked up some doors during a recent sale, and turned them into something both beautiful and practical:

She shared the picture on our Facebook page, explaining, "The 24" door panels and lights (with missing glass) only cost $18, so with some new lamp cords and a dimmer switch, my bedroom has a whole new mood! I rent, so the leaning, lighted panels are going with me when I move." 
4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 (5 min. from DC, near Hyattsville)
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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