Yes, we’re open on Friday and the weekend, and we’ve got some great sales going on…

Do you have the day off?  Wanna escape the crowds downtown?  

Come visit our neck of the woods!  Explore the area around Community Forklift, enjoy public art, and support local organizations & businesses.

Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn about our staff’s favorite neighborhood spots.

But leave yourself plenty of time for our warehouse.  We’ve got a ton of sales and interesting items at the moment – so you can

save money while doing some good!!

By shopping at the ‘Lift, you help to create jobs and build the green economy, reduce waste and improve air quality, and provide free materials to local nonprofits and neighbors in need.

Click on the green links for details about current sales:

  1.  To celebrate MLK Jr. Day, we’re having a week-long sale!  This storewide flash sale lasts through Sunday – so you can save 25% on almost everything in the warehouse.
  2. We have a new Manager’s Special – starting January 20th, many toilets are just $5.  
  3. The January Specials are great too – including 30% off appliances, and 50% off mirrors, windows, & lights this month.  We are even giving away dozens of light fixtures for FREE!
  4. We’ve recently received some unusual vintage donations.  These include some cool oversize doors (a.k.a. “barn doors”) that would be great to hang as on sliding tracks (and yes, many of them ARE part of the 25% off flash sale).  We also have a gorgeous, giant crystal chandelier from the Watergate down in DC (yes, THAT Watergate).   

Because it is so large and such an unusual find, it’s a splurge at $2,100.  But don’t worry, we have some steals too!  There are several other vintage chandeliers in our “Historic District” room right now, starting at just $200 (which means $100 during the January light sale).

How to make a day of it:

Our Reuse Associates share their favorite things to do in the Hyattsville Arts District and the Port Towns!
* Make sure to charge up your smartphone so you can use the Public Art Locator to see how many art installations and murals you can spot through the day: http://hycdc.org/the-arts/public-art/public-art-locator/full/.

Vainglorious Blue Bird sculpture

For breakfast, try scones and souffles at Shortcake Bakery.  Or get coffee at Vigilante Roastery (did you know they do coffee cuppings?  It’s like a wine tasting or beer flight – you’ll learn all about different roasts and preparation methods!).  
If you don’t get your fill of vintage stuff at Community Forklift, then pop into Green Owl & Tanglewood Works, or head up to Peg Leg in College Park.  You’ll see stuff from local artists displayed at many local businesses, but there are a ton of art galleries to see too, including the gorgeous Gateway Arts Center.
For lunch or dinner, you’ve got great choices in Franklin’s Brewery, Busboys and Poets, or Spice 6 (Franklin’s General Store also has the best toys for kids, and funny gifts for adults).  There are some local ethnic restaurants that don’t look like much, but they offer delicious bargains. If you like Ethiopian you should not miss Shagga Coffee & Restaurant, if you like pupusas you should visit Restaurante Morazan, and if you like cheap but delicious Mexican then you should find your way to La Fondita (next to Edmonston’s “Diversity without Divisions” bridge).
If it’s not raining, go over to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.  Kids and train-lovers will enjoy climbing in the antique caboose, and the kite flying and osprey-watching are usually excellent. You can’t rent the paddleboats or canoes this time of year, but you can rent fishing rods, or you can rent bikes & trikes and explore the Anacostia Tributary Trail.