Green Gift Fair Features Eco-Friendly Items from 35 Local Artists – please spread the word!


Contact: Ruthie Mundell, Outreach, Education and Volunteer Manager             


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Green Gift Fair Features Eco-Friendly Items from 35 Local Artists

Or, make your own gifts at Community Forklift’s FREE weekend workshops!


Hyattsville Area, Maryland – Dec. 11, 2012

Can you imagine lanterns crafted from tomato sauce cans, purses knitted from videotape, earrings fashioned from bottle caps, and knives hand-forged from rebar and security door grates?  Find these and many other one-of-a-kind, affordable and recycled treasures from more than 35 local artists at Community Forklift’s 4th Annual Green Gift Fair.  The event runs through Dec. 30 at Community Forklift, the DC area’s largest thrift store for home improvement supplies and architectural salvage.

Lanterns from Alan Binstock (

Tomato Can Lanterns  (

The Green Gift Fair is open during Community Forklift’s regular store hours: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The store is located just outside NE DC, at 4671 Tanglewood Drive in Edmonston MD .

Arm Warmers from Refab Reconstructed Clothing

Arm warmers created from cast-off sweaters, by Refab Reconstructed Clothing

Shoppers will find stocking stuffers priced as low as $1, as well as an array of budget–friendly gifts that will please every treehugger on your Christmas list. Wares crafted from reclaimed materials include jewelry, sweaters, scarves, T-shirts, candles, corkboards, coasters, walking sticks, paintings, bookends, lamps, baby toys, pottery and tote bags.

Stylish scarf from Joy Ashcraft of

Stylish scarf (

Potomac, Md., artist Joy Ashcraft, a first-time participant in Community Forklift’s Green Gift Fair, launched a venture called UpcycleJoy ( earlier this year. She has capitalized on her dedication to fashion, recycling and social awareness by designing Christmas stockings and fleece-lined scarves from sport coats, neckties and button-down shirts.

Painting on Reclaimed Window Sash (

Painting on Reclaimed Window Sash (

“We love the challenge of transforming outdated, damaged and/or unwanted items into unique, fun and functional handbags and accessories,” Ashcraft said about her artistic mission. “By using items that would have found their way to the landfill, we are doing our part to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

Encaustic collage using beeswax, by Sarah Baker of Fox Hollow Studio

Encaustic collage using beeswax, by Sarah Baker of Fox Hollow Studio

Gift Cards

If you just can’t decide on a present, Community Forklift is now offering gift cards for the first time.  The card recipient can choose from any of Community Forklift’s modern, gently-used, and vintage building materials, tools, architectural salvage items, reclaimed lumber, and home & garden supplies.

compressed marble charms from Saralyn

Necklaces from vintage clay marbles (


Free Workshops

During December’s Green Gift Fair, Community Forklift visitors also are invited to participate in FREE hands-on workshops where artists will be demonstrating how to transform castoffs into eco-friendly, homemade presents for friends and family. Workshops are scheduled on weekends throughout December, including:

Furniture Repair and Restoration, 9 a.m-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15:

Figure out how to repair what’s broken from carpenter Bill Kinneary of Cheverly, Md., who will be offering this all-day workshop with his brother, Bob Kinneary. It’s best to bring in a furniture repair or restoration project from home so Bill and Bob can offer pointers, tips and hands-on advice geared just for you.

Converting Found Objects into Functional Art, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16:

Learn from recycling guru and installation artist James Kerns how to design and build a display table or small shelving unit from found and salvaged materials. Kerns is the owner of Corehaus, a contemporary design gallery in D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. He and an assistant will provide tools and materials. Workshop attendees will be able to select materials from an inventory of pre-cut boards, fasteners and steel pieces.

Register for workshops by sending an e-mail to Click on for updates about workshops and more information on the Green Gift Fair at Community Forklift.




About Community Forklift:

Community Forklift is a reuse center for home improvement and architectural salvage. The thrift store accepts donations of modern, gently-used and vintage building materials like cabinets, mantels, doors and lumber. These renovation supplies are then made available to the public at very low prices (25% ­– 90% below big-box stores) and provided to local nonprofits and families in need.  The program is operated by local 501c3 nonprofit Sustainable Community Initiatives, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Community Forklift’s name refers to the organization’s mission: to lift up communities in the DC metro region. Since opening in 2005, Community Forklift has created 25 local green jobs, and made it possible for thousands of homeowners, tradespeople, and nonprofits to repair substandard housing and small businesses.  Millions of dollars in materials have been saved from the landfill, and less energy was needed to extract raw materials and manufacture new products. Reuse is better for our wallets and our world!