40% off storewide this weekend, plus 3 great DIY workshops!

Unfortunately, the railroad crossing on Tanglewood Drive will be closed at various points this weekend.  So if you’re coming from the west, you may have to take a short 5-minute detour through the lovely little town of Edmonston (click here for directions).  But don’t worry!  We’re going to make it worth your while.


We’re having a Road Closure Sale!

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On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Oct. 18 – 20), take 40% off modern AND vintage items storewide!!!  This includes blue and orange tag merchandise, so you can save on everything from antique mantels, mosaic tile, and clawfoot tubs to plain ol’ nails, paint, or carpet squares (Sale does not include select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners).


This weekend, we have THREE workshops in our brand-new classroom!

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Saturday Oct. 18th Double-Header:

Mark Wardlaw, of BNV Remodeling, returns to the Forklift to bring us this double header featuring two highly requested subjects:

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10-11am with Mark Wardlaw

Learn how to safely work with products that have or appear to have lead paint on them. Upon completion of this workshop with remodeling expert Mark Wardlaw, you’ll be able to remove & dispose of lead material or encapsulate it for safe handling or display with confidence.


prod_big_shelf_dsHang It!: How to Hang your Items with Confidence

11-12pm with Mark Wardlaw

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find interior wall framing from your outlets and door & window locations to safely hang pictures and other wall items. Get hands on experience installing different types of wall anchors from toggle bolts to plastic inserts.

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 Then, at 12pm on Sunday:


Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workshop

IMG_20130227_173239This Sunday, Bahia Akerele, an Annie Sloan stockist and retailer, will do live demonstrations of transforming pieces one can find at Community Forklift without sanding or stripping or priming the piece.

Participants will learn the many ways to use this decorative paint and how to use clear and dark wax to finish off their project. Chalk Paint is NO VOC and the perfect accompaniment to a re-purposed lifestyle. Come with your questions and stories to share!

Bahia Akerele is the owner of On the Purple Couch, LLC located in Kensington’s antique district right outside DC off of Connecticut Ave. In 2012 Bahia opened On the Purple Couch and became the exclusive retailer for Annie Sloan in Silver Spring, Kensington and parts of Montgomery county.

OPC_NewLogo_purplebackgroundSince then Bahia has taught over 200 people in the DMV, in a variety of classes and workshops, how to re-purpose and reuse what they have collected through upcycling and more.

On the Purple Couch, A Place to Create is located minutes outside of DC in Kensington MD at 4228 Howard Ave. Kensington MD www.onthepurplecouch.com.