You’re invited: Green Friday & Small Business Saturday weekend extravaganza!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and you know what that means…

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We hate Black Friday – the commercialism, the cost,
and the unhappy crowds.

Let’s Celebrate Community Instead!

Shop green, shop small, or don’t shop at all –
Community Forklift gives you an excuse to stay away from the mall!

Instead of fighting crowds to buy presents, come by our warehouse to relax
with friends and learn how to *MAKE* presents.

November 24th & November 25th
11am – 4pm each day

@the Community Forklift warehouse
4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781 (5 minutes outside DC in the Hyattsville area)




FREE Community Crafting

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Join us at our crafting stations to make your own presents from green materials!

Design a Coaster

Build a Wreath

Carve a Butter Spreader (Friday & Saturday, 11am-3pm)

Join local craftsman Don Nalatzy to learn how to make your own wooden butter spreader (This one’s for adult Forklift Fans, only).


And don’t miss our free workshop on Saturday, November 25th

Create Your Own Salvaged Pallet Wood Sign, presented by Angie Bell at 1pm

Join The Urban Pallet Company to make your own rustic sign for your home from salvaged pallet wood!

They reclaim wood from used pallets, then assemble and stain the pallet signs. You’ll choose a stencil design and then be guided through placing your stencil carefully on your sign and instructed on painting techniques. Everything’s provided! Multiple stencil options will be available- stay local or be festive.


Live Music

Friday, November 24th

11am-1pm: 5onFriday 

A jazz band for all occasions. “We have fun and would love to grace Community Forklift, the coolest business around!”

2pm-4pm : Walter Weinschenk

Walter loves it all, but has an unabashed bias for the electric blues, rock and American folk.

Saturday, November 25th

11am-1pm:  5onFriday 

A jazz band for all occasions. “We have fun and would love to grace Community Forklift, the coolest business around!”

2pm-4pm: Walter Weinschenk & Friends

Though they have chosen separate musical paths, Walter Weinschenk, Jeff Becker and David Weaver often collaborate to bring together songs and sounds  that reflect their collective interest in folk, rock, blues and jazz.  Jeff Becker plays acoustic and electric bass and performs with various jazz ensembles in the area..   In addition to jazz, he enjoys folk, rock and bluegrass and often puts his bass aside to play mandolin, guitar and keyboards.  David Weaver is a local songwriter, guitar player and vocalist whose music is heavily grounded in the American folk and country tradition.  He often performs his music in the DC area as a solo performer or backed by an eclectic array of local musicians.   Walter Weinschenk loves it all but has an unabashed bias for the electric blues, rock and American folk.   And performing with them for the first time in the DC area is the drummer/percussionist Rick Nayer, a native of Brooklyn, New York.  Rick began drumming in the ’60s and hasn’t looked back:  he has extensive knowledge of rock music in all its forms.  Though they travel in different musical directions, their collective sound is an interesting expression of music that is both fresh and familiar.


Activities for Kids

Pictures With Santa
(Friday & Saturday, 1pm-3pm)

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Santa just loves DIY projects and he always makes sure to stop by the Forklift on Green Friday and Small Business Saturday to check in with all the little upcyclers and Forklift Fans!

Face Painting
(Friday & Saturday, 12pm-3pm)

Rachel, of Signs Wonders and Gifts, will be here both days to turn your faces into works of art.

*She uses only professional grade paints that are FDA approved and specially formulated for use on the skin. No acrylic paints are used on skin.  All glitter used in designs are cosmetic grade and safe for use on the face and body.

Strolling Magician
(Saturday, 12pm-3pm)

You won’t believe your eyes!


Local Artists Selling Their Wares

Get a head start on your holiday shopping by browsing unique items handmade by local artisans.

Friday, November 24th

3 Peas Soap
Andrew Francis
Blue Gator Jewelry
Caitlin Adams
Denise & Richard Brown
Don Nalatzy
Lyndaker Inlay
Susanna Fields-Kuehl
TV’s Bees

Saturday, November 25th

3 Peas Soap
Andrew Francis
Blue Gator Jewelry
Don Nalatzy
Joe Rogers
Lyndaker Inlay
Susanna Fields-Kuehl
The Urban Pallet Company
TV’s Bees


Pottery Demos

Join Forklifter Andrew Francis for live pottery demos. He’ll be creating with fresh clay and incorporating salvaged items from the warehouse for texture.


Local Lunch & Holiday Snacks

Friday, November 24th

Pink Confetti

Pink Confetti’s  promise is to provide the freshest baked goods to its customers; “Fresh NEVER FROZEN”is their slogan. Chef Nikki will be here on Friday with cupcakes, cocoa, and gifts!

Saturday, November 25th

County Manners

County Manners is brought to you by Chef Jeremy. A true “County Boy” at heart with deep roots in Southern Maryland. His passion for food was built on cooking fresh caught fish over a campfire on the Potomac River. With an equal love for food, outdoors, and the Southern Maryland way of life, he decided to share his experiences with others. He created a unique concept by combining traditions passed on to him by family and his years of experience as chefs.

“I look forward to bringing you the best of what Southern Maryland has to offer.”


 Out of town for the holiday and can’t make it?

Don’t worry- You can still do some holiday shopping online at our eBay and Etsy stores, or purchase a Forklift gift card for a loved one!