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50% off granite, marble, ironwork & more during Courtyard Clearance

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Gardening, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

50% off granite, marble, ironwork & more during Courtyard Clearance

This Wednesday & Thursday,

items in our courtyard are half off

We’ve got a LOT of granite countertops right now – and during our midweek flash sale, you can save big! On April 17th & 18th, 2019, take 50% off granite & marble counters, cast iron sinks, vintage tubs, wrought iron, security doors, window bars, and more!

Photo by John Lynagh

Please note: The sale does not include bricks or masonry, items inside the warehouse, select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold.

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Other Sales & Events

We still have garden supplies

If you missed our annual Garden Party, don’t worry – we collected so many lawn & garden tools that we still have some nice items in stock. Come visit soon though, as all those inexpensive lawnmowers and cute patio decorations are going fast!

Lighting is 25% off all month long

We’ve got hundreds of light fixtures, from cool modern lights to beautiful antique chandeliers. – and they’re on sale in April! Visit our blog for details.

Join us May 3rd for live music, cool people, & craft beer

We’re kicking off the 2019 Forklift First Friday free concert series! On the first Friday evening of each summer month, we stay open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live bands, local art, activities for kids, delicious food trucks, and craft beer & wine.

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Every donation, purchase, and vote helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs. 

Forklift First Fridays are Back!

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Billboard, Blog, Community Happenings, Events, Forklift First Friday, News | 0 comments

Forklift First Fridays are Back!

Forklift First Fridays return on May 3rd

Join us at the warehouse on May 3rd to kick off the 2019 First Friday season! On the first Friday of each month, from May through September, we’ll be staying open late to turn the warehouse into a pop-up market with a mystery sale, live music, local art, delicious local food, and craft beer & wine!

Photo courtesy of Route One Fun

When:  Friday, May 3rd, 6pm-8pm
Where:
Community Forklift – 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston Maryland 20781
(5 min. outside NE DC in the Port Towns neighborhood, near Hyattsville)
Who: YOU! And your friends, family, kids, neighbors, coworkers, and (friendly, leashed) dogs.
Cost: Free to attend – But you can support your local artists and businesses by purchasing their wares and tipping the band.

FEATURING

Live music from Ron Hicks Project

The Electric Chicago Blues styles also include original materials and classic blues styles from Motown to the soulful licks of Muscle Shoals. The varied vocal talents from several members (Ron, Herbie and Glen) give the band its distinctive and aggressive flavor that is recognized over the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. The Ron Hicks Project Music is spiced in the south, cooked in Chicago, and served in the DMV.


Dinner from Urban Bumpkin

DMV’S identity crisis menu, #offthebeatenpath BBQ-inspired Native American and far east dishes, featuring smoked meats and charcoal chicken.



A Mystery Salvage Sale!

We’ll have an extra special 2-hour sale during the event. We will announce the details online a few hours before the party begins.


Local Artist Market

Delia Mychajluk considers her art “an expression of thoughts and feelings about what I consider the ‘essentials’ of things, i.e., life/death, growth, and the boundaries between the physical/spiritual worlds. Connections between people and animals and people and the world of nature are also explored. Some of my images come directly from dreams. I do not confine myself to a single medium and I create both two and three-dimensional pieces of art.” She’ll be selling oil paintings, polymer clay earrings, mixed media art pieces, and notecards.

Thistle & Thyme Studios uses reclaimed fabric to create accessories for home and on the go.

3 Peas Handmade Soaps will be here with their bath and body products. Whatever your preference: lathery organic soaps, creative glycerin soaps, aromatic bath bombs or creamy body butters, they have something for everyone! What originally was a hobby, has now grown into a small family business comprised of a mom and her triplets.



FREE face painting by Signs, Wonders, & Gifts

Let Rachel turn your face into a work of art!



And a Pop-Up Bar!

Town Center Market is back again, bringing an exciting selection of craft beers and wine to the ‘Lift each month!



 Can’t make it?

Don’t worry! There are 4 more First Fridays to catch. For more information, check out our events schedule or subscribe to our blog for regular event updates. You can also shop with us any time on the Community Forklift Marketplace, Ebay, and Chairish!

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

This weekend, save on Treincarnation lumber and bathroom fixtures

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Consignment items, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Gardening, Sales, Sales & Hot Items, Things for Sale | 0 comments

This weekend, save on Treincarnation lumber and bathroom fixtures

20% off Treincarnation Lumber

Our partners at Treincarnation stock sustainably harvested, rough-planed specialty lumber at Community Forklift. It rarely goes on sale, but this Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14th, 2019, you can save 20% off the marked prices!

Treincarnation is a local company that works to bring a second beautiful life to trees which otherwise might have been thrown away.  Using logs felled by storms or removed to make way for development, they mill them into ‘live edge’ lumber, which is stacked and air-dried for years.

Species in stock include pin oak, red cedar, walnut, osage orange, sycamore, elm, cherry, maple, and more. The sale includes all sizes of slabs – and right now, we have some big ones that would make gorgeous dining tables!

40% Off Bathroom Fixtures

This weekend, save on modern AND vintage bathroom sinks, vanities, toilets, tubs, and medicine cabinets. The sale includes clawfoot tubs, vessel and pedestal sinks, and more!

This sale does not include faucets; plumbing parts or hardware; kitchen or living room cabinets; mirrors that are not part of medicine cabinets; or endcap display items.

Please note: This weekend’s flash sale does not include select specialty items; items from consignment partners other than Treincarnation; or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. May not be combined with other sales or promotions.

Plus, we still have garden goodies!

Did you miss our annual Garden Party last week? Don’t worry, we still have some gently-used garden tools, flower pots, and other lawn & garden supplies for you.

Come visit soon though, because it’s going fast!


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Every donation and purchase you make helps us lift up local communities through reuse.  Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historic materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.

Register now for Bike to Work Day 2019!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, Green Living, News | 0 comments

Register now for Bike to Work Day 2019!

Community Forklift and the Edmonston Green Team are joining forces once again to bring you the:

PORT TOWNS PIT STOP

On Friday May 17, 2019 we invite you to join over 10,000 area commuters to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Attend our Port Towns pit stop, or one of 100+ other stops throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia, for free refreshments, entertainment, and giveaways.

Register now for a chance to earn yourself a free t-shirt!
(supplies are limited to the first 20,000 participants registered across the DC area)

When

Morning Commute Pit Stop: 7am-9pm
Evening Commute Pit Stop: 4pm-6pm

Where

Veteran’s Park – Northeast Branch Trail at Decatur Street in Edmonston, Maryland

Registration for the event is free and easy to complete online. Remember to select “MD – Port Towns – Edmonston” when prompted to choose your pit stop location. Feel free to visit multiple pit stops on Bike to Work Day, but remember your free Bike to Work Day T-shirt can only be picked up at the pit stop you select during registration.

Never biked to work before? Don’t fret! The organizers have a handy guide for first time riders to answer all your questions.

Register Soon-
We can’t wait to see the Port Towns Bike To Work!

Sale on Doors & Windows

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Flash Sale, Flash Sale, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

Sale on Doors & Windows

This Tuesday through Thursday, April 9 – 11, 2019:

DOORS & WINDOWS ARE 40% OFF

During our midweek flash sale, take 40% off the marked prices on modern and vintage doors.

This includes interior and exterior doors, antique wood panel doors, french doors, oversized doors, bifold doors, louvered doors, security doors, storm doors, screen doors, and doors in frames.

Also, take 40% off the marked prices on windows and window sashes!

We’ve got hundreds of windows to choose from. Some are new and still in the packaging!
A vintage sash can become a beautiful sign, picture frame, or menu for a wedding or special event.

Please note:  this flash sale does NOT include doors or windows with stained glass, pebbled glass, or other specialty glass. Flash sales do not include select specialty items, items from our consignment partners, or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

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Community Forklift aims to turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by diverting landfill waste, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating green jobs. Every dollar you spend in our warehouse helps us lift up local communities through reuse.

Garden Party in the news

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Blog, Community Happenings, Events, Gardening, Parties at Community Forklift, Press we've received | 0 comments

Garden Party in the news

Our 10th Annual Garden Party is only a few days away. We’ve been working hard all year to collect lawn & garden supplies for you, and we’ve pulled together some great local partners for a fun day of activities.

So we were thrilled when reporter Colleen Curran told us she’d be covering the party. Check out her fantastic article in the Hyattsville Life & Times!

Click the image to read the story on the Hyattsville Life & Times website

April Lighting Sale

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Billboard, Blog, Events, Gardening, Monthly Sales, Parties at Community Forklift, Sales, Sales & Hot Items | 0 comments

April Lighting Sale
stained glass arts and craft style lights

25% Off

Modern & Vintage Lights

Throughout April 2019, take 25% off the marked price on hundreds of lights, from modern fixtures to antique chandeliers.

abalone pendant and white geometric stained glass shade

Sale includes glass shades and globes, overhead lights, flush-mounted lights, wall sconces, outdoor lighting, fluorescent fixtures, and lamps from every era.

Please note:  Sale does not include ceiling fans, other light parts, or electrical supplies, or rewired antique lights from our Salvage Arts consignment partner. Flash sales do not include select specialty items or items listed online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Flash sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

Victorian brass hanging light with rose painted shades

And remember…

Our Garden Party is coming up this weekend!

Saturday, April 6th |  10AM – 3PM

Join us for the big party! We’ll have a ton of pre-loved garden supplies for purchase starting at 9am, then the party begins at 10am with plant sales, garden experts & vendors, local baked goods, and a yummy food truck.

Admission is free, and so come enjoy the workshops & expert advice, live bands, the magician, and free face-painting. We’ll also have prizes for people and pets dressed in garden party finery. 

Get all the details here

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Every time you donate or shop at the ‘Lift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse. Community Forklift turns the construction waste stream into a resource stream – by keeping perfectly good stuff out of the landfill, preserving historic materials, providing low-cost building supplies, supporting neighbors in need, and creating green jobs and economic opportunities.

A reality show comes to the Forklift

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, News, Press we've received | 0 comments

A reality show comes to the Forklift

Over the years, reporters have covered the Forklift with great stories about our work – just check out our press page and YouTube playlist! But sometimes, we’re contacted by other types of shows, too.

Recently, we heard from the producers of An Imperfect Union. This Facebook show arranges for people on opposite sides of a controversial issue to spend an afternoon together, discussing their differences while volunteering at a local nonprofit.

Photo By Ben Jacobson (Kranar Drogin)

The producers were planning a show about the Bladensburg Peace Cross, which is currently at the center of a case before the Supreme Court. They needed a nearby volunteer gig, and we’re always grateful for free labor, so we said sure! Check out the result:

Community Forklift first appears on screen at the 5-minute mark. It went pretty well, don’t you think? Fred and Renee are passionate about their opposing positions, but they made a great team together.

Here at the Forklift, we are thrilled that over 60,000 people have seen the episode. We hope that some of them were inspired to check out their local reuse center as a result!

Are you coming to the Garden Party?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Blog, Community Happenings, Community Happenings, Events, Fundraising, Gardening, Green Living, News, Parties at Community Forklift | 0 comments

Are you coming to the Garden Party?

Our annual Garden Party is just around the corner! Join us at the warehouse on Saturday, April 6th for a fun-filled event celebrating the return of spring and the gardening season.

Our traditional garden supply sale begins at 9am , and the party starts 10am. Folks start lining up outside the gates even earlier, eager to dig through piles of flowerpots and shovels. (If you can’t get there in the morning, don’t worry – our staff continues to bring out items throughout the day.)

Check out our full event schedule below!

FREE Workshops

Click each title to learn more and RSVP!

10:30am-11:30am
The Benefits of Beekeeping ~ A Labor of Love, presented by Josh Calo of Sol Nectar Farm
Join Josh for a fun and interactive discussion about the plethora of reasons to become a beekeeper. Learn how to go about getting started on your journey into this exciting and rewarding relationship.

12:30pm-1:30pm
Sustainable Home Landscapes, presented by Dani Alexander of Studio AKA
Want to know more about how to reduce your energy consumption, deal with stormwater, and protect natural resources? Learn how to achieve these sustainability goals by looking at your landscape holistically. Your landscape can be an urban oasis that is both beautiful and ecologically healthy.

2pm-3pm
Home Composting Tips & Techniques, presented by Fritz Gottschalk of Veteran Compost
Join Fritz to learn the basics of home composting. Discuss how to start, what to watch for, and how to solve some of the basic problems new composters can encounter.

Local Experts, Teachers, and Vendors

Anacostia Watershed Society – Learn more about their work to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities
Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Find out how you can get involved and support national policies that address climate change
Colmar Manor Garden Club – Selling tomato plants
Cultivate the City – Selling seeds and garden products
ECO City Farms – Selling seedlings
Elements of Nature – Selling hand-crafted skin care, gardening accessories, herbal teas, and home-grown herbs
Hyattsville Horticulture Society – Selling seeds and a small variety of used gardening books and supplies
Sol Nectar Farm – Selling local honey and beeswax candles
Studio AKA – Learn about their ecologically sensitive approach to landscape design and find out what they could do with your space
Potomac Rose Society – Chat with them to learn all about growing beautiful, healthy roses, sustainably
Prince George’s County Master Gardener Program – Stop by for advice and ask them your toughest garden questions
Veteran Compost – Learn about their organic waste collection service and compost products

Live Music 

10am-11am
Roxanne Jarrett
You never know what to expect from Roxanne Jarrett, a Jamaican-American singer raised in New York City. Trained in Opera, Broadway, Folk and Jazz, she sings in 5 languages and performs in the infectious language of joy.

12pm-1pm
The Vico Cycle
The Vico Cycle is a group of like-minded musicians based in the Washington, DC metro area who blend rock, funk, blues, soul, & hip-hop into a lively fusion of raw sound.

2pm-3pm
HüsBand
HüsBand plays original melodic pop with a lyrical bite. This quartet of local musicians blends diverse musical influences to hone their own groove of rhythm and rhyme. Reflective, driving, and laid-back, all at the same time.

Delicious local food

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. 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.”

FREE fun for all ages

Face painting by Signs, Wonders, & Gifts (11am-3pm), strolling magician Matt Neufeld (12pm-3pm), and all-day crafting with the Anacostia Watershed Society (while supplies last)!

PLUS

There will be prizes for people and pets dressed in their spring best, so invite your friends, and start planning your stylish garden party ensemble!

See you there!

Proceeds from the Garden Party support our work to create green jobs, reduce waste, educate the public about reuse, and provide free supplies to nonprofits and neighbors in need.
If you would like to sponsor the 2019 Garden Party,
click here to see our current sponsorship opportunities.

We need garden tools & patio furniture

Posted by on Mar 15, 2019 in Antiques & Vintage, Blog, Donation Development, Events, Gardening, Parties at Community Forklift | 0 comments

We need garden tools & patio furniture

Cleaning out your shed, or refreshing your lawn & garden supplies for the coming season? Please consider donating your gently-used tools, decor, and outdoor furniture to the ‘Lift!

We’re busy collecting donations to get ready for our 10th Annual Garden Party & Spring Fundraiser. It’s coming up on April 6th, but we need time to process and organize the donated items beforehand, so please bring us your garden supplies soon.

It’s easy to donate

  • patio and porch furniture
  • lawn and garden supplies in working condition (hand tools, hoses, power tools, & mowers)
  • decorative and landscaping items (pottery, birdbaths, arbors, lighting, edging, brick, & stone).

You can drop off donations at our warehouse seven days a week, from 9 am to 6:30 pm. We also offer a free pick up service – just visit our donations page to get more info or request a pickup.

Other ways to help your favorite reuse nonprofit

Don’t have anything to donate for our Garden Party? You can still help the cause!

  • Please share this message with your friends, coworkers, neighborhood groups, and landscaping pros to encourage them to donate their gently-used garden supplies.
  • Or, sign up for a volunteer shift – we will need lots of help to get ready, and to setup and cleanup on April 6th.

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The Garden Party is the Forklift’s biggest fundraiser each year! Proceeds support our work to turn the construction waste stream into resources for the DC metro region. Your donations will help us create green jobs for people with barriers to employment; reduce waste; educate the public about reuse; and provide free supplies to neighbors in need, local nonprofits, and community gardens.