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301-985-5180 |
4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781
(5 min. from DC, near Hyattsville)
Open 7 days a week, from 9 AM - 6 PM - 
and open till 7 PM on Wednesdays & Fridays.
(Please drop off donations at least 30 minutes before closing time.)
Don't have plans for this weekend?  
You do now!
Saturday & Sunday,
April 1st & 2nd

Community Forklift's Annual Garden Party is a fun-filled festival with:
plant & seed sale
local art sale

Now in it's 8th year, the Garden Party is so popular that we've expanded it to TWO DAYS!  Visit our blog for the  full schedule, or keep reading...

Dress to Impress
We'll be giving prizes and gift certificates to folks in stylish garden party attire.  So find a fancy hat, a seersucker suit, or frilly dress! (Friendly, leashed pets can dress up too)

Shopping starts at 
9am Saturday
Throughout the winter, we collect gently-used and surplus lawn & garden supplies as well as outdoor d├ęcor and furniture.  Then, we put it all out for your shopping pleasure!  

The sale begins at 9:00 am Saturday, but folks start lining up outside our gates even earlier, eager to dig through piles of flowerpots and shovels. (If you can't get there in the morning, don't worry - the staff continues to bring out items throughout the weekend.)

The Garden Sale is the Forklift's biggest fundraiser each year. Proceeds support our work to create green jobs, reduce waste, educate the public about reuse, and provide free supplies to nonprofits & neighbors in need.

Note to early birds:  No lawn & garden supplies are out yet.  We will not have any garden items available until 9am on April 1st. 

Then, the party starts at 
10am Saturday!

Photo by Carrie Delesky


  • ECO City Farms will be here with seedlings, already sprouted and ready to go right into your garden.
  • The Colmar Manor Garden Club will be selling an additional variety of seedlings.
  • Good Sense Farm and Apiary will be offering their mushroom growing kits and assorted edible mushroom products.
  • Hyattsville Horticulture Society will be selling vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, along with some helpful gardening books and used garden equipment.
  • Sol Nectar Farm will have sustainable beekeeping products available, including beehives and honeybee wax.
  • Tanglewood Works is joining the fun to sell planted arrangements in funky upcycled containers.

Saturday & Sunday:
  • Capitol Hill Art League will be selling their garden-themed artwork. 
  • PERMIE KIDs will be here with educational gardening resources and food for both kids and adults.

Activities for All Ages

  • Big and little Forklift Fans can give hands-on help to our local rivers:  help plant seedlings for the Anacostia Watershed Society to use in restoring wetlands.
  • To win fun prizes and gift certificates, kids (and adults!) can track down trivia at the exhibitor tables to complete the Partner Passport.
Saturday & Sunday:
  • Check out fun eco-activities led by Jen from PERMIE KIDs.
  • Hunt down dinosaurs for our Reuse-osaur Scavenger Hunt

Live Music (Saturday)

11am-12pm:  Ballad Of
The DC-based quartet Ballad Of draws its influences from a deep well of both traditional and contemporary musical styles including early blues, Appalachian old-time, experimental classical, & shape-note hymnody.

1pm-2pm:  Blue Plains
Blue Plains is a local band with an eclectic flair for the original. Inspired by indie rock, folk, blue grass, jazz and blues, & even the punk movement; you never know what they'll play next, but it's sure to be great!

3pm-4pm:  Vico Cycle
The Vico Cycle is a group of like-minded musicians based in the Washington, DC metro area who have come together to blend rock, funk, blues, soul, & hip-hop into a lively fusion of raw sound.

Photo by Lenzy Ruffin

Free Workshops 

Saturday (click the titles to learn more, and reserve a seat!):

10am-11am:   Introduction to Permaculture, presented by  Eric Lewis

12pm-1pm:   From Evergreen to Edible, presented by Ramona Winkelbauer, a DC Master Gardener

2pm-3pm:   The Benefits & Use of Organic Compost, presented by Fritz and Justen of  Veteran Compost

4pm-5pm:   Economically Sustainable Honey Bee Keeping, presented by Josh Calo of  Sol Nectar Farm


11am-3pm:  Outdoor Pallet Creations, presented by the Forklift's  Matt Menke and Gary Barnhart of  GL Barnhart Construction.  Drop in for a while, or stay the whole time!

11am-3pm:  Antiques Advice, presented by the Forklift's Chris Melendez as well as appraiser Jackie Gray - bring in your vintage items to learn more about them!

Photo by Lenzy Ruffin

Free Tours 


12pm:  Behind the Scenes at The 'Lift, led by Ruthie of Community Forklift

2pm:  Eco City's Farm Reuse Tour, led by Kayla of  Eco City Farms

Delicious Local Food! 

Shortcake Bakery (Saturday)
Shortcake Bakery is a 5 year old bakery, located at 4700 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville, Maryland. Shortcake exclusively bakes with fresh ingredients, producing products with a homemade taste. They have received numerous accolades from Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post. Shortcake will be selling breakfast (and coffee!) in the morning, and desserts throughout the afternoon.

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.  Brisket, pork, and shrimp are his most popular sandwiches (menu subject to change with the seasons), and he'll also have a vegetarian option available.   He says:   "I look forward to bringing you the best of what Southern Maryland has to offer."

Pink Confetti is a home-based business which offers uniquely designed cakes for all occasions. "Our elegant wedding cakes, customized cakes, cupcakes, cookies, dairy-free treats, and desserts are made from scratch by the owner and chef, who passionately turns your creative vision into a velvety-sweet reality. We love to share our flair, creating the most delicious and visually appealing sweets."

Riverdale Park and Arts Council  for the sound system; and photographers  Lenzy Ruffin  &  JoAnna Mak .

So invite your friends, 
put together a stylish garden party ensemble,
and we'll see you this weekend!  

Getting to the party...  

For part of Saturday,  Route 1 will be blocked off for a bike race through Hyattsville.  So...  
please use Kenilworth Avenue to get to our warehouse on Saturday!!!

Parking is also tough because we get really busy on Garden Party weekend.  Please consider:  

1)  Carpooling to a party is fun!  Round up some neighbors, or call a friend you haven't seen in a while.  


2)  Or, v isit our website for directions by bus or bike .  We are very close to the NE and NW Branch bike trails!  (Our courtyard will be closed to cars during the party, so you can leave your bike inside our fence while you hang out).   

If you don't have a fantastic bike trailer like the one below, just remember, you can store many items  for up to a week.  So, if you fall in love with a gigantic lawn statue, you can always pick it up after the party!

Monthly Sales
Please Note:  Some exclusions apply. Monthly sales do not include select specialty items, consignment items, or items sold online. Items with missing or damaged tags will not be sol d.
March Sales   

There are just hours left for our March Sales!  Through 7pm this Friday, March 31st, you can save 25% to 50% on radiators, HVAC equipment, fireplace accessories, light fixtures and doors.  

This includes both antique and modern items!  Visit our blog for all the details.

April Sales

We'll be announcing our April Sales very soon!  Starting Saturday, April 1st during the Garden Party, we'll have sales on trim, windows, and more!  

Stop by the store or visit our website on Friday night for all the details.  

Just think of all the things you could make out of old windows!

Follow us for flash sales

Find out about our surprise sales, learn about unusual items in stock, and get all the info that won't fit in our newsletter! 

Did you know that we have a lot of items that are available only online? We have tons of vintage hardware and decor available in our Etsy store!

Or, to see a range of vintage decor, bathroom fixtures, machinery, and commercial items, v isit our  Ebay store.

301-985-5180 |
Open 7 days a week, from 9 AM - 6 PM - and now open till 7 PM on Wednesdays & Fridays.
(Please drop off donations at least 30 minutes before closing time.)
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