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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.)
Help Forklift Help Neighbors In Need
On Thanksgiving, it's traditional to give thanks for all that we have - our friends and family, and the food in front of us. But have you ever thought to give thanks for the kitchen in which the food was prepared?  

For some in our community, kitchen appliances are a luxury. A once-working stove or fridge goes bad, and the funds to buy a new or used one just aren't there.

Since 2011, Forklift has provided over $123,000 in free home goods to neighbors in need. We have given hundreds of free appliances to families, seniors, and other individuals who needed a stove, a fridge, a washer, an air conditioner, or any number of other necessities.

Recently, one family of seven had to good fortune to inherit a family home after leaving a homeless shelter. But the house wasn't in good condition and the family didn't have the funds to pay rent somewhere else. Forklift's Home Essentials program provided a free refrigerator, electric stove and dishwasher.

Mom said, "This house is the only thing that keeps us off the streets. I am looking for work but we really need help to get back on our feet. I just want a safe and healthy place where my kids feel happy to live and have friends over. You have helped my family so much, you have no idea what this donation means for us."

And you make all the difference.
When you give to the Forklift (by making a financial contribution, or by donating good working appliances and other home goods), you are helping us to save precious resources from the landfill, and to turn those resources into valuable donations to neighbors who need them most.  
Make a secure, tax-deductible  donation online
or mail a check to  Community Forklift, 
4671 Tanglewood Drive,  Edmonston, MD 20781  

P.S. - we have more families on our waiting list and your financial contribution will help us get them help even more quickly...
and remember, our program helps LOCAL neighbors in need. Your support really helps folks who live right here in our community.
After Thanksgiving:
Shop green, shop small, or don't shop at all...
let's celebrate community instead of the mall!
November 25th &  26th
11 AM - 4PM
Free and open to the public

Come on over to the 'Lift! On Friday & Saturday, we'll have live entertainment, free gift-making workshops, local artists, delicious food, and free photos with Santa for all ages. 

Free Gift-Making Workshops!

Tile Coasters,  Hardware Windchimes, & More
Friday & Saturday 11am - 4pm
Adults and children can drop into our community crafting area throughout the party, and Community Forklifters will help you make a gift for that hard-to-shop-for relative. Free but donations appreciated. 

Holiday Cookie Decorating 
Friday 1pm - 2pm
Nicole from Pink Confetti will be spreading a little holiday cheer with cookie decorating tips & ideas to do with your family during the holidays. She'll provide cookies, icing, colorful sprinkles, and candy decorations for children to decorate cookies during the workshop. Don't forget to stop by her booth for a tasty treat before you leave.

Holiday Craft with Upcycled Wood 
Friday 3pm - 4pm
Angie from Angie's Gift Baskets will help you use scraps to create a festive holiday piece.

Candle Gifting and Decorating  
Saturday 1pm - 2pm
Myeisha Paskel from Be Playful leads participants in a Do It Yourself workshop where she will show how participants how to make small DIY candles or melts and each guest will be able to take home a sample made in class! 

Decoupage on Wood
Saturday 3pm - 4pm
Caitlin Adams from Slippery Crockery shows some of the techniques she uses to create her beautiful wood pieces.

Green Gifts & Local Artists!
Friday & Saturday 11am - 4pm
Do you know someone who would love a Community Forklift gift card? You can order one online or pick up one in the store.  How about a t-shirt? By Green Friday, we'll be fully stocked with small through 3x (in both mens and misses sizing).

Plakookee is a collaboration between artists Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas. Their projects span across design, sculpture, installation, constructed photography and time-based art work. Their work, together and independently, has been exhibited and screened in spaces across the U.S. and internationally. At this event, they will be debuting a series of prints photographed with Community Forklift items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit our Home Essentials program for neighbors in need.

Angie specializes in Move In, New Home, Corporate Outreach, Resident Retention, and Look and Lease Incentives. Locally owned and operated, she strives for quality and guaranteed satisfaction! She will have some of her woodworking projects to sell at the event.

Visit SallyAnn Rogers to see her selection of beaded jewelry using glass beads, stones, wire, beach glass, pot sherds, stained glass, watercolor paper to make many different kinds of pieces.

Caitlin currently uses old wooden things, vintage housewares and driftwood, as her "canvas" for paint and decoupage, the latter which is often saved, collected and upcycled paper or fabric.

Mary is a watercolorist who uses a lot of pen and ink in her work. She takes a subject and creates with color and skies and time of the year.

Delia has a lovely selection of miniature oil paintings but also has notecards, handmade pins and several larger paintings and sculpture.

Joe will be part of the event this year with his cryptic style paintings often depicting iconic Madonnas, beast-like creatures, and, sometimes, darkly (and often female) religious images. However, the viewer should not miss Roger's unique sense of humor that peeks through it all.

Check out Kim's fantastic collection of stained glass and beaded jewelry.

Munir utilizes a wood-burning forge to create his handmade blades using traditional techniques and reclaimed materials.

Myeisha Paskel will have wide array of decorative scented candles made from soy- and vegatable-blended waxes.

 Toy Swap
Bring in a child's toy that is ready for someone new to love, and leave with one for someone you know to love again.

Delicious Food!
Evan Barber's Popcorn & Cider
As you enter the store, stop by Evan's stand for treats to warm your shopper's soul.  He's a hardworking youngster who sells goodies to raise money for Share Literacy

Saturday Only 11am -3pm
You don't want to miss their all-natural Prime Angus Chuck patties, hand-cut fries, buttermilk fries chicken sandwich, grilled herb-marinated chicken & fresh veggie patties (made in-house!)

You aren't going to believe how good your mouth feels after eating one of these.

Friday 11am - 12pm
The young and young at heart will be delighted by Bill's hands-on music show. Bill has been presenting his World of Music programs in area schools, libraries, museums, hospitals and orphanages for 25 years. He travels around the world learning music and bringing back musical instruments for children to play along with him.

Strolling Magician 
Saturday from 12pm - 2pm
Enjoy the talents of Matt Neufeld as he dazzles and amazes with his close-up magic. You won't believe your eyes.

  Makin' Sloe Gin
Friday 2pm - 3pm
Makin' Sloe Gin upcycles some classics and sands down and refinishes some toe tapping tunes. They love re-purposing some forgotten songs. Most of all, they have fun.

Saturday 11am - 12pm
Enjoy the sounds of Harmonica Blues to soothe your shopper's soul.

Saturday  2pm - 3pm
The 42nd Street Singers are one of the most sought after Carolers in the DC area. Their carolers amaze in classic Victorian costumes and beautiful melodies.

Don't Forget Santa...
Friday and Saturday 12pm - 4pm
The jolly old elf will be here for photos, and to hear your greenest wishes and desires.

Storewide Sale!
25% off almost everything in the warehouse
On Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday, save on  modern & vintage items  with blue and orange price tags.
( Some exclusions apply. Sale does  not include lumber & wood trim, select specialty items, items with missing or damaged price tags, items sold online, or items from our consignment partners. May not be combined with other sales)

Special thanks to  JoAnna Mak for photographing the party!

We're still seeking sponsors for upcoming events
It's a great way to get a little publicity for your business or organization, while helping your favorite reuse store. Contact Ruthie(at) or 301-985-5180 for info.


Do you have out-of-town visitors for Thanksgiving weekend? Bring them by Tanglewood Works  in front of the Forklift,  or in the new pop-up shop in Hyattsville. If you wear green, you'll be  entered to win a $100 Tanglewood Works gift certificate!


Don't miss the final First Friday of 2016
Dec. 2nd,  6pm - 8pm
Next Friday, we're staying open late to throw a holiday party! Meet other salvage-minded folks, enjoy craft beer, and check out the work of local artists. Forklift Fans of all ages are welcome. 
Visit our blog for all the details, but here are some highlights:  

Big Discounts!
We'll have a very exciting flash sale starting at 6pm. We'll announce all the details on Friday afternoon, so keep an eye on our  websiteFacebook page, or  Twitter feed.

Live Band!
The Firnats are a Herndon, Virginia based band composed of self proclaimed local pretty boys. Their unique blend of Indie Rock/Jazz Fusion makes for a great listen.
Appraisal Advice Fundraiser!
If you love Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers, we've really got a treat for you! Bring in something you're curious about for our Appraisal Advice Fundraiser. The Forklift's own Chris Melendez will offer advice about your antiques, including architectural salvage, ceramics, furniture, sterling silver, and vintage jewelry. If you enjoy her advice, donations to Community Forklift are greatly appreciated (in addition to financial donations, we will also be collecting donations of  vintage & folk jewelry, and sterling silver hollow ware & flatware at this booth).

SoundAffectsSound Affects Fundraiser 
on Barracks Row
If you miss First Friday, not to worry - we've got a fun party just a week later, down in Eastern Market. Come out and dance the night away to  support  your favorite reuse nonprofit.

Help your congregation save money 
and get free trees! 

There are  FREE trees available for religious communities in Prince George's County!  Trees for Sacred Places   is a wonderful program that can help your congregation plant trees AND  save on stormwater impact fees through Prince George's Alternative Compliance Program.  

This program is also available statewide, so if you have connections with churches or faith-owned property anywhere in Maryland, p lease spread the word!  For more info, visit
Last Chance for 
November Specials!
Please note:  monthly sales do not include items from our consignment partners, items sold online, select specialty items, or items with missing or damaged tags. 
Save 10%
When You 
Wear a Forklift Shirt  

They're just $10 each, so pick one up today at our front desk! Then, throughout November, you can save 10% off regularly priced items when wearing your shirt. Discount does not apply to gift cards.

Kendall, one of our Jobs for Youth interns, models a crewneck style. We have t-shirts at the front desk for $10 each, available in two colors: gray and cobalt. We carry sizes for men and women from small to 3X.

50% off Wood Trim!

We lowered our trim prices recently, but this month you an save even more. Sale applies to modern and vintage sticks of trim, including pine, oak, and hardwoods. Sale does not include dimensional lumber, shelf boards, flooring, paneling, columns, gingerbread, rosettes, plinth blocks and other specialty shapes.

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50% off Lighting   

Take half off the blue & orange tags on modern AND vintage lights, ceiling fans, & light shades! Sale does not include bulbs, other light parts or electrical supplies, or white-tag Salvage Arts items.

A great gift idea for the holidays:  turn an old brass porch light into a terrarium! Get tips at

50% off Stair Parts!  

Includes modern and vintage wood balusters, wood handrails, newel posts, and stair treads. Balusters also make great table legs! Sale does not include select specialty items, complete staircases, attic stair kits, or metal stair parts.

November Freebie Frenzy  
Thinking about creating some homemade holiday gifts this year?  We've got free supplies for you to get started.

Free Chairs! 
Chairs tagged at $10 or less are free this month while supplies last.  Freebie does not include patio seating or other outdoor furniture.

Free Hollow Core Doors!
Hollow doors priced at $3 or less are free during November while supplies last. Attach some legs, and you've got a nice lightweight table for tinkering, laundry-sorting, or your next yard sale.

Free "Not-Paint"
This November giveaway includes liquids that are not paint:  stain, glazes, sealants, adhesives, marine paint, joint compound, and other types of liquid of all sizes. Freebie DOES NOT INCLUDE AMAZON Recycled Paint, standard latex or oil paint, grout, or powders.


Did you know that we have a lot of items that are available only online? We have a lot 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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