In This Issue:
Get Your Spring On This Weekend
News from Our  Neighbors
301-985-5180 |
4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 (5 minutes 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.)

It's here... 
Community Forklift's
9th Annual  Garden Party 
& Spring Fundraiser

is THIS Saturday!!!
March 24th, 2018
9:00AM - 3:00PM

At the Forklift's annual fun-filled fundraiser, we offer a ton of low-cost, gently-used garden tools and landscaping supplies, seed and plant sales, and garden-themed art. The free festival also includes workshops and demos, gardening experts, activities for kids, live bands, and delicious local food. 

We'll have prizes for well-dressed adults, kids, and pets (florals, seersucker, and stylish hats are encouraged).

The party starts with our highly anticipated tool sale, which begins at 9:00 AM Saturday. It's like Black Friday for gardeners!  Folks start lining up early, eager to dig through piles of flowerpots and shovels. (If you can't get there in the morning, don't worry - we'll continue to bring out items throughout the day.)

Note to early birds:  No lawn & garden supplies are out yet.  We will not have any garden items available until 9am on March 24th. 

We're excited to announce that this year,
for the first time in Garden Party history, we'll be selling 
limited edition Garden Party t-shirts !
Shirt sales will help fund our nonprofit programs.

Don't miss your chance to snag one of these snazzy tees!

People and pets dressed in garden party finery can win gift certificates and prizes. So find yourself a spring suit, frilly dress, or fancy hat, and check out all the activities in store for you!

Local Experts and Teachers


Activities for all ages
Make & Take Crafting with  Anacostia Watershed Society
Reuseosaur Scavenger Hunt
Face Painting by  Signs, Wonders, & Gifts
Strolling Magician
Stroll the Salvaged Carpet - Selfie Photo Booth

Live Music

Free Workshops
Outdoor Pallet Creations (Weather Permitting)
and more to come...

Delicious Local Food

Invite your friends, plan your  stylish ensemble, 
and get your Spring on!

Donor Spotlight: Liaison Hotel

We want to share our excitement about a promising new community partnership. In late February, we received a huge donation from the Liaison Hotel, located in downtown D.C. just blocks from the Capitol. 

Jeff Brainard, General Manager, said that although "it's always easier to just discard," the logistical hassle of donating was worthwhile because he feels, as we do, that you shouldn't unnecessarily discard what can be repurposed.  "If you're using less natural resources, donating and not discarding, it makes economic, environmental, and community sense. We're always trying to balance that three-legged stool: owners, guests, and associates - and environment and community are in each of those legs."  

We are nothing without our donors - their willingness to take a little extra time and resources to coordinate a donation pickup is the kind of thing that makes our work possible. For more details about Forklift's newest partnership, visit our blog.

This funky modern headboard and lights were included in the Liaison's donation.


For the second year in a row, Forklift was thrilled to host a group of students from Michigan State University who traveled to Maryland to perform community service during their spring break. They participated in MSU's Alternative Spartan Breaks program, which matches up groups of service-oriented students with volunteer opportunities around the country. The group that came to Forklift had applied to complete their service in the field of "fostering a sustainable community."

In addition to helping us cross several large items off our to-do list, the folks from MSU served as an enthusiastic reminder that the work we do here every day is in service of a worthy goal. Having a dozen college students volunteer their spring break to work along side us towards our mission boosted the energy of everyone here. 

We are so grateful to the MSU Alternative Breakers,
and hope that they had as much fun as we did! 
For the full details of their accomplishments, visit our blog.

Pick up a sustainable new skill
Check out our upcoming workshops!

Did you know we offer free public workshops throughout the year? We explore home repair, reuse and upcycling, and environmental stewardship. 

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM on March 24th (at the Garden Party)
presented by Fritz Gottschalk of Veteran Compost

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM on March 24th (at the Garden Party)
presented by Linda Jones of  Elements of Nature

Outdoor Pallet Creations
March 24th (at the Garden Party) - Times to be announced
presented by Matt Menke of Community Forklift
& Gary Barnhart of GL Barnhart Construction
Weather Permitting

We've got a bunch of exciting workshops coming up...check our Events Calendar for updates.
Remember, we're always seeking
volunteers for our workshop series! 
Presenters receive a $75 gift certificate - so please
let us know if you have a topic in mind.
Around Town
News from our neighbors

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March 15 - 25, 2018

The DC Environmental Film Festival is the largest and longest-running film festival in the US, and it's back! Over 100 films will be presented in various museums, libraries, and other locations around DC between March 15 - 25. See the full schedule here. 

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Help DC Hold onto its Funk

DC Funk Parade, the inspiration behind Forklift's FunkYard Festival, is on the verge of cancellation. For years, volunteers have organized the parade of funk musicians, dancers and performance artists down U Street, which has long been a hub for black culture, art and commerce. Upwards of 70,000 people and more than 200 businesses, arts organizations, and community groups participated in last year's parade. Last Wednesday, the event's lead organizers   announced that the Funk Parade will most likely be canceled this year, due to a funding shortage.

If you want to help save this lively local tradition, donate to the parade's crowdfunding campaign here.
Seeking On-Call Volunteers

Do you love what we do at the 'Lift?
Do you want some active relief from your daily routine?

We are looking for able-bodied volunteers to assist with donation pickups and small deconstruction projects. Donation pickups involve loading salvaged materials and bulky items onto our trucks, sometimes in less than optimal conditions. Deconstruction projects may involve use hammers, pry bars, power drills, sawzalls (depending on experience) for the removal of interior trim, flooring, doors, cabinets, and other nonstructural items.

A strong back, ability to lift 40 lbs repeatedly, steel toed boots, and a sunny disposition are required. Construction experience for deconstruction tasks is preferred.

To learn more, please contact Jon(at)

March 2018 Discounts

All month long, the following departments are on sale! 
Note:  monthly sales do not apply to select specialty items, items from our consignment vendors, or items sold online. Items with missing or damaged price tags will not be sold. Monthly sales may not be combined with other sales or promotions.

25% Off

Modern and vintage furniture is on sale throughout March.
Sale does not apply to built-in shelving or cabinetry, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, mantels, wall art or other home decor. 

Window Sashes
50% Off

Both modern and vintage window sashes are half off - and yes, that includes antique wavy glass!  Sale does not apply to framed windows, window treatments, stained glass, or shutters. 

Forklift Fan Zach Frone used a sash to build a cold frame for starting seeds:  
Zach's projects are usually a little fancier than this - check out @Zfrone1 on Instagram to admire his woodworking skills!

Do you know an engaged couple?  Let them know about this sale - old sashes offer a lot of possibilities for wedding decor!
Ben Elsass Photography - Chris & Katie's wedding featured on Something Turquoise

Did you know we sell online?  

If you can't make it to the warehouse, you can shop with us 
online!  All proceeds help us continue to lift up local communities through reuse. 

We have vintage decor,  bathroom fixtures, machinery, commercial items, and more in our  Ebay store.  We also have tons of vintage hardware & decor in our  Etsy store.

If you're interested in unusual and upscale furniture and housewares, you should also check out our shop on Chairish!


Follow our blog to hear about flash sales, learn
about unusual items in stock, and get all the info that won't fit
in our newsletter.

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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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