This Saturday, don't miss our annual

Garden Party & Potluck!


Also, just a few days left for March Sales...   

2011 City Paper Readers' Choice Best Home Goods Store

34,000 sq. ft. of Low-Cost Building Materials  / 301-985-5180

A project of Sustainable Community Initiatives   



In this newsletter...
March sales




 You are coming to the 

Garden Party on Saturday,

aren't you?


All the cool people 

will be there.

Come celebrate spring with your fellow Forklift Fans at our Annual Garden Party on Saturday, March 31st. The sale is our official kick-off for the spring home and garden season - see schedule below. Dogs and other friendly pets are welcome (Animals must be on leashes).  

Please invite all your friends, and send an announcement to your neighborhood listserves.  Share it on Facebook and Twitter, or download and print our flyer to hand out!

  Two-legged and four-legged attendees are encouraged to come in garden party attire.  Why not don your jauntiest hat, vintage dress, or seersucker suit?  PIC OF JAUNTY HATFor inspiration, check out Dandies and Quaintrelles, a stylish DC group known for their Seersucker Socials and Tweed Rides.  If you're not into dressing up, that's okay too - show up in your favorite gardening gear, well-worn overalls and muddy boots!

Schedule of Events  
  Check the Forklift Blog for updates as the big day draws near...

Store Opens
9:00 AM
Yup, we'll have lawn & garden supplies! Come early and bring a friend, because there may be a big rush when the gates open.   Please be patient and polite to the staff, volunteers, and your fellow Forklift Fans!  (Note to early birds: we do not have any lawn & garden supplies out on our sales floor yet. We will not be selling any lawn & garden items until 9am on March 31st)

This year, it seems like the majority of garden donations have been planters and some landscaping stone.  However, we're expecting a lot of eager shoppers to stop by!  So that you don't leave disappointed, we have also purchased tools, decor, and flower pots through a wholesale source.  It's brand-new stuff - but the prices will still be less than retail, and you'll be supporting your favorite nonprofit reuse center! 

Door Prizes    
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Get your free ticket as you come in the courtyard.  Gift certificates and prizes awarded on the hour.

   Guitar Raffle
Buy tickets starting at 10:00 AM  
Raffle Winner announced at 3:30pm
Enter to win a studen
t guitar, donated by local musician Michael Sevener.  Tickets are $1 each, and proceeds will benefit our Building Fund (we're trying to buy our warehouse so that we can remain a permanent resource for years to come).  

Gardening Workshop
10:00 AM 
Wish you had a green thumb? 
Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine, will be here to answer your questions and share tips.

Lunchtime Potluck 
12:00 NOON - 3:00 PM 
Bring a main dish, veggies, salad, side or dessert to share with Community Forklift family and neighbors.

Plus, if the weather cooperates, we're also GRILLING FOR THE BUILDING. We'll be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips, and homemade cupcakes to raise money for our building fund.

One Heart Muzik  
One Heart and Livy, our favorite volunteer DJs, will play your favorites and take requests throughout the afternoon.

Live Music 
Afternoon:  Michael Sevener will be playing his guitar and harmonica throughout the afternoon, and will be joined by his friend Jim Groves for a set. 

At 4pm, the M.R. Jam Band will treat us to their famous "geriatric hippie rock and roll!"

Juggling Lessons from Deciduous Dave
Deciduous Dave crafts walking sticks and other items from wood that was found, reclaimed, repurposed or sustainably harvested. Inspired by his passion for juggling, he also crafts devil sticks, juggling pins and juggling orbs, often using tools and wood from Community Forklift.  He will also be giving juggling lessons in the afternoon - times to be announced on the Forklift Blog

FREE Seeds and Planting Advice 
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Volunteers from the Neighborhood Farm Initiative(NFI), a nonprofit project of America the Beautiful Fund will be distributing vegetable and flower seed packets as well as providing gardening tips from 2-5pm.   The NFI mission is to improve underutilized public green spaces in the Washington, DC area by creating demonstration gardens for hands-on community-wide education, thereby increasing access to fresh vegetables for all members of our community, regardless of income.

Community Partners
We think these local organizations are really cool - you should know about them!  Stop by their tables for info during the party. 

 ANACOSTIA HOURS LOGO Anacostia Hours - a local currency for Hyattsville, North Brentwood, Brentwood, Mt. Rainier, and surrounding areas.  They are committed to establishing a local currency system to bring face-to-face relationships back to economics, and to encourage stronger communities. 

  Eco City Farms
  ECO City Farms is an educational, not-for-profit enterprise designed to serve as a prototype for sustainable local farming, including vegetables, aquaculture, and chickens.  They are also in Edmonston, just a few blocks away from Community Forklift.  Yet another green business proud to be in the Port Towns!



March Sales

Just a few more days to save big!    



75% off Sinks

Take 75% off all bathroom & kitchen sinks priced at $45 or less, including cast iron, porcelain, cultured marble and stainless steel.  The sale applies to sinks in our courtyard, as well as sinks in the warehouse.


(Sale does not apply to bathroom vanity sets, pedestal sinks, items with missing or damaged price tags, or items from our consignment partners)



50% off Unframed Glass

Take half off our regular glass prices. Find some nice glass shelves, or use rectangles of glass for picture framing projects.  Or, pick up some stained-glass paint at the craft store, and make a beautiful sun-catcher!


(Sale does not apply to medicine cabinets, framed glass or mirrors, door-mounted mirrors, or items from our consignment partners)



50% off Select HVAC Products

Take half off the orange price tags on furnaces, gas fireplaces, pipe insulation, ductwork, registers, and heaters in our HVAC section.


(Sale does not apply to other types of insulation, window air conditioners, radiators, white-tagged items in the Salvage Arts department, some specialty items, or items with missing or damaged price tags)



50% off "Orphan" Light Shades

Take half off the orange price tags on individual light shades and light covers in the lighting aisle.   



(Sale does not apply to shades that are part of a light fixture, white-tagged items in the Salvage Arts department, or items with missing or damaged price tags)


30% off Salvaged Windows, Sashes, & Weights

Take 30% off the orange price tags on standard used windows, modern & vintage sashes, and window weights.


(Sale does not apply to surplus, specialty, or curved windows; window trim; transoms, sidelights, skylights, or bay windows; stained glass pieces; doors with glass; items with white price tags; or windows with missing or damaged price tags)


$5 furniture parts

A furniture builder recently donated matching pairs of cabinet doors and a variety of tops for dressers, tables, and desks.  This month, pay just $5 each for furniture tops, sets of legs, and cabinet door bundles.


(Sale does not include cabinet doors that are not bundled together; bathroom vanity tops; stair spindles or balusters; plumbing pipe; items from our consignment partners; some specialty parts; or some items made of cherry, chestnut, maple or other specialty wood)



Thanks for being a Forklift Fan - we're looking forward to seeing you at the Garden Party!





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Party Helpers needed this Saturday! 
Can you give us a hand while you hang out at our Garden Party?  We need help throughout the day to make our event a big success!  Please email Bea with your phone number, availability (2-3 hour shifts) and preferred task(s):

* Grill Masters

* Greeters & Raffle Captains

* Beverage Specialists

* Potluck Managers

* Photographers

* Setup Helpers (the evening of Friday March 30)

* Cleanup Crew (4-7pm Saturday March 31)   


Last Saturday of every month 

Join Community Forklift's Warehouse Volunteer Team!  We are looking for some folks who have a bit of free time and who want to give back to the Forklift community as volunteers.  Join us in the warehouse on the last Saturday of each month for an orientation and workday.  Come once or come every month - come alone or bring a friend.  Make sure you RSVP to Bea to sign up!   


Weekday Volunteers

Can't come on Saturdays?  If you want to volunteer in the warehouse on a weekday, please contact Bea to let her know your availability and skills/interests.