One of our favorite home improvement destinations is Community Forklift, located near Hyattsville MD. Community Forklift is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to reduce landfill waste by salvaging building materials. While it is not in Brookland, let alone DC, we thought their Black Friday and Small Business Saturday events would be of interest to readers since it’s not too far and sounds like a lot of fun! Anyone working to maintain the original character of their home or simply fond of antique and re-purposed items would enjoy a visit.
From 10am -6pm on Nov. 28 & 29, stop by the reuse center to check out upcycled gifts from local artists, and help decorate a community tree. There will free craft workshops for all ages, music from DJ One Heart and pictures with Santa Claus (see the full schedule below). The warehouse is a bit chilly, so make sure to bundle up – but there will be free hot cider and cookies to keep you warm! Check out the info below from Ruthie from Community Forklift:
LOCAL ARTISTS OPEN STUDIO AND SALES
Many crafters and artists come to the Forklift to find inspiration and supplies. Throughout Green Friday and Small Business Saturday, a variety of local artists will be here to offer their wares, and show you how they create their amazing pieces!
DIY CRAFT AREA FOR ALL AGES (12pm – 4pm Fri. & Sat.)
We’ll have a free craft area open for children and adults on 12pm – 4pm on Friday and Saturday so that you can make tree ornaments or tile coasters. They make great stocking stuffers! On Friday from 12pm – 4pm, bring the whole family to make image transfer t-shirts with ‘Arts on a Roll’, an arts initiative through the Prince George’s County Parks and Planning Department ($5 per t-shirt).
5th ANNUAL MISTLETOE MARKET (10am – 6pm Fri. & Sat.)
Find great gifts for friends and family, made by local artists! All gifts are made with reclaimed, upcycled, or other eco-friendly materials. Gifts for sale include jewelry, textiles and clothing, beauty care, mosaics, stationary, wall art, candles, toys, housewares and more.
MEET SANTA (12pm – 2pm Fri.)
Santa Claus often stops by Community Forklift to shop. “I can find vintage wood-carving tools at the Forklift, and they’re a lot sturdier than modern hand tools” reports Mr. Claus. “So when the staff asked if I could stop by their party, I was happy to help.” Santa will be at the warehouse from 12-2pm on Friday, and photos will be available afterwards on the Forklift’s Facebook page.
Community Forklift is about a 15 minute drive to 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781.