I saw this message on a local garden forum and thought I would pass it along:
Hi everybody – Ruthie here, from Community Forklift, the nonprofit
thrift store for home improvement. Please forgive me, I usually behave
myself and let other folks on this listserve recommend CF, but we have
an unusual situation right now, and we need to get the word out very
Please help spread the word: we have TRUCKLOADS of landscaping
materials, grasses, trees, & edible plants arriving this week at our
warehouse (leftover from the Solar Decathalon). We don't have any way
to water them, so we need to find homes for them very soon. Starting
Wednesday, they will be available to the public at very low cost. More
details at the bottom of this message.
Thanks so much!
Our cavernous warehouse is located in the Hyattsville area, about 15
minutes southeast of Takoma Park, at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781.
Call 301-985-5180 or visit www.CommunityForklift.com for store hours & directions
ABOUT THE PLANTS AND LANDSCAPING:
All of this great stuff is coming from the Solar Decathalon down on
the National Mall. As you may know, the U.S. Department of Energy
challenged collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered
houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive (This year, the hometown team won grand prize – congratulations to our friends at UMD!!!)
The teams are currently breaking down their exhibits, and many have
asked us to pick up their leftover landscaping items so it won't go to
waste. We've gotten offers of decking & railing, as well as hundreds
of shrubs, small trees, native grasses, edible plants, and straw bales
(Purdue University even offered us a 24' garage. It took us hours on the
phone to find a crane & flatbed, but we finally arranged for it to
be transported to DC Groundworks, a great nonprofit in need of a storage
So, we're still not sure exactly how much we'll be able to get, but
starting this Wednesday, Oct. 5th, it will be here waiting for you!
(Note that we are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays – visit www.CommunityForklift.com for store hours & directions)
PRICED TO MOVE – we gotta find 'em good homes before they die. We're
not set up to water hundreds of plants, and it would be a shame if they
wilted before they find homes. So, we'll be pricing them to move! For
example, we expect that most shrubs, grasses, edible plants, and trees
will be priced at one to ten dollars each. Straw bales (perfect for a
fall or Halloween display in your yard) will be only two bucks each.
ABOUT COMMUNITY FORKLIFT: We are a nonprofit thrift store for home
improvement & architectural salvage. Instead of donating clothing or
couches, folks donate renovation leftovers like cabinets, doors,
lights, and lumber. The building materials are then made available to
the public at very low prices (40% to 90% below big-box stores), and
donated to local nonprofits. To improve our financial stability, we have
also brought in consignment partners to offer higher-end products:
unusual antiques & primitives, raw-edge hardwoods, &
reconditioned appliances. We are owned & operated by local 501c3
nonprofit Sustainable Community Initiatives, so donations are
Since opening in 2005, Community Forklift has made it possible for
thousands of DC-area homeowners and nonprofits to repair substandard
housing. Not only have 18 green jobs been created at the store, but
hundreds of local contractors have been able to keep their estimates
low, allowing them to attract clients and keep working despite the tough
economy. Reuse of materials also means that fewer materials go into the
landfill, which reduces the burden on local governments; and that less
energy is used to extract, manufacture, and transport new materials.
Reuse is better for our wallets and our world!