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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts Fair at Community Forklift

Oct 27, 2013 06:52AM

Community Forklift, the D.C., area's largest thrift store for modern and vintage house parts, will be exhibiting work from local crafters and artists during its fifth annual Green Gift Fair. The fair will run from November 1 to December 30 during regular store hours, at the Forklift's huge warehouse, just five minutes outside of D.C.

Nancy J. Meyer, CEO of Community Forklift, says, "Our customers come to us all year looking for unique and reclaimed building materials for their home. During the holiday season, they love being able to find creative, upcycled gifts too." 

The organization has invited gift fair artists to offer clothing, beauty care items, small furniture, glass and ceramic pieces, holiday crafts, housewares, jewelry, metalwork, painting, woodcraft, toys and textile accessories. Last year's fair featured items like lanterns crafted from tomato sauce cans, purses knitted from videotape, earrings fashioned from bottle caps and knives hand-forged from rebar and security door grates. 

The fair will feature music, food and special activities on November 29 and 30, as Community Forklift celebrates Green Friday and Small Business Saturday during the weekend after Thanksgiving. To provide an alternative to the consumerism of Black Friday, and to encourage folks to celebrate the holidays in an eco-friendly way, Community Forklift will offer free, hands-on workshops where artists will demonstrate how to transform castoffs into presents for friends and family.

Community Forklift is located at 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston, MD (in the Hyattsville area). For more information, visit


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