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Neighborhood Sharing Website: NeighborGoods

Neighborhood Sharing Website: NeighborGoods

A tragic accident involving milk and my carpeted office resulted in me scouring the Internet to find the cheapest option for carpet cleaning. My options were disappointing: buy a huge appliance for $350 or rent one from the grocery story for $60. But what if I could borrow a carpet cleaning machine from a neighbor? Perfect.

Did you know that you can borrow items from nice folks in your area? When I landed on NeighborGoods.net, I knew I had found a treasure. Instead of buying, storing, and rarely using household items, I can share them with my neighbors!

NeighborGoods is network for neighbors. I log on, list items I’m willing to share, and find items to borrow. The site has security options such as verified accounts, and members can charge deposit or rental fees. A quick search shows me how I can easily borrow from neighbors near me.

Here are some popular offerings:
-Power tools
-Party furniture (chairs, grill, etc.)
-Christmas decorations
-Vacuum cleaners
-Bicycles for short trips
-Books
-Sports Equipment (basketball, surf board, etc.)

I am one of the many Americans spending a total of $22 billion a year on self-storage. Admittedly, Americans are pretty bad at sharing. But think about it: why does every person on my block need their own lawnmower?

Founder Micki Krimmel shares on her blog some of her inspiration for creating the NeighborGoods sharing network:

The hyper-consumption that has dominated our economy and culture in recent decades is the anomaly in human history and it’s burning itself out by its very reliance on unsustainable growth. In its place we are turning back to a more collaborative, communal economic model where we are re-learning how to share resources and skills. We are re-learning what it means to be part of a community. And we are re-learning what it means to live happy and fulfilling lives without the constant pressure to buy more crap.

Shareable Magazine recently released a study on sharing finding that people who share are happier people. They found that “once someone tries a sharing service they’re more likely to begin sharing in other areas of their life.”

Next time you are in need of an item, check out NeighborGoods to share and borrow items. Their mission (“to help members live less wasteful and more connected lives”) is bring fresh interconnectedness to our neighborhoods.

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6:21PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

great idea...i love it...when we look at many ancient cultures...they had so few possessions.....and they began the world we know...

3:45AM PST on Dec 26, 2010

This is great article

8:34PM PST on Dec 25, 2010

I think in my neighborhood this would be great. Other places I have lived, sadly, I know it would have been a hey, I'm giving away my lawnmower offer. I hope more people can learn what is really important in life or we are all doomed. Thanks for the tip. You guys always put a smile on my face.

6:51AM PST on Dec 23, 2010

Love this and seeclickfix.com/citizens!

2:57PM PST on Dec 21, 2010

thanks!

6:07PM PST on Dec 20, 2010

great idea, i hope more people will start doing this :)

10:33AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

great idea.

8:33AM PST on Dec 19, 2010

Sounds like an ideal way to save money while getting the job done and making new friends.

7:59AM PST on Dec 19, 2010

Great idea.

1:24AM PST on Dec 19, 2010

awesome..the way it should be!

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