We all have stuff sitting around our houses that we bought for one specific need, then stuck in the closet and haven’t used since then. And how often does something come up where you need something like a powerdrill or a larger piece of luggage for one single use but dread the thought of spending the cash and then not needing it after wards? What NeighborGoods allows you to do is list those extra things you have that you aren’t using (an extra bike, a ladder, a waffle maker, etc) and then link up with your friends and share those items with them, as well as see what they have that you might need. I don’t own a ladder, and I know if I need one I’d much rather call a friend who has one, borrow it for a day, then give it back then spend the money on one and then have to figure out where to store it and let it sit there unused. NeighborGoods makes that possible on a whole new level.
The site is brand new, and only now slowly rolling out in Los Angeles. We’ve teamed up with them to allow all of our readers a chance to use it, skipping the beta application process, and jumping right in. We are one of the first to offer our own group that you can join when signing up that will link you with other LA Metblogs folks so you have a network of contacts and people to share with right out of the gate. The site is really smart and you can be very specific about who you want to share with, and who can see what you have to offer. And if you don’t really want to share, but have extra stuff you want to give away or sell you can do that as well.
As someone who is constantly trying to minimize possessions and fight the endless war on clutter I think this idea is amazing and has a chance to do some real good in all of our lives, as well as help on a larger level by reducing the extra crap we all keep consuming. I’m really excited to have this opportunity to share this with everyone, and can’t wait to see how popular it gets. Here’s the link to our group where you can sign up. Give it a shot!