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Adele Peters

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There are certain things, like tents and obscure kitchen appliances, that tend to sit in closets much more than they're used. Even cars usually sit empty 23 hours out of the day. And when you think about all of the money we spend buying these things—and how much energy goes into making them—it makes sense to try to get more out of them. Sign up for a site like Neighborgoods or Yerdle, list your stuff, and look there first before you buy something you might need once. Or if you want to do it old school, use this as another excuse to get to know your neighbors—so the next time you need a drill you can just knock on their door instead of going to the store.

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  • MikeyBear

    Not an auspicious beginning: I just visited the neighborgoods.com site, and it's a forum setup. Not only that, it's down!

  • Zachary Slobig

    I recently joined Nextdoor.com for my neighborhood. Now I just need to find someone with a tent!

    • Wayne Lopez

      What city are you in Zachary? Our site, http://www.Ayoopa.com has tents but we are local to Houston. We have plans to roll out to certain cities by the year end. I'll have to check out if Nextdoor is in Houston yet.

      • Zachary Slobig

        Looks like a promising site, Wayne. I'm in San Francisco, actually, so we're pretty well served by these kinds of sites. I'm actually more interested in lending and borrowing, than renting though, and that looks like what Ayoopa is up to right?

        • Wayne Lopez

          You are correct, it seems SF has sites a dime a dozen. I'm sure some consolidation is in order in the near future. I'm also sure fulfillment continue to be one of the biggest challenges besides trust for collcons sites. And yes, we are focused on renting because our lenders want to receive some value and we want to make sure we are providing value to both sides of the equation. But I do have much respect for the sites that focus on lending and borrowing. On another note, I was looking for a tent as well (part of the reason we got into this) and found so many others in the same boat. I figure at most I'll use it once a year if that so makes no sense to buy unless my 3 year old gets hooked on camping, which is highly likely ;-)

    • John Wynn

      Just set up a neighborgoods.net group as an adjunct to our Nextdoor.com group...everyone seems excited to get involved. It's a nice fit.