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Hand Me Downs Go High Tech (Or at Least the Way They're Handed Down Does) Handing Down Hand Me Downs Goes High Tech

thredUP.com creates a kids' clothing exchange for the 21st century by merging online technology with traditional 'hand-me-downs.'


That old cliche about kids growing like weeds? It's true. In a matter of months, that cute dress I bought for my preschooler turns into a top. Her jeans quickly become Capri pants. I give away bags full of T-shirts, foot pajamas, and sweaters to other parents but I've still got to throw my credit card down at the Gap to start the whole cycle all over again.

James Reinhart, CEO & co-founder of thredUP.com (and a dad) feels my pain. "We knew parents needed this service because, well clothes don't grow and kids do." he explains. Since launching last spring, the online kids' clothing exchange has thousands of members and has facilitated the exchange of some 150,000 clothing items.

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Garden Sharing: Farming Meets Social Networks

What happens when 90 million users stop growing fake vegetables on Farmville-and started getting real food from social networks.

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What happens when 90 million users stop growing fake vegetables on Farmville—and started getting real food from social networks.

Two years ago, Peter Rothbart was riding through Seattle on his bike. He came to a traffic circle. In the center was a 15-by-20-foot patch of soil where the city allows residents to garden. A man was standing there, looking down at a sorry-looking bunch of plants that had been run over and obliterated by a late-night driver. Later that evening, Rothbart went to a barbecue and overheard a woman talking about how she had an expansive lawn that she didn’t have time to take care of. “What if that guy could garden her land?” he said. “It just seemed like a good idea.”

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