We recently heard about a new online neighborhood sharing website: Share Some Sugar helps you find someone in your neighborhood who is willing to lend you something that you need. Founder Keara Schwartz says:
The concept behind Share Some Sugar came out of a personal experience. When I moved from an apartment to my first home, I ended up needing a lot of house-hold items, like tools and gardening equipment. As a 23 year old single woman, I thought it was unnecessary to purchase, own and store these types of items that I wouldn’t use very often. I figured that someone in my neighborhood had to have a tall ladder. So I embarked on a mission to find one to borrow. After knocking on a few neighbors’ doors and no success, I went online to see how much a new ladder would cost me. What I found was over 200,000 ladders in my search results with prices ranging from $60-$300. Yet, I couldn’t find a ladder in my own neighborhood.
Schwartz then decided to start her own business where people could search for items to share and borrow in their own neighborhood, a community website that contained the inventory of items that people in your neighborhood owned that they would be willing to share... sort of like Craiglist, but for borrowing, not buying, secondhand!
On May 17th they'll be launching a whole host of features to make the site more social, including embedding Facebook into the site so members can create groups, invite friends to share with, add items to a wishlist and more. This will enable friends to share stuff with each other within their own trust circles.
Check it out at Share Some Sugar.
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