This could be your life: You wake up and whip up omelets with tomatoes fresh from your SharedEarth.com garden before dressing your toddler in Gap cargo pants you scored on ThredUp. Your Zimride whisks you to the office, where you race to your Freecycle laptop to book your anniversary getaway — a cozy Parisian flat — on AirBnB. To zip around to the afternoon meetings you arranged at LiquidSpaces, you unlock your VW RelayRide in the parking lot. When you realize you forgot to buy those new nightstands, you hire a runner on TaskRabbit to swing by Ikea, pick them up, and assemble them with a drill borrowed from NeighborGoods. After this exhausting day, you arrive home to a hot filet mignon dinner for two from Gobble and two copies of Fodor's Paris from BookCrossing resting on your new nightstands. Does that sound good? If so, these sites can make the dream reality.
A free net linking landowners with gardeners and farmers.
A marketplace for used kids clothes and toys, swapped out by the box; not sentimental, but certainly practical!
Ride sharing for coworkers and students.
If you've got stuff that you're ready to part with for free, this site will direct you to new owners — not the landfill.
Arguably the hottest sharing net, this is the place to rent other people's floors, rooms, homes, yachts — even igloos.
A mobile app for finding available work spaces, anywhere from a corporate campus to a spare conference room.
Insured car-sharing with neighbors.
Matches people who need tasks done with runners — aka "rabbits" — willing to do them, for a price.
It's the backyard fence, online. Here, neighbors can share home appliances, sports equipment, tools, and more.
Meals prepared and delivered by neighborhood chefs.
Readers trade books with other readers and track them as they travel the globe.
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A version of this article appeared in the May 2011 issue of Fast Company magazine.