Rental Shares: How Collectivism Works for Apartment Dwellers

Shoppers enjoy a clothing swap, one of several ways for apartment dwellers to share resources.
Shoppers enjoy a clothing swap, one of several ways for apartment dwellers to share resources.

Among young urbanites, the general consensus of late is that cooperation is a good thing. New York magazine reports on the trend of collectivism, saying, "The sharing of everything from cabs to clothes to child care is suddenly modish, promoted by city officials, exploited by entrepreneurs, and pursued by legions of everyday citizens."

While the article offers tips on where and how to share everything from pigs to motorcycles in New York, we're most intrigued by the concept of sharing design inspirations, furniture, craft supplies and the like.

Here are some ways to tap into "the new collectivism" in your very own apartment, with social networking sites for crafters and design enthusiasts: