As a child, I looked forward to hand-me-downs. A neighbor's older child would grow up - from elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school - and I'd end up with a bag of clothes to sort through, taking what I wanted, and passing the rest along.
My mom used to tell me often, "Find a good home" for this or that, rather than throwing something away. Today, I'm hard-pressed to throw away usable items that I no longer have an active use for.
If people were more able to share directly, what effects would that have for a community, city, or industry? The only thing we can do is find out.
The merits of access over ownership are becoming more widely known. With Handup, you can take a picture of an Item, and make it available to a defined Giving List.