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Rummage RAMPage

The City of Ames, in partnership with the ISU Office of Sustainability, hosts “Rummage RAMPage,” a community sale designed to keep reusable items – often left on the curb during the annual move out and lease changeovers – out of the landfill. This event is structured so participants donate items, and non-profit agencies help run the sale and share in any profit. The event is open to anyone to donate or shop.

Because many leases in Ames terminate at the end of July, relocating ISU students and community members often discard items that may still be useable. During these weeks, the City of Ames Resource Recovery Plant (RRP) often sees an influx of couches, wooden furniture, clothing, and more as renters attempt to meet their move out requirements, At the same time, new students moving in are often in need of furniture and household essentials. The Rummage RAMPage is a collaborative effort to pair unwanted items with others seeking low-cost options for furnishing a home.

The inaugural Rummage RAMPage was held July 29 - Aug. 2, 2016, at the Ames Intermodal Facility parking ramp, 129 Hayward Ave. This first event far surpassed expectations by diverting 22 tons of furniture and housewares out of the landfill and raising more than $5,000 for local non-profit agencies.

Rummage RAMPage 2018

Mark your calendars! Dates for Rummage RAMPage 2018 are tentatively set for Friday, July 27, through Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

Rummage RAMPage 2017 Results

The second annual Rummage RAMPage, a community sale designed to keep reusable items from being thrown away, far surpassed expectations by diverting 77,520 pounds of furniture and housewares from the landfill and raising $14,000 for local non-profit agencies. In its second year, Rummage RAMPage nearly tripled its revenue and increased by 72 percent the amount of diverted materials.

The City of Ames, in partnership with the ISU Office of Sustainability and with assistance from the Volunteer Center of Story County, held the sale from July 28 to Aug. 2 at the Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave. This year’s event was one day longer than last year’s.

Donations accepted at the event included couches, futons, bed frames, chairs, tables, desks, coffee tables, small electronics, lamps, toasters, microwaves, blenders, fans, plates, silverware, glasses, pots/pans, baking sheets, miscellaneous utensils, and other housewares. Most items were priced $1 to $40. This year, linens, bedding, clothing, books, unused food, and school supplies were accepted on behalf of other organizations and distributed to local agencies including the Ames Animal Shelter, Goodwill, and the Ames Public Library.

Rummage RAMPage 2017 by the Numbers:
• More than 5,000 pounds of housewares, electronics, and kitchen items donated and sold.
• More than 22,000 pounds of side chairs, coffee tables, dining room tables, kitchen tables, and office chairs donated and sold.
• More than 1,500 pounds of clothing and shoes donated to Goodwill.
• Approximately 1,000 pounds of linens donated to the Ames Animal Shelter.
• Less than 1,500 pounds of unusable merchandise was sent to the landfill (less than 2 percent of the overall donated items).


Get involved in the Rummage RAMPage three ways:

  • Donate items. **Check back in Spring 2018 for update on 2018 event.**

    • Pick-up service will be available for Ames residents who want to donate items but have no way to transport them to the ramp. **Check back in Spring 2018 for update on 2018 event.**

  • Donate your time to work the event. **Check back in Spring 2018 for update on 2018 event.**

  • Spread the word. **Check back in Spring 2018 for update on 2018 event.**

Rummage RAMPage Hours:

  • **Check back in Spring 2018 for event hours.**

Where:

 Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave.

 

Questions? Send us an email:

Merry Rankin, Office of Sustainability, Iowa State University
Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Office, City of Ames
Bill Schmitt, Resource Recovery Plant, City of Ames