Rummage RAMPage

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Mark your calendars! Rumage RAMPage 2017 will be coming this summer! 

The City of Ames, in partnership with the ISU Office of Sustainability, is seeking volunteers to assist with the “Rummage RAMPage,” a new event planned to keep reusable items out of the landfill during move out and lease changeovers.

“Around the end of each July, students and community members are often faced with the dilemma of moving residences and discarding personal property,” said Superintendent Bill Schmitt with the Resource Recovery Plant. “Usable items are thrown in the trash or randomly discarded through dumping, and furniture ends up discarded, abandoned, damaged, and ­deposited in the landfill.”

Rummage Rampage 2017The Rummage RAMPage will be held at the Ames Intermodal Facility parking ramp, 129 Hayward Ave. Volunteers are needed to help with the collection of donations of still-usable items, as well as to help run the rummage sale in the parking ramp. Proceeds from the sale will be divided among the non-profit volunteer groups that assist. Items would be offered for sale, “priced to move,” at $1, $5, $10, and $20. The sale would be open to everyone.

“The end of July can be a very stressful and difficult time for students and neighbors. We hope this event can reduce some of the stress and reduce the amount of material sent to the landfill by partnering reusable household goods with new owners,” said Merry Rankin, ISU Sustainability Director and City of Ames Sustainability Coordinator.

Consider helping at this new event that promotes sustainability and helps local non-profits! 


Get involved in the Rummage RAMPage three ways:

Rummage RAMPage Hours:

  • Noon to 6 pm Friday, July 28 (DROP OFF)
  • 8 AM to 6 PM Saturday, July 29 (DROP OFF / SALES)
  • Noon to 6 pm Sunday, July 30 (DROP OFF/ SALES)
  • Noon to 6 pm Monday, July 31 (DROP OFF/ SALES)
  • Noon to 6 pm Tuesday, Aug. 1 (DROP OFF/ SALES)
  • Noon to 4 pm Wednesday, Aug. 2 (HALF PRICE)



 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