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Rummage RAMPage

The City of Ames, in partnership with the ISU Office of Sustainability, annually hosts “Rummage RAMPage,” a community sale designed to keep reusable items out of the waste stream. The event grew from the desire to repurpose items often left on the curb during the annual move out and lease changeovers, and to keep these items out of the landfill. Rummage RAMPage works by selling items that are donated. Non-profit agencies send volunteers to 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. 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 in 2016, at the Ames Intermodal Facility parking ramp, 129 Hayward Ave. This first event far surpassed expectations by diverting 44,000 pounds of furniture and housewares out of the landfill and raising more than $5,000 for local non-profit agencies. The second year was even larger, diverting 77,520 pounds of furniture and housewares from the landfill and raising $14,000 for local non-profit agencies. In its third year, Rummage RAMPage increased proceeds by more than $4,000 and diverted an additional 25,000 pounds of materials when compared to results from 2017. (See 2018 results below.)

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Rummage RAMPage 2019

Dates for Rummage RAMPage 2019: Check back soon!

Donations accepted at the event include 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 are priced $1 to $50. All sales are cash only.

Linens, bedding, clothing, books, unused food, and school supplies will be accepted on behalf of other organizations and distributed to local agencies including the Ames Animal Shelter, Goodwill, and the Ames Public Library.

Get involved in the Rummage RAMPage three ways:
  • Donate items. 

    • Pick-up service will be available for Ames residents who want to donate items but have no way to transport them to the ramp. Advance sign-up and pre-pay by credit card is required for curbside pick-up (with limitations on the amount of items). Check back in 2019 for cost and sign-up information.

    • Go to list of acceptable items to donate.

  • Donate your time to work the event. Check back in 2019 for sign-up information.

  • Spread the word. Check back in 2019 for a printable Rummage RAMPage 2019 poster to share.

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Rummage RAMPage 2018 Results

The third annual Rummage RAMPage diverted 102,550 pounds of furniture and housewares from the landfill and raised $18,607 for local non-profit agencies.

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 $50.
 
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.
 
New in 2018, Story County Conservation, Iowa Wildlife Center, Ames Animal Shelter and others partnered to offer an opportunity to rehome pets that might otherwise be released into the wild. Non-native fish and animals can die or damage the environment when released. Two fish and one bearded dragon were taken in during the event.

Where:

 Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave.

 

Questions? Send us an email:

Merry Rankin, Office of Sustainability, Iowa State University, 515-294-5052
Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Office, City of Ames, 515-239-5204
Bill Schmitt, Resource Recovery Plant, City of Ames, 515-239-5137