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Rummage RAMPage - 2018

The City of Ames, in partnership with the ISU Office of Sustainability,is again hosting “Rummage RAMPage,” a community sale designed to keep reusable items. 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. 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 in 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. The second year was more than twice as large, and we are excited to bring you the third year!

Rummage RAMPage 2018

Dates for Rummage RAMPage 2018 are set for Friday, July 27, through Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Ames Intermodal Facility 129 Hayward Ave:

ITEM DROP-OFF: Friday, July 27 (noon to 6 pm)
ITEM DROP-OFF and SALES: Saturday, July 28 (8 am to 6 pm)
ITEM DROP-OFF and SALES: Sunday, July 29 (10 am to 6 pm)
ITEM DROP-OFF and SALES: Monday, July 30 (noon to 6 pm)
ITEM DROP-OFF and SALES: Tuesday, July 31 (noon to 6 pm)
ITEM DROP-OFF and SALES: Wednesday, Aug. 1 (noon to 6 pm)
HALF PRICE SALES: Thursday, Aug. 2 (noon to 4 pm) 

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 $40.

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:

Chairs and tables for sale at the 2017 Rummage Rampage

Couches at the 2017 Rummage Rampage event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rummage RAMPage 2017 Results

The second annual Rummage RAMPage 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.


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 ite
ms 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.
Tables of items at the 2017 Rummage Rampage

 

• 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).

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