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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.

Rummage RAMPage 2020 Schedule

Friday, July 24: noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 25: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 26: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Friday, July 27-31: noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 1: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 2: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

HALF-PRICE SALES (no drop-off)
Monday, Aug. 3: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get involved in Rummage RAMPage in three ways:

  • Donate items

  • Volunteer! Eligible non-profit volunteer groups are needed to help with the collection of donations of items, as well as to help run the rummage sale. Proceeds from the sale will be divided among the eligible non-profit volunteer groups that assist.

May 13: Informational meeting for interested non-profit agencies

6 p.m., Conference Room 135 at City Hall, 515 Clark Ave.

May 22: Registration opens for eligible non-profit agencies

June 19: Deadline for non-profit agencies to have commitment of 10 volunteer hours

June 26: Registration opens for volunteers from the general public

July 16: Volunteer orientation

6 p.m., City of Ames Water Plant, 1800 E. 13th St.

For more information on volunteering for this event, please contact Bill Schmitt at 515-239-5137 or or Merry Rankin at 515-294-5052 or

  •  Spread the word

Rummage RAMPage 2019 Results

The fourth annual Rummage RAMPage surpassed previous years in landfill diversion totals and proceeds generated. The event, which grew to nine days, diverted 116,424 pounds of furniture and housewares from the landfill and raised $33,194 for local non-profit agencies. In its fourth year, Rummage RAMPage increased proceeds by almost $15,000 and diverted an additional seven tons of materials when compared to results from 2018.

For the second year, 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 turtles were rehomed during the event.
The 2019 sale was held from July 26 to Aug. 3, at the Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave., and was assisted by 22 non-profit groups who sent volunteers. Participating non-profit groups included:
ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support), Adventures Preschool, Altrusa International of Ames Inc., Ames Community Theater (ACTORS), Ames Historical Society, Ames Pride, Ballard Community Performing Arts Association, BBMB Club (Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology), Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation (CUMC/WF), Creative Counseling Services, KHOI Community Radio, Legal Aid Society of Story County, NAMI Central Iowa, Outdoor Alliance of Story County, Reiman Gardens, Sustainable Agriculture Student Association (SASA), The Ames Foundation, The Green Umbrella, The Pride Alliance, Unity Church of Ames, and Volunteer Center of Story County.


Rummage RAMPage History 

2016 (inaugural year)

44,000 pounds of furniture and housewares diverted from the landfill
$5,000 raised for local non-profit agencies


77,520 pounds of furniture and housewares diverted from the landfill
$14,000 raised for local non-profit agencies


102,550 pounds of furniture and housewares diverted from the landfill
$18,607 raised for local non-profit agencies


116,424 pounds of furniture and housewares diverted from the landfill
$33,194 raised for local non-profit agencies


 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