Rummage RAMPage

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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:

Item Drop-off ONLY
• Friday, July 26, noon - 6 p.m.

Sales and Drop-off
• Saturday, July 27, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Monday, July 29, noon - 6 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 30, noon - 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 31, noon - 6 p.m.
• Thursday, Aug. 1, noon - 6 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 2, noon - 6 p.m.

Half-Price Sales (no drop-off)
• Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All sales are cash only. Most items are priced $1 to $50. Click here to go to list of acceptable items to donate.

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). Click here to sign up for pick-up service.

      If you need to donate items prior to July 26 (the pick-up date), you can drop them off at the Resource Recovery Plant, 110 Center Ave., any time during normal business hours. The items will be stored until the event and then transported to the event. Please indicate that the items are for Rummage RAMPage when dropping them off.

      Resource Recovery Plant hours are 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 8 a.m. - noon Saturday.

      There is a charge (as there is for pick-up service) to drop off items at Resource Recovery of $10/car load or $25/truck load.

    • Click here to go to list of acceptable items to donate.

  • Volunteer! Donate your time to work the event. Key dates for volunteers are as follows:

    May 25 - July 1 – Agencies register volunteers and receive weekly updates

    July 1 – Deadline for agencies to register for at least 10 hours

    July 3 – Agencies notified if they have not registered 10 hours to qualify for funding distribution

    July 5 – Volunteer registration opens to the general public

    July 18 – Volunteer Orientation meeting

    July 26 – Event begins

Click here to sign up to volunteer

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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.


 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