RUMMAGE RAMPAGE

 
RUMMAGE RAMPAGE — Furniture, housewares and more for sale, benefiting local agencies.

RUMMAGE RAMPAGE — Furniture, housewares and more for sale, benefiting local agencies.

2019 DATES

Item Drop-off ONLY

  • Friday, July 26, Noon-6:00 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.


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 prices $1 to $50.

ALL SALES ARE CASH ONLY.


Linens, bedding, clothing, books, non-perishable food (unsused), unopened toiletries, school supplies will be accepted and distributed to local agencies including, the Ames Animal Shelter, Goodwill, the Ames Public Library, local pantries and the Story County Blast Back to School Fair.

DETAILS

The City of Ames, in partnership with the ISU Office of Sustainability annually hosts “Rummage RAMPage,” a community sale designed to keep resuable 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 usable. During these weeks, the City of Ames Resource Recovery Plan (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 other 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 Avenue. The 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 77,250 pounds of furniture and housewares from the landfill and raising $14,000 for local, non-profit agencies. In it’s third year, Rummage RAMPage increased processed by more than $4,000 and diverted an additional 25,000 pounds of material when compared to results from 2017.

Rummage RAMPage — Volunteers in Action!!!!

Rummage RAMPage — Volunteers in Action!!!!

GET INVOLVED

  • DONATE ITEMS

    • Pick-up service is available for Ames Residents and ISU Students 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.

  • VOLUNTEER

    • Give your time on behalf of a participating agency. They will receive a portion of the sale proceeds based on your efforts.

  • SHARE THIS INFORMATION

    • Post on social media or share the 2019 Printable Poster.

WHERE

Ames Intermodal Facility, 129 Hayward Ave.

QUESTIONS? EMAIL OR CALL

Merry Rankin, Office of Sustainability, Iowa State Univeristy, 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

2018 Results

More of the items typically available.

More of the items typically available.

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 price $1 to $50.

Linens, bedding, clothing, books, unused food and school supplies were accepted and distributed to local organizations including the Ames Animal Shelter, Goodwill, and the Ames Public Library.

New in 2018, Story County Conservation, Iowa Wildlife Center, Ames Animal Shelter and other 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. Tow fish and one bearded dragon were taken in during the event.