Rummage in the Ramp 2012
July 27 - August 4 - Chauncy Swan Parking Ramp, corner of Washington and Van Buren Streets, Iowa City, IA
Rummage in the Ramp is an annual City-sponsored effort that began in 2007 in order to keep tons of reusable items out of the landfill and get it to those who need it when the lease changeover occurs annually at the end of July. Environmental and human services non-profit groups provide the labor and split the profits. Donations are tax-deductible and most items are priced at $1, $5, $10 and $20.
The event is always held the last week in July through the first couple of days of August to coincide with the apartment lease changeovers. Dates for this year's Rummange in the Ramp will be July 27th - August 4th:
DONATIONS AND SALES will occur simultaneously during these times:
Friday, July 27 ..........................................................Noon to 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, July 28-29 ..............................8 am to 8 pm
Monday - Friday, July 30 - August 3 ........................Noon to 8 pm
Saturday, August 4: LAST DAY! ..............................8 am to 4 pm
On the last day, EVERYTHING GOES! Beginning at noon, we’ll implement a “Name Your Price” sales strategy. Come on down, see what’s left, and tell us what you’ll give for it!
How does it work?
Rather than throwing things away, students, tenants and other citizens are encouraged to donate their no-longer-needed items to Rummage in the Ramp, a giant garage sale sponsored by the City of Iowa City. The donated items are then offered for sale to incoming students, low-income families, and any other residents who are looking for great bargains on items for their home. The event is ten days long and is staffed by local environmental and human services non-profit groups. These groups then split the profits from the sale to help fund their work in the community.
Donations at the Ramp and Pick-ups
Volunteers will be on hand to visually inspect and help unload your donation. Items beyond reuse will not be accepted. Donated items are tax-deductible—please ask for a receipt! We’ll accept the following items for donation and resale:
- Usable furniture.
- Beds, frames & box springs.
- Household & kitchen items.
- Small appliances (must be clean and in working order).
- Non-perishable food for the Crisis Center's Thanksgiving in July (http://jccrisiscenter.org/)
- Clean clothes.
- Electronics (TVs, microwaves,computers, monitors, printers, etc.). Please note that a $5 recycling fee will be charged PER electronic item in case we cannot sell it. This includes televisions, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, computers, monitors, printers, etc.
Not accepted: broken, badly torn or stained items, non-working items, waterbeds.
Need help getting your donations to Rummage in the Ramp? We can help! Check back here in early July to sign up for a pick-up time. Times will be limited, so sign up early! Pick-up fee is $10; additional fees will apply for electronics.
Please donate only items that can be reused.
For more information on why to donate or how to get involved, visit the event website. Contact Jennifer Jordan, City of Iowa City Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6160 or email@example.com.