For the ninth year in a row, the City of Iowa City’s mega-recycle / resale event, Rummage in the Ramp, once again helped keep several tons of still-usable items out of the Landfill. By the end of the 10-day event, 25 tons of goods had been donated, displayed, and sold.
From July 27 through Sunday, Aug. 2, Rummage in the Ramp encouraged students and tenants who were moving out of their apartments to drop off household items to the sale rather than leave them at the curb or in the dumpster. The donated items, including furniture, beds, household goods, clothing, books, non-perishable food, and more, were then offered for sale to the public at bargain-basement prices, with proceeds split among the local nonprofits that helped staff the sale.
Rummage in the Ramp 2015, like all the rummage sales that preceded it, offered an eclectic mix of items, including more than 100 couches, 50 tables, 50 mattresses and box springs, 440 bags of clothing and household goods, 75 boxes of books, as well as workout equipment, holiday decorations, and enough keyboard instruments to create a music room: two upright pianos and an organ. The six tons of items that remained unsold at the end of the sale were either recycled or donated to local agencies.
Almost 200 volunteers from 36 local nonprofit organizations helped staff this year's event. Profits of more than $17,000 from the sale will be divided among these groups, with each organization receiving $457.
Rummage in the Ramp was organized by the City of Iowa City Landfill and Neighborhood Outreach divisions, and co-sponsored by Aero Rental and Party Shoppe, Fareway Food Stores, and Hy-Vee stores of Iowa City.