Rummage in the Ramp will begin this Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 4 p.m. Now in its 11th year, the City’s annual mega-recycling event encourages students and local residents to donate, rather than throw away, items they no longer want or need.  

Donated items are sold at bargain prices during the nine-day garage sale, with proceeds divided among local nonprofit organizations that help staff the event. It’s a pinnacle event in the local reduce, reuse, and upcycle way of thinking, and one in which everybody wins. Each year, the event helps new students inexpensively furnish their homes, while keeping tons of still-usable items out of the landfill. At the same time, the event also raises thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.  

The sale includes everything from furniture to household items like dishes, cookware and electronics to books and one-of-a-kind, hard-to-find items. Larger items, like sofas, are seldom priced for more than $20, small appliances typically go for $5, and most individual items are priced as low as $1.

Cash, as well as credit and debit cards, are accepted. 

This year, Rummage in the Ramp will begin on Wednesday, July 26 and end on Thursday, Aug. 3. It will once again be held on the ground floor of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp under the College Street bridge, across from City Hall, 410 E. Washington St., and adjacent to the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center parking area.

Event schedule 

Donations and sales will occur simultaneously during event hours. 

  • Wednesday, July 26: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28: noon to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 29: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 30 through Thursday, Aug. 3, noon to 7 p.m.

Electronics and small appliances

Again this year, all electronics and small appliances will be accepted, even those that are not working. If they are not working, inform the sales assistant so they are not placed on a sales table.

A recycling fee of $15 will be charged for all donated, working or non-working, televisions, computers or laptops, in case items do not sell.

Pick-up service

A Pick-up service is available to residents who want to donate items, but have no way to transport them to the ramp. The services costs $10, plus an additional $15 recycling fee, per item for TVs, computers or laptops, working or non-working. To learn more about the service, and schedule a pick-up online, visit This service is available only to households within City limits. Reservations are limited and are available first-come, first-served.

Rummage ReDux Challenge

As part of the City of Iowa City’s longstanding Rummage in the Ramp resale event – the City is offering an opportunity to “redo” a donated item and win some cash too! 

The Rummage ReDux Challenge is an opportunity to transform used items found at Rummage in the Ramp from serviceable to spectacular, all while competing for a top prize of $300. 

Participants will present their redone item during a showcase on Wednesday, Aug. 2 that will take place during the Wednesday night Farmers Market from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by and see these transformed projects while enjoying a variety of vendors and live Market Music. The winner will be announced by 7 p.m. that evening. 

Learn more about how the challenge works, and how to participate by reading our web article or visiting Questions about the challenge can be directed to Iowa City Public Art Program Coordinator Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237, or

Last day specials and celebration

On the last day of Rummage in the Ramp, Thursday, Aug. 3, take advantage of our “Name your Price” sale, beginning at 4 p.m. Come down, see what’s left, and tell us what you’ll pay for it. 

Enjoy musical entertainment during the final sale too!

Additional Information

Rummage in the Ramp is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Landfill and Neighborhood Services divisions. 

For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Jordan at 319-887-6160 or, or Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or

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Date of publication

Monday, July 24, 2017