Rummage in the Ramp begins this Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 4 p.m. Now in its tenth year, the City’s annual mega-recycling event encourages students and residents who are moving, downsizing or just cleaning out the basement to donate rather than throw away items they no longer want. The donated items are then tagged at bargain prices and offered for sale to the public during this nine-day garage sale, with proceeds divided among the local nonprofit organizations that help staff it.
2015 Rummage in the Ramp logo

It’s a pinnacle event in the local reduce / reuse / recycle / repurpose / upcycle way of thinking, and one in which everybody wins. Each year, the sale helps new students inexpensively furnish their apartments, keeps tons of still-usable goods out of the Landfill, and raises thousands of dollars for local nonprofits. For a list of nonprofits that will be working at the event in 2016, visit

The sale offers everything from furniture and beds to clothing, books, pots, pans, dishes, exercise equipment, electronics, and other household goods, including many unique, one-of-a-kind or hard-to-find items. Larger items such as sofas are seldom priced for more than $20, small appliances for $5, and most individual items for $1. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted for payment. 

Rummage in the Ramp will run from Saturday, July 23 through Wednesday, August 3 in its regular location, the ground floor of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp under the College Street bridge, across from City Hall (410 E. Washington Street) and adjacent to the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center parking area.

Donations and sales hours

Donations and sales will occur simultaneously during these hours:

  • Saturday, July 23: 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 24 through Friday, July 29: noon to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 31 through Wednesday, August 3: noon to 8 p.m.

Electronics and small appliances

All electronics and small appliances will be accepted -- even those that aren’t working. If electronics are not in good working order, please let the sale assistants know so they aren’t placed on a sale table. A recycling fee of $10 will be charged for TVs, computers or laptops (working or non-working) in case the items do not sell.

Pick-up service

Pick-up service is available for Iowa City residents who want to donate items but have no way to transport them to the ramp. The pick-up fee is $10, plus an additional $10 per item fee for TVs, computers or laptops, working or non-working. Visit to schedule an appointment. This service is available only to households within Iowa City city limits.

East side drop-off location 

On Tuesday, July 26 from 3 to 6 p.m., residents will have an opportunity to drop off donations for Rummage in the Ramp at the Mercer Park Farmers Market, 2701 Bradford Drive. Bring a shopping basket and buy some fresh veggies while you’re there! 

Document shredding

In the spirit of getting rid of items you no longer need, a document shredding event has been scheduled to securely destroy documents from your home. Bring one box or bag of items you want to have shredded to the ramp between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday, July 29. Households only, please. Businesses and nonprofits should call 319-887-6160 for information on other shredding opportunities in the community.  

Farmers Market and Market Music

Stop by the Iowa City Farmers Market while you're at Rummage in the Ramp to double your fun:

  • Wednesday, July 27:  Downtown Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m.; Market Music by The Awful Purdies
  • Saturday, July 30:  Farmers Market, 7:30 a.m. to noon; Market Music from 9 to 11 a.m. by the Old Cap String Band
  • Wednesday, August 3:  Downtown Farmers Market, 5-7 p.m.; Market Music by Sweet Cacophony

Last-day specials and celebration

On Rummage in the Ramp’s last day, August 3, staff will implement a “Name Your Price” sales strategy beginning at 4 p.m. Come on down, see what’s left, and tell staff what you’ll give for it.

Rummage in the Ramp is co-sponsored by the City’s Landfill / Recycling and Neighborhood Services Divisions. For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Jordan, City of Iowa City Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6160 or, or Marcia Bollinger with Neighborhood Services at 319-356-5237 or






Date of publication

Friday, July 22, 2016