Moving? Decluttering? This is the perfect event for you. 

Rummage in the Ramp begins this Thursday, July 26 and will continue through August 4, 2018, at the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 415 E. Washington St. This annual City-sponsored event occurs as leases changeover each year in Iowa City at the end of July. People are encouraged to donate items they no longer want or need. Most items are priced $20 or under. Profits are split between environmental and human services non-profit groups that volunteer to work the sale. 

Iowa City residents looking to donate large items can sign up online for an $11 pick up. Slots are available first come first served. Donors are encouraged to drop off items throughout the course of the event. 

Win $25 to use at this year's event through the Rummage in the Ramp Instagram Photo Contest. A winner will be drawn on the event start date.

Over the last decade, this event has helped divert more than 265 tons of furniture, housewares, clothing, books and other items out of the landfill. Dozens of local non-profit groups have shared the $168,300 collected. 

Rummage in the Ramp cannot store items in advance of the event, those who are moving early or are ready to purge now should instead donate or consign items to local organizations

RSVP to the Rummage in the Ramp Facebook event for updates and reminders. To learn more, visit For questions, contact Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch at 319-887-6110 or

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Date of publication

Monday, July 23, 2018