The City's Rummage Redux is back again, as part of the online version of the annual Rummage in the Ramp sale

Rummage Redux (pronounced “re-ducks”) is the City's annual DIY competition where residents can take used pieces of furniture or other items they own, revive or redux it themselves with creativity, and then potentially win some cash for their work.

This year, as with many other events, Rummage Redux is going virtual with a more flexible format and online submission application.

The Rummage Redux Challenge is an opportunity to spur your creative side and transform items from simply serviceable to shockingly spectacular, while competing against other participants. Anyone can enter, but prizes cannot be awarded to contestants who live outside of Johnson County or are City of Iowa City employees.


  • Most importantly - keep it simple and have fun upcycling! Your creation should be affordable to make and easily recreated by other Redux-ers!
  • Use items typically found at Rummage in the Ramp (furniture, books, clothing, household/kitchen items, sporting goods, picture frames, etc.). You can use something you already have, purchase an item at a secondhand store or garage sale, or find on the curb. It is preferred that items are not purchased new, although supplies necessary to transform the projects may be purchased new.
  • Snap photos of your item before and during the transformation process
  • Track the total cost and time spent on your project
  • Complete the submission application by Friday, July 24, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Judges will review the submission and contestants will be notified no later than Friday, August 7, 2020.


$100- 1st place prizes and $50 - 2nd place prizes will be awarded to entries in each of the three categories:

  • Furniture Restoration – refinish, repaint, reupholster
  • Artistic Reinvention – remake ordinary objects into works of art
  • Creative Re-Adaption – recreate items from an intended use to a creative reuse

Participants must designate one category for each entry on their submission form.   


Five hobbyists/professionals/recyclers will evaluate each project based on the following (note: participant names will be anonymous to the judging panel until following their decisions):

  • Affordability and ease of project to be recreated by the general public
  • Imaginative reuse and overall improvement
  • Quality of the work
  • Functionality of completed project

Visit for more information, or contact Marcia Bollinger at or 319-356-5237.


Date of publication

Friday, June 19, 2020