Gear up for Rummage in the Ramp with a photo contest! 

Rummage in the Ramp is an annual City-sponsored event that occurs as leases changeover at the end of July. People are encouraged to donate items they no longer want or need. To celebrate the event's 11 years, post photos of your favorite finds from years past. 

To participate, follow the City of Iowa City on Instagram, post a picture of your rummage item using #RummageInTheRamp, and be entered to win $25 in credit to this year's event. Most items are priced $20 or under. A winner will be drawn on the event start date.

Rummage in the Ramp will be held from July 26 through August 4, 2018, at the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 415 E. Washington St. Proceeds are split between local environmental and human services non-profit groups that volunteer to work the sale. Over the last decade, this event has helped divert more than 265 tons of furniture, housewares, clothing, books and other items from the landfill. Dozens of area non-profits have shared the $168,300 collected. 

Rummage in the Ramp cannot store items in advance of the event. Residents who are moving early or are ready to purge now should instead donate or consign items to local organizations. There are also several online resources, including local Facebook groups, where people can donate or sell items. 

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

A graphic promoting the Rummage in the Ramp Instagram contest

Date of publication

Thursday, July 12, 2018