Rummage in the Ramp overview

Rummage in the Ramp is an annual City-sponsored effort that began in 2007 to keep tons of reusable items out of the landfill, and get those items to those who need them when the lease changeover occurs annually at the end of July. Environmental and human services non-profit groups work the event, and split the profits.

Donations are tax-deductible and most items are priced at $1, $5, $10 and $20. 

Over the course of Rummage in the Ramp's eleven years, residents have diverted more than 265 tons of furniture, housewares, clothes, books and so much more from the landfill.  Over 6,500 people have donated, around 24,000 have shopped, and 2,100 have volunteered from dozens of local non-profit groups, sharing the $168,300 collected.

Rummage in the Ramp 2017

This year's event was held from Wednesday, July 26 to Thursday, August 3.  Almost 600 people donated over 20 tons of clothes, furniture, books, household items and more!  Over $15,000 was raised and divvied up among the local non-profits who worked at the event.

THANK YOU! to the local non-profits who worked at the event:

Antelope Lending Library
Backyard Abundance
Continental Crossings
Crisis Center
Four Oaks
Free Lunch Program/Hope House
Friends of Historic Preservation--Salvage Barn
Gospel Explosion Ministry
Free  Clinic
Iowa Humane Alliance
Iowa Master Naturalists
Iowa Shares
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Iowa Youth Writing Project
Johnson County Humane Society
Lambda Theta Nu (formerly BELLAS)
RARE (Raptor Advocacy Rehabilitation Advocacy)
Riverside Theatre
Sigma Lambda Gamma
SIIHR (Students of Hydroscience & Engineering)
UI Environmental Coalition 
UI Urban & Regional Planning Student Association
UI Women in Science and Engineering
Unitarian-Universalist Society of Iowa City 
United Action for Youth
Young Life


This event is made possible by our sponsors:  Aero Rental and Party Shoppe, ACT and the Iowa City Hy-Vee Stores.


Contact Jane Wilch at 319-887-6110 or email

Don't want to wait to donate items

Don't wait for Rummage 2018 to donate items!  We do not have the capacity to store donated items until our event, but you don't have to wait if you are ready to purge. Please see the Iowa City Resale and Consignment Directory for year-round consignment and donation opportunities in Johnson County, or check directly with local human service agencies.