Rummage in the Ramp logoRummage in the Ramp celebrates 10 years

Rummage in the Ramp is an annual City-sponsored effort that began in 2007 in order to keep tons of reusable items out of the landfill and get it to those who need it when the lease changeover occurs annually at the end of July. Environmental and human services non-profit groups provide the labor and split the profits. Donations are tax-deductible and most items are priced at $1, $5, $10 and $20. 

In the first nine years of Rummage in the Ramp, residents have diverted over 210 tons of furniture, housewares, clothes, books and so much more from the landfill.  Over 1,690 people have volunteered their time to make each year successful; the volunteer groups have split the $136,000 in proceeds over that time.   For annual statistics, please click HERE

What will be accepted?

Most household items will be accepted as long as they are in immediately usable, whole, clean condition.  This includes furniture, clothing, toys, books and kitchen items.  Items must be clean, usable and assembled.  Unassembled items and waterbeds will NOT be accepted.  Staff reserves the right to turn away any donation not in sellable condition.   

Canned and dry food donations will be accepted and donated to the Crisis Center. 

Electronics and small appliances

Again this year, all electronics and small appliances will be accepted -- even those that aren’t working. But if they’re not in good working order, please let the sale assistants know so they don’t put them out on a sale table.  

A recycling fee of $10 will be charged for ALL TVs, computers or laptops (working or non-working) in case the items do not sell.

Pick-up Service

Pick-up service will again be 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.  Iowa City residents may sign up at to schedule an appointment. 

  • This service is available only to households within Iowa City city limits.
  • Unless prepayment is received, you must be at your residence with the $10 pick-up fee or items will not be picked up.  Please sign up in the Sign-Up Genius link above, then call 319-887-6160 to pre-pay with a credit card (MC, Visa or Discover).   
  • A $10 recycling fee will be charged for each TV, computer or laptop – working or non-working.

2016 event dates and times

Rummage in the Ramp 2016 will be held Saturday, July 23 to Wednesday, August 3.  Please note that we can only accept donations and sell items during the following dates and times: 

Saturday, July 23:  4-8 pm

Sunday, July 24:  noon to 8 pm

Monday, July 25:  noon to 8 pm

Tuesday, July 26:  noon to 8 pm

Wednesday, July 27:  noon to 8 pm

Thursday, July 28:  noon to 8 pm

Friday, July 29:  noon to 8 pm

Saturday, July 30:  7:30 am to 8 pm

Sunday, July 31:  noon to 8 pm

Monday, August 1:  noon to 8 pm

Tuesday, August 2:  noon to 8 pm

Wednesday, August 3:  noon to 8 pm

Where is the event held?

The event is held in the bottom level of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp under the College Street bridge and can be accessed via Burlington Street or Washington Street (through the parking ramp).  Please note that with the exception of Farmers Market hours, parking meters are checked regularly in the surface parking lot and the ramp itself. 

Have stuff to donate now? 

Don't wait for Rummage!  We do not have the capacity to store donated items until our event, but you don't have to wait until July.  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!

Shredding Opportunity

In the spirit of Rummage and getting rid of stuff you no longer need, we’ve added a shredding opportunity to securely destroy documents from your home.  Take up to one box or bag to the ramp between noon and 4 pm on Friday, July 29 to have items shredded.  Households only, please.  Businesses and non-profits, please call 319-887-6160 for other shredding opportunities in the community.  

Rummage ReDux

Due to a small number of applications, we will not be holding Rummage ReDux in 2016.  We hope to have other reuse showcase and workshop opportunities available in the near future--please check or like "ECO Iowa City" on Facebook for more information. 

Participating groups

Access to Independence
Antelope Lending Library
Association for India's Development
Association of Latinos Moving Ahead 
Backyard Abundance
Continental Crossings/Bridges to Prosperity
Crisis Center
Four Oaks
Free Lunch Program and Hope House team
Gospel Explosion Ministry
Iowa Agni
Iowa City Free Clinic
Iowa City Zen Center 
Iowa Humane Alliance
Iowa Shares
Iowa United Nations Association
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Iowa Youth Writing Project
Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District 
Lambda Theta Nu
Last Hope Animal Rescue
Local Foods Connection

North Liberty Community Pantry

Riverside Theatre
Salvage Barn
Successful Living
SIIHR (Students of Hydroscience & Engineering)
Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City 
United Action for Youth
U of I Environmental Coalition 
U of I Urban & Regional Planning Student Association
U of I Women in Science and Engineering
U of I Women's Ultimate Frisbee--Saucy Nancy
Young Life
Zeta Phi Beta 


Jennifer Jordan

Recycling Coordinator