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.
Through ten years of Rummage in the Ramp, residents have diverted over 235 tons of furniture, housewares, clothes, books and so much more from the landfill. Almost 6,000 people have donated items, around 19,000 have shopped, and 1,700 volunteers from dozens of local non-profit groups have split the $136,300 in proceeds from the event.
Stay tuned for information about Rummage in the Ramp 2017!
Don't want to wait until July to donate items?
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!
2016 Participating groups
Access to Independence
Antelope Lending Library
Association for India's Development
Association of Latinos Moving Ahead
Continental Crossings/Bridges to Prosperity
Free Lunch Program and Hope House team
Gospel Explosion Ministry
Iowa City Free Clinic
Iowa City Zen Center
Iowa Humane Alliance
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
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
Zeta Phi Beta