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Rummage Rampage

Rummage RAMPage 2023 is Friday, July 28, through Saturday, Aug. 5

Friday, July 28: Item drop-off ONLY (no sales), noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 29: Item drop-off and sales, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 30: Item drop-off and sales, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, July 31 – Friday, Aug. 4: Item drop-off and sales, noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5: Half-price sales (no drop-off), 8 a.m. to noon

The City of Ames, in partnership with the ISU Office of Sustainability, annually hosts “Rummage RAMPage,” a community sale designed to keep reusable items out of the waste stream. The event grew from the desire to repurpose items often left on the curb during the annual move out and lease changeovers, and to keep these items out of the landfill. Rummage RAMPage works by selling items that are donated. Non-profit agencies send volunteers to help run the sale and share in any profit. The event is open to anyone to donate or shop.

Because many leases in Ames terminate at the end of July, relocating ISU students and community members often discard items that may still be useable. During these weeks, the City of Ames Resource Recovery Plant (RRP) often sees an influx of couches, wooden furniture, clothing, and more as renters attempt to meet their move out requirements. At the same time, new students moving in are often in need of furniture and household essentials. Rummage RAMPage is a collaborative effort to pair unwanted items with others seeking low-cost options for furnishing a home.

In 2022, Rummage RAMPage diverted 143,838 pounds of furniture and housewares from the landfill, and more than $49,000 was raised for local non-profit agencies.

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Jul 28 2023 - Aug 05 2023


Intermodal Facility
129 Hayward Ave.

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