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.
Rummage RAMPage 2020 Schedule
ITEM DROP-OFF ONLY
Friday, July 24: noon to 6 p.m.
ITEM DROP-OFF AND SALES
Saturday, July 25: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 26: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Friday, July 27-31: noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 1: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 2: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
HALF-PRICE SALES (no drop-off)
Monday, Aug. 3: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Get involved in Rummage RAMPage in three ways:
Volunteer! Eligible non-profit volunteer groups are needed to help with the collection of donations of items, as well as to help run the rummage sale. Proceeds from the sale will be divided among the eligible non-profit volunteer groups that assist.
June 19: Deadline for non-profit agencies to have commitment of 10 volunteer hours
June 26: Registration opens for volunteers from the general public
July 16: Volunteer orientation
6 p.m., City of Ames Water Plant, 1800 E. 13th St.
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