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Rummage In The Ramp

Rummage_in_Ramp_logo-2013Once again Iowa City will hold what is one of the more interesting events in their calendar year. Yep, the Rummage in the Ramp. This is a great way of recycling very useful items that may otherwise end up in the landfill. We have gotten many useful items there over the years.

The Rummage begins on July 26th at the Chauncey Swann parking lot under the College Street bridge. What is really neat is that there is new stuff every day, so a person must make multiple trips to or maybe miss the item they were looking for. Printers, couches, dining sets, who knows what may be there? Certainly worth a trip.

Here is the blurb for the Rummage from Iowa City’s web page:

When and where is Rummage in the Ramp held?

The event is always held the last week in July through the first few days in August to coincide with the apartment lease changeovers. The event takes place in the bottom level of the Chauncey Swan parking ramp, directly under the College Street bridge.

Date’s for this year’s Rummage in the Ramp will be Friday, July 26 at noon until Saturday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m.

DONATIONS AND SALES will occur simultaneously during these times:
Friday, July 26 – Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, July 29 to Friday, Aug. 2 – Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3 (LAST DAY) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On the last day, EVERYTHING GOES! Beginning at noon, we’ll implement a “Name Your Price” sales strategy. Come on down, see what’s left, and tell us what you’ll give for it!

How does it work?
Rather than throwing things away, students, tenants and other citizens are encouraged to donate their no-longer-needed items to Rummage in the Ramp, a giant garage sale sponsored by the City of Iowa City. The donated items are then offered for sale to incoming students, low-income families, and any other residents who are looking for great bargains on items for their home. The event is nine days long and is staffed by local environmental and human services nonprofit groups. These groups then split the profits from the sale to help fund their work in the community.

Donations
Volunteers will be on hand to visually inspect and help unload your donation. Items beyond reuse will not be accepted. Donated items are tax-deductible — please ask for a receipt! We’ll accept the following items for donation and resale:
Usable furniture
Beds, frames and box springs
Household and kitchen items
Books
Small appliances (must be clean and in working order)
Non-perishable food for the Crisis Center’s
Clean clothes
Electronics and small appliances (TVs, microwaves, computers, monitors, printers, etc.) Please note that a $5 recycling fee will be charged PER electronic item in case we cannot sell it. This includes televisions, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, computers, monitors, printers, etc.

Not accepted: non-working, broken, badly torn or stained items; water beds

So the Rummage is not just for discarded college student things. If you have some unwanted items in house, this could be a great way to recycle.

Lastly, the city will pick up items from your house for a fee:

Pickups
Need help getting your donations to Rummage in the Ramp? We can help! Beginning on Wednesday, July 17, follow the link below to schedule a pickup time.Times will be limited, so sign up early! Please donate only items that can be reused. Pickups are limited to homes within Iowa City city limits. The pickup fee is $10; additional recycling fees will apply for electronics.

In addition to cash at the time of pickup, pre-payment is now accepted using a credit card. You must be present at the scheduled pickup time. To pre-pay, please schedule a pickup using the link below, and then call Jennifer Jordan, Iowa City Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6160 to make your payment via a credit card over the phone.

So, there is a good chance I will be there several times. Maybe I’ll see you there?

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