Rummage RAMPage raises $49,000 for local non-profit agencies


Katelyn Squiers, News Editor of Student Life

The sixth annual Rummage RAMPage increased proceeds by almost $10,000 compared to last year’s sale in 2021. The event raised just over $49,000 for local non-profit agencies and found new homes for more than 143,838 pounds of furniture.

The sale took place from July 29 to Aug. 6 at the Ames Intermodal Facility. Since many leases in Ames terminate at the end of July, there is often a surplus of discarded items at this time of year. 

The Rummage RAMPage provides an opportunity to relocate unwanted items to new incoming residents to divert reusable items out of the waste stream.

“Every year I am just completely overwhelmed by the ongoing support of the community,” Director of Sustainability Merry Rankin said. “This year we had the most Iowa State student organizations and nonprofit organizations volunteering at the event.” 

A total of 41 organizations were involved in this year’s sale, Rankin said, including several student clubs at Iowa State as well as those in the city. The full list of participating organizations can be found on the city of Ames website. 

Common items donated and sold included furniture and mugs, and mostly uncommon items included bread makers, bikes and gardening tools. Additional items available for sale were rare antique finds, such as an old fashioned baby buggy and several dollhouses. 

“I think it was an incredibly successful event,” Rankin said. “I think it was successful because of the collective community commitment and support.”The next Rummage RAMPage is scheduled for July 28 to Aug. 5 2023. Information on next year’s event can be found on the city of Ames website.