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Iowa City's largest garage sale


IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Rummage in the Ramp is the largest garage sale in the City.

Rummage in the Ramp is a donation and re-use sale organized by the City of Iowa City to help reduce the volume of furniture and household goods that are hauled to the curb or dumpster each summer as students and other tenants move out of their apartments. The event encourages people to donate, rather than throw away, their still-usable furniture and other household items. The items are then sold at bargain-basement low prices, ranging from $1 to $20. Proceeds from the sale are divided among local nonprofit organizations that help staff the event.

It will be held from Sunday, July 26 through Sunday, August 2 on the lower level of Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, between Burlington and Washington Streets.

Donation and sales hours will be scheduled to run simultaneously this year, during the following times:
Sunday, July 26 - Friday, July 31: Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 1: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 2: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations of kitchen and other household items, furniture, clothing, beds and bedding, books, toys, small appliances in good working order, and non-perishable food items will be accepted, and are tax-deductible. Residents are encouraged to bring reusable items they find on curbs. For a small fee, volunteers will also provide a pick-up service for donors who do not have a truck or vehicle to bring furniture or other donations to the ramp. Information on that service is available at

Computers and other electronics, such as televisions, stereos, and game systems, will be accepted, but will require a $5 donation fee. The fee will be used to cover the recycling costs of these items if they do not sell or are not in working condition at the time of the sale. While all efforts will be made to ensure proper working order, any electronic items purchased at the sale will be sold "as-is," with no guarantees for the buyer. Most items are priced under $20. Only cash will be accepted.

Last year, Rummage in the Ramp diverted about 19 tons of reusable materials from the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, and raised about $9,000 for local nonprofits. In its first year, the event raised $4,000, and was named the Iowa Recycling Association's "Recycling Project of the Year."

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