Paradise for bargains
MORE than 400,000 bargain-loving shoppers are expected to visit more than 15,000 sales across Australia in the eighth Garage Sale Trail this weekend.
Among them will be Mandurah couple Nang and Pip Nguyen, who will be behind Scroungers Paradise at their home in Shannon Road on Saturday.
Nang said he loved second-hand stuff, meeting people and pottering around in op-shops and garage sales.
The City of Mandurah Local Hero for July and Commonwealth Games competitor in wheelchair basketball, and more recently power lifting, will be in his element, surrounded by items his family has no further use for, along with strawberry plants and freshly picked rosemary for sale on the day.
Pip will be making muffins and his children aged eight and 10 will also be getting in on the act by making fresh lemonade.
The award-winning sustainability and community campaign promotes reuse and waste reduction.
WA hosted 23 per cent of the country's garage sales last year.
Aside from giving unwanted belongings a second lease of life, making some extra cash and providing shoppers with a bargain, the festivities also foster creativity, and with sellers opening the homes, wardrobes and long forgotten drawers to the public, some weird, wonderful and unexpected items are likely to be on offer.
Nang Nguyen has joined the Garage Sale Trail. Picture: Jon Hewson