Garage Sale Trail a family affair for the Nguyen family of Mandurah

Nang Nguyen Picture: Jon Hewson   d487595
Nang Nguyen Picture: Jon Hewson d487595

MORE than 400,000 bargain-loving shoppers are expected to visit more than 15,000 sales across Australia in the eighth Garage Sale Trail next 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 says he loves second-hand stuff, meeting people and pottering around in op shops and garage sales.

The wheelchair-bound 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 for which his family have no further use along with strawberry plants and freshly picked rosemary for sale on the day.

His wife Pip will be making muffins and his young children aged eight and 10 will also be getting in on the act and churning out fresh lemonade.

The award-winning sustainability and community campaign promotes reuse and waste reduction and connects communities during one big weekend of buying and selling.

The concept resonates strongly with West Australians as WA continues to lead the way as the most successful State, hosting 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 and wonderful and unexpected items are likely to be on offer.

Past examples included a house in Safety Bay, a six-foot zombie butler, a Jaguar 220 X-Type, a hovercraft and a pregnant alpaca.

WHAT: Scroungers Paradise.

WHERE: 48b Shannon Road, Mandurah.

WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 8am-noon.