​Over the years Scroungers Paradise has become a landmark business in Asheville, North Carolina and is THE place to go for Homeowners, Contractors, Re modelers, Furniture Makers and Do It Yourself folks. It is also an attraction for Artists, Antique Collectors and Decorators looking for rare and unusual items for their clients.
The owner, Mark Olivari was born in Kobe, Japan to parents in the Argentine Diplomatic Corp and has traveled the world in search of rare and unusual items to put on display. Mark is also an artist known as the "Cosmic Doodler" and in his travels has taught art and coloring to children throughout South America.
In addition Mark is an expert in exotic wood as you will see in the photos showing Beautiful slabs of hardwood such as Ipe, Brazilian Cherry,Cachichira Chestnut,Tigerwood, Brazilian Satinwood, Bolivian Rosewood (Morado), Garapa, Cumaru, Mahogany and more.

“Mark absolutely nailed it! I told them what I wanted, told them how much I had to spend and they came back with a stunning proposal. I won’t go anywhere else.


Harvey Hill,

Asheville, NC

Newly Arrived Ipe in October

Extra! Extra! Breaking News!

We have a new load of Ipe decking just in.

Plus new loads of these sizes of Ipe:

2 x 4, 2 x 6, 2 x 8, 2 x 12, 3 x 6, 4 x 4

For pricing, either check CraigsList or

give us a call at 828-808-3617.

Man, this is beautiful stuff!

Only at Scrounger’s!!


Scrounger's Paradise

Where high class goods from all over the world - are always a deal

Choosing the right materials can be scary - we know. Relax. Mark has the experience, connections and style to bring your vision to life – on schedule and on budget. 

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“I’ve worked with interior designers before and always felt almost satisfied. With Mark, I was thrilled – the colors are gorgeous, the tile is beautiful and easy to clean – I feel great just being in my new kitchen. I couldn’t be happier!”


Jill Smithwick,

Saluda, NC

Mark travels internationally to secure you the finest and most unique natural materials available, at a fraction of the cost.  Please go to our testimonials to read the experiences of those that have ventured into Scroungers Paradise.

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