olivari's treasures

Mark Olivari has acquired some of the most unique items you will find in Asheville. You never know what you’ll find at Scroungers Paradise!

Hall's Antique Safe

Antique Hall’s Safe and Lock Co. Safe circa 1890

Hall’s Safe & Lock Company manufactured locks, bank vaults and safes throughout the second half of the 19th century. Joseph L. Hall founded it in Cincinnati, OH, and it grew quickly in both reputation and size for its quality products and high standards. It quickly became an international business. Hall died in 1889 and in 1892, his successor, son Edward, merged with four other firms to form the Herring-Hall-Marvin Company.

Our price: $2,995.00

Ornate Japanese Painted Windows or Cabinet Doors

Ornate Japanese Painted Windows or Cabinet Doors
These gorgeous doors, or possibly windows, will definitely add a unique and exotic quality to the room in which they are used.
$360 for the pair (set of two)

White Marble Temple

White Marble Temple
Stunning and unique!
36″ L x 18″ W x 53 Tall

Vintage Mail Sorter

1940’s Vintage Mail Sorter
This is a classic black metal mail sorter.
It has sixteen slots per cabinet for mail, documents, plants, tchotchkes, or other interesting items. These cabinets are stackable and have ornate scrolling on the
footer and sides. Perfect for home or office décor!
Each cabinet is 40″ long x 14″ deep x 27″ tall.  Each cubby is 5″ long x 14″ deep x 11″ tall.
 Cabinets are $600 each or $900 for the pair.

Hair Salon Furniture

This is a wild and dazzling set of hair salon equipment and furniture. The set includes the brightest pink you can envision on a
* Full Size Couch
*2 Salon Chairs w/ shampoo basins
*3 Mirrors
*High back Queens Throne
*Pedicure Foot Bath That Includes all hoses and hook ups
All framed in ornate REAL SOLID GOLD (just kidding!) and studded with giant REAL DIAMONDS (not really!)
You will never see a more outrageous set of salon furniture anywhere. Except at Scroungers Paradise !!  
And it can all be yours for $12,000.00.  

Antique Lineberry Carts

Antique Lineberry Factory Industrial Carts

(Convert to coffee tables)

We have just received a few of these highly respected antique carts that have been the craze for a while now. Gorgeous and full of stories, these Lineberry carts can transform a space like nothing else! These carts are known for their craftsmanship and durability as well as their appeal for their natural wood finishes and rustic iron castings and hardware.

The Lineberry Factory industrial carts are among the most popular vintage pieces from the workplace, all part of the “industrial style furniture” movement. Lineberry is known as the flagship brand among factory carts.

Our carts are ready for your creative finishing (or not!)

Dimensions of Cart:
Total of 8’5″ long x 48″ wide; oak beams are 5.5″ wide x 7.5″ thick; axle and wheels are 55″ across; cast iron wheels are 14″ in diameter and do turn; 20″ tall. 

We are selling them for only $725.00 each. 

African Folk Art

Unique Beautiful African Art!
We have four rare and beautiful paintings in this set of African Folk Art. They are signed and dated to 1969.
Dimensions: 25.5″ Tall x 19.5″ Wide
$60 each 
Sand Art:  One, man kneeling in sand, 13″ x 9.25″ @ $25.00
Carved Wooden Figures in Shadow Box:  several different designs, 20″ x 7.75″ x 2.25″ deep @ $30.00 each
Banana Leaf Art:  4 different designs, 13 1/8″ x 9 5/8″ @ $25.00 each

Flor De Soto


Some of the Rarest Pieces of Wood on the Planet!

Mark says: For those that have been bugging me for the past three or more years to sell the “Flor de Soto,” I want to alert you that we are selling them now. These are some of the most beautiful and rare pieces of natural wood on the planet! We do not know how these pieces end up as they do but we do know that everyone that sees them has never seen anything like this anywhere in their travels or in their research or investigations.

First of all, for those that have not seen these incredible pieces at Scroungers, let me begin by sharing with you that this journey of confusion but surprise began in Bolivia when I first saw them and decided that I had to have them regardless of price. I was stunned, to say the least, and even until now there are but a few souls on the planet that have any info on these unique creations by nature. Everyone that sees them begins by asking the story and then by asking the name and so forth.

I have retold the story of their origin, as well as what some people think, but in reality it is all conjecture at best.
It is not a root based “burl” but rather a response within a tree that is situated on a branch or end of a branch of a tree that is known as a Soto tree. This Soto tree which is known as a Schinopsis specie of tree is very large and probably contains up to 3,000 branches or more at maturity. Those there in the know proclaim a ratio of one “Flor de Soto “piece for every 1500 Soto trees. This is hard to believe but there are few Flor de Soto pieces around and even fewer persons to speak about them.

We ran into a gentleman close to 90 years old who had been cutting down Soto trees since he was 16 years old and made it a habit to put to the side what we now know as “Flor de Soto” pieces. He had in his possession twelve “Flor de Soto” pieces which I purchased after much deliberation due to the high prices he asked. If that was all he had then it works out to the discovery of one “Flor de Soto” piece every six years or so after milling Soto trees every day!

By the way, the pieces you see here in the plethora of photos attached vary in price from $80 to $6,500 and all were sold to those handling them in the photos. 

Vintage Railway Carts

These carts were originally used to haul lumber and other material through railway and lumber yards and often had their own tracks based on their size.

Today they are being reclaimed as tables, coffee tables and other creative restoration and repurposing projects. The wood, to the best of our knowledge, is oak. All the axles and wheels are cast iron and still turn freely.

Measurements: oak beams are 5.5” wide x 7.5” thick; axle and wheels are 55” across; wheels are 14” diameter cast iron; carts are 20” tall.

$750 each; make an offer for multiple purchases

Vintage Industrial Conveyor Chain

Check out this incredible industrial décor – think Steampunk!!

We have some industrial vintage conveyor chain at $5.00/linear foot.

Come see for yourself!

Lapis Lazuli

We have the largest supply of lapis lazuli on the East Coast!

Until the late 18th century the only source of lapis lazuli in Europe, Asia and Africa was the remote Sar-e-Sang valley in the Badakhshan mountains in northeast Afghanistan, where it has been mined for more than six millennia.

It was used by the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians for jewelry and amulets, and its reputed magic aura as a defense against the evil eye goes back thousands of years. Its diffusion in Europe began during the Crusades, but its rarity and cost meant that it could be afforded for the creation of art works only by the richest of patrons.

Prominent among these were the Medici who, during the 16th century, built up a unique collection of objects — from bowls, goblets and jugs to inlaid pictures and furniture — made from and adorned with this precious stone.

Metal Memento

Head Scrounger, Mark, has repurposed this steel from a transmission.

Voila! It is now engraved and cut out as a memento of Asheville!

Each memento is 11’ round and weighs 3.38 lbs.

Limited Quantity

Each only $40.00

Rare Statues and Vases

Our beautiful granite statues for your home or garden are waiting for you at Scroungers. They are all uniquely abstract and pleasing to the touch.

What we have available:


Base 11.5” x 15.5” x 24” tall. Total height of 64”. Marked price = $1375.00

Now is the time to enhance your home or garden with a work of art that’s sure to spark conversations.

One-Of-A-Kind Carved Marble Vase
24″ Tall x 7.5″ at Base
Check out this new abstract, creative design in marble. Totally one-of-a-kind. Perfect for home or office.
Dimensions: 21.5″ tall x 12″ wide x 6.75″ deep
Looking for a good home for this incredible piece. Yours for $975.00.

Biltmore Estate Collectibles

Damask Medium Platter, 12” x 19”, Retail Price: $46.98 – Scroungers Price: $5.00

Damask Large Platter, 18” x 12”, Retail Price: $89.98 – Scroungers Price: $10.00

Damask Dinner Plates (2), 11”, Retail Price: $39.98 – Scroungers Price: $5.00/set of Two

Damask Mini Bowls, 5.5” x 5.5” x 2”, Retail Price: $29.98 – Scroungers Price: $4.00/2 piece set

Baroque Candle with Bell Jar, 9”, Retail Price: $36.98 – Scroungers Price: $6.25

Brocade Stoneware Charger, 12”, Retail Price: $39.98 – Scroungers Price: $6.25

Brocade Candle Pillar(Small), 4.75” Diameter, 9.75” Tall, Retail Price: $19.98 – Scroungers Price: $5.00

Mrs. King Glass Canister (Medium), 14”, Retail Price: $42.98 – Scroungers Price: $15.00

Mrs. King Glass Canister (Large), 16”, Retail Price: $51.00 – Scroungers Price: $19.00

Baroque Table Cross, 9.5” Tall, Retail Price: $24.98 – Scroungers Price: $6.25

Fleur de Lis Table Runner, Retail Price: $49.98 – Scroungers Price: $8.00

Archival Maps

Archival Topographical Maps 

We have the last known printed topographical maps on archival paper!
$5.00 EACH! We do not ship.
There are multiples of each map from the USGS (United States Geological Survey) for the eastern United
States. The process is now digital and printed editions are no longer archival quality.
Thing are changing and so is the map business. Get a piece of history worth framing.

The dates on these maps vary from 1947 to 1992.
These older maps are no longer being printed.
This is the last lot that the USGS had available for sale.
Everything now is ordered and printed from a digital database which is produced by single order and not on archival paper.
It’s rare and going to be rarer as time goes on.
We’re in the digital age and the government is no exception making these types of items rarer as time goes on.
One client who owns a coffee shop and caters to hikers and tourists just purchased some of the local
topographical maps of western North Carolina. He said he was going to laminate them, place a star on his
coffee shop’s location, and sell them for $15 a piece. He purchased over 500 maps (mostly multiples of approximately 35 quadrants.)

Classy Glass Bases

Classy Glass Bases

When you are seeking a simple yet classy stand to display that special piece of art or history upon, look no further.

We have truly unique 12” square x 47.50” tall durable glass bases that will enhance the look of whatever is displayed upon them.

  $150.00 per base or 3 for $300.00

Limited Supply

Shona Art

Shona Sculpture

The Shona tribe is Zimbabwe’s largest indigenous group. They are found in Zimbabwe and southern Mozambique in Southern Africa and bordering South Africa.

Shona artists are well-known for their stone sculptures. Stone carving has been part of this culture since 1200 AD. There was a re-emergence of this stone carving tradition in the 1950’s – the solid forms and beautiful surfaces of Shona sculpture express an extraordinary emotional power. Today, the art form commands worldwide recognition.

Drawing on ancient sculpting traditions, the Shona have produced a modern art movement of dignified, exquisite works reminiscent of Picasso and Henry Moore. These extraordinary, intense works speak to all humanity.

“Peering Man” statue carved from black serpentine stone. 14″ Tall x 12″ Wide x 10″ Deep and 45 Lbs. Rare and unique, this is an excellent display piece for your home or office !


Woman Carrying Water” depicts a woman carrying a small water container on her head.

Dimensions: 18” Tall x 5.5” Wide


Traveling Woman” depicts a woman with travel bags and a child on her back looking down the road waiting for her transport to a new destination, maybe a familiar place or maybe some place brand new to her.

This is a small piece that would be great for table top or pedestal display in your home or office.

Dimensions: 10″ Tall x 4″ Wide



Antique Wooden Doors

Here are some incredible French Art Deco/Art Nouveau doors from the early 20th century that were found in Alexandria, Egypt.

The photos do not do them justice!

Add a bit of class to your home, garden or place of business.  Come check them out.

Great deals for that special look!

  1. Louvered, only one door, 11.25” x 83”, $125.00
  2. Blue pair, 42.50” x 95” each door, $1100.00/pair
  3. Black/grey framed pair, 39.50” x 89” SOLD OUT
  4. One Hand Carved Indonesian Teak Door, 60″ x 35.5″ x 25″ – $800

Antique Scale

Fairbanks, Morse & Co. Scale. 100,000 lb capacity

Antique Scale Manufactured by Fairbanks, Morse, & Co.