Livy’s Livery Auction Service in Perry and its sister business, Swan Antics, are recycling many used and antique items in biweekly auctions at 913 Evelyn St., in the former home until 2015 of Mark Seed and of Simplex Seed until 2018, which closed exactly 100 years after the location first opened as the Perry branch of the Grimes Canning Co.
Jeff Livingston, a Menlo High School graduate with a long work history at Mark Seed, acquired the property in 2019 and converted the old canning factory and seed corn processing plant into an auction house.
“We’ll be holding auctions twice a month for a while yet,” Livingston said Saturday in the minutes before taking bids on a huge selection of hand tools and power tools. “I’ve got a full 100′ x 360′ storage building and two more 60′ x 80′ buildings, so we’ll be plenty busy.”
Although Swan Antics moved from its longtime rural Ogden location to 1226 Second St. in Perry 2018 and to its current Evelyn Street outlet in 2020, Alma Blougher Swanson, owner of Swan Antics, still carries her familiar lines of antiques, collectibles and one-of-a-kind oddities. The diversity of the stock is enriched by many consignment sellers as well.
A mid-May “Under the Awning” garage sale is planned for Friday, May 14 from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.