J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Poe’s time machine and other ‘collectible’ silliness

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Poe’s time machine and other ‘collectible’ silliness

I was working a charity appraisal fair when a woman ran up to my table clutching a small book in a sandwich bag. “I was told you’re the man to see about old books,” she beamed. I nodded. “Then you’re going to love this! It’s a book of poems and short stories by Edgar Allan […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Overt bidding techniques

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Overt bidding techniques

As discussed in this column’s inaugural article, certain auction-goers feel the need to employ stealthy bidding techniques so as not to be shadowed by rookies or be bid against out of spite. Conversely, there are certain auction-goers that use overt bidding techniques designed to intimidate their competition. As an auctioneer, I have witnessed inexperienced bidders […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Auction jargon judgements

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Auction jargon judgements

Every industry has its jargon; auctioneering is no exception. Block, gavel, hammer price… blah, blah, blah. Most auction vocabulary causes me no distress. There are, however, four words that vex me, not because they exist, but because of the muddled rules and sometimes flagrant disregard about how to spell them. So I am laying down […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Stealthy bidding techniques

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Stealthy bidding techniques

The auction business encompasses far more than the stuff that’s offered up for bid. There are precise methods, an elemental madness, and an intrinsic humanity that are inherent in the industry. My name is J. Bear Savo, auctioneer and co-owner of Savo Auctioneers, LLC in Archbald. Each week, Behind the Block will explore the facets […]

 Rich Howells

Archbald artist creepily illustrates your childhood nightmares

Archbald artist creepily illustrates your childhood nightmares

When Stephanie Lucas brought her artwork to FANtom Fest in Scranton earlier this month, her scarily realistic pencil illustrations clearly jumped out from her fellow vendors, which is difficult to do at a horror convention filled with ghouls who wait all year to do exactly that. Stephanie Lucas at FANtom Fest The 26-year-old Scranton native, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Take a guided bird walk down the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

Take a guided bird walk down the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

From a press release: Nature lovers in Northeastern Pennsylvania should remember to look up when they head outdoors, especially when visiting the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. There are so many interesting varieties of birds to see during fall migration, and those who embark on a Guided Bird Walk hosted by Lackawanna Heritage Valley and the […]

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