The experts at Blue Ash-based Everything But The House evaluate rare political buttons and an art collection in two new Everything But The House episodes on HGTV 9-10 p.m. Friday, March 26.
In the two premiere episodes last week, EBTH co-founder Jacquie Denny presented checks from EBTH's online auctions for $61,658 to a Long Island minister for his church food pantry, and for $18,445 to a New Jersey woman for her island dream home.
This week host and executive producer Lara Spencer from ABC's Good Morning America and HGTV's Flea Market Flip and Denny (below) help two more homeowners evaluate and sell family estates, in shows taped last summer and fall.
Everything But The House combines elements from TV's American Pickers and Antiques Roadshow. EBTH appraisers cull the rare gems from houses packed with stuff. Part of the drama comes from the last-second competition by online bidders for some rare collectibles – and from the risk of not making much money due to EBTH's policy of starting bidding at $1 for every item. Another part of each show is the seller trying to meet a financial goal for a destination wedding, college fund, refrigerated truck for the food pantry, a retirement home, etc.
Here are details of the March 26 episodes:
"Memories and Memorabilia" (9 p.m. Friday, repeating at midnight): "A couple wants to clear out her childhood home that is packed with her parents' collectibles. Lara and her team dig in to find some rare treasures, including scarce political buttons and a vintage candy dispenser worth a surprising amount of money," HGTV says.
"Farmhouse Finds" (9:30 p.m. Friday, repeating 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27): Spencer, Denny and the EBTH team head to a New York farm to help a couple sell an art collection they don't appreciate. Denny told me last month the couple "thought it was the ugliest art they've ever seen," and they were surprised to learn that their "museum-quality art collection" was worth thousands.
The farmhouse couple wants to use sale proceeds to fix up the farm, start a new business selling jams and - if anything is left over - take a dream trip.
Everything But The House "is not always about selling stuff," Denny told me. "This can give people closure. For some families, it's a social archeology. We go through the things with people. We help them decide what they can donate, and how to split up some items with siblings, and which items have the most value" on the second-hand market.
Spencer has been working on the TV show since 2017, before Denny and co-founder Brian Graves reacquired the company in 2019.
Two more new episodes air Friday, April 2.