Recently, I came across a program offered on HGTV that I have found quite entertaining and informative. The show is “Cheap Old Houses” and features a host couple, Ethan and Elizabeth Finkelstein, who appreciate old homes for many reasons such as the home’s style; its architectural details; flourishes; wooden floors, original light fixtures and beautiful wooden staircases to name a few. They live in an old home that was originally built in the 1760s. They won’t feature a home unless it’s priced at below $150,000, which is relatively low priced for today.

I’ve only watched about four of the programs and have my DVR set to record the shows. From the first episode I watched, I was hooked. Some of these homes are located in the Midwest. The first show featured a big old home in Sturgis, Michigan; and another show featured three homes in Indiana.

While all of the homes have something interesting and appealing, so far the most impressive piece of property I’ve seen on the show is an old hotel in Mayodan, North Carolina that was built in the late 1800s. The 26-room building and features three levels and is priced at about $8.16 a square foot. What’s more is that the home has a great deal of antique furniture located on the upper two floors. Now I will grant that 26 rooms is a large undertaking for rehabbing, but the low price, means that the buyer will have to invest in fixing up the rooms, while keeping the integrity of the structure. Lots of beautiful wooden dressers with tilting/beveled mirrors and antique dressing tables evoke a bygone era when furniture was made with much better quality that a lot of the pieces that are offered today (in my opinion). Iron and metal beds were also spotted in a few of the rooms that operated as a boarding house for quite a while. The home also boasts an authentic porcelain/iron bathtub.

These old homes remind me of the old saying: A thing of beauty is a joy forever. After discovering this program, I can only wish I was 20 years younger to tackle one of these old homes. And I have a great deal of vintage pieces and accessories to “dress” the home in yesteryear style!

Here’s some upcoming auctions that were sent to me during the past few days:

A two-day, online-only Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction is planned for September 8th and 9th by Nye & Company Auctioneers, based in Bloomfield, N.J., starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time both days. The sale will feature property from the Bishop-Peabody-Metcalf family, the NAMITS collection, the estate of author Peter Benchley of JAWS fame, and several private collections. Online bidding via,, and the Nye & Company website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Nye at 973-984-6900; or, you can email him at

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the firm’s planned back-to-back online-only auctions take place the weekend of September 11th and 12th. The Saturday, September 11th event will be a Toys & Nostalgia sale, featuring the Bryan Beatty collection. The Sunday, September 12th sale will be an Advertising & Historic Objects auction, featuring the Scott Vanner, breweriana (beer collectibles) collection. Start times both days are 9 a.m. Eastern. Internet bidding will be provided via and the Miller & Miller website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Ethan Miller at 519-573-3710; or, you can email him at

A two-day, online-only estates auction is slated for the weekend of September 11th and 12th by J. Garrett Auctioneers, based in Dallas, Texas. Headlining the event will be items from the collection of Texas oil magnate Jimmy Musselman and items from the estate of the late interior designer Onesia Rigney (1940-2020). Additional fine consignments from other estates and collections will also be offered. Internet bidding will be facilitated by both and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Julie Garrett VanDolen at 214-943-7801; or, email her at

A two-day important September Estates Auction is planned for the weekend of September 11th and 12th by Crescent City Auction Gallery, live at the gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as online via, and More than 800 quality lots, pulled from prominent estates and collections, will come up for bid, including Old Master paintings, original artworks by local and regional painters, fine furniture (American, French, Dutch), Newcomb College art pottery, sterling silver and more, beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Central time both days. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Sully Hildebrand at 504-529-5057; or, email her at

An online-only Fine Art, Antiques and Clock auction is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th, by Cottone Auctions, based in Geneseo, N.Y., starting promptly at noon Eastern time. The sale will be highlighted by items from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Doolittle, Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y., including an important painting by John F. Kensett (1816-1872) (est. $200,000-$400,000). Online bidding will be via, and the Cottone Auctions website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Matt Cottone at 585-243-1000; or, you can email him at

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