Chess to Holiday Decorating!

Have you consider Bahoukas?

Beautiful glass chess set at Bahoukas - a beautiful holiday gift
This chess set is more beautiful in person.

You might not think of Bahoukas for games and decorating at Holiday Time. But stop in and check out this beautiful chess set that’s even more wonderful if you see it in person. This set will delight your favorite player or a collector. Simply beautiful. Hurry, we only have one like this one!

Beautiful ornaments and decorations for your special holiday available at Bahoukas.

Also, if you’re not finished decorating your home or office, you might want to stop by and see what we have for ornaments. Do you remember the little figurine candles that decorated a small table or maybe even were a part of your stocking stuffers? Well, we have those and many more items. We look forward to showing you all the ideas we have to make your holiday extra special with the love found in vintage and collectibles.

Need a few buildings for your little village, or some beautiful Santa and Elf candles?

Stop by soon and see how delightful the variety of collectibles at Bahoukas Antique Mall can make your holiday. Add a bit of nostalgia and build on them to create your own traditions. Yep, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Art at Bahoukas

Sculpture from Around the World

Do you think you know what’s hiding in the 9,000+ sq ft of antiques at Bahoukas? Well, you might just want to stop by and see how diverse we really are. 

Amazing sculptures at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Here’s a sampling of some beautiful wood sculptures. They’re just one of the many unique pieces of art you might find to delight the perfect person on your holiday gift list.

You really do want to drop in and spend some time browsing all our shelves and nook and crannies. It’s astounding just what you’ll find. 

Yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise Box #5

Old Cut Nails and Thumb Screws

No, we’re not talking torture here!

old thumb screws available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Thumb Screws are best described in this quote from RabComponents.com:

A screw drive that comes with either a tall headed or ridged (knurled) sides, or a key-like flat sided vertical head can be defined as a thumb screw. These screws can easily be tightened or loosened by hand without using any external drive. However, they are not ideally used for any structural applications.

The over-sized head with the diamond-patterned grip finish allows the screw to be tightened or loosened without any external effort. This easy feature makes the screw an imperative part of those devices that require frequent removal and re-installation; for example, safety covers of electronic devices..

What are the Basic Applications and Advantages?

A thumb screw actually acts like a bolt in most applications. When typically used, this blunt-nosed screw or bolt is fastened into a threaded hole and its ease of removal doesn’t require any external tool to assemble or disassemble any equipment.

Old Cut Nails

The history of the humble nail can reveal a great deal. CLICK HERE to read a wonderful, brief article about the history of the nail. 

Looking at antique furniture, we often seek clues for authenticity and age. There are many factors that show true historic construction, but one clue that is often overlooked is the type of nail used to hold the piece together. Nails in antique furniture are often barely noticeable, but they are another key to unlock the history of wooden pieces. The quest for the ideal nail has taken centuries of development. As Churchill noted, “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.”

Old Cut Nails - useful for crafts - at Bahoukas

CLICK HERE for a variety of ways to use old nails in crafts. It includes art, puzzles, and yes, even coasters. Check it out.

Then stop by Bahoukas and grab a handful for your next crafty project! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. Don’t forget, we have 50% off on all glass and record albums! Hurry in!

Angels and Glass

beautiful angel with harp sculpture just in time for the holidays at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Plus December Sales at Bahoukas

You never ever know what you might discover in all the treasures at Bahoukas. While gathering photos for more blog posts, this most beautiful sculpture was discovered on a high shelf. You have to stop in and see it for yourself. It’s beautiful. 

Of course, it’s been mentioned that George is having some big sales this month on glass and record albums. Well, I’m not sure what all is included… but check out this amazing blue glass that just arrived in the last couple weeks. 

beuatiful blue glass now at Bahoukas Antique Mall

If you don’t know by now, George is always willing to make a deal. Stop in and see for yourself. In the meantime, here’s a bit more beautiful glass for every taste:

Green Depression Glass and 3 pc Czechoslovakian Malachite Perfume Set by Ingrid

Now doesn’t this look festive for the Holidays! Or maybe you prefer one or two of these beautiful pieces. They would add wonderful beauty reflecting candles and lights at your holiday table. 

cut glass and crystal at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Hopefully, we’re on your to-do list to visit for that special decorating idea you have or the perfect gift for someone on your gift list. Yes, we are here and waiting to say, “Welcome!”

 

 

Wednesday Box Surprise #4

lace and rhinestone wreath - all the fixin's available at BahoukasBoxes of Surprises Abound at Bahoukas

Look at this wreath and tell me you wouldn’t love it! CLICK HERE for the directions on how to create! 

Rolling pins from days of yore available at Bahoukas

 

 

We have a variety of unique rolling pins as well as a number of large wooden spoons used for decoration.

Are you crafty? There are some fun ways to use these items to create a beautiful gift. You have time – we have the items to help you out!

Need ideas? CLICK HERE for a great article offering 16 decorative ideas using old rolling pins. If you create something, be sure to send us a photo! 

 

 

 

lace doilies and hankies at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Oh my, there are some beautiful ideas for gifts created from old hankies. Check out AllWomensTalk.com for some wonderful and fairly easy crafts. You can also try your crafty fingers with those old doilies that many of remember our grandmothers having on their furniture. Visit this site for some beautiful ideas that are even in time for Christmas gifting or decorating! NOTE: This site loads slowly due to ads, but the ideas are definitely worth it!

lace, corchet, doiiles and hankies at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Wednesday Box Surprise #2

Metal Numbers? Yep!

box of metal house numbers are great for crafts, too

Besides having the perfect numbers for your house, these metal numbers might be a perfect addition to a craft. Have you considered that? No? Well, at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum, we have ‘Surprise Boxes’ scattered throughout the store.

CLICK HERE for some ideas that will get your creative juices flowing. Our numbers are a few inches tall. But if you’re ‘crafty,’ these examples just may be the spark you need! One idea, paint them with different colors and use them for the kids’ bedroom or playroom!!! FUN!

Put your creativity hat on and consider how you might upcycle these treasures. Yep, We’ll be watchin’ for ya. 

Beautiful Bar Set

Just in time for the Holidays

beautiful bar set available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This beautiful set comes in a very nice wood box. It would make your home bartender very happy during the coming holiday parties. Tongs, strainer, double jigger, and more complete this beautiful and very collectible set. We’ve got you covered for unique ideas for the coming holiday season from entertaining to decorating, gifts to games. Yep, We’ll be watching for ya!

Wednesday Box Surprise #1

Wood, Cabinet, and Drawer Knobs

 Pick a door know - boxes - all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

We’ve decided to share our WEDNESDAY BOXES, giving you a sneak peek into the many boxes of various and sundry items. Today’s boxes include a variety of door knobs, draw and cabinet knobs.

Wooden drawer and cabinet knobs at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

We have an interesting quote to share to help with the difference between these items, but to also encourage creativity!

Handles, Knobs and Pulls

Cabinet opening/closing hardware follows a simple set of terminology: “Handle” and “pull” generally refer to a hardware item with two mounting points (two screws attaching it to the surface). A knob typically refers to an item with one attachment point. The most common arrangement of kitchen cabinet hardware is to pair knobs with the cabinet doors and pulls with the drawers, but this is definitely not a hard and fast rule. Hardware with two attachment points is sometimes used with cabinet doors. Interestingly, “handle” is the term most often used to describe a piece of hardware with two attachment points when it’s mounted on a cabinet door, whereas “pull” is the term that would be most commonly used to describe the very same item if it were attached to a drawer.   from Rockler.com

If you’re upcycling a piece of furniture, stop in and see if we have the knob or pull that would add the right touch to your chest of drawers, cabinet, or even a door! You’ll discover real treasures in the boxes we have throughout the shop. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Art, History, and Canning Labels

Unique Ways to Use Old Canning Labels

original and reproduction canning labels at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

While sorting some items in the shop, we realized that our reproduction canning labels are truly beautiful. Most are $5 each and we can order more and get them back in a day. (We also have some ‘original, collectible, canning labels if you desire those. Priced a bit higher.)

decoupage old canning labels from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Anyway, check out the artwork. WOW! The photos don’t do justice to how great these actually look. (We took photos through a vinyl covering.)

 

Could you imagine decoupaging some of these beautiful canning labels for unique kitchen decor!

Beautiful. Oh, not sure what decoupage is:

Decoupage or Découpage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. Commonly, an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers.  from Wikipedia

 

CLICK HERE for the link for some great ideas.

fun with decoupage using canning labels from Bahoukas Antique Mall

 

Here are even more wonderful ideas and directions for decoupage from The Spruce Crafts website. CLICK HERE

beautiful art can be found in old canning labels from Bahoukas

Check out this basic how-to-do-it decoupage video to inspire you to give it a try:

 

 

Still not sure?  CLICK HERE for more ideas.

decoupage using old canning labels from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Look around. You can create beautiful coasters, cover a cutting board or that wood knife holder on your counter, a tray (metal or wood), cupboard doors, jars, and more. Beautiful, unique, and truly your own! Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall today and plan your holiday gift or creative decor items. We’ll be watchin’ for ya! 

Very Collectible Wedding Toppers

Beautiful and humorous!

fun and funny collectible wedding toppers at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Brides, wedding planners, and wedding shower hosts are always looking for unique decorations. At Bahoukas Antique Mall we have some beautiful, and a few humorous, collectible wedding toppers. They make great toppers for wedding cakes, of course. But they can also be used in wedding shower decor! 

Wondering what other ways you might use collectible wedding toppers. VISIT THIS PAGE on HGTV.com for some really fun ideas. ENJOY … then stop by and see if we have something that might work for your creative project. Yes, we WILL be watchin’ for ya!

Like the small things?

Collecting Miniatures has several advantages.

miniature collections 1

When you collect miniatures, they’ll take less space. For the minimalist, it might be the perfect way to enjoy vintage and antique collectibles in a smaller or simpler space. 

Miniature Collectibles 2

How long have we been collecting miniatures? Consider this quote:

Archeologists have discovered wooden miniatures of farm animals, carts and other everyday objects that date back to at least 5,000 BC in Egypt. It’s difficult to catalog the exact history of miniature collecting since there are so many different types of miniatures and ways the miniatures were used.

While people have collected miniatures for thousands of years, most early miniatures served a utilitarian purpose. Armies used miniature models for battlefield and wartime strategies. Architects and designers used miniature models to help visualize and refine designs for structures and furniture. Regardless of the purpose or type, it’s safe to say that people have been interested in miniature collecting for as long as miniatures have been around.

from Hobby Helper 

Miniatures and Czech glass

Above is a beautiful collection of miniatures including Czech glass – tiny, exquisite, and beautiful.

miniatures - Princess House lead crystal sets

The above collection are lead crystal sets by Princess House. They include fish, horse, cow, rabbit and rat plus four circus figurines: clown, lion, elephant and seal.

So if you would like to start collecting, but also want to keep it manageable, start with ‘miniatures.’ Of course, we’re not saying that miniature collections can’t take over your space. But, that’s for another post! 

Stop in and see the miniatures we have throughout the shop. We have also have a number of printers trays that are great for small collections. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Mirror – Mirror

Reflections – real or perceived?

We all recognize “Mirror, mirror on the wall…”

But have you really stepped into Bahoukas Antique Mall and looked for all the mirrors we have? The variety and sizes are many. From a small child’s music box mirror to a huge, full-length mirror, and everything in between!  The shapes are oval and rectangle. They’re found on the wall or atop a beautiful chest of drawers. You really have to stop by and check them out. I’m sure we’ve not found them all. And yes, as always, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Welcome to August! Enjoy the final weeks of summer!

Vanilla Ice Cream and Old Jokes

Makes a Rainy Day Much Better

Celebrate Vanilla Ice Cream and Oldl Joke Day at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD

We have a variety of Ice Cream scoops and a few unique dishes for enjoying your ice cream. From HolidayHindsights we’ve learned:

 National Vanilla Ice Cream Day celebrates one of Americas favorite ice cream flavors.

Vanilla and chocolate ice cream vies for the taste buds ice cream lovers. Chocolate may win the popularity contest. But, vanilla is a close second. It is also more refreshing, and more versatile.

Its easy to celebrate Vanilla Ice Cream Day on a hot summer day like today. Enjoy it in a cone, a dish, a float, a shake, or in a cake. If you get it in a cone today, ask for extra scoops, and worry about the calories later. Just make sure to eat it quickly, before it melts.

We might add that a trip to Bomboy’s Ice Cream on Market Street just might make the day perfect.

To help with celebrating Old Joke Day on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, we share these thoughts from HolidayHindsights:

No doubt about it. Today, will be a fun-filled day, with lots of laughter. To fully participate and enjoy this day, just tell some jokes. You can do it in person, or pass along a few humorous emails. That’s easy enough to do. The more jokes you tell, the more fun this day will be. We also encourage you to listen to many jokes today. Everybody is getting into the act, and in order to tell a joke, someone has to be present to listen to the joke.

To celebrate Tell An Old Joke Day, we have 2 ‘adult jokes’, wonderful MAD Magazines, Jack & Jill Magazines (that always had fun jokes), and an 8mm film “Have Badge, Will Chase” with Abbott &* Costello!

… on Tell an Old Joke Day, you should tell old jokes. The logic behind this, is to keep old jokes from fading away. If they were once funny, they will still produce a laugh. On National Tell a Joke Day on August 16th, you can tell a new joke, or an old one.

So come on by and pick up an ice cream scoop, a pretty dish to enjoy your ice cream, and grab a magazine for a joke or two!  Hey, maybe you have an old joke you want to share with us. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

When Pigs Fly?

You’ve heard that, right? It’s called an adynation!

The phrase “when pigs fly” (alternatively, “pigs might fly”) is an adynaton—a figure of speech so hyperbolic that it describes an impossibility. The implication of such a phrase is that the circumstances in question (the adynaton, and the circumstances to which the adynaton is being applied) will never occur.  from Wikipedia

cast iron flying pig at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

We have a fairly large variety of vintage and reproduction cast iron pieces, including our “FLYING PIG!”

Use these hefty fellows as a doorstop, by your fireplace, or just a fun decoration and conversation piece. Here are a couple more pics:

reproduction cast iron figures at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Along with these great reproduction cast iron pieces, you’ll find a number of vintage and collectible cast iron items.

Reproduction cast iron pig at Havre de Grace Bahoukas

It couldn’t be any more fun than this! So drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and choose your favorite from our vintage and reproduction collections of cast iron figures. Yessiree, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Vases and Flowers

SPRING? It’s been a bit wet!

But the spring flowers have definitely welcomed us, even if the season seems a bit short. And we’ll soon be seeing the beautiful flowers that will blossom with the hot, humid days of summer. We have a wonderful assortment of vases. Of course, you can add them to your collection. But, better yet, find the perfect vase for some of those flowers and bring them into your home decor.

beautiful vases available at Bahoukas Antiques

Large and small, artistic and classic, we have a huge assortment of vases and small planters.

Gorgeous vases available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

These wonderful vases can also be used for other items – they can hold pens and pencils, maybe your artist brushes, or even kitchen utensils. Have you thought about that? Are you looking for unique ways to decorate and keep your house beautiful and clutter-free? Check these shelves of vases and planters:

huge variety of vases and planters available at Bahoukas

These vases and small planters also make great vessels to put gifts in or to use for decorating for a shower or even a picnic.

Get creative. Have some fun. Create a ‘conversation piece.’ Stop by today and pick out one – or two – or there for your flowers, table, and creative projects. Did we forget to mention color? Oh my goodness, the choices are amazing. You’re sure to find just the most perfect piece!

colorful ceramic and pottery vases and small planters - all available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

We also have crackle glass small vases, some fine crystal pieces, and etched glass ones. So stop in soon. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Just in Time for Picnics

Gifts for Mom and the Family

May, thoughts of outdoor picnics and barbeques, and great serving pieces make for perfect Mothers Day gift ideas. Below is a beautiful glass cake dish with a cover. Can you imagine the tasty dessert that will be served? YUM!

Beautiful covered cake dish - Bahoukas Antiques

Maybe you need a dish for your casserole. Well, check this one! A glass-covered, Guardian Ware serving dish. Perfect!

Guardian Ware covered serving dish

Has mentioned that she could sure use a few mixing/serving bowls? These stainless steel bowls below make it easy to mix your favorite salad, cover with plastic wrap and take directly to the picnic table. Those hungry kids will be so excited!

stainless steel bowls at Bahoukas Antiques

We absolutely love this circus-themed covered tin that’s just perfect for a batch of your favorite cookies and brownies. ooooOOOOOoooooo

circus themed tin for some favorite munchies

If you’re taking the cut-up veggies, a dip, maybe baked beans, these glass serving pieces with covers are perfect for the table and can go directly into the refrigerator/freezer afterward. Well, that’s if there’s anything left in them afterward!

glss covered serving/freezer dishes at Bahoukas Antiques

So if you’re thinking picnic, outdoor barbeques, or just a great gift for Mom this Mother’s Day, these pieces just might fill the bill. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Time to Think About Mom

Mother’s Day 2018 – Sunday, May 13

Of course, you ALWAYS think of mom. But with Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we thought we’d help you out with a few gift ideas. Consider these beautiful Spode Blue Room Collection of Mugs – buy one or all six:

Spode Blue Room Collection mugs - beautiful - available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

OR….. maybe Mom would love an entire set of Spode Blue Room Collection Italian – service for 8. Seriously, stop in and see these beautiful dishes in perfect condition. Buy one or buy them all.

Spode Blue Room Collection Italian dishes service for 8 at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

And yep, we’ll we watchin’ for ya!

Beautiful Noritake Rosamor Dishes

Gray Roses, Platinum, Gray and Black Leaves

Noritake Rosamor serving pieces at Bahoukas

Noritake began selling dinnerware in the US marketplace in 1904. We have sold our products through numerous department stores, jewelry stores and specialty stores from coast to coast. In addition to our over 100 years of selling fine quality china and porcelain within the United States, we have also served US military personnel around the globe.  __from Noritake site

Noritake Rosamor sugar and creamer

Noritake has been a fixture in American military bases for years and many servicemen have delighted their families sending home beautifully crafted sets of fine china.   __from Noritake site

Plates and bowls of Noritake Rosamor pattern at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

The Noritake Rosamor pattern (5851) was very popular at US military PX facilities in Japan during the Vietnam War in the sixties and seventies. The china was sold in pre-packaged sets at attractive prices. __from Answers.Yahoo.com

Check out the deal George has on this Noritake Rosamor china set at BahoukasThis set of 95 pieces is stunning. It’s simple yet modern pattern is as beautiful today as when it was first made. Stop in and see it for yourself. Here’s our pricing. Chat with George. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!