Beautiful and humorous!
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!
Collecting Miniatures has several advantages.
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.
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
Above is a beautiful collection of miniatures including Czech glass – tiny, exquisite, and beautiful.
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!
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!
Makes a Rainy Day Much Better
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!
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
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:
Along with these great reproduction cast iron pieces, you’ll find a number of vintage and collectible cast iron items.
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!
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.
Large and small, artistic and classic, we have a huge assortment of vases and small planters.
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:
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!
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!
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!
Maybe you need a dish for your casserole. Well, check this one! A glass-covered, Guardian Ware serving dish. Perfect!
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!
We absolutely love this circus-themed covered tin that’s just perfect for a batch of your favorite cookies and brownies. ooooOOOOOoooooo
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!
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!
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:
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.
And yep, we’ll we watchin’ for ya!
Gray Roses, Platinum, Gray and Black Leaves
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 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
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
This 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!
Mid-Century Modern California Pottery
These beautiful pieces of Metlox Poppytrail include a butter dish, pitcher, creamer, sugar, and 2 different sizes of serving platters.
… the company expanded into dinnerware and began in 1932 to produce the “200 Series” line of dinnerware. This line was also called “Poppytrail.” The company garnered a great deal of positive response due to offering this dinnerware line. __replacements.com
The first line of pottery produced, “Poppytrail,” became well known for its brightly colored glazes derived from locally mined metallic oxides. Subsequent lines included “Nostalgia,” “Red Rooster,” “California Provincial,” “Colonial Homestead,” “Homestead Provincial,” and “Colorstax.”
In the 1950s Metlox introduced a line of modernist dinnerware featuring free form designs and squared plates using “blanks” that were then decorated with designs and colors. These were then marketed under the pattern names of “California Contempra”, “California Modern” and “California Freeform” names.
The company operated from 1927 until 1989.
Stop in and see this beautiful set. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
from the Blue Room Collection
The patterns, left to right, are Tower, Italian, Camilla, and Sunflower. These are huge cups and absolutely beautiful. Stop in and see them for yourself. Yes, they are for coffee or tea, but they make beautiful soup cups. Stunning.
We have a wonderful selection of SPOKE porcelain – over 100 pieces. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Yes, Spring is finally here … (we hope, we hope, we hope)!
As nature works her magic and the birds and animals create their nests, so, too, do we humans make our own preparations for Spring. For many, that includes a bit of decorating and freshening our homes.
These beautiful curtain tiebacks might just add a bit of spring and a touch of color to your decor.
The top selection are of Czech Glass. The bottom group is porcelain. They are beautiful and we have a nice variety to offer you. So if you’re looking to add just a pinch of color and class to your windows, you might want to stop by and see these curtain tiebacks.
Of course, we’ll be watching for ya. Now that the snow is melting away.
We received this beautiful, hand-carved African Birthing Chair from an Olympic skating coach who no longer had room for it in her home.
An absolutely exquisite piece, hand-carved with elephant and giraffes, this chair most certainly fits “Conversation Piece” to a T!
We believe it’s made of mahogany. Must be seen to be appreciated.
In the meantime, we thought you might get a chuckle from this interesting story of one woman’s first experience seeing a birthing chair in a museum.
Stop in soon and see this beautiful piece, then browse our shop. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
We have a bit of green for you!
We have an entire cabinet filled to nearly overflow with green Depression Glass. In addition, the 3 pieces in the center of this photo are beautiful Czechoslovakian glass – a malachite perfume set by Ingrid.
Malachite is a green copper carbonate mineral which occurs naturally and has concentric layers. It polishes to a high gloss and is used for ornaments. Malachite glass is intended to look like malachite, or more generally, to look like marble.
If you’re looking for a unique collector piece, or a beautiful work of art, you may just want to drop by Bahoukas and see this beautiful display. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Or Maybe the Fuller Brush Salesman?
The Jewel Tea Company’s Home Shopping Service began to phase out their home service in 1981. So many of you still remember the home delivery service.
- Autumn Leaf dinnerware often made its way into American homes through “The Jewel Man,” a door-to-door salesman employed by the Jewel Tea Company of Chicago. This is where the collector’s nickname “Jewel Tea” originated. New items were added to the collection through 1980, and the pattern has many fans today. from TheSpruce.com
Called ‘mobile stores’ at the turn of the century (1900s) Jewel Tea set themselves a step above the competition by ‘advancing the premium’ rather than the customer receiving after so many purchases. The story goes something like this:
There were many tea companies at that time, and they all sold door-to-door, giving premium coupons with grocery purchases. When enough coupons had been saved, the customer had a choice of premium items offered. One day Mr. Ross knocked on the kitchen door of a prospective customer and had hardly stated his business when she grabbed a broom. He returned later that same day and learned that the lady had saved coupons for six months buying coffee and tea from a “wagon man” and had expected to get a rug with her coupons. However, the wagon man stopped coming around. Mr. Ross quickly offered her a premium to be left with her first order, to be paid out with a later trade.
Evidently the door-to-door salesman of the early 1900’s brought products to folks who may not normally have considered their products.
“Direct Selling” was useful for introducing new types of goods or new brands and enabled manufacturers to keep their products from losing to the competition at department stores. The rise of door-to-door selling in the 1920’s helped fuel the scientific homemaking movement, which provided housewives with labor-saving devices. from Birth of a Salesman – the transformation of selling in America by Walter A. Friedman
Stop in to Bahoukas to see some of the Autumn Leaf pattern pieces that we have. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
We have smaller bells – two shelves of them!
Do you have memories of a bell as a child? Did mom call you to the table with the ringing of a small bell? Did she call you home with a bell? Or if you lived on the farm, maybe you had a large bell that brought you in from the field. Many remember a teacher having a bell on her desk. What do you remember?
Whether you’re looking for a pretty bell for a shelf or table, a functional bell to call the kids into the house or to bring everyone to dinner, we have a wonderful collection for you to peruse.
Did you know?
The largest swinging bell in the world is the World Peace Bell in the Millennium Monument of Newport, Kentucky, United States. It has a weight of 66,000 pounds and a diameter of 12 feet. It was cast in 1998 by the Verdin company.
The above link to Owlcation has some wonderful facts about bells. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a smaller version to add a bit of color and conversation to your home, stop in and check these out. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Every style for every decor…
I believe we may have posted these before Christmas. Most of them came in just before the holidays. There are many different sizes, colors and patterns.
If you’ve ever thought a couple oil lamps would add a touch of warmth and light to your home or get-away cabin/cottage, now is the time to stop by and choose the ones you’d love to have.
Oil lamps are practical, functional and beautiful. Pick up a couple in case of an electric outage. Pick up a few others just for the ‘ambiance’. Beautiful and practical – a perfect combo for any reason. Stop by. We’ll be watching for ya!
Do you still use fine china, stemware and napkins?
Sometimes we find it sad that in our fast-food lifestyle, everyone seems to be looking at their phones instead of the people that are with them. So every now and then we love to post a few collectibles in the hopes that you just might want to bring some of the old entertainment ways back to your lifestyle now and then. In this photo is a beautiful set of dishes by Haviland Limoges of France. This is their floral pattern. Imagine your delectable dinner being served on this beautiful collection.
David Haviland was an American businessman from New York dealing with porcelain. While seeking out new business interests, he arrived in Limoges, France and by 1842, he was able to send his first shipment of Limoges porcelain to the United States. He was also key in adopting a new process by which to decorate porcelain pieces developed in 1873.
In 1890, David Haviland’s son, Théodore Haviland, built a very large and prominent factory in Limoges and introduced a variety of new processes for firing and decorating porcelain pieces. The Haviland company has since been overseen by grandson William Haviland, and great-grandson Theodore Haviland II.
Haviland & Co. is still operating as Haviland Company, though the facilities are now modernized and now sell silverware, crystal, and giftware in addition to porcelain.
We encourage you to stop in and see this beautiful collection. It is stunning. And, of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!