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!

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!”

 

 

It’s All About the Teeth

Saw Teeth, That Is!

At Bahoukas, we have a nice selection of old tools including a few saws. 

A saw is a tool consisting of a tough blade, wire, or chain with a hard toothed edge. It is used to cut through material, very often wood though sometimes metal or stone. The cut is made by placing the toothed edge against the material and moving it forcefully forth and less forcefully back or continuously forward. This force may be applied by hand, or powered by steam, water, electricity or other power source. An abrasive saw has a powered circular blade designed to cut through metal or ceramic.    from Wikipedia

A variety of collectible, and useful, hand saws available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

The above photo includes 2-man (person) saws and an ice saw. Below we have  an electric meat saw (used by a butcher).

electric meat saw from Bahoukas Antique Mall

At this time of year, I think of all the folks gathering and chopping wood to be prepared for the colder days and the long winter nights. What’s the poem about your wood chopping efforts? Oh yea, it warms you when you cut it and again when you heat with it. But the following is from Almanac.com and we think that’s probably much more accurate: 

I figure that this wood will warm me seven times.

1. Cut
2. Split
3. Put into truck
4. Take out of truck
5. Bring into basement
6. Stack
7. Burn

But just like those who knit and crochet, or color intricate designs, cutting wood can also be very satisfying as noted in the following quote:

I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.  Abbas Kiarostami

We look forward to showing you all the wonderful, old tools available at Bahoukas. So stop in soon. Someone may love one of these under their Christmas Tree. Oh wait, maybe they need one to ‘cut the tree!’ In any case, yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

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

Holiday Decorating Made Easier

At Bahoukas, we have some wonderful decorating collectibles!

Set your table with unique, collectible Holiday Decor including this Poinsettia inspired table accessories from Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This beautiful set of Poinsettia decorated table pieces will make your holiday table festive and bright. Stop by to see just how beautiful these pieces really are.

Need a table top Christmas Tree that doesn't need water - visit Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Maybe you need a tabletop Christmas Tree. We have several beautiful trees with electric lights and a manger at the base. It’s perfect for a senior in a small apartment, for someone who prefers a minimalist approach to the holidays, or an added piece for a shelf or table top.

Christmas Balls in all shapes and sizes - vintage - at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

 

We also have a beautiful variety of tree ornaments. In fact, 3 boxes of wonderful, vintage Christmas balls were sold just this week. Don’t hesitate. Stop by and see the choice ornaments we have waiting to add a bit of sparkle to your decorating. 

 

If you have a love and appreciation of an old-fashioned Christmas, stop in and see what we can add to your holiday decor. 

Christmas Decorations at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Consider these delightful and colorful candles and small buildings to use under the tree, on a shelf, or to add to your train layout. Seriously, we have some really fun and beautiful Christmas Decorations. Including a variety of SANTAs for every purpose in your decorating. And you know it … we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

 

Wednesday Box Surprise #3

Kitchen Items in Time for the Holidays

Kitchen items at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Are you in need of a particular kitchen utensil and need it NOW! Pop into Bahoukas Antique Mall and see if we have it for you. You’ll truly be surprised at our Surprise Boxes full of very practical and useable items!

ladles and other pieces for your holiday at Bahoukas

Maybe you just need a small ladle for gravy or a handy serving spoon. Yep, we have a Surprise Box of those items, too.

Seriously, if you’ve not checked out the hidden boxes of ‘surprises’ that can be found throughout our shop, you really need to stop in and check us out. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya! 

PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed on Thanksgiving! But we’ll be ready for you today and throughout the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday and Cyber Monday… and we’re right here in your neighborhood!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thanksgiving…

Leads to Christmas

Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This beautiful holiday celebration of Thanksgiving, we show our gratitude for all that we have. Most importantly, we are nudged to actually ‘notice’ what we have.

Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace      Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace   

At the same time, we know that Thanksgiving hustles us into Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday for shopping. 

Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

 

 

If you’ve not started yet, it also leads us into Holiday Decorating. We thought we’d start our holiday ideas with some very special and collectible Santas that are waiting for you to add delight to your holiday decor.

Stop in soon … and yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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. 

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!

You Never Know What Bahoukas Might Have!

Home Milk Pasteurizer from the Schlueter Co. of Wisconsin available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MDAlways tell us what you’re looking for…

You just never know what might be discovered when you’re searching our shelves. High up on one of those shelves, we discovered a Home Pasteurizer by The Schlueter Co. of Wisconsin. Used for pasteurizing raw milk, we’ve discovered that they still make these. 

… If you traveled through even fairly large cities around the year 1900, you would often come across something now illegal in most urban areas: milk cows. Dairy animals were not uncommon in cities, and it was often the task of young children to lead the animals to whatever grassy areas were available on the edge of town so they could graze.

In the last hundred years of urban migration, the number of home or small farm dairies has been greatly reduced. Who needed to keep a cow when it was so much simpler just to buy milk from the grocery store? As the population of rural areas emptied into urban centers, Americans became more and more disconnected from the source of all their dairy products… as well as more concerned about the quality of those products as dairies became enormous commercialized enterprises.  

from Self Reliant School

The above quote is from an article that gives the many sides of the raw vs pasteurized vs homogenized milk. If you’re one of those folks who take self-reliance and personal responsibility very seriously, we have a tool you might need. 

We also found this information from Mother Earth News website:

…It’s actually very easy to pasteurize your own milk on the stovetop. An added bonus is that your milk won’t need to stand up to long distance shipping and prolonged storage, so you can pasteurize it safely using lower heat and less time than many industrial milk producers use. All you need is a stainless steel pot and a simple kitchen thermometer.

So there you have it: the tool or the recipe! 

Of course, we keep telling you about all the surprises waiting for you to discover at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. You can be sure, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. Stop in soon!

Implements and Tools

Unique and Interesting

The variety of implements and tools are wide and varied in our antique mall. The above slides include a spinning wheel, butter churn from the early 1800s, coffee grinder, kerosene heater, minnow basket, a wheel from an assembly line belt from FW Smith & Son (out of Belcamp), a 150-year-old cask that sits on a table and in the photo is sitting on a table that would have held large barrels (from Europe and over 200 years old).

Did you notice the clothes washer? It’s a 1950s electro mite portable, electric, washing machine. The tub holds 4 gallons of water and sits in the base that is a motor that agitates the tub, washing the clothes. That’s it – add a bit of detergent to the water, add clothes, plug in and agitate – easier than a washboard! 

This is an amazing set of implements and tools. 

Stop in and check these out. We’ve plenty of ‘unique’ for you to browse. Yep, 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!

Father-in-Law Day

Always July 30th

Father-In-Law Day honors your loving, funny, and cheerful father-in-law. Okay, so perhaps sometimes he is a little grumpy and intimidating. Regardless of his personality and charms, this day is dedicated to your spouse’s Dad. And, he certainly deserves a little recognition.

Good ways to celebrate this day are to send him a card, spend a little time with him, or give him his favorite snack.

Important note: If you gave your Father-In-Law recognition on Father’s Day,  it’s okay to give him a little recognition and a show of appreciation today, too.

collectible Baltimore Colts thermos carrier and a B-more Orioles Bird at Bahoukas

To help you celebrate Father-in-Law Day, we thought we’d round up a couple items that may be of interest. Of course, we have plenty of other interesting ideas if our 9,000+ sq ft or retail space. 

beautiful pocket watches and wristwatches make a great gift for Father-in-Law Day - available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, MD

It’s also International Friendship Day!

The world is filled with too much hatred, too much fighting and too much mistrust of others. The International Day of Friendship is certainly an opportunity to stop, and to reverse, these worldwide problems.

According to the United Nations, the official sponsor of this special day, the International Day of Friendship is day set aside to promote friendship among peoples, cultures and countries. Today is a time to encourage efforts towards peace, and to build bridges among different people. It is a day of respect for others, and a day to celebrate diversity.

According to the United Nations, on this day people, groups and governments should hold events and activities to promote mutual understanding and reconciliation.

On an individual level, use this day to promote friendship in big and small ways. You can begin by “extending an olive branch” to a sibling or a family member, a neighbor, or an old friend who we’ve had a falling out with. If we all try just a little the world will be a friendlier, more peaceful place.

This was a bit trickier to find in our store. But when we thought of friendship, these pieces came to mind:

E.T. and Eilliott glass, Donald and Daisy Duck glass, Small bust of JFK, Jack and Jill book - collectibles at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

The origin of International Day of Friendship has roots as far back as 1919 in the United States. The country of Paraguay  first celebrate this day on an national level on July 30, 1958.  Other countries with early celebrations include: several countries in South America, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia. Different countries celebrated this day on varying dates in July, August and April.

In 2011, the United Nations declared this an official international day, to be celebrated annually on July 30th.

Finally, this month we celebrate MUTT’S DAY!

Mutts deserve their day in the spotlight, as much as a pure breed. If you own a mutt, or you are a mutt (reading this), then you know this day is for you.

By definition a mutt, sometimes called a “Half-breed”, is a dog that is of mixed breed.  They come from two to several breeds. Purebred owners, and sometimes the public in general, view them as lesser in many ways. Mutt owners know better. They value the diversity and uniqueness of their mutts. Sure, a mutt doesn’t carry the expensive price tag that a purebred with papers has on its head. To the mutt owner, however, the mutt is invaluable. In addition, mutts don’t walk around needing to prove anything. You won’t see them strutting around any dog shows trying to prove they are the best.

To all mutts and and mutt owners, we hope you thoroughly enjoy Mutt’s Day. Spend the day relaxing and doing all the things you and your dog like to do. Do so with both of your chins held high. For your mutt is worth a million bucks!

a variety of ideas to celebrate Mutt's Day - all this fun at Bahoukas Antique Mall

We have soapy’s and PEZ, a figurine and pull toy, and a large figurine to celebrate Mutt’s Day! 

This rounds out our month of unique and interesting holidays that are fun to celebrate. We enjoyed the search for both the holiday and the gift ideas! Of course, no one needs one of our silly reasons to stop in and check us out. It’s just 9,000 sq ft of treasure hunting. So stop in soon. Yes, we definitely will be watchin’ for ya!

Please note: all the quotes above are from Holiday Insights. 

National Culinarians Day…

culinary3

The cook in your life will love you…

We have a huge variety of culinary items that will delight any cook among your family and friends. Here’s this special day defined by Holiday Insights:

Culinarians Day is a special day for anyone who cooks. That means just about everyone of us get to celebrate this day. You don’t have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate this delicious day. You simply have to  cook, and to enjoy the results.

There’s national concern over growing obesity in America. Recognizing this fact, one would think that this is a huge holiday. However, we found this to be one of the least known holidays in the country….. up to now. Not anymore! We have documented it so all can enjoy Culinarians Day this year, and in future years.

Now get into your kitchen and celebrate Culinarians Day. Cook up a storm!

Of course, you’ll have to stop by Bahoukas to pick up a few special items to make that dish truly “Special.”

On Thursday, July 26, we celebrate Thread the Needle DayThis day celebrates a double-meaning. We offer a bit of both in our store. Here’s the definition of this unique day:

You can be certain that today is going to be a great day…….. if you sew.

Thread the Needle Day certainly is a day for those who sew. It also has a second meaning. The term “thread the needle”, is also a saying. It means to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult. For example, suppose two of your friends are on opposite sides of an issue. You may have to “thread the needle” on that issue, as you attempt to retain both of them as your friend.

The creator of Thread the Needle Day did not document this day. So, until we find him or her, you can celebrate today by either sewing or threading the needle on issues.

sewing patterns from 60s at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Here are the items for the ‘sewer’ in the family. We have some old patterns that might help you create the perfect outfit. Or maybe you need some collectible buttons or 

   collectible buttons   misc sewing accessories at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Nixon vs Humprey - Threading the Needle

But we might add that “Threading the Needle” also means that fine line we sometimes have to walk. In this day, that fine line might be with friends on opposite sides of the political fence. You can lose one and gain the other, or you can “Thread the Needle.” For life will go on, situations will change. May you be successful whichever way you choose to celebrate “Thread the Needle Day.”

Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum and see how you might celebrate special days. Absolutely, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Daiquiri and Anti-Boredom…

A unique solution to “I’m bored…”

Okay, we’re fooling with you. But seriously, July is Anti-Boredom Month.

July is Anti-Boredom Month and Bahoukas has some solutions, including a picture puzzle and wooden puzzles.

To help you with that boredom, we have some fun puzzles that include a wonderful frame puzzle for the younger set, and a 1,000 piece Big Ben puzzle. And for those who really like to s-t-r-e-t-c-h their brains, we have a number of intriguing and challenging wood puzzles.

Wondering about those Daiquiri Glasses?

Well, it’s Daiquiri Day on July 19th!

So if you’re still bored on Tuesday, maybe you’ll want to fill one of those Daiquiri Glasses and salute ‘life’ once again!

Here’s to getting out of the doldrums! Remember, summer will be gone before you know it. So, get up and get moving. Head to Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Want to help with Cheer Up the Lonely Day?

You can never have enough humor in your life.

And today is the perfect day to reach out to someone who may need be a bit of cheer in their life! We have a fun sign with Lucille Ball in her “Spoon your way to health” with Vitameatavegamin.

Vitameatavegemin with Lucille Ball poster, old pie tin and crust crimper all at Bahoukas Christmas in July sale!

We also thought we’d share with you the cut from the original program to be sure you had a bit of laughter on this “CHEER UP THE LONELY DAY.”

On July 12th, it’s also PECAN PIE DAY!

Well, we can’t think of a better way to cheer someone up than with a yummy pecan pie. The pie tin is definitely a collectible. In addition, we have a pie crust ‘crimper.’

Any of the items would make great gifts with the 20% savings during our CHRISTMAS in JULY Sale! So stop by soon. We’re watchin’ for ya!

Cookie Jar Storage

… not just for cookies!

cookie jars of all shapes and sizes at Bahoukas

Here at Bahoukas Antique Mall you know that we have a wonderful variety of items. Well, we’ve just discovered some modern-day uses for the old-fashioned cookie jar. Check out this interesting article:

Now you know my secret. I store garlic, potatoes, and onions in our cookie jar. It’s dry and dark in there, and no one suspects that Cookie Monster’s belly is full of healthy vegetables.  __from Unclutterer

Read the many comments to the article (in the link above). You’ll find a number of other uses. What a great idea!

cookie jar surprises at Bahoukas Antiques

Now just imagine using one of these delightful cookie jars to store some of those electronic items that you’ll probably never use but are afraid to throw away, or extra cords and chargers.

Turtle cookie jar at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

We have dozens of cookie jars and we’re sure one or two of them would be perfect for your decor. Or maybe you’d just like to try a bit of whimsey!

more cookie jar storage ideas from Bahoukas

So the next time you’re trying to remove clutter AND make space on a shelf, try one of our colorful cookie jars. The real advantage is that they also have a cover on them so you don’t have to dust the items you’re storing.

We’ll be watchin’ for ya!