Gnomes have quite an interesting history. The following is an excerpt from a very interesting series of blog posts and their history over centuries.
A wonderful display of gnomes available at Bahoukas Antiques
Snow White is the first example of Disney’s tried-and-true formula of adapting a folk tale using the medium of cel-animation. In this case, the source material is the familiar Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale about a young girl absconding from her evil queen step mother and hiding out with seven miners that live in the woods. The original story never names the dwarfs, but Disney gave each one a personality and a moniker. Disney also transformed them into something more akin to Paracelsus’ magical gnomes than the human dwarfs most original readers of Grimm probably envisioned. Disney’s earth-dwellers were lovable, goofy, bearded (mostly), and colorful, and America fell in love with them in 1937.
Would anyone have cared to put a dwarf on their lawn if not for Snow White? It’s hard to say, but it is not likely that garden gnomes would have become as popular to consumers around the world without the unforgettable image of Disney’s dwarfs.
According to Fashion Magazine, the latest trends include ‘Grandma Core’. And Pinterest Business says the trends are ‘Hipstoric Homes’ and ‘Home Front.’ Let’s see what those trends include and then stop in and visit us.
Lace, Vintage Clothes, jewelry, and more are popular as the new trend – ‘Grandma Core’
Believe it or not, grandma is back!!! Think chunky sweaters, slim belts, the perfect old-as-new hat, and the perfect piece of jewelry from grandma’s well-curated collection. oooo-la-la
Just a sampling of jewelry to develop your new wardrobe trend
Sitting on her bed, I relished examining the antique wooden triptych mirror, which sat adorned with hanging pendants and delicate silver chains. Her shelf was cluttered with colourful trinkets and tiny boxes that spilled open to reveal little treasures gathered over time. To me, it was the picture of personal style carefully cultivated through the decades. This is the ethos of grandmother fashion, which is set to be a defining trend in 2023.
Serve your favorite cake and cookies on a cute vintage dish:
covered cake dish
cake plates and more
beautiful glass servers and cake plates
This trend includes tchotchkes of all kinds, mixing new and old and appreciating both.
dog figruinesfan for the wall and moreoil lampshen on the nestPorcelain angels and ladies1930s keyspink depression glassvintage train cases
This new trend may be the perfect way to blend all the things you love, creating a ‘home’ that truly says, “Welcome.”
We’ve always believed that sitting on the front porch is so very welcoming. Actually, here in Havre de Grace, many folks still enjoy their front porches and are quite comfortable saying, “Hello,” as you walk by. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbor or make a new friend.
The backyard has had its moment—it’s time to serve the greeter good. In 2023, the front porch will get the spotlight treatment. Rising searches suggest Boomers and Gen X will adorn their entrances with elaborate decor and embellishments.
Adding a crock filled with long-stemmed Pampas Grass or a real fern is a beautiful and inviting look by the doorway of your front porch.
salt glazed stoneware crocks
A comfy chair or maybe a chess set will add to the welcoming look and encourage folks to linger awhile and chat.
A great way to hang out on your front porch:
Fun and funky chess/checker sets with mosaic tables created by Barbara. (Note: all of these are not presently available)
There’s really no limit to the fun ways to say ‘welcome’ when adding a bit of your favorite items to your front porch. From a favorite chair to a ‘flying pic,’ and just about everything in between, stopping by Bahoukas Antique Mall is a delightful way to add to your decor.
White flying pig on a bell – all in cast iron
flying pig in cast iron
So whether it’s Grandma Core, Hipstoric Homes, or the new Home Front styling, a stop at Bahoukas is worth your time. And you know, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
The feature image is of two beautiful candy heart boxes – one cardboard and the other metal. Visit Bomboy’s Candyfor your Elvis-loving sweetheart. Or maybe that special someone would prefer a box of macarons from Les Petits Bisous!Yep – the perfect gift! And no need to wrap – ELVIS says it all!
We have THE cutest vintage valentine cards – from tiny 2″ or 3″ squares to larger cards. There’s a perfect card for any age. Exquisite, romantic, even humorous!
Vintage postcards for your Valentine are also available. Again, they are beautiful and with a variety of sentiments. They can also add to someone’s collection, be used on a gift you might be creating, or given in a frame.
Another HEART Idea!
This collectible green glass dish with a heart decoration is just the right size to add some jewelry (hint-hint), candies, or any other little ‘somethings’ you’d love to offer your special love.
Vintage Green Glass Dish – ashtray – candy dish – jewelry – with a perfect little heart!
Of course, we have jewelry, wonderful tin signs, and pretty much any collectible that would be a perfect addition to your sweetheart’s favorites. Something for all ages is available at Bahoukas.
And Yes – George is watchin’ for ya! He’s ready to help you discover that perfect gift. Hurry – less than two weeks til Valentine’s Day!!
It’s always a perfect time to add a new/old piece of art to your home or office. But during the long, gray days of the early months of the year, browsing Bahoukas Antiques is a perfect time to search for something to add a bit of color, sparkle, and yes, even a smile to your home.
Every now and then someone walks in and inquires about an item that we didn’t really think was anything more than ‘cool.’ This week we had that happen.
The photo above shows the trunk they ‘discovered’ in the back of the store. It was filled with dolls (yes, part of the 5 truckloads George acquired about a month ago!) George was out of the shop, so we called him to see if he would sell and for what price. DONE!
Well, as we closed the deal, we inquired as to whether they collected clown items. Sort of! They were actually clowns themselves and knew the clown painted on the trunk! They were purchasing it as a prize at a fundraiser for their club, if we remember correctly.
Their ‘Thank You’ Note and a bit more detail
Here’s the e-mail they sent to us today (12/15/2022):
Good morning…This is the clown box, we purchased Tuesday…research confirmed that this is Ken Horsman former RBBB clown. Ken passed in 2016. The local clown alley Freestate Clown Alley #30 and the Circus Fans of America Association tent John Ringling North ll/Steve and Ryan Tent #178 held a “freeroll” (lunch/snacks and social) for the RBBB clowns in his lounge. Spencer Horsman (son of two Ringling Clowns) now owns the Illusions Magic Bar & Lounge on S. Charles Street in Baltimore, MD.
Spencer has been on AGT and performs all over the world.
Thanks for the opportunity to own part of clown/circus history. Attached are 2 pics at Illusions…pic of Ken in baseball hat right before he passed.
from Pat Stevenson’s (aka Patty Cake) e-mail (and Thom Stevenson)
Kenneth Horsman, aka Ken-Zo
Ken Horsman, aka Ken-Zo the clown, on the right in the black cap
We did a little research and we think his obituary (May 17, 2016) gives a wonderful short summary of a colorful life that brought smiles to thousands:
“A city boy, a shy, frustrated problem child, leaves town to join the circus. He becomes a clown and puts on a painted smile, unicycling around the sawdust track, juggling and coaxing smiles from children of all ages,” said a 1981 Evening Sun profile of him. “Kenny Horsman’s story is such a classic it’s hard to believe it really happened.”
“He was always an entrepreneur,” said his son, Spencer Horsman, who followed his father as a comedy magician and escape artist. “He sold apples at the Cross Street Market to buy his first suit.”
The 1981 article said Mr. Horsman had been a circus nut since a young age. His parents took him to the Civic Center each year, and he got ultimately got a job selling cotton candy when the circus was in town. “I used to hook school,” he said in the article. He said he would leave his house for school, then take a bus or hike to a spot near the airport to attend the Clyde Beatty Circus. He and other boys would “help pull ropes and set up chairs” in exchange for free passes.
The article also noted that his English teacher at Southern High School, from which he graduated in 1977, recalled that Mr. Horsman “was a self-starter.” While in school, he took a train to Washington to audition with the Ringling Bros. He was chosen to attend its Clown College in Venice, Fla., and was one out of 21 — from a class of 60 — to be offered a Ringling Bros. job.
“He became part of the crew sent ahead of the circus to talk to reporters and generate publicity and was named one of two ‘boss clowns,'” the article said. In 1981, after marrying an acrobat clown, Mary Bernadette “Bernie” Spencer, he gave up the circus life. He returned to Baltimore and bought a house on Byrd Street while still appearing at birthday parties and store openings. He also opened a magic shop, Ken-Zo’s on Light Street.
He ultimately found a new clown role as Ronald McDonald. For nearly 20 years he represented the McDonald Corp. in its Washington, Virginia and West Virginia restaurants. He also appeared at Ronald McDonald houses and other McDonald’s-sponsored events. He worked congressional parties and once took breakfast to Sen. Bob Dole and his wife, Elizabeth, who headed the Red Cross. He appeared on stage at an event with Nancy Reagan.
In 1986, he located a large storefront for sale on South Charles Street just north of the Cross Street Market. He opened Ken-Zo’s Party Place, where he sold magic paraphernalia and party supplies. He also had a room for children’s birthday parties.
“He appeared in a movie with Tom Selleck called ‘Her Alibi.’ He was cut from the film but made $30,000 in 10 days. He put the deposit on this building,” his son said.
“When people come in, it’s a happy feeling, a great feeling — like, what’s behind that door?” he said of his business in a 2005 Baltimore Sun article. “This is a very giving business. The reward of it is to make other people laugh. How many people can say they do that?
“If you can’t have fun in a store like this,” he said, “then you’re not going to find any fun anywhere.”
In 2007, Mr. Horsman renovated the South Charles Street building and renamed it the Illusions Magic Bar and Theatre. He managed the place with his son, who performs his magic and entertains guests at the popular venue.
Mr. Horsman remained at Illusions until his death.
from The Baltimore Sun by jacques kelly
Illusions Magic Bar and Theater
still operating in Baltimore by his son, Spencer Horsman
So you see, we never know what wonderful stories we’ll be gifted with when someone walks into our store. We hope you’ll check out the Illusions Magic Bar, sounds like fun!
And yes, remember that we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya. Besides, we’re waiting to find out what discoveries you might make that will give us a great story.
The holiday always brings a desire to ‘add a little something’ to our own decorating as well as searching for ‘just the right’ gift. This is just a sampling of the green glass pieces available for a variety of uses.
Well, need we say that ‘art glass’ tends to speak for itself? In many colors, styles, and uses from vases to sculptures. The photo on the right is a Flygsfors coquille vessel of mauve and white.
multi-color art glass vaseturquoise and green on white art glass vaseFlygsfors coquille vessel
Flygsfors was a glassworks established in Sweden in 1888, initially to make window glass. This was discontinued around 1920 due to cheap imports of foreign glass. For many years they also produced cut glass tableware, for which Sweden was famous during the nineteenth century.
During the early twentieth century Swedish glass companies benefited commercially and industrially by their neutrality during the two world wars, and their glassworks evolved beautiful harmonious designs in the 1940s and 50s at a time when little was happening in the glassworks of Europe. During the 1950’s they led the world in the volume and creativity of their designs.
In addition, we have a few more pieces to show off!
Austrian portrait vase and blue glass candy dishgiant brandy snifter and a green glass cruet
Many of these are on top of cabinets or on the floor, so you really do need to look UP and DOWN at Bahoukas Antiques. Stop in and browse George’s ‘collection of collections.’ You can be sure we’re watchin’ for ya!
From Holiday Decor to artwork/prints, wonderful wall items like the huge, folding fan or 3′ round wall art are just a few of the unique items you’ll find throughout the shop. When we say you need to spend some time browsing, looking UP and DOWN, we aren’t joking.
Quick example, a customer asked if he could take pictures of the PEZ collection to send to a friend. I responded, “Of course, but don’t forget to look up!” He looked up and said, “Oh my… I didn’t even see all those!” He was looking up at a shelf of PEZ at least 12′ long and probably 8′ up!
This print sits on a chair…This huge print with teddy bear lamp is near the ceilingThe framed artworks and prints are closer to the floor
Unique Maple Drawer and Shelf
For a child or perfect for a crafter
This perfectly-sized, small maple chest of drawers with a shelf unit is often missed. Well-made and beautiful, it would make perfect storage for a young child, whether it be clothes or toys.
At 23″ high – 29″ wide – 13″ deep, the 6 drawers and the shelf section would also be perfect for a crafter. If you’re a DIY lover, you could even put casters on the bottom so that you could move it.
We encourage you to stop into Bahoukas Antiques and Beer MuZeum soon. And give yourself enough time to look UP and look DOWN. The ‘Collector of Collections’ truly does have something for nearly everyone! And you know, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
What’s so funny about outer space? Thumb – and giggle – your way through these Star Trek ticklers and find out – as Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, Sulu, Uhura and the rest of the Earthlings, Vulcans, Klingons and outworlders cut up and cavort through a universe of fun!
from the back cover of Trek or Treat
Trek or Treat is a gag book, composed of photographs from various Star Trek episodes with humorous captions added.
We recently received a box of DC Star Trek Comics and a few other books/magazines with Star Trek articles. They are in good to great condition. Here’s an interesting article about the series created in the late 1980s:
Although DC continued to publish solid Star Trek stories after 1989, the first run of these comics was an era of experimentation and fun. If you’re a Trekkie, you probably would have caught yourself smiling during every issue.
There are as many reasons one might collect beer labels as there are the number of different labels available to collect! Some are just simple text while others are beautiful works of art.
The quote below is a great example of a few of the reasons. Do you collect them? What’s your reason?
Beer isn’t just one of the world’s most popular beverage it is also an art form in many respects. That might sound a little over the top but beer is a very collectible industry with a lot of followers. Beer labels, in particular, are something many people love.
They have even attracted people who don’t even particularly like the taste of beer. Beer is a very versatile beverage in many respects and there is a lot of scope to what you can find on a beer label. Many beers have very colourful and creative labels which is why there are many keen collectors out there.
Like many radio stations, there’s a long history of changes. But these prints, we think, are from the 70s when WCBM was known for its contemporary music programming. After researching the artist, we realize how very valuable these illustrations are. Enjoy our research!
Bill Tanton – sports – WCBM radio Baltimore
Illustrator Edward Ghee
We’ve tried to do some research and believe that Edward Ghee is a well-known illustrator out of Baltimore, MD.
CLICK HERE for an amazing article on Edward Ghee and his granddaughter, Phylicia.
This Elvis Presley 1977 Concert Photo Album is beautiful.
Elvis Presley died in August 1977. This Concert Photo Album is a tribute album to his many concerts. It’s in beautiful condition. The gold box that it’s packaged in has certainly seen its wear, but considering that it’s 45 years old, it’s in decent condition.
It has 62 pages with plenty of large-color concert photos of Elvis. If you have an Elvis Collector on your Christmas list, you’ll want to come in and scoop this up.
Do you remember Elvis Presley’s first time on American television – the Ed Sullivan Show in October 1956?
Duran Duran Memorabilia
In recent weeks we acquired a wonderful collection of Duran Duran memorabilia – about 30-35 pieces. If you, or someone you know, has this group among your ‘favorites’ list, you’ll definitely want to check out our latest collection. Photos, posters, concert brochures, tickets, and more are available.
As we celebrate the weekend with the Havre de Grace Art Show, we figured it was a great time to highlight these new pieces added to our collectibles. Stop in before or after you stroll the Art Show! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Did you know that 2 turtles actually were on voyages to the moon in September 1968? Check out this article on the ZOND 5.
… what really sets the Zond 5 apart from any other mission is its occupants: two unnamed Russian tortoises, or “steppe” tortoises as they are sometimes known. Along with samples of soil, seeds, and even some worms, the two reptiles were in space for a total of six and a half days as the capsule completed its circle of the Moon.
Just a few from a recently acquired turtle collection
Longevity, Patience, Wisdom
These are just a few attributes given to turtles and their symbolism.
The dream of turtles is a sign of long life, health, and prosperity. It comes as an impulse to be patient, constant in actions, and to have long term vision.
On the other hand, it could be a sign designed to make you cautious, move slowly, and don’t miss any details. Dreams about baby turtles signify that you will soon hatch some new ideas and should let go of fears.
No matter what draws you to a turtle, you might want to visit and choose one of these little guys for your collection or to give as a gift. From a huge soup tureen (not necessarily for turtle soup!!!) to one so tiny you could carry it in your pocket, we have a few choices to delight the turtle-lover.
Stop in soon. For sure, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
What juxtaposition refers to is best illustrated by examples such as an old trunk placed at the foot of a contemporary bed or a vintage dresser used with new bedside tables. It basically offers what might be referred to as a “harmonious marriage of contradictions” or put another way, the fact of two things being seen or placed together with a contrasting effect. And when used properly, the results can be inspiring.
We just received this amazing planter, perfect for a Mother’s Day gift, and ready for Spring! Plant it to overflowing with your favorite flowers, perfect for accenting a deck, porch, sunroom, or entryway. It’s a simple item that presents beautifully in any decor. Create a conversation piece by giving it a special place in your home decor.
Decorating should always have a sprinkle of fun, whimsy, or just plain unique! This is just one item in our store of over 9,000 sq. ft. Stop in soon, after all, Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday, May 8, 2022! We have a wonderful collection of collections to add a bit of juxtaposition to your decor. Have fun! Be creative! And know that we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!
Vintage tins come in a variety of sizes from tiny pillboxes, coffee, and tobacco cans, to large chip cans and more! They are beautiful and practical. You’ll want to click on the link below the quote to see photos of a variety of ways to use vintage tins in your decor that include planters, storage, lampshade, magnet containers, and even a tiered organizer! The article mentioned below will most certainly get your creative juices flowing.
(Vintage tins) … come in many sizes and have many designs. They are perfect for a wide variety of crafty upcycling projects, too. We have here ideas that are sure to tickle your fancy. Most of these vintage tin craft projects will give you beautiful items for the home. They’re perfect for organizing and for giving your home that fun shabby chic look. Hope you enjoy these vintage tin DIYs!
… come in many shapes and sizes. The art can be truly outstanding while being totally practical – making great storage containers.
Vintage Tins in Many Shapes
round tin and log-cabin shaped vintage tins
Tins can be sewing or knitting baskets, filled with cookies or games and offered as a beautiful gift.
This carousel vintage tin is beautiful!
Need more examples and ideas. CLICK THIS LINK for other posts we’ve created on vintage tins!
Are You a Prepper?
Vintage tins can be a beautiful addition to your storage area. Your bulk foods would look great on a shelf in vintage tins. It’s an easy way to store items while showing off a beautiful collection. Talk about ‘minimalist’!!!
Not sure what you like? Stop by Bahoukas Antiques to browse the very collectible and useful vintage tins. We’re here. And we’re just waitin’ to point them out to you! And don’t forget – Mother’s Day 2022 is Sunday, May 8th. What would you like to tuck into a beautiful vintage tin for Mom?