Pickle? Ferment? Or just decorate?

Stoneware Crocks have many uses…

Stoneware Crocks and Jugs available at Bahoukas

The word “pickle” comes from a Dutch word ‘pekel’ or northern German ‘pókel’ meaning “salt” or “brine,” two components that are essential in the pickling process. Pickling in America is largely synonymous with the act of submerging cucumbers (or other fruits or vegetables) into a salty brine or acidic solution along with various spices to create an environment where no unhealthy bacteria can survive and your vegetable is preserved.

from Almanac.com

Stoneware crocks were used for pickling and fermenting foods for centuries! The process also gives you an easy and effortless way to make probiotic-rich fermented foods a part of your life. And if you remember pickles or sauerkraut from your grandmother’s pantry, you probably remember the flavor being much more complex and tasty than those you buy in a jar today.

Historically, the process of pickling was a necessity and an invaluable way to preserve foods for sailors and travelers. It provided families with food through the colder months.

from Almanac.com

If you’re interested in an easy-to-read introduction to pickling/fermenting, CLICK HERE for a great blog post and answers to the many questions you might have. And one more site that may be of interest in choosing and caring for a crock, CLICK HERE.

More stoneware crocks and jugs available at Bahoukas Antique Mall

But maybe you just love, love, love these old crocks and jugs. Visit this page for photos of great ways to decorate with crock pots – 36 ways, in fact.

Maybe you’ve found a container that you’d like to make it ‘look’ like an old crock. Here’s a great do-it-yourself solution.

CLICK HERE

Here are the before and after photos…

So, as you can see, we have the crocks and jugs. You can decide which ones you like and how you might use them. Stop in soon and choose your favorites. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Did you notice our windows?

Love the look of days gone by…

Doesn’t this window just make you feel warm and cozy?

What an inviting window display to encourage you to step inside Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum! Although we’ve just had an amazingly warm January weekend, we know it won’t last. Stop in and see what we might have to keep you busy on a colder January day!

A wonderful collection of spiced tins, vegetable cans, scales, iron, pottery,
blackboard, and more all waiting for you to visit Bahoukas!

The entire window reminds you of the cozy warmth of days of yore. Here we see a variety of spice tins and vegetable cans, scales, irons, old shoes, pottery, a blackboard and so much more.

Stop by and take a look. See how inviting it is. Then pop in and tell Norma you love her window designs! And, of course, everyone at Bahoukas is watchin’ for ya!

Cast Iron Pots

assortment of cast iron pans at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
A selection of cast iron skillets and more at Bahoukas

The History of Cast Iron Cookware

The first known use of cast iron cookware was during the Han Dynasty in China, around 220 A.D. Casting techniques became widespread in Europe by the 16th century, and since then, this versatile equipment has been a staple in households all over the world. In 1707, Abraham Darby patented the sand casting method, which is similar to the way we make cast iron today. Because of Darby’s contribution, the 18th and 19th centuries saw a boom in cast iron cookware. Cast iron pots and pans were so important to daily life that in his book, The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith says they were worth more than gold. Cast iron cookware saw a decline in the 20th century as other cooking materials like aluminum grew in popularity.

from WebRestaurantStore.com

Many pieces that seem too difficult to clean-up may be handled with several soakings in vinegar. That and other suggestions are in the following video.

A very informative video re cast iron pans

We have several cast iron cooking/baking pieces that will be great in your home, at the hunting lodge, or to use on your campfire!

Cast iron cookware has been around forever, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. If you want to get in on this trend, follow these tips and you’ll be whipping up pan-seared steaks and skillet cornbread in no time.

from WebRestaurantStore.com
Cast Iron Muffin/Biscuits and more

Stop into Bahoukas Antique Mall today and see if we have a cast iron piece that just might be what you’ve been looking for.

And yes, you know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

2 Handled Bowls?

Soup? Tea? Here’s the ‘scoop.’

Vintage Double-Handled Soup Bowls

Did you know there was a time when picking up your soup bowl and sipping was proper? That’s right!

If it looks like a teacup with two handles and it fits nicely into a matching saucer, then this item is a soup bowl. It was once considered polite to gently sip one’s soup. Quietly using a spoon came later and now soups are considered one of the “naturally” messier foods out there.

from: DustyOldThing.com

As winter temps settle in, we all look forward to savoring a wonderful warm bowl of soup. What’s more wonderful than enjoying that soup from a bowl designed to pick up and sip!

Beautiful Vintage Double-Handled Soup Bowls

Stop into Bahoukas Antique Mall soon and choose a couple for your home! MMMMmmmmmmmm… I can spell that soup now! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Planning a Winter Getaway?

Maybe to warmer climes?

Beautiful and colorful assortment of train cases available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace.
We have a large collection of beautiful train cases at Bahoukas.

It may start with the perfect train case. Of course, it works fine on a ship, a bus, a plane, or in your car.

And there’s a style to fit every personality!

These lovely train cases are also perfect for crafts, hobbies, or even projects and lunches you may carry on your long commute to work each day.

Perhaps you’re headed to a ski resort?

Sturdy suitcases and many will match the train cases!

Wherever you may be headed, we have some great luggage pieces to make your trip easier. Stop in and make your choice! Stylish – Sturdy – Practical!

And yes, you know we’re always watchin’ for ya!

Lamps Galore!

Look up! You’ll find a wonderful variety of lamps!

With a store that overflows with hidden treasures, we have to encourage you to look UP to see a variety of lamps and lanterns available to light up your home or office.

We look forward to helping you find a few very special gifts for your holiday list. Stop in and let us help. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Beautiful Serving Dishes

Just in time for the Holidays!

Gravy boat and small tureen in blue and white add wonderful accents to your holiday dining. Available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Gravy Boat and Small Tureen

Looking for a beautiful piece to add a bit of class to your holiday table?

We have a wonderful selection of serving pieces. Oh, you say they don’t match what you have? Well, put on your creative decorating hat and use them as ‘accent pieces’ rather than ‘matching pieces.’

Beautiful blue and white platter, pitcher, and square covered serving dish at Bahoukas.
Platters and Tureen

Upcycling is not only practical but can truly be beautiful.

When you find a perfect serving piece to accent your table and to show off that favorite side dish, you’ll have the perfect match!

Glass chip and dip set (or a beautiful salad dish) has just a hint of holiday red!
Chips and Dip? Or maybe a beautiful salad bowl!

This lovely glass serving dish will add a bit of color to your buffet table and has just a touch of holiday hue!

beautiful covered butter dishes and a small flowered tureen at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Butter Dishes and Small Tureen

Beautiful covered butter dishes are so much nicer than a plastic tub.

From simple lines to beautiful cut glass, we have a wonderful selection. Did you notice the beautiful small tureen? It’s a gorgeous piece for serving that yummy side dish.

These are just a few of the beautiful pieces we have that will add a touch of color, class, and even conversation to your holiday meals. Stop in soon and pick out one or two for YOUR decorating.

In the meantime, you can be sure that we’ll be here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Taking Cake To Dinner?

Bahoukas offers some help!

Cake carrier and serving dishes at Bahoukas Antique Mall
Cake Carriers and Serving Dishes

As you head into the holidays, plans are being made for “what should we take with us to dinner!” Here at Bahoukas, we can offer a bit of help by sharing a number of collectibles to give that dish extra special attention. In this post, we’re sharing cake trays and carriers.

Cake Trays - spoon holder

Beautiful glass Cake Trays and unique ceramic spoon holder

Bahoukas has beautiful glass trays and plates for presenting your beautiful cake in all its splendor. We also have metal carriers to help you get it to the party all in one piece!

Glass Cake Trays and metal cake carriers

So whether you’re presenting in a beautiful covered glass dish in your own home or you need a carrier to take it to a dinner party, we just might have what you need.

A beautiful glass Cake Tray with Cover

Recycling and Upcycling make shopping at Bahoukas the best ‘first stop’ on your agenda. You may just find the perfect item and unique while adding a bit of color and story to your gift and/or presentation. All while saving a perfectly sound item from our landfill. Seems like a perfect match for the upcoming “THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!”

You bet … we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

While the boss was away…

the wife would play!

Well, that’s not exactly how it works. While George visited family in Montana, Barbara put her ‘shoulder to the wheel’ and began to clean and organize. The following photos don’t do the items justice (glassware is a bit challenging):

pink depression glass

Betty (one of our steady ‘volunteers’) wanted a bit of ‘pink’ near the counter. The above pink depression glass is much more beautiful when you stop by the shop to see it. We also had a great suggestion from one of our ‘regulars’ – the pink depression glass is stunning on a navy blue tablecloth!

beautiful leaded and art glass

These wonderful shades of green are absolutely stunning. There are some amazing pieces that are waiting for you! Just one could add a dash of class to your holiday decor.

glass serving trays and more

These glass plates can be used to serve nearly everything from delectable chocolates to a vegetable and dip. Wonderful macarons from Les Petits Bisous would be perfect!

Covered serving dishes and other items for your holiday decor
plus some mixers to help in the preparation.

The white covered serving dishes above would make a great dish for those yummy and much anticipated holiday dishes – mashed potatoes or a green bean casserole. YUM! There are many fine items throughout the shop to add a bit of eye appeal to your holiday festivities. Add your favorite recipes to fill the dishes and you’ll have some very happy family and visitors.

Stop by and see how many items have been brought to life with the elbow grease and determination of Barbara. She loves showing off the great collections at Bahoukas Antique Mall. of course, there’s no end to this task. So we encourage you to stop in frequently as more items are cleaned, shined, organized and readied for your holidays!

Be sure to stop by and say “hi” to George. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Bring some color inside

…with salt cellars and plants

vintage salt cellars
Vintage and Collectible Salt Cellars

We have a wonderful collection of salt cellars and small bottles that are absolutely perfect for creating a little ‘life’ in your fall and holiday decor.

Small Bottles…

Consider adding a wee bit of soil or moss to the bottom of an exquisite cut glass salt cellar, then adding a tiny plant. There are even small bulbs that can root in one of these.

Shades of blue and clear glass bottles - beautiful on a window sill - Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Just a small grouping of our collection of old bottles

In the bottles, add a bit of water and a sprig of ivy to create a bit of ‘life’ on a shelf or table.

Here’s a beautiful example from The Farmhouse Project

… even dried flowers

You can also add some wonderful dried flowers – a stalk or two of lavender for example – to add a beautiful bit of nature to your decor.

The whimsy of summer flowers in a variety of collectble, colored jars at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Visit The Glitter Guide for 3 beautiful ways to decorate with dried flowers and bottles.

beautiful containers with simple dried additions
make for a simple statement

Here at Bahoukas Antique Mall we have a variety of salt cellars, tiny dishes, tea cups, bottles (large and small) and even planters to help you bring a bit of the outdoors in. And yes, We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collecting Old License Plates

Just how many do you have?

Automobile, Motorcycle, and Bicycle License Plates!

Do you have a barn, garage, or man cave overflowing with your old license plate collection? Or maybe you would LOVE to start your own collection!

At Bahoukas, we can help.

First, did you know that there is a club ALPCA – Automobile License Plate Collectors Association – that has been active since 1954. Check this out from their website:

Since 1954, our organization has been dedicated to the promotion of license plate collecting and research, the exchange of information and plates, and the fraternal benefits of sharing a common interest with others throughout the world.

We are the largest license plate collectors organization in the world. ALPCA currently has 2,957 members from 50 states and 19 countries.

Our annual international conventions are typically attended by nearly 500 collectors

Have you heard about the man with a collection of 7,000+ license plates? READ THIS ARTICLE and imagine a garage with that many license plates!

If someone you love has created a license plate collection that threatens your home, maybe you would just love to find a way to decorate with some of them. We have a video to share. Just think, you could have your amazing collection and any duplicates could be used by someone “living with them” to create a great craft project. (Hey, we’re trying to help here!)

No matter how you enjoy old license plates. We encourage you to stop in and see what we have that might fit your collection (or that new craft idea)! You can be sure, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collectible Invalid Feeders

Any nurses on your holiday gift list?

Or possibly other medical personnel who collect antiquities of their trade. Or maybe you just like to have unique items, we call ‘conversation pieces,’ on your table or shelf.

… an “invalid feeder” which was often found in many homes late in the 19th into the 20th century. They were used to facilitate the feeding of invalids. A liquid or semi-soft food was placed in the feeder and the spout was then placed in the person’s mouth. In the movie “The English Patient” the use of a feeder was shown in a brief flashback.

from AAHN website

Also known as Pap Boats, Invalid Feeders were used throughout the 19th century and well into the 20th century to aid in the feeding of patients that were too weak to feed themselves and in feeding infants. The use of invalid and infant feeders was much more popular in Europe than in the United States. A mixture called Pap, consisting of flour, bread, and water was mixed together to creat a gruel that was fed to the patient. Typically, the feeders were made of ceramic and colorfully decorated, with some shaped like animals for feeding children. Some early Invalid Feeders were made out of sterling silver or clear glass.

from Edward Hand Medical Museum

Next time you’re watching a movie from Victorian Era through WWI, keep an eye out for a nurse using an invalid feeder. It adds a little fun to your movie night.

Bahoukas received a beautiful collection of invalid feeders. Some are very plain, others are quite exquisite. One or two of them look like they were especially made for children.

Stop in and take a peek. Yep, we’ll be watching for ya!

The Golden Age of Radio

Collecting Vintage Radios and more…

You may have grown up in the era when families gathered around their radio to listen to the President address the nation (especially Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt), or possibly listen to your favorite baseball team. Many still remember some of the early radio shows from Amos and Andy and Burns and Allen, The Shadow, Popeye, and even Gunsmoke was first a radio show!

The earliest radio programs of the 1920s were largely unsponsored; radio stations were a service designed to sell radio receivers. By the late 1920s, radio had reached critical mass and saturated the market, necessitating a change in business model. The sponsored musical feature soon became most popular program format. Most early radio sponsorship came in the form of selling the naming rights to the program, as evidenced by such programs as The A&P GypsiesChampion Spark Plug HourThe Clicquot Club Eskimos, and King Biscuit Time; commercials as they are known in the modern era were still relatively uncommon and considered intrusive. During the 1930s and 1940s, the leading orchestras were heard often through big band remotes, and NBC’s Monitor continued such remotes well into the 1950s by broadcasting live music from New York City jazz clubs to rural America.

from WIKIPEDI
1941 Philco – 1968 RCA Victor
1963 Arvin – 1940s Zenith

Maybe you remember Kate Smith, or Bob Hope, or even War of the Worlds!

beautiful ARVIN radio
1966 Kensington Solid State Transistor to a Traveler from 1948
and a Craig Radio & Cassette Player 1990s

The history of the radio is very much linked to our country’s history. Radios were used to help us through bad economic times, wars, and more. It was a time when the nation shared the same experience: gathered around their radios and listening to the same news and other programming.

We have floor model radios and a new selection of recently acquired table and portable models. Stop in soon and see how beautiful some of these are. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Yes, we have ‘critters’

Well, we’re not the Farm Fair but …

This little piggy … is CAST IRON

We have some wonderful critters to decorate your home or even your office! This piggy bank is cast iron and probably at least a foot long. What a great way to keep that door open and let the cool breeze in while having a great place to put all that loose change!

Mary had a little lamb… and so did Bahoukas!
Lifesize kitty cat … don’t you just love it!

The lamb, geese, and cat are ceramic. But oh, so cute! Surely there’s a special little space that one or two would work perfectly!

The dog is cast iron. We have a wide variety of cast iron pieces for shelf or floor, as well as some doorstoppers.

The cast iron heron is perfecting for our area. But, then again, anyone who loves herons will find the perfect spot for it. Have a water view from your home? This would be a wonderful addition to your decor. Wish you had a water view? This wonderful statue could help remind you of the joy you feel when you’re near the water.

Just a sampling of the fun items you’ll find at Bahoukas Antique Mall & Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace, MD. Stop in and discover a perfect collectible from the ‘Collector of Collections.’ Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Sometimes it’s not the rain…

that keeps us in – but the sun!

Wonderful Little Golden Books at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Wonderful selection of Little Golden Books and more…

With temperatures heading up to the 90s this week, often it’s too hot for the young ones to be outdoors for too long at a stretch. We just might have a solution or two for you at Bahoukas Antique Mall.

More great books for the young reader at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
From princesses to cowboys, kittens to bunnies, great stories for your young readers

We have a wonderful variety of Little Golden Books and more for the young readers to enjoy. Maybe you’d like to bring them in to pick one out – or surprise them with a selection when you need to bring them indoors for a bit of cool, quiet time!

Nearly every category possible for young readers.

Along with this wonderful selection of books, you’ll also find a nice selection of games that the youngest to the older kids may enjoy! Make a game or reading party to encourage the youngsters to enjoy a respite from the hot sun!

Stop in today… we’ll be open all week. Yes, we are OPEN on July 4th – and we’ll be open on Saturday – parade day! Yessireeeee… we’re always watchin’ for ya at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum.

Trying to Quit Plastic?

Try Upcycling with Glass

Glass Storage and Serving Pieces

If you’ve been trying to quit using plastics, we have some items that may help. Many of these glass dishes are oven and refrigerator safe. Increase “the Green” in your life by replacing a few plastic pieces with friendly glass. In the meantime, you’re ‘upcycling.’ Now that’s a perfect combination!

Stop in while you’re out and about enjoying the weekend. As you know, we’ll be here and we’re watchin’ for ya! Stop in and say, “hi.”

Victorian Washbowl Set

3 pc Victorian Washbowl Set (Partial set)

Whether you love it just because they’re beautifully painted pieces or you love Victorian, this partial Victorian Washbowl Set is gorgeous.

They can add to your decor, or would be beautiful to display your garden flowers. You could even store your pencil/pen collection or those fancy little drink stirrers in them. You decide!

Stop by and see them today at Bahoukas Antique Mall.

Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya and George loves to share his “Collection of Collections!” See you soon!

Painted Milk Can

As the weekend arrives, Havre de Grace is excited to be celebrating two ‘firsts’ this Saturday. From 1-5pm is the GRAVITY Youth Event at the Lock House Museum. From 3-8pm is our first Upper Chesapeake Bay PRIDE EVENT at the Concord Point Park (by the light house).

We encourage you to enjoy these events… but please make time to stop in and say ‘hi.’ Chat with George about his ‘Collection of Collections!’

This beautiful handpainted milk can would brighten up a special spot in your home. It’s from Witchwood Farm, which we believe is in New Jersey.

Stop in and see this for yourself. It just might be that special item you’ve been looking for. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!