Table bloomsWhen Judith Hartman goes shopping, she does it...

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November 24, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Table blooms

When Judith Hartman goes shopping, she does it in France and Italy. There she finds the hand-painted dinnerware, wall platters, fine table linens, gifts and antiques that fill her Annapolis home-furnishings shop, Plat du Jour (220 Main St., [410] 269-1499). One of the few American lines she carries is also one of the most popular in the store: Smithereens glassware, with beautiful hand-painted flowers curving up the stems.

Plat du Jour, located across from the Maryland Inn, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Are you ready for the eating utensils of the '90s? It's forkchops, for those who love Asian food but aren't totally proficient with chopsticks.

You pick up easy-to-handle pieces of food with the chopstick ends; then when the going gets tough (rice or slippery ramen noodles), you switch to the knife and fork.

Japonaji (905 S. Ann St., [410] 522-1087) sells the plastic forkchops pictured, which come in a variety of bright colors, for $4.50. You can also get a gift-box set for two ($10). Hand-carved wood forkchops sell for $13 a pair.

Chemical paint removers have never been very user-friendly. But Peel Away 21 is a huge improvement over earlier strippers. It removes multiple layers of paint without methylene chloride, so it doesn't need to be neutralized, doesn't need special ventilation and is nontoxic and nonflammable. Plus, Peel Away 21 is a bright green color, so it's easy to see.

Ted Jackson, manager of Budeke's Paints in Timonium, is a big fan of the newest generation of Peel Away; but he warns that you should always do a test on a small area before you begin. Who knows what condition the surface below is in. Peel Away 21 retails for around $12 a quart and can be found at area home and paint stores.

Turkey is one Thanksgiving tradition; after 18 years, the Towson Thanksgiving Antiques Show and Sale is another -- at least for local antiques buffs. The show, held at Towson State University's Towson Center, will feature some 110 dealers from 12 states this year. The selection of furniture, decorative accessories, jewelry and prints are priced to appeal to buyers on a budget as well as connoisseurs.

The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $5.

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