Souvenirs!!!

…we have more than just Maryland

Mugs from many states available at Bahoukas


We have a variety of mugs – great for beer, coffee, tea, or a great summer drink! Add these shot glasses which are great for toothpicks and other small items and you have some fun souvenirs from other states as well as Maryland.

Love Lighthouses?

Lighthouses from around the states…

Of course, you love lighthouses. Besides our very own Concord Point Lighthouse, we have a lovely variety of others.


We have this beautiful set of lighthouse glasses among some other surprising collectibles.

Even more lighthouses…

We encourage you to stop by over this lovely holiday weekend to see the wonderful souvenir collectibles we have waiting for you. You just never know what you’ll discover among our shelves. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise Box #9

Pennants!

Come peek in our Box of Pennants – hey, you never know what you’ll find.

Besides looking for your favorite college, sports team, or vacation spot, pennants also offer a fun way to add a bit of your character and flair to your decorating. Attached is a great post that gives some really fun ideas.

Enjoy the ideas from Studio McGee

https://www.studio-mcgee.com/studioblog/2017/7/6/pennants

Click on the link if it doesn’t open. Then stop in and visit us at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. You never know what ‘surprises’ you’ll discover. And yep, we’ re always watchin’ for ya!

Baseball Season

Baseball cards and more…

Ripkin Collectibles

Above are a set of baseballs for Cal Ripkin. Come check them out! While you’re here, check out the sports books we have available!

A unique gift set for the inaugural season of the Washington Nationals.

Baseball Player Bobbleheads

Of course, what’s a sports collectible without a bobblehead or figurine? Stop by and browse our collections! You might just find the one you’re looking for! Yes, we’ll be here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Rainy Day Books

…for unpredictable weather days!

A shelf of Bobbsy Twins Books at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
A shelf of “Bobbsey Twins” books!
Hardy Boys series available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD
A shelf of “Hardy Boys” and more…

Whether you loved the Bobbsey Twins or the Hardy Boys, we’ve probably got a number of your favs. Want to pass them on to your kids? We also have a couple Bunny Brown and Sister Sue books, Walt Disney’s “Annette”, “The Outdoor Girls on a Hike”, and several Donna Parker mystery books!

Rainy Days and Monday!

Collectible Literature - including Shakespeare, Browning, Plutarch - available at Bahoukas Antiques
Shakespeare, Browning, Plutarch and more…

Yes, we know the weather is unpredictable. Is it going to rain all day or just be a rumbling of thunder, 15 minutes of rain, and back to beautiful? If you carry a favorite read with you, you’ll never be bored or have your day ruined.

Mark Twain, Shakespeare, and more collectible books at Bahoukas
Mark Twain, Shakespeare and more…
Jane Cable, The Winged Horse, and Will Rogers are just a few more titles available in the many books at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace
“Jane Cable,” “The Winged Horse,” and “Will Rogers” are just a few more of our variety of collectible books.

Stop in today, while it’s pleasant weather, and grab a book or two (or three) to enjoy on a less than perfect day. We have wonderful coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy refreshments while making a perfect day of the rain! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya (even on a rainy day)!!!

Wednesday Surprise Box #8

Camping? Picnics?

Silverware to add to your camping/picnic gear!

STOP digging silverware out of the garbage!

No need to worry about losing it. Silverware perfect for Camping.

Are you always losing your silverware at picnics or when you’re camping out?

We have a couple of surprise boxes that will give you what you need while making concerns about losing it a non-issue! Seriously, extra serving pieces and/or settings will allow you to quit worrying if you lose a piece.

From serving spoons, to knife, fork, and spoon settings, we can help. Stop in anytime to find the extra pieces you need. We make it easy for you to quit worrying about losing silverware at the camp site.

Yep, we’re here at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. And you already know, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Mother’s Day Ideas #2

Beautiful Cookbooks!

Cookbooks – just arrived!

These cookbooks just arrived last week. They are beautiful, in excellent condition, and would make a most wonderful gift for the mom in your life who loves food and loves cooking. (Who doesn’t!?!?)

There are others in the store, too. So stop by soon. We think these beautiful choices will go fast.

Remember, Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY!

Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Mothers Day Idea #1

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. We have plenty of collectibles to show Mom how great she is. But this week, we’ll give some different ideas.

cast iron dogs - vintage - Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Today we’re presenting these vintage Cast Iron dogs. Originals. Fun and very collectible.

Do you think Mom might like one of these? Stop in soon… Mother’s day is approaching quickly. Remember, we have 9,000 sq ft of the greatest Collection of Collections to choose from.

And yes, we WILL be watchin’ for ya!

Ducks – Decoys – Art

Stop by after you visit the Decoy Show

We love ducks. Hey, we live in the Duck Decoy Capitol! How can we NOT love ducks… and duck decoys.

Duck Decoys- shelf 1 – at Bahoukas
Duck Decoys and more – shelf 2 – at Bahoukas

We have unique Havre de Grace carvers – as well as collectible duck figures.

Duck Decoys – shelf 3 – at Bahoukas
Duck Decoys and more – shelf 4 – at Bahoukas

We have fun items and some seriously beautiful carved decoys. You have to browse our shop. You just never know what you’ll find that fits your collection perfectly!

Duck Decoys – shelf 5 – at Bahoukas
Duck Decoys – shelf 6 – at Bahoukas

Add a duck decoy lamp or another unique ‘duck-related’ collectible to make your personal collection truly unique.

Duck Decoys – shelf 7 – at Bahoukas
Duck Decoys – shelf 8 – at Bahoukas

So take some time to stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. Of course, we have 9,000 sq ft of amazing collections. So yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise Box #7

Patches – no, not for holes …

Our Wednesday Surprise Box is really a rolling cart of drawers filled with a variety of patches.

Yes, we have patches … and more patches…

George has a huge selection of Boy Scout patches – all new. Plus a wonderful selection of military patches and a few miscellaneous. Love looking for just the perfect couple of patches? Well, stop by and see what we have in our Wednesday Surprise! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collecting Pencil Sharpeners

… who knew?

Amazing Tiny Pencil Sharpeners just arrived at Bahoukas Antiques

Taking photos for this blog, I discovered a shelf stuffed with die-cast pencil sharpeners… little tiny pencil sharpeners. These are amazingly detailed. Who would have thought?!?

Here’s one example of a serious collector that also shows us how many kinds of miniature pencil sharpeners there are! Click on the link in the quote for more info.

For many years we (Johan and Anky) have collected Die-cast miniature pencil sharpeners. Our collection now consists of over 500 different pieces and we would like to add some more.

from Sharpenking
Check out the variety and detail of this recently acquired collection!

GIFTS IDEAS?

If someone has a special interest whether it be music, cars, motorcycles photography, art … well, you name it, we probably have a miniature pencil sharpener that would make an outstanding, fun, and thoughtful gift.

Here is another collector of tiny pencil sharpeners:

Paul Johnson collected 3,479 pencil sharpeners (no duplicates) and displayed them in a one-room shed in his yard in Carbon Hill. He died July 2010; the shed and collection are now displayed in the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center.

from Roadside America

We encourage you to check out this most amazing collection that we just acquired at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. Yes sir (m’am), we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Eyeglasses

… a fun and stylish collectible

eyeglasses – for history or style!

From Benjamin Franklin’s spectacles to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s sunglasses, eyewear plays an important role in our perceptions of history and culture. While the first eyewear emerged in the 13th century Italy, it didn’t mesh with fashion until much later. In 1730, an English optician developed a pair of glasses with two attached rods that rested on the wearer’s ears. From that point, corrective lenses became wearable accessories.

From AntiqueTrader.com

Did you ever make the connection between the invention of the Gutenberg Press and the popularity centuries later of printing for the masses would create the need, and popularity, of eyeglasses! Before then, few average people owned books. But once available, people then needed eyeglasses to improve their eyesight for reading.

It wasn’t until the 15th century, soon after the advent of the movable-type printing press, that concave lenses were developed in Florence. Florentine spectacle makers were so advanced, they had lenses graded for every five years of eye-sight loss for the age 30 and onward, plus two different strengths of lenses for the near-sighted.

from CollectorsWeekly.com

Today, eyeglasses are common. Of course, we also have contact lenses and corrective eye surgery to improve our eyesight. But collecting eyeglasses has gained popularity among history re-enactors who look for period eyewear to complete their costumes. The theater has always been a great place for using vintage eyewear.

Even more fascinating are those who love collecting styles that were worn by celebrities and famous individuals. Nearly everyone can remember the styles worn by Jackie-O (wife of the late President John F. Kennedy).

Jackie-O in her famous sunglasses

Check out this post that shares some great examples of famous people and their eyewear.

This iconic vintage glasses guide will take you through the lives of 10 of the most stylish and famous ladies from Hollywood and beyond.  We’ve even matched the eyepieces of our favorite iconic glasses wearers with our own frames, which are updated for today’s trends, so you can steal the look!

from VintandYork.com

Okay, now you know a little more about eyeglasses. Stop in to Bahoukas and pick a pair for your historical costume, a theater costume, or to add a bit of pizzazz the next time you go out! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Salt Cellars

early to mid-1900s Cut Glass & Crystal

An array of cut glass and crystal salt cellars at Bahoukas

Do you use Himalayan Salt and possibly buy it in a bulk bag? We have a wonderful selection of salt cellars to use on your table setting with your Himalayan Salt.

These pieces also make great candle holders, excess coin collectors, and even for toothpicks. What might you be able to use one or two of these beautiful, tiny dishes for?

Wondering how to tell the difference between cut glass and crystal? It can be a challenge. But CLICK HERE for a post that might help when you’re shopping your favorite antique stores. Of course, the top of your list is Bahoukas, right?

Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall & Beer MuZeum soon. Yep, we’re always watchin’ for ya!

Easter Bunnies

Look What We Found On Our Shelves!

Families of Easter Bunnies – need a home!

Look what we discovered sitting on a shelf. These delightful Easter bunnies of assorted sizes are sure to make someone’s Holiday … well, just super special. Stop in soon and see for yourself. We’ll keep lookin’ for more hidden gems while we’re waitin’ for ya! Bahoukas Antique Mall in historic downtown Havre de Grace is ready to say, “Welcome!”

Vintage Easter

…a few beautiful items for the collector in you

vintage Easter items including vintage paper

We have a few very special vintage collectibles that you might want to add to a collection…

Easter Eggs and Little Lamps

Here we have a couple glass/porcelain eggs and lamb decorations. Collectible and so cute!

Decorative Eggs Come in all Sizes

These very collectible decorative eggs might just be the perfect addition to a very special Easter basket or a unique Easter decoration.

So come on in and see if one or two of these wonderful vintage Easter collectibles is perfect for your celebration. Yep, you know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Beautiful Decorated Eggs

Celebrate Easter ~ Celebrate Spring

Beautiful Pysanky Decorated Eggs

Beautiful decorated eggs have a long history.

 “In pre-Christian days, eggs were associated with many different springtime rites,” says Lubow Wolynetz, curator of folk art at the Ukrainian Museum in New York City and the Ukrainian Museum and Library in Stamford, CT. “In Ukraine, for example, people were an agricultural society. A late or cold spring had an impact on crops, so people attempted to harness the power of the sun to bring about the resurrection of nature.”

And what reminds you of the sun? An egg with its bright yellow center and the life that springs from it, says Wolynetz. Many cultures throughout Europe embraced the idea that eggs had life-giving associations. In Ukraine, people began the practice of “writing” the eggs, called pysanky (from the word pysaty, meaning “to write”). They adorned them with symbols such as the sun, a triangle, or lines that encircle the egg. 

from CountryLiving.com

And just how are these beautiful eggs created?

Pysanky eggs are hand-drawn creations — first in pencil using guidelines to section off an egg into a grid pattern, and then with detail within the grid. Afterwards, pencil lines are covered with beeswax and layered with colors of dye, similar to the batik work done on fabric.
 
But the intricacy of the design is not what makes a pysanka beautiful. Even simple patterns can be just as striking as detailed ones. The key to a beautiful traditional pysanka is symmetry and precision (although symmetry does not always play a role in contemporary patterns). By precision, I mean that the design is drawn within a grid that has been laid out meticulously, usually with a tape measure. If a pysanky is only divided in half, each half will measure exactly the same. Similarly, in quadrants, each will measure exactly the same. The entire design, whether simple or detailed, depends on these first measurements to be exact. This is especially important if the egg will be very intricate! 

from MarthaStewart.com

The early spring tradition became a beautiful Easter tradition.

For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Painting Easter eggs is an especially beloved tradition in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches where the eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal vigil and distributed to the congregants. The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Moreover, historically Christians would abstain from eating eggs and meat during Lent, and Easter was the first chance to eat eggs after a long period of abstinence. (Orthodox Christians continue to abstain from eggs during Lent.)

Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. An egg hunt involves hiding eggs outside for children to run around and find on Easter morning. Eggs are rolled as a symbolic re-enactment of the rolling away of the stone from Christ’s tomb. In the United States, the Easter Egg Roll is an annual event that is held on the White House lawn each Monday after Easter.

from HuffPost.com

Visit our FB page and let us know what your Easter Egg Traditions might be. Do you hide eggs for the family to find on Easter morning? Is it a family event to color Easter eggs?

Be sure to stop by and see these beautiful pysanky eggs. We don’t have many, but they are beautiful. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Super Heroes to Snoopy…

Why Do We Love Comics?

Comics encourage reading, imagination, and give us encouragement!

How many times have you looked at someone enjoying a comic book and wondering “why?” Well, according to Scribendi, there are a number of good things to come from enjoying a comic book including the one below:

#2: Comic Books Help Us Think Differently
According to University of Windsor English professor Dale Jacobs (2007), comic books require readers to create meaning using “multiple modalities.” Readers of comic books must process all the different components—visual, spatial, and textual—of what they are reading and integrate these components into one solid understanding of the story. This means that, even though comic books may appeal to readers for the same reason these individuals are drawn to other forms of entertainment, such as television and video games, reading these books actually involves much more complex processing. More research remains to be done regarding the neurological benefits of reading comic books, but it is evident that there is far more to this genre than simply “looking at pictures,” as some critics of comic books believe.

from Scribendi

I’ll bet you never thought about that. So possibly for you, or even for a young person who seems to not care about reading, maybe it’s time to start your own collection of comics. The article above has 5 great points to encourage enjoying a few comic books!

We have comics that include: Golden Age, Silver Age, Modern Age, Disney, Super Heroes, Villains, Adventure, and War. Well, those are just for starters.

By the one, did you know that this #1 Collectible Comic is SUPERMAN #1 Action Comic! Sorry, we don’t have one of those!! But we’ll help you browse our selection if you stop by and say ‘hi!’ It’s such a fine day! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Deviled Egg Plates

… from Roman Days to Southern Tradition

Serving deviled eggs at picnics and cocktail parties may have been de rigueur in post-World War II America, but these classic creamy concoctions did not originate in the United States. Although they weren’t prepared the same way, the roots of modern-day deviled eggs can be traced back to ancient Rome, where eggs were boiled, seasoned with spicy sauces and then typically served at the beginning of a meal—as a first course known as gustatio—for wealthy patricians.

from HISTORY.com
beautiful egg plates just in time for Easter
Just a few of our beautiful egg plates in time for Easter celebrations.

We have a nice variety of egg plates to serve those delicious deviled eggs after they’re all discovered from their hiding places on Easter Sunday. Knowing that the deviled egg goes back to Roman Days, you’ll be proud to serve this wonderful tradition on these gorgeous plates.

By the 13th century…

… stuffed eggs began to appear in Andalusia, in what is now Spain. An anonymous cookbook from this time period instructs the reader to pound boiled egg yolks with cilantro, onion juice, pepper and coriander and then beat them with murri (a sauce made of fermented barley or fish), oil and salt. After stuffing the mixture into the hollowed egg whites, the two halves were then fastened together with a small stick and peppered.


from HISTORY.com

But history is one thing. How we love deviled eggs and the beautiful plates we serve them on… well, that’s another thing!

No other Southern food, not barbecue, not fried chicken, elevates the dish upon which it is served.
But the deviled egg does.

from OurState.com

According to OurState.com – Since 2000 Fiesta Ware has introduced egg plates…

There are egg plates for anyone’s taste. They come in an Easter-egg array of colors: cobalt blue, marigold, persimmon, sunflower, plum, scarlet, tangerine. They’re made of milk, Carnival, or Depression glass. Trimmed in gold or silver. And shaped like Easter bunnies, Christmas trees, butterflies, watermelons, ladybugs, hearts, geese, wreaths, pigs, shamrocks.

from OurState.com

We invite you to stop in and see what we have in our collection. Make your deviled eggs the ‘talk of the party’ when you present your favorite deviled egg recipe on a beautiful plate. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Spring brings summer fabrics!

Need an iron?

Irons from this century

These irons might look familiar to you. Well, maybe to your mom and dad. Electric irons make your cotton clothes look sharp and pressed!

Although clothes made of ‘permanently pressed’ fabrics made needing an iron less necessary, there are still folks who like ‘that perfect crease.’

quite hard to date these slickers, sleekstones’, slickenstones, in german language, glättstein gniedelstein, gniddelstein, grindstein
these glass iron smoothers are believed to have served as a pressing iron. The earliest linen smoothers date from the Viking to the Middle Ages, and the latest were made in the 18th century.

from Roman Glass Makers

Do you know what this is? Is what they call a linen-smoother made from very slick stone. They were used from the days of the Vikings through the Middle Ages and into the 18th century. Who would have guessed!

The forebears to modern electric irons, these flat irons are often triangular or come to a point to make it easier to iron around buttons. The heft of a sad iron would help it hold heat, as well as to press the fabric flat. To protect fabric and surfaces from singeing, sad irons often came with metal trivets to rest on, and these are often-beautiful, intricate, and collectible examples of metalwork that were made in a myriad of designs.

The earliest metal flat irons were forged by blacksmiths in the Middle Ages. These were heated on an open fire or a stove, and the metal handles had to be grasped with a thick potholder, rag, or glove. Women had to be careful not to track soot or ash on the clothing they were ironing.

from Collectors Weekly
flat irons often filled with hot coals or heated on a coal or wood stovetop

Of course, they can be cleaned up and used as a bookend, a doorstop, or just a unique item for your decor that is most certain to be a ‘conversation piece!’

Stop in today and check these out (even if you have no intention of ironing your summer clothes)! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!