Wednesday Surprise Box #6

Hats…not a box exactly…

With the cooler (colder!) weather, covering our heads, ears and necks become pretty important. We have some wonderful hats for winter comfort. Since they don’t really do well being tucked into a huge Surprise Box, you’ll find these in a section of racks in our shop.

Hats – stylish and warm

We also have several beautiful hat boxes that would make the perfect gift wrap for a chosen hat. Surely there’s someone on your list who would love a wonderfully stylish hat to greet the cold days ahead.

Along with some stylish hats you may find a scarf or pair of gloves tucked on a shelf near by.

We are ready to show you where the hats are. Come on by, yep, you know we’ll be watching for ya!

Art at Bahoukas

Sculpture from Around the World

Do you think you know what’s hiding in the 9,000+ sq ft of antiques at Bahoukas? Well, you might just want to stop by and see how diverse we really are. 

Amazing sculptures at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Here’s a sampling of some beautiful wood sculptures. They’re just one of the many unique pieces of art you might find to delight the perfect person on your holiday gift list.

You really do want to drop in and spend some time browsing all our shelves and nook and crannies. It’s astounding just what you’ll find. 

Yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Holly Jolly First Friday and Bahoukas

Love an old-fashioned Christmas?

Wooden riding firetruck!

One of the things we hear people saying is how ‘commercial’ Christmas is. We can help change that if you visit us at Bahoukas Antique Mall. We have a wonderful variety of toys and gifts that add value and excitement to your gift-giving.

Above is a well made, wooden firetruck sure to please that young toddler on your list. Nothing fancy, nothing to break, just a great toy! Stop by and see it for yourself.

Create a reader with these Golden Books and more

Remember all of your favorite books of years gone by. You can bet that we have some of them in our store. Come browse our children’s book section and find a couple that you’ll definitely want to share with the young reader on your list. Remember, there’s nothing kids love more than having you read to or with them!

Lunch Boxes for nearly every tv show or movie character.

Everyone had a favorite tv or movie character, often on their favorite lunch box. We have a huge collection of character lunch boxes that you’ll surely discover the perfect one for the lunch-carrying kid on your gift list. Or maybe, they just want to hide their treasures in one. Oh, and don’t forget, there are ‘big kids’ that love carrying one of these to work! So come in and pick out a couple for those on your gift-list that carry lunches or have treasures to hide!

Puzzles and more…

This is only one shelf of a huge collection of puzzles for all ages. We have large puzzles of 6-8 pieces for the toddler, 24 pcs for the pre-school, and plenty of other puzzles of all shapes, sizes, and number of pieces to entertain any puzzle lover – toddler to adult!

So while you’re enjoying tonight’s Holly Jolly First Friday with parade at 6, the lighting of the tree, carolers and stilt walkers, Santa’s arrival, shops open late, plenty of eateries – indoors and outdoors, take a few minutes to check out all that we have to offer for those on your gift list (and yes, even for yourself)! You can always come back tomorrow when the kids aren’t with you. 

In the meantime, enjoy the festivities. 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

Love Literature?

20 Volume Set by Spencer Press

20 volume set of World's Greatest Literature by Spencer Press available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

We have a set of 20 volumes of the World’s Greatest Literature in excellent condition. This beautiful set by Spencer Press is from the 1930s. Someone on your Christmas list will cherish this gift. 

In doing a little research, we learned a bit about Spencer Press and the marketing of the World’s Greatest Literature series.

The World’s Greatest Literature series seems to have been sold in the late 1930s and early 1940s, as shown in the newspaper advertisement near the beginning of this entry.

newspaper ad for World's Greatest Literature Series by Spencer Press

As said before, these seem to be the same books. (as the Spencer Library of Immortal Masterpieces … or Literature)  from SeriesOfSeries website

The history of marketing affordable books of World Literature in the early 1900s has a colorful history. We’re probably much more familiar with these tactics today. Here’s a quote from this colorful history from the SeriesOfSeries website.

Finally, the series is affiliated with the “American Home Library Foundation” which is portrayed as a charitable literary foundation, subsidizing the series to promote the reading of the classics. Together, the binding, the series name, and charitable literary foundation worked to convince potential book buyers that the Spencer Library was an opportunity they could not miss. That’s the spin: to sell copyright-free literary classics with dubious and fraudulent methods to gullible working and middle-class consumers who wanted to be at least perceived as a bit literary and intellectual.

No matter the tactics, we have this beautiful 20 volume set that is perfect for the right person! Do you know someone who would love this gift? If so, drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall today and grab it before the set gets broken up! And yes, we will be watchin’ for ya!

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!

Collect Slot Cars?

Look at this assortment of 1970s AFX Aurora Slot Cars 

1960s collectible AFX Aurora Slot Cars at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

The Aurora Plastics Corporation introduced the A/FX (Aurora Factory Experimentals, later simply “AFX”) line of slot cars, slot car track sets, and related accessories in 1971. The AFX brand continued production until the company was forced into receivership in 1983.[1]Aurora designed the AFX cars with interchangeable car body shells usually compatible with each chassis they released during these years. The original 1971 A/FX chassis utilized an updated version of the existing pancake motor design of Aurora’s “Thunderjet 500” line, popular in the 1960s.[2] Aurora then released a longer version of the A/FX chassis in 1973, known as the “Specialty” chassis, which incorporated a longer wheelbase and gearplate (and often a more powerful armature) with bodies unique to that chassis. The car bodies designed to fit the shorter original chassis featured a clever snap-on design while the bodies for the Specialty chassis were affixed with a small screw. In late 1974, Aurora redesigned both the original and Specialty chassis and exposed the bottom of the motor magnets. The exposed magnets were attracted to the metal rails in the track during racing, creating downforce to help hold the car on the track while cornering. AFX “Magna-Traction” cars remained popular from their release in 1974 throughout 1983, even after faster chassis designs were introduced in house and by Tyco.    from Wikipedia

How popular were slot cars in America?

Here’s a quote from Rob Lammle in his article, Little Engines That Could: A Brief History of Slot Cars, published on MentalFloss.com in 2011:

Then in 1960, the British company Playcraft Model Motoring had a slot car display at a London toy show. Representatives from Aurora, an American company that specialized in scale model kits, snatched up the American marketing rights for Playcraft’s slots. Within five years, Aurora had sold 25 million slot cars to eager kids, becoming the most successful line of slot cars in history.

Stop by the store and take a peek at these very collectible slot cars. Yep, we’re here (decorating for the holidays) and 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. 

Beautiful Bar Set

Just in time for the Holidays

beautiful bar set available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This beautiful set comes in a very nice wood box. It would make your home bartender very happy during the coming holiday parties. Tongs, strainer, double jigger, and more complete this beautiful and very collectible set. We’ve got you covered for unique ideas for the coming holiday season from entertaining to decorating, gifts to games. Yep, We’ll be watching for ya!

Love Drums!

This unique drum was brought to our shop recently.

Marching Snare Drum from early 1940s at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

It’s a marching snare drum from the 1940s that was used by Maurice Pippin in the Drum & Bugle Corp of Bristol, VA before WWII! It’s in good condition with 2 sets of sticks and a cloth cover. Stop in and have a look. It’s quite beautiful. Imagine the history this drum could share if it could talk. Maybe a drummer can bring out its story. Oh, and by the way, 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!

PACHINKO?

And what IS Pachinko?

Pachinko (パチンコ) is a type of mechanical game originating in Japan and is used as both a form of recreational arcade game and much more frequently as a gambling device, filling a Japanese gambling niche comparable to that of the slot machine in Western gaming.   from Wikipedia

Japanese PACHINKO machine available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Pachinko machines were first built during the 1920s as a children’s toy called the “Corinth game” (コリントゲーム korinto gēmu), based on and named after the American “Corinthian bagatelle”.[4] Another likely inspiration was the Billard japonais, ‘Japanese billiards’, invented in Western Europe during the 18th century. It emerged as an adult pastime in Nagoya around 1930 and spread from there. All of Japan’s pachinko parlors were closed down during World War II but re-emerged in the late 1940s. Pachinko has remained popular since; the first commercial parlor was opened in Nagoya in 1948.    from Wikipedia

Here’s a video explaining how Pachinko is played. 

 

Believe it or not, we have a Pachinko machine at Bahoukas. Of course, you believe it. After all, we have the “Collection of Collections!” Stop by and see it for yourself. Be sure to leave plenty of time to browse our 9,000+ sq ft of “Collections.” Yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

3.2 Billion U.S. Dollars … Global Games Market

That was in 2016. It’s projected to be 8.12 billion U.S. dollars in 2021! Yes, that’s BILLIONS! *

BOARD GAMES THRIVE and we’ve got them!

George just added about 75 games to his game shelf. Some of them have never been opened. Yep, you know George, can’t leave a good deal behind. So we’ve started cleaning the toy area to make room. Check out our game shelves!

card games, dominoes, checkers, puzzles, and more at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace   Erector sets, charades, learning games, and more board games at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Not only do we have new and nearly new games, but we also have older and very collectible games. There are games for every age and every type. Like puzzles? You won’t believe the unique puzzle-twisters we have. Seriously, stop in and check them out (while they’re still neatly stacked!). 

Bible Trivia game at Bhaoukas Antiques

Shark Attack game at Bahoukas n Havre de Grace

Yes, Games are IN! So if you, your family, and friends enjoy a game or two, you just might want to stop in and see what we have. I can guarantee we have games you’ve never seen that are positively amazing. Try one. Surprise your family with a unique game. Consider this:

Board games are returning as a mainstream entertainment among families, kids, and even child-less millennials looking for a new way to socialize with friends.

The board game boom has not only led to the creation of new games but also to cafes and bars focused on gaming.   from CNBC.com

High School Musical Game - like new - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Hot Tomatoes - an active game for kids - in Bahoukas toy area in Havre de Grace

Seriously, if games are on your list for Holiday Gift Giving or just to be ready for the coming holiday fun, you’ll want to drop by and see what we have. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya! And while we’re thinking of it, how about a game cafe!! Of course, or local coffee shops and pubs might be just the place!