World’s Fair Memorabilia

The First Was in New York 1853-54

World's Fair Memorabilia at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

We have a few wonderful collectibles from World Fairs of yesteryear.  The above photo includes the following:

FRONT (l-r): 1939 World’s Fair Triathlon Salt & Pepper (New York) – this piece is truly unique. Made of the Fair’s Trylon & Perisphere. You pick up the entire piece, shake from one side and you’ll have salt; shake from the other side and you’ll have pepper. Next is the item from Century of Progress – American Bible Society Pamphlets. From the 1939-1940 International Expo are 100 Movie Views & Pathegram (viewer) from the Golden Gate/San Francisco Bay. Finally the 1965-65 New York World’s Fair Children’s Card Game.

BACK (l-r): Postcard from the 1939 World’s Fair “Car of Tomorrow” – a Crosley. It includes “My Feet are NO longer tired after what I’ve seen at the Crosley Building.” Next is a 1939 New York World’s Fair Vinegar Bottle. Next to that is a 1962 glass from the Seattle World’s Fair. And finally a unique bank from the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

From what we’ve been able to learn from America’s Best History website, there were 30 World’s Fairs in the U.S. between 1853 and 1984 offering a wide array of exhibits and activities that generally included a ‘look at the future.’ This site has abundant information from each of the World’s Fairs. Click on a postcard and learn more. Then pop into Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum to check out these wonderful collectibles. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

A Nickel’s Just 5 Cents – Right?

Maybe – You’ll have to ask a numismatic!

collectible coins for numismatics at Bahoukas Antique Mall

In the photo above (left to right): 1923 Peace Dollar, 1971 Eisenhower Dollar, 1915-S Barber half-dollar, 1964 Kennedy half-dollar, 1929-D Mercury dime, 1835 large cent, and 1861 Indian Head penny.

If you’re a coin collector, ie numismatic, the right nickel could be worth in the $100,000 range. Of course, you’ll probably not find one in your pocket! Click here to read the story of 15 of the most valuable nickels. One was actually sold for over $3 million! Alrighty now!

Start your coin collection at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

In this photo, we have a Collector Book for Buffalo Head Nickles (use these albums to keep your coins). There is also a 1934 – $10 silver certificate and a 1957 – $1 silver certificate. In front on the left is a 1980 Proof Set, then 1 1969 Mint Set and a 2008-D Uncirculated Coin Set.

Want to learn the difference between Proof sets, Mint Sets, and Uncirculated Sets? Click here for a great site for beginner collectors.

Does that help explain the intrigue of coin collecting? Maybe the following article will help if you’re thinking about it and haven’t started yet. It’s from  U.S. Mint website:

Why Collect Coins?

Group of children holding up Frederick Douglass National Historic Site quarters.Coins in your pocket, coins at the store, coins under couch cushions, there’s always more! It seems like coins are everywhere. Why in the world would anyone collect them?

There are plenty of reasons to collect coins! Here are some of them:

  • Coins can be souvenirs—both of the event and of how you got the coins.
  • Coins come in many designs and metals.
  • The way they’re made has changed over the years.
  • They’re often just plain beautiful to look at.

Whether you have a lot of money to spend on coin collecting or none at all, it’s an interesting hobby for everyone. Here are some other reasons to collect coins:

  • To learn about history.
  • To learn about other countries and cultures.
  • To enjoy the way coins capture moments of history, time, and people’s lives.
  • Because of an interest in coin design themes such as art, science, or animals.
  • For the joy of learning about the coins themselves.
  • To display and share with others.
  • For the challenge of completing a collection.
  • To enjoy belonging to a coin club or meeting fellow collectors from around the world.
  • For the excitement of finding rare coins in your pockets!

Numismatics is the study and collecting of things that are used as money, including coins, tokens, paper bills, and medals. A person who collects coins is called a numismatist.

Interested in collecting coins or want to meet your fellow numismatists? Visit the American Numismatic Association website to learn more.

When you’re ready to get started, stop by and visit. We’ll help. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collecting Fishing Reels

Do you know your reels?

1940s-1960s collectible fishing reels

Included in this photo are left to right: Penn Reel 1940s-50s, Zebco 1960s, Martin Fly Fishing Reel 1960s, and a JC Higgins Open Face Reel from the 1950s. 

While working on this particular blog post, we had to do a little research. We found this very interesting article on boatmags.com that will intrigue the novice and probably start a lot of debate among collectors and fishermen/women.  

Wikipedia relates an interesting development of the fishing reel and states that in 1651, English literature first reported a “wind” installed within two feet of the lower end of the rod. This is usually accepted as the earliest known written reference to a reel. However, there are examples of Oriental paintings that depict Chinese fishermen using reels of various sizes that date to the twelfth century.

Until the 1800’s the reel was used primarily as a storage device for excess line. However, in the 19th century there was a rapid development of the multiplying reel, which allowed reels to evolve into casting devices. Although multiplying reels were probably invented in Great Britain, the reels of George Snyder, of Paris, Kentucky, have become the most famous 19th century multipliers.

Did you realize that there was a “wind” or reel as early as the 12th century?

We certainly didn’t. But it seems they’ve been depicted in Oriental paintings. Fascinating!

The credit for the first multiplying reel in the U.S. goes to a Kentucky man. Sadly, not having patented or trademarked it, it was soon copied by others. The following quote is from Kentucky Monthly:

Snyder was born in or about 1780 in Pennsylvania and moved to Kentucky around 1803, settling in Paris. He was a watchmaker and silversmith, and also an avid and apparently skilled fisherman who is credited with building the first multiplying reel in the United States. Snyder owned, or had at least seen, a British-made 1-to-1 level wind reel and likely developed his multiplying design from this simple tool.

So, yes, we encourage you to stop in and browse our shop. Whether you’re looking for a reel or any other item from our “Collection of Collections,”, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Black Memorabilia

or Black Americana

Black Memorabilia at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

The above photo is an example of some of the vintage collectibles of Black Americana available in our shop. In front, it includes a syrup and shaker set, bobble-head, and salt & pepper shakers. In back are Little Black Sambo books, postcards, and a biscuit jar. We have a variety of other pieces. 

Over the years we’ve had a number of collectors inquire about our various pieces. We believe that, while offensive to some, they are important in remembering and understanding our history. Only then can we learn and grow beyond those times. Below is one of several articles regarding this very issue of why people collect Black Memorabilia. This one is from PBS. 

In response to this fascinating rhetorical question — “[Since] some items are disturbing, offensive and hard to believe, [if you collect and display them] are you creating these images yourself?” — her pamphlet answers: “No, definitely not,” since the store “contains astounding mementos reflecting true lives of people of African descent,” including all that African Americans have suffered through visual media, “depictions [that] are a testimony of life in the past,” including “the ‘good, bad, and ugly.’ ” And in response to whether “these politically incorrect depictions” are, in fact, “teaching racism,” the pamphlet answers that “displaying memorabilia as part of a home, no matter how painful it may seem, is ensuring that ‘each one teach one’ and that history must not repeat itself.” Our children, it continues, “must know where we have been to know where we are going.” In other words, the most important function of displaying and collecting this stuff is a didactic one: critique. And there is a lot here to critique.  from PBS article by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The quote is in from an African-American woman, Gail Deculus-Johnson, who owned Sable Images Shop in Los Angeles.

Or put another way, this quote is from a blog post by Pamela Wiggins in The Spruce Crafts page from 11/18/2017:

Others have a completely opposite reaction. They want to own all types of Black Americana because those items were a reflection of their cultural heritage. A collection reflecting both difficulties and triumphs embrace important aspects of lineage and interest in our nation’s history. It’s reported that Oprah Winfrey is among the celebrity collectors interested in black memorabilia, so other collectors are in good company.
 
Collecting takes a different turn in these terms. It’s not just a matter of fun, frivolity, and amassing things to fill a home. It becomes a personal endeavor to make peace with the past and ensure a prosperous future free of racial barriers.

If you collect Black Memorabilia, we welcome you to come and browse our collection. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Rocking, Springy. Bouncy Toy Horses

Everyone Had a Horse!


French rocking horse from early 1900s at Bahoukas Antique Mall.
What was your favorite toy horse?

It took three times around the shop to actually find all the ‘play horses!’ And we’re not even talking about the horse figurines, which we’ve posted in the past. These amazing rocking/springy/bouncy children’s horses come in all shapes and sizes. But don’t stop there. 

We also have several wooden horses including this Fench Rocking Horse from the early 1900s. It’s not in the best of shape, but someone out there could create a beautiful upcycled pieced, we’re certain.

The other fun ‘horse-y’ items are the 1940s stuffed horse and jockey. These are just too cute. 

You might notice in our slideshow two unique pieces. One is a stick horse which requires actually walking/running around pretending you’re riding a real horse. Hey, exercise that’s fun! The other is a huge wagon wheel. Why? I don’t know, just seemed to fit with horses. One is all metal; the other is wood with a flat metal tire. These are large wagon wheels at least 3 feet in diameter. Can you come up with a unique upcycle?

Stop in and think creatively. Whether you purchase one for your bouncing, active little one or you upcycle it in some way, we have a nice selection to choose from. Stop by and share your stories of playing on your bouncy, springy, rocking horse. Yessireeee… we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Implements and Tools

Unique and Interesting

The variety of implements and tools are wide and varied in our antique mall. The above slides include a spinning wheel, butter churn from the early 1800s, coffee grinder, kerosene heater, minnow basket, a wheel from an assembly line belt from FW Smith & Son (out of Belcamp), a 150-year-old cask that sits on a table and in the photo is sitting on a table that would have held large barrels (from Europe and over 200 years old).

Did you notice the clothes washer? It’s a 1950s electro mite portable, electric, washing machine. The tub holds 4 gallons of water and sits in the base that is a motor that agitates the tub, washing the clothes. That’s it – add a bit of detergent to the water, add clothes, plug in and agitate – easier than a washboard! 

This is an amazing set of implements and tools. 

Stop in and check these out. We’ve plenty of ‘unique’ for you to browse. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

We Celebrate the Opera House

HdG Opera House logo

 

Havre de Grace Opera House
1st Anniversary!

Havre de Grace Opera House 2018

It is exciting to be celebrating the First Anniversary of the newly restored Havre de Grace Cultural Center by sharing a number of items from our shop and our Havre de Grace history collection for their display. Offering hundreds of programs for the youngest to the oldest citizens of our city and to residents and visitors alike, the HdG Opera House is a beacon to creatives. If you’ve not visited the Opera House yet, this weekend rounds out a week of celebration. CLICK HERE to see what’s happening and to purchase your tickets for their weekend celebrations and upcoming events. 

Showboat 1960s Theater on the Barge in Havre de Grace, MD

 

Havre de Grace has the energy of the arts running in its veins. From early days of minstrel shows and theater on a barge to today’s Tidewater Players (our local community theater group), performing on stages continues to be alive and well.

 

 

The beautifully restored HdG Opera House!

Exterior of restored HdG Opera House 2018

Visit the Havre de Grace Opera House at 121 N. Union Avenue. You’ll not only find wonderful performances, but there is also a wall of interesting historical photos and memorabilia sharing the history of the building itself and theater in Havre de Grace. 

 

 

Mirror – Mirror

Reflections – real or perceived?

We all recognize “Mirror, mirror on the wall…”

But have you really stepped into Bahoukas Antique Mall and looked for all the mirrors we have? The variety and sizes are many. From a small child’s music box mirror to a huge, full-length mirror, and everything in between!  The shapes are oval and rectangle. They’re found on the wall or atop a beautiful chest of drawers. You really have to stop by and check them out. I’m sure we’ve not found them all. And yes, as always, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Welcome to August! Enjoy the final weeks of summer!

Father-in-Law Day

Always July 30th

Father-In-Law Day honors your loving, funny, and cheerful father-in-law. Okay, so perhaps sometimes he is a little grumpy and intimidating. Regardless of his personality and charms, this day is dedicated to your spouse’s Dad. And, he certainly deserves a little recognition.

Good ways to celebrate this day are to send him a card, spend a little time with him, or give him his favorite snack.

Important note: If you gave your Father-In-Law recognition on Father’s Day,  it’s okay to give him a little recognition and a show of appreciation today, too.

collectible Baltimore Colts thermos carrier and a B-more Orioles Bird at Bahoukas

To help you celebrate Father-in-Law Day, we thought we’d round up a couple items that may be of interest. Of course, we have plenty of other interesting ideas if our 9,000+ sq ft or retail space. 

beautiful pocket watches and wristwatches make a great gift for Father-in-Law Day - available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, MD

It’s also International Friendship Day!

The world is filled with too much hatred, too much fighting and too much mistrust of others. The International Day of Friendship is certainly an opportunity to stop, and to reverse, these worldwide problems.

According to the United Nations, the official sponsor of this special day, the International Day of Friendship is day set aside to promote friendship among peoples, cultures and countries. Today is a time to encourage efforts towards peace, and to build bridges among different people. It is a day of respect for others, and a day to celebrate diversity.

According to the United Nations, on this day people, groups and governments should hold events and activities to promote mutual understanding and reconciliation.

On an individual level, use this day to promote friendship in big and small ways. You can begin by “extending an olive branch” to a sibling or a family member, a neighbor, or an old friend who we’ve had a falling out with. If we all try just a little the world will be a friendlier, more peaceful place.

This was a bit trickier to find in our store. But when we thought of friendship, these pieces came to mind:

E.T. and Eilliott glass, Donald and Daisy Duck glass, Small bust of JFK, Jack and Jill book - collectibles at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

The origin of International Day of Friendship has roots as far back as 1919 in the United States. The country of Paraguay  first celebrate this day on an national level on July 30, 1958.  Other countries with early celebrations include: several countries in South America, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia. Different countries celebrated this day on varying dates in July, August and April.

In 2011, the United Nations declared this an official international day, to be celebrated annually on July 30th.

Finally, this month we celebrate MUTT’S DAY!

Mutts deserve their day in the spotlight, as much as a pure breed. If you own a mutt, or you are a mutt (reading this), then you know this day is for you.

By definition a mutt, sometimes called a “Half-breed”, is a dog that is of mixed breed.  They come from two to several breeds. Purebred owners, and sometimes the public in general, view them as lesser in many ways. Mutt owners know better. They value the diversity and uniqueness of their mutts. Sure, a mutt doesn’t carry the expensive price tag that a purebred with papers has on its head. To the mutt owner, however, the mutt is invaluable. In addition, mutts don’t walk around needing to prove anything. You won’t see them strutting around any dog shows trying to prove they are the best.

To all mutts and and mutt owners, we hope you thoroughly enjoy Mutt’s Day. Spend the day relaxing and doing all the things you and your dog like to do. Do so with both of your chins held high. For your mutt is worth a million bucks!

a variety of ideas to celebrate Mutt's Day - all this fun at Bahoukas Antique Mall

We have soapy’s and PEZ, a figurine and pull toy, and a large figurine to celebrate Mutt’s Day! 

This rounds out our month of unique and interesting holidays that are fun to celebrate. We enjoyed the search for both the holiday and the gift ideas! Of course, no one needs one of our silly reasons to stop in and check us out. It’s just 9,000 sq ft of treasure hunting. So stop in soon. Yes, we definitely will be watchin’ for ya!

Please note: all the quotes above are from Holiday Insights. 

Cowboys and Tigers and more…oh my

National Day of the Cowboy

John Wayne collectible plates and more at Bahoukas to Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy

Holiday Insights gives us a wonderful definition of National Day of the Cowboy celebrated on the 4th Saturday of July:

National Day of the Cowboy was created in 2005 to preserve the role and contributions cowboys and cowgirls made to the western heritage and history of our country. Every year on this day, the NDOC gives recognition awards to individuals, organizations and projects that contribute to the preservation of both pioneer history, and the promotion of cowboy culture.

Shortly after the Civil War, cowboys and cowgirls began to appear in America’s heartland and the wild west. They were largely ranchers and ranch hands, raising cattle, horses and other animals. Cowboys herded them across the plains to feed the animals, and ultimately to slaughterhouses to feed a growing American population.

It was a wild and often lawless time. In the absence of the rule of law, Cowboys developed their own code to live by, known as the “Cowboy Code of Conduct” or the “Cowboy Code of Ethics”. They were simple and logical rules of behavior. The rules could readily apply at any time, even today.

Consider this wonderful Cowboy Code of Honor:

  • Live each day with honesty and courage.
  • Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
  • Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
  • Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
  • Be tough, but fair.
  • When you make a promise, keep it.
  • Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
  • Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
  • Be willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals

greatcowboy movie photos used on movie theater billboards at Bahoukas!

Wondering how you might celebrate this special day? Consider these ideas:

      Go to a rodeo, where cowboy skills are on display
       Buy a cowboy hat
       Dress up like a cowboy
       Read a book or article on cowboy and cowgirl history
       Watch a Western movie that features cowboys.

 

 

Then Celebrate International Tiger Day

Collectible Tiger glasses to celebrate International Tiger Day available at Bahoukas

International Tiger Day celebrates tigers, the largest cat on the planet. It is arguably the most beautiful and majestic cat on the planet, too. Love ’em, hate ’em, or just plain scared of them, one must admit that they are indeed a beautiful animal.

At an International Tiger Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the plight of wild tigers came into full focus.  Over the last century, the world-wild tiger population dropped 97% (not including tigers in zoos). With only an estimated 3,000 tigers left in the wild, they are on the brink of extinction. The drastic population loss was due to several factors, among them was hunting, poaching, and loss of habitat.  This international groups sought raise awareness to the plight of the tiger, and to protect and expand their habitat. Their goals and endeavors, are an international effort.  from Holiday Insights

Tiger by the Tail - a give away from Esso to hook to your antenna - a great collectible from Bahoukas

 There are many things you can do to celebrate this special day. Here are a few ideas:

  Read up about tigers and their loss of population.
  Show your support of groups working to raise awareness and improve their habitat.
  Go the the zoo and see these majestic creatures.
  Make plans to go on a safari, to see tigers in their native habitat.

 

Celebrate these special days with us by dropping into Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum to enjoy the treasure hunt!

We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

National Culinarians Day…

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The cook in your life will love you…

We have a huge variety of culinary items that will delight any cook among your family and friends. Here’s this special day defined by Holiday Insights:

Culinarians Day is a special day for anyone who cooks. That means just about everyone of us get to celebrate this day. You don’t have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate this delicious day. You simply have to  cook, and to enjoy the results.

There’s national concern over growing obesity in America. Recognizing this fact, one would think that this is a huge holiday. However, we found this to be one of the least known holidays in the country….. up to now. Not anymore! We have documented it so all can enjoy Culinarians Day this year, and in future years.

Now get into your kitchen and celebrate Culinarians Day. Cook up a storm!

Of course, you’ll have to stop by Bahoukas to pick up a few special items to make that dish truly “Special.”

On Thursday, July 26, we celebrate Thread the Needle DayThis day celebrates a double-meaning. We offer a bit of both in our store. Here’s the definition of this unique day:

You can be certain that today is going to be a great day…….. if you sew.

Thread the Needle Day certainly is a day for those who sew. It also has a second meaning. The term “thread the needle”, is also a saying. It means to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult. For example, suppose two of your friends are on opposite sides of an issue. You may have to “thread the needle” on that issue, as you attempt to retain both of them as your friend.

The creator of Thread the Needle Day did not document this day. So, until we find him or her, you can celebrate today by either sewing or threading the needle on issues.

sewing patterns from 60s at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Here are the items for the ‘sewer’ in the family. We have some old patterns that might help you create the perfect outfit. Or maybe you need some collectible buttons or 

   collectible buttons   misc sewing accessories at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Nixon vs Humprey - Threading the Needle

But we might add that “Threading the Needle” also means that fine line we sometimes have to walk. In this day, that fine line might be with friends on opposite sides of the political fence. You can lose one and gain the other, or you can “Thread the Needle.” For life will go on, situations will change. May you be successful whichever way you choose to celebrate “Thread the Needle Day.”

Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum and see how you might celebrate special days. Absolutely, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Vanilla Ice Cream and Old Jokes

Makes a Rainy Day Much Better

Celebrate Vanilla Ice Cream and Oldl Joke Day at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD

We have a variety of Ice Cream scoops and a few unique dishes for enjoying your ice cream. From HolidayHindsights we’ve learned:

 National Vanilla Ice Cream Day celebrates one of Americas favorite ice cream flavors.

Vanilla and chocolate ice cream vies for the taste buds ice cream lovers. Chocolate may win the popularity contest. But, vanilla is a close second. It is also more refreshing, and more versatile.

Its easy to celebrate Vanilla Ice Cream Day on a hot summer day like today. Enjoy it in a cone, a dish, a float, a shake, or in a cake. If you get it in a cone today, ask for extra scoops, and worry about the calories later. Just make sure to eat it quickly, before it melts.

We might add that a trip to Bomboy’s Ice Cream on Market Street just might make the day perfect.

To help with celebrating Old Joke Day on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, we share these thoughts from HolidayHindsights:

No doubt about it. Today, will be a fun-filled day, with lots of laughter. To fully participate and enjoy this day, just tell some jokes. You can do it in person, or pass along a few humorous emails. That’s easy enough to do. The more jokes you tell, the more fun this day will be. We also encourage you to listen to many jokes today. Everybody is getting into the act, and in order to tell a joke, someone has to be present to listen to the joke.

To celebrate Tell An Old Joke Day, we have 2 ‘adult jokes’, wonderful MAD Magazines, Jack & Jill Magazines (that always had fun jokes), and an 8mm film “Have Badge, Will Chase” with Abbott &* Costello!

… on Tell an Old Joke Day, you should tell old jokes. The logic behind this, is to keep old jokes from fading away. If they were once funny, they will still produce a laugh. On National Tell a Joke Day on August 16th, you can tell a new joke, or an old one.

So come on by and pick up an ice cream scoop, a pretty dish to enjoy your ice cream, and grab a magazine for a joke or two!  Hey, maybe you have an old joke you want to share with us. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

How Are The Moon, Ratcatchers, and Parents Connected?

We’ll Start with Moon Day – July 20!

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V rocket. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the “Eagle”, touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported “The Eagle Has Landed”. A few hours later, Neil Armstrong, stepped off of the Eagle’s ladder, placed one foot upon the moon’s surface and proclaimed: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”.  from Holiday Insights

There are always celebrations at Bahoukas including Moon Day, Ratcatchers Day and Parents Day - visit us in Havre de Grace

We offer a few items like a Life Magazine, A Little Golden Book, Exploring SpaceHot Wheels Armageddon toys, and more.

Then we just couldn’t resist a celebration titled “Ratcatchers Day” on July 22 – what possibly could that be?

One of the most well known German folklores is the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The town of Hamelin, Germany was infested by rats. The mayor promised to handsomely pay the Pied Piper, if he rid the town of rats.   from Holiday Insights

This is an interesting interpretation of “Ratcatchers Day” and you just might want to click on this link above and read the rest. In the meantime, we found a rat (well, mouse) trap and have Ratatouie Pez! ENJOY!

And then PARENTS DAY!

We have lots of things for Parents Day but were tickled by these “Maw and Paw” saucers.

Today is not a day of gift giving. That’s for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The best way to mark this day is by spending time with your parents doing something fun. Its also important that you let them how how much they are loved and appreciated.

Show Mom and Dad you love ’em. Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and walk down “Nostalgia Lane” with them. Listen to their stories and give them a hug.

In 1994, President William (Bill) Clinton proclaimed the fourth Sunday in July as National Parents Day.

Quotes are from Holiday Insights. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya! Remember, everything is 20% off during our CHRISTMAS in JULY SALE! 

 

Daiquiri and Anti-Boredom…

A unique solution to “I’m bored…”

Okay, we’re fooling with you. But seriously, July is Anti-Boredom Month.

July is Anti-Boredom Month and Bahoukas has some solutions, including a picture puzzle and wooden puzzles.

To help you with that boredom, we have some fun puzzles that include a wonderful frame puzzle for the younger set, and a 1,000 piece Big Ben puzzle. And for those who really like to s-t-r-e-t-c-h their brains, we have a number of intriguing and challenging wood puzzles.

Wondering about those Daiquiri Glasses?

Well, it’s Daiquiri Day on July 19th!

So if you’re still bored on Tuesday, maybe you’ll want to fill one of those Daiquiri Glasses and salute ‘life’ once again!

Here’s to getting out of the doldrums! Remember, summer will be gone before you know it. So, get up and get moving. Head to Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Snakes and Emojis?

Your reactions may vary!

World Snake Day on July 16 or World Emoji Day on Juy 17 - join us at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

That’s right. Even though we’re celebrating our “CHRISTMAS in JULY” sale all month with 20% OFF EVERYTHING! We also share a few other special days this month.

JULY 16 is WORLD SNAKE DAY!

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But we know there are snake lovers everywhere. Our local Ranger Bob has been trying to teach folks to love and appreciate snakes for decades. Some of us are tough to convince!

Here’s a bit of fun from Holiday Insights:

Snakes have been around since the Garden of Eden. So, it only fitting, that the world has a special day to celebrate snakes.

The Bible tells us that in the garden of Eden, Satan appeared to Eve in the form of a snake. That connection to Satan, gave snakes a bad reputation since the beginning of time. Perhaps that’s why so many people are afraid of snakes.

Did You Know? Earthworms were once believed to be a species of snakes. Gardeners killed every one they found, unaware of the beneficial effect of earthworms in gardens.

By the way, to those who just can’t be convinced to love a snake, you’ll need to move to Antarctica!!! The only place on earth that doesn’t have snakes!

But, it’s also WORLD EMOJI DAY on Tuesday, July 17!

According to Holiday Insights:

 Emojis were first used in Japan in the late 1990s on mobile phones. They are fun to use. As a result, their popularity and use has grown exponentially. Today, you couldn’t imagine a world without emojis.

Golly, did we have mobile phones in the 1990s! Do you know who created the first smiley face? The answer is on our facebook post today!

So hurry in…. there are a few ….errrr….snakes hangin’ round (um….I don’t think any are alive!). We also have some fun ’emojis’ for the collector! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Forget Friday the 13th …

We’re going for National French Fry Day!

Celebrate National French Day with this McDonald's House at Bahoukas Antiques

The above is a 1982 Mattel and Barbie McDonald’s play set. 

… It’s name might suggest a French origin. But, French Fries are believed to have originated in Belgium in the 17th century.  Fried potatoes were substituted in the Belgium diet in winter months, when fish were not available to fry. From Europe, their popularity spread literally around the world.

French fries were introduced to the U.S. by President Thomas Jefferson. In the U.S., french fries are the most popular fast food item.

Did You Know? Americans consume 30 pounds of potatoes per person per year. 25% of those potatoes are made into french fries.

from Holiday Insights

Then Saturday is National Nude Day

… well, we have a few blushingly appropriate items … stop in and see them.

National Nude Day is a serious and special day. There are a sizable number of nudist groups around the world. They are not perverts. Rather, Nudists believe that the body is a beautiful thing, and meant to be displayed. Nudist colonies, nude beaches, and other venues exist to cater to the preferences of individuals who seek to walk around “au natural”. Even the conservative city of Buffalo, NY gets in on the act, holding an annual nude bike ride, encouraging participants to wear as little as they want.   from Holiday Insights 

National Nude Day is July 14 - we have a few items at Bahoukas!

and Finally, Be a Dork Day 

Today (July 15) is Be a Dork Day.  If you are a dork, stand up, be counted, and be proud. If you are not currently a dork, it’s your chance to be one, if only for a day. We are not sure why you would choose to be a dork today or any day. But, if you are so inclined, go for it and certainly enjoy this day along with all it has to offer.

Not sure you want to be a dork? The adjectives used to describe a dork include: awkward, clumsy, goofy, odd, out of touch, ridiculous, silly, and social misfit. I’m sure we missed a few attributes, but you get the picture.

What a Dork is not: A dork is not a nerd or a geek. Nerds and geeks have a higher IQ, and while quirky, they are held to a higher level of esteem.

from Holiday Insights 

So have fun this weekend. Forget worrying about Friday the 13th. Celebrate it with some French Fries. Then at least smile about July 14 National Nude Day. And hug a Dork on Sunday, July 15!

Remember that tomorrow evening, July 14, from 9-11pm is our Paranormal Investigation. Call ASAP to reserve your space. And stop in soon, we’re celebrating “Christmas in July” with a 20% off EVERYTHING. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Want to help with Cheer Up the Lonely Day?

You can never have enough humor in your life.

And today is the perfect day to reach out to someone who may need be a bit of cheer in their life! We have a fun sign with Lucille Ball in her “Spoon your way to health” with Vitameatavegamin.

Vitameatavegemin with Lucille Ball poster, old pie tin and crust crimper all at Bahoukas Christmas in July sale!

We also thought we’d share with you the cut from the original program to be sure you had a bit of laughter on this “CHEER UP THE LONELY DAY.”

On July 12th, it’s also PECAN PIE DAY!

Well, we can’t think of a better way to cheer someone up than with a yummy pecan pie. The pie tin is definitely a collectible. In addition, we have a pie crust ‘crimper.’

Any of the items would make great gifts with the 20% savings during our CHRISTMAS in JULY Sale! So stop by soon. We’re watchin’ for ya!

Hot Dog Month?

Yep – and Teddy Bear Picnic Day!

hot dog month - Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile, Big Teddy Bear, Bear Honey Pot

We’re having a lot of fun celebrating our “CHRISTMAS in JULY” Sale with 20% off everything in the store!

Did you know that July celebrates HOT DOG MONTH? We have the cutest Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile Bank – a perfect gift for now or for Christmas! Along with Hot Dog Month, we celebrate TEDDY BEAR PICNIC DAY on Tuesday, July 10th! This amazing – probably 2 feet tall – 1950s bear is sure to please someone on your Christmas list. Or maybe mom would love the Bear with the Honey Pot.

Seriously, who can’t get into Hot Dogs, Honey, and Bears!

Don’t forget that this Saturday, July 14th is our Paranormal Investigation and Haunted Buildings Walking Tour. Call today to reserve your spot! A fun time, bring friends!

Paranormal Investigation and Haunted Buildings Walking Tour at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

So we encourage you to stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum for some great collectibles and a fun July Sale. Absolutely, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!