“Crazy Nutz” Necklaces

… for a day of crazee weather

Handcrafted necklaces carved from nuts. The large are Brazil Nuts.

On a day of snow, sleet, ice and hopefully clearing late, it seems the perfect time to share these “Crazy Nutz” hand-carved necklaces. A local person has a relative from out of the area who meticulously carves these little faces.

You have to admit that they are both funny and cute! And come on, be honest, can’t you picture the guy sitting in front of a tv watching his favorite show while periodically glancing down to carve one of these faces.

The medum are carved from Almonds and the small from Pistachio.

Give us a call to see if we’re in the shop today – Wed, Feb 20th. Then come on in and check these necklaces out. Truly unique. No two are exactly alike. They’d also be great on a key chain.

And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collect Key Fobs?

Key Chains?

always fun to rummage through a box of key fobs to see what you might find. Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
An eclectic selection of key fobs

We have a fun-filled box of key fobs where you just might find one to add to your collection. And discovery is so much a part of ‘antiquing.’

Did we mention that we have a wonderful group of college-age guys who, when they’re all back home, have a “man-tiquing day.” Yep – “Man-tiquing” – what a wonderful phrase.

They actually get up and go “Man-tiquing” on Saturday morning. Their interests are wonderful old fountain pens, which they actually use. And it seems they also love old cameras.

For an antique shop owner like George, this is music for their hearts. So, stop by and see us. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tiny Bubbles…

oops.. Bottles!

tiny bottles are great for creating your very personal tiny collection - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Tiny Bottles are so intriguing…

What is it about those tiny bottles we find in antique stores? So many sizes, shapes, colors, they’re just fascinating.

We have a wonderful collection of tiny bottles.

Shades of blue and clear glass bottles - beautiful on a window sill - Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Shades of blue glass bottles

This selection has a few larger blue bottles. Can’t you picture them lining a window sill. Maybe you see them with a few wildflowers or a single white stem: a petunia, or a single white rose, or maybe just a beautiful white daisy.

No matter how you use them, tiny bottles make for a wonderful ‘collection’ and add a bit of personality to your home or office. Stop by soon, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tiny Dogs

We missed these little ones…

Just like skunks, kittens, and birds, tiny dogs are VERY collectible

Earlier in the year, we shared a wonderful selection of tiny collectibles. Somehow we missed these three photos of tiny dogs – all shapes, sizes, breeds. Some look very poised and others are just silly and cute!

Tiny dogs 2

It’s never too late to start your own tiny collection. These cute little 4-legged fur-balls just might create the perfect beginning.

Tiny Dogs 3

Hey, it’s Valentine Day this week. Here’s a thoughtful item to add to their collection. Or maybe you think someone special would like to begin their very own collection. Either way, we’ll be here and, yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wood Tools and

Crocks, Jugs and more

Miscellaneous collectible tools
Collection of Wood Tools and more…

For the woodworker, we have a variety of vintage tools plus a few others. Come check out our collection and see if we’ve got one to add to yours!

very collectible jugs, crocks, bowls and more at Bahoukas
A small portion of our pottery, jugs and crocks!

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a selection of our crocks and jugs. But we have some beautiful items. In the coming blustery days, if you’re braving the weather, come on by. Yep, We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wade Miniatures

Red Rose Tea and Teacups

Wade Miniatures - Noah's Ark - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Wades miniatures include Noah’s Ark and all the critters

When Red Rose Tea began to offer Wade miniatures in 1967, it wasn’t uncommon to promote food and beverage items with free premiums. Even so, the success of Wade figurines for Red Rose was unprecedented, boasting a production run for the first series of miniatures that numbered in the millions. The miniatures soon became a perennial item in boxes of Red Rose Tea. To date, it is estimated that more than 300 million Wade figurines have been given away in packages of Red Rose Tea in America.


George Wade came into ownership of Wade & Sons of Burslem, England in 1899, eventually renaming it George Wade Pottery. The style of figurines known as “Wade Whimsies” first appeared in the 1950s, and have been a regular promotion in Red Rose Tea in the United States since 1983.

from Red Rose Tea website
Stop by and see our amazing collecting of Wade miniatures.

Looking for a very special Valentine Day gift? Does she/he love tea? Consider a teapot and teacup set for 1 or more. Then add a few Wade miniatures. What a beautifully loving way to say, “I love you.”

We have an amazing selection of teacups and teapots.

Of course, with our huge ‘collection of collections,’ we’re sure we can help you discover a perfect gift for him or her that says, “I love you!” on that special day.

Yes, we’ll be watchin’ for you. Stop by soon.

Wheaton Glass

… a beautiful collection

Wheaton Collection that have herb designs on them – tarragon, etc.

These bottles are beautiful and decorative. They would be lovely with a flower or two, or just sitting on a window sill reflecting the sunshine.

Besides Corning, did you know there’s a wonderful glass museum in S. New Jersey?

The American glass industry began in southern New Jersey because of its availability of natural resources such as wood, sand, soda ash, and silica. The nation’s earliest successful glass factory was founded in 1739 by Caspar Wistar in nearby Salem County. Many of the nation’s foremost glass factories operate in South Jersey.

In 1888, Dr. Theodore Corson Wheaton, a pharmacist, began making his own pharmaceutical bottles in a glass factory in Millville. From these beginnings, today’s giant glass manufacturer, Wheaton USA (formerly Wheaton Industries, Inc.), evolved.

In the early 1960s, Dr. Wheaton’s grandson, Frank H. Wheaton, Jr., visited the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. He discovered that much of the glass created and produced in southern New Jersey was displayed in this museum. He felt that these treasured museum pieces should be displayed in the areas in which they were produced…southern New Jersey.

from WheatonArts.org
More of the beautiful Wheaton Glass collection recently received.

These bottles were popular in the mid-Atlantic region.

Residents of New Jersey north of Burlington County might not be completely familiar with Wheaton bottles, but Delaware Valleyans might consider them old friends. For at least a generation, a living room wasn’t complete without one on display.

If you lived in southern New Jersey, you regularly encountered these distinctive and brightly colored bottles featuring reliefs of famous individuals from history.

from NJ.com

Stop by and consider 2 or 3 of these beautiful bottles and add a stem or two of flowers. Then keep thinking ‘spring’… it’s not far away!

We’re here at Bahoukas and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Harlequins and Hearts

Love and Valentines

Long before the advent of circus clowns, mimes trapped in glass boxes and stand-up comedians, there were harlequins — colorfully costumed tricksters whose role in theater productions and amusements at court was to keep audiences on their toes and fellow players in the dark.

from Classroom.Synonym.com
Beautiful Harlequin ceramic pieces

With the month of love sparking thoughts of Cupid and Valentine Day, you might find something as unique as your own true love while browsing the collections at Bahoukas.

The beautiful ceramic Harlequin pieces pictured above would make a wonderful gift! oAdd it to another item to bring a smile. Several of the Harlequin pieces are small containers that … well, might hold the ring you’d love to offer on your special day.

Possibly you prefer a bit of sparkle and gold! We have a select number of gold-colored vases or containers for a very beautiful gift.

We even have a beautiful small porcelain heart among other wonderful gifts for a different approach to your Valentine gift-giving.

Let the feeling of ‘spring’ warm you heart. Stop in at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum to choose a fine collectible for your “Valentine.”

Stop into Bahoukas. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Flix and Smurfs!

… fun for kids

Tiny Smurf characters - a great way for youngsters to begin collecting. Bahoukas iin Havre de Grace
Tiny Smurfs are a delightful collectible.

SMURFS have been BIG business! Here’s a quote from Wikipedia:

The Smurfs is a Belgian comic book series created by Peyo in 1958. It became well-known worldwide with the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series in the 1980s. With the popularity of the Smurfs came a wide range of toys and spin-off products and use of the Smurfs in merchandising. Smurfs’ merchandising in 2008 generates about 5 to 12 million euro per year in Europe alone, while the total figure after fifty years worldwide is about $5 billion.

Do you know how many female Smurfs there are? Do you know their names? We’ll give the answer at the end of the post.

Are you familiar with FLIX?

FLIX Candy Gumball Machines collection at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD
Recently acquired: FLIX Candy Gumball Machines

No, we’re not talking about the soft fur of a beaver or software! We’re talking about the fun FLIX Candy Gumball Machines.

This recently acquired collection are in their original packaging and included Power Ranger Super Heroes and Flintstone Characters. These are another great way to start a youngster in the joy of collecting.

We invite you to bring your youngster in to browse the shop. Share your stories with them and encourage them if they show signs of wanting to ‘collect.’ We love meeting young collectors. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

The answer to the Female Smurfs:
Smurfette , Sassette, and Nanny.
When the movies came out, more were created.

German “Tinnies”

and Army Medals

Pre-WWII German “Tinnies”

According to Wikipedia, we have the following explanation of a German “Tinnie:”


“Tinnie” is the common term for a commemorative medal made from a non-precious metal such as zinc or tin (or even plastic) and with provisions for being attached to a garment and displayed while worn. Such medals were commonly sold or given away at public events to build group cohesiveness or to lend prestige to the wearer. The “golden age of the tinnie” was World War Two, and the Nazi Party and the USSR were among the most prolific disbursers of them. They are avidly collected today by hobbyists and, although usually inexpensive to obtain, are often collected in conjunction with coins, exonumiamilitary awards and decorations and other related small stamped or cast metal objects.

U.S. Army Medals

A wonderful way to learn about history is to collect U.S. Military Memorabilia. We have a section just for you! Included are these U.S. Army Medals.

We look forward to showing you this area. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Beer Taps

… on tap

Our Beer MuZeum offers an interesting variety of beer taps

We love our Beer MuZeum. If you’re a collector of “Breweriana,” you’ll want to stop by and see our collection. We have a huge collection in our 2nd floor area that covers 2200 sq. ft. Plus there are many items to be found on our 1st floor.

Beer taps on tap at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace, MD

Or maybe you just have a ‘man cave’ or recreation room where a beer tap of your favorites would add a bit of ambiance to your decor. Besides beer taps, we also have mirrors, beer cans, trays, lights, signs, and more.

We look forward to having you stop by and browse our breweriana. After all, if our State Comptroller Peter Franchot can stop by to see us, we know you’ll love it. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Toby Jugs

…or Character Mugs

Character Mugs at Bahoukas


Sleuthing out the difference between a toby jug and a character mug is elementary; jugs have a spout on the rim for pouring, while mugs are straight along the entire rim. A typical character mug is molded to represent just the head of a subject. A toby jug is fashioned into the full figure of a plump, jolly man named Toby Fillpot, who was said to have died from overindulging in drink and tobacco. Toby jugs depict their namesake dressed in a long coat and a tricorn hat, which forms the pouring spout. Toby also holds a mug of ale in one hand and a pipe in the other.

… from PressRepublican.com

In researching a bit more, we learned that the Toby Jugs and Character Mugs are popular with men. Maybe you’ll want to consider adding to your favorite guy’s collection (or help him start one)!

If you’re so inclined (or that serious a collector), you may want to visit the American Toby Jug Museum in Evanston, Illinois.

Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum soon and see more of this particular ‘collection of collections.’ Yes – we will be watchin’ for ya!

Need a Little Color…

a few thoughts of Spring!

Glass Paper Weights can add a bit of color to a drab day.

We decided that with the crazy weather patterns that in the past week or two have included 50 degree days and sunny, ice-sleet-snow days dropping to single digits, and just about everything in between, we’d add just a splash of color.

Abstract or simple, the paperweight adds a hint of sunshine.

Glass paperweights are just that hint of color, sunshine and spring that you might need. Add one to your desk, kitchen counter, bookshelf, or bedroom nightstand.

These paperweights look almost like they have coral inside of them.

Choose one for its coloring, the flower hidden inside, or the abstract ones that tickle the imagination when you find your gaze fixed on them. But give them an opportunity to inspire thoughts of spring and remind you that it won’t be long!

Glass and pottery ‘frogs’ for the flowers that remind you Spring isn’t far away.

These ‘frogs’ are for used to arrange flowers. Some are complete, just add water and flowers. Others are placed at the bottom of a vase, then add flowers. These frogs allow you to create beautiful arrangements easily.


Why did we mention these ‘frogs’ along with the glass paperweights?

We thought that while you’re thinking about spring, sun, and color, you just might want to pick up some cut flowers and bring all of those beautiful thoughts into your home and/or office. And these ‘frogs’ will just make that task easy.

So enjoy a sweet touch of color and sun by stopping in to Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum and find one or two items that will brighten a corner of your desk, counter, home or office. Don’t forget to grab a bouquet of cut flowers on your way. In the meantime, you guessed it, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Where do wild critters go..

when it’s really really cold!?

Collection of Tiny Owls and a few larger ones!

I think the wise old owls would tell us to snuggle deep into the boughs of a pine tree, away from the wind and snow. This tiny collection offers a variety of items all wise in their owl-nature!

Collection of tiny bunnies, bunny figurines
Collection of the cutest little bunnies – we know you want one!

These cute little bunnies will go deep in their burrows to stay warm on these icy cold nights. But, you have to admit, they are precious. You’ll definitely want to drop by and see our tiny little critters collections.

Collection of tiny skunks and other critters
This collection of skunks and a few other critters won’t bother your nose one bit!

In gathering photos for this post, I almost missed this Collection of Skunks and a few other critters. They are so small and very sweet – seriously. So if you’re into Tiny Collections, or maybe want to start one, be sure to take a peek.

Collections of tiny birds, chipmunks, and bears
Birds and Chipmunks and Cut Little Bears… oh my …

And the last Tiny Collection for this post is to help us ‘Think Spring’ as we get through these very cold nights. Cute birds and the most delightful chipmunks make for a fun way to start your Tiny Collection. The little bear you just want to tickle.

So there you have it. To help warm you on this cold Monday, enjoy our Tiny Collections of Little Critters. Then go ahead, bundle up and drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tin is In!

Well, it’s useful and decorative!

a selction of  tin cans with advertising, Saltines by Keebler, Ritz Crackers, Pensupreme Cottage Cheese
Tin can containers with advertising have always been popular.

Tin containers are loved for decoration, especially when enjoying the many colors and designs from their advertising. Some are very collectible. But they’re nearly all quite utilitarian. They make perfect storage containers for a very wide variety of items from bags of flours to cookies, yarns to crayons, and just about anything you might think of.

Tin Trays decorated with advertising or painted beautifully  are a beautiful addition to everyday usage and/or entertaining. Available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace.
Tin Trays offer everything from advertising, to tourism messages, and symbols of the states.

Tin trays have been used for their primary use – carrying things. But tin trays have also been used for wall decorations or to hold things on shelves and tables. They come in pretty much every shape and size. Many collectors love them for their advertising as well.

Here at Bahoukas we also have a wonderful assortment of decorative, tin signs. Some have old advertisements on them, others are just great images, like the surfboards in the one pictured to the left.

Stop in and see the many tin collectibles we have at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. Then think about the creative ways you might use them in your home or office, or which ones you might add to your collection.

And yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tiny Ice Skates

… to celebrate our first Ice Festival

Check out these tiny shoes – especially the ice skates!

We’ve been discussing Collections – especially ‘tiny ones.’ These tiny shoes are perfect examples of small collections that can be so much fun. Picture yourself browsing antique shops looking for just one more unique shoe to add to your collection.

We especially love the ice skate, just a couple inches tall, as we excitedly prepare for our Havre de Grace Fire & Ice Festival this weekend, Jan 19-20, 2019. CLICK HERE for details.

In addition, here’s another shelf of unique ‘tiny shoes’ to start you on your first ‘tiny collection.’

Tiny Shoes make for a great ‘first’ tiny collection!

So we encourage to stop in and check out the many choices available to you to begin your tiny collection. And, of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tiny Collections

Help someone start collecting with ‘tiny’…

We all love to gather things around us that reflect our personalities,
interests and values, and make our home or office unique.

These ‘Tiny Collections’ can be added to your own shelves, or maybe you’d like to encourage someone to begin their own collection. We’ll be sharing more from George, our ‘collector of collections’ expert!

And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. Stop in soon!

Small Is Fun!

Hot Wheels and more…

Hot Wheels and other small cars and trucks part of the Collection of Collections to be found at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Yes, small is beautiful … and fun!
These cars, trucks are more are proof!

Do you remember playing with Hot Wheels and other little cars and trucks as a kid? Do you share that fun with your own kids or grand kids?

At Bahoukas we have a wide variety of small metal and plastic mini-vehicles. From fire trucks to construction equipment, possibly your favorite car of your youth, we have scores to choose from.

These little cars have a long history… TootsieToy made die cast cars in the 50s. They were crude and not very detailed. Then MatchBox hit the market in the mid-50s. And Hot Wheels burst onto the scene in the 60s.

We have a variety of the scale model, mini-vehicles and believe it’s a great way to share your stories of playing with them (and, of course, sharing those favorite ‘car stories’) with the youngsters in your life. It’s also a great way to start the kids collecting. What a wonderful way to enjoy years gone by.

The following quote from an article at Hemmings.com shares the love of these mini-cars in those early years:

Before you could drive, there was the desire to drive. Before you could put your name on a pink slip, you could ask Grandpa for a dollar to buy something cool. The rip of the package, the smell of the fresh paint that escaped the blisterpack, the bounce of the suspension, the fast roll of your new ride. More than a few car junkies will have to admit that playing with (and collecting) Hot Wheels was their first step into loving cars.

Stop in at Bahoukas and see the variety of die-cast cars and more. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!