We Predict a Halloween Party in Your Near Future!

Bahoukas loves a party. Halloween is a perfect reason!

With a busy week of Homecoming, a Carnival, Halloween activities and sun-filled October days, you’re bound to be attending or hosting your own Halloween party. Here are some items to create a memorable event. Below are cast iron characters – a ghost and a nodder (bobble head) witch. Add these to your centerpiece to make your table or buffet really special.

Cast Iron Halloween collectibles - ghost on leftl, witch ghost on right

In the following photo, we show you just a few of the many wonderful vintage Halloween collectibles available at Bahoukas Antique Mall. A plastic puppet, small pumpkin etc for favors, a larger pumpkin to hold a candle, a tambourine with Halloween decoration, favors, and cupcake decorations, etc. Stop in and see the variety of really fun Halloween collectibles. Hurry, you’ll want them for your party this week!

Halloween party items - witch puppet (plastic), pumpkin, favors, small pumpkin for candle, tamborine, and various small items for cake decorating, etc.

With Halloween retail sales projected to be 9.1 billion (yes that’s Billion – with a ‘B’), we know you’ll want to check out some really great pieces to add a wee bit of nostalgia to your decorations. And don’t forget, we have a lot of unique items to add just the finishing touch you need for your very unique costume. See you soon. We’ll be watchin’ for you!

Carnival Collectibles

With the Carnival in town …

It seems like a perfect time to show off a few of our carnival collectibles.

Chalk Statues - Shirley Temple 1960s, carney stick carnival glass Fisher Price merry go round 972 musical carousel horse - porcelain and 1950s Kiddy Go Round

Remember when you used to toss coins into the Carnival Glass dishes to win a prize (or the dish)? We have some beautiful Carnival Glass collectibles. We have a carny stick to use to draw attention to your grand show! Included above are chalk statues of Shirley Temple from the 1960s; a Fisher-Price merry-go-round 1972; a beautiful porcelain, musical Carousel Horse; and a 1950s Kiddy-Go-Round by Unique Art Mfg. Co.

In the meantime, be sure to grab the kids and head to the Havre de Grace Carnival (Oct 19-22, 2017) And pop into our shop on your way, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Carnival! Halloween! Yay October!

Are you looking for unique Halloween costumes?

We just might have items you’re looking for at Bahoukas Antique Mall. Besides the standard mask or store costume, we have an eclectic selection of items that may add to your costume fun!

Child's nurse costume and a yoda mask available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace MD

Yoda the legendary Jedi Master is always a favorite. This plastic mask is from 1979. But this size 6 child’s nurse’s costume is delightful. From the 1960s, it includes a beautiful navy blue cape with red lining, white cap and dress with a light blue jumper. Someone could be made very happy with this collectible.

size 6 child's nurse's Halloween costume - red-lined navy blue cape, white cap and dress, light blue jumper - all at Bahoukas Antique Mall

But our costuming doesn’t end there… are you looking for the perfect addition to your costume? Maybe a military hat? Or a Preakness hat? Maybe you need a bit of lace or jewelry to add the finishing touch. Don’t forget we have a lot of items in our toy area that might finish off the perfect costume. Stop in and see what great find you may discover.

Watch for upcoming posts related to the Carnival that’s arrived in town for the HdG Independence Commission fundraiser, and more items for Halloween party decorations! Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall today. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Oktoberfest and Bahoukas Beer MuZeum

Gemütlichkeit: (gu-moot-lish-kite)

This word has a very broad  meaning. It is an atmosphere of comfort, peace, and acceptance, and it is what Oktoberfest is all about.

from the Alpine VIllage Center we found this delightful glossary of words and phrases to enjoy our Havre de Grace’s 3rd annual OKTOBERFEST, Oct 14, 2017 from noon – 7pm  and the 5th Annual American Legion OKTOBERFEST same day from 9am – 3pm! Of course, here at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum we have the perfect collectibles to bring a little Oktoberfest home. Here’s a link to all the October Events in Havre de Grace.

If you want to carry your very own beer stein to the Oktoberfest, visit us at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum…. we have a pretty nice selection to choose from…

Beer collectibles including bottles, cans, beer steins, at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace

In the above photo we have (Back – left to right) a 2-handled German Oktoberfest beer stein, Dogfish Head Tap Handle, Chesapeake Brewery Terrapin Turtle – crown top – bottle, Budweiser flat-top can (req’d church key), Neuschwanstein Castle lidded German beer stein. Front, left to right, include Tennents Lager “Penny cans, National Bohemian (Natty Bo) glass and church key, cast iron bottle openers (far left – drunk on a pole 1954, center – goat 1950s, 4-eyed, wall mounted, reproduction and a 1940s Syroco – Syracuse Ornamental Company – horse head bottle opener.) Click on the link for a history of the Tennent’s Lager Lovelies.

But we don’t stop here with Brewmania, check out these advertising mirrors, lamp, and signs.

 

Ballantine clock sign

Ballantine ale & beer clock sign

 

Yuengling mirror with scene painted on it

Yuengling mirror with golf scene

 

Yuengling reproduction of 1907 calendar poster with puppies on it

reproduction of 1907 Yuengling calendar with puppies

 

Pabst clock-mirror collectible at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace

Pabst Blue Ribbon mirror/clock sign

 

National Boh advertising sign - round barrel

National Boh advertising sign – round barrel

 

Natty Boh red-white striped apron in frame

Natty Boh red-white apron in frame

 

two advertising signs include top - Busch beer with two people on horseback on a mountain top and bottom - Coors Light porthole with crab

Two advertising signs include top – Busch beer with two people on horseback on a mountain top and bottom – Coors Light porthole with crab painted on mirror

 

Tiffany style Piels Real Draft lamp (advertising) at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum

Hanging Tiffany-style lamp advertising piece for Piels Real Draft Beer

 

Again, Bahoukas Beer MuZeum offers some fine pieces for you brewmania collection or to add to your Oktoberfest celebrations! We leave you with this phrase from the Alpine Village site!

Oans, zwoa, g’suffa!: (ōnns tswō g’zoo-fa) “One, two, drink up!” This the very Bavarian way of saying it.

Stop in today, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Crazy Nutz – a perfect Monday morning jewelry

Sometimes a Sense of Humor Is Required

This Monday morning, as we watch the news to learn of the storm damage of Hurricane Irma, it seems a fine time to mention a unique jewelry item we have in the store. We hope these pieces will add a chuckle to your day. Stop by and grab your “Crazy Nuts” necklace. It’s sure to bring a smile to all those around you!

"Crazy NUtz" - jewelry carved from Brazil Nuts, Almonds or Pistachios by Robert Davis from Kansas available at Bahoukas Antiques in Maryland

“Crazy Nuts’ necklaces are created by Robert Davis of Kansas. He stopped by the store a while back and we just fell in love with these whimsical pieces. The silly faces are carved from Brazil Nuts, Almonds or Pistachios.

We might mention that Robert’s brother’s family also lives in Havre de Grace and they stop in to visit us every now and then.

Celebrating Our Nation’s Birthday!

Parade, Downtown Block Party, Concert and Fireworks!

Moonshot bank - a wonderful collectible available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

 

It’s a wonderful time to be in our beautiful city of Havre de Grace. Celebrating with our parade and fireworks has been a long-time tradition. There are changes this year. But we look forward to the event.

CLICK HERE for details of our Independence Celebration on Sunday, July 2nd.

And just in time, we have this deLIGHTful collectible. It’s actually a ‘bank’ – shaped like a plastic rocket (fireworks). It celebrates the Moon Shot of years ago. It’s nearly 3 feet tall. Imagine how many pennies it might hold!!!

Don’t forget to stop in to Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum while you’re visiting us for the long holiday weekend and our Independence Celebration.

Celebrate July 4th with unique items from Bahoukas

In two weeks, our nation will celebrate our Independence!

 

It came with great effort from the vision of our forefathers and the lives lost in battle. Let us remember to take a moment to honor and truly appreciate the unique legacy they left for us.

Let us respect one another, practice civility, honor diversity, and be active citizens in our communities.

We wanted to share this unique collection of 7-UP cans. Can you make out what they show:

 

7-up can collection makes a picture of Uncle Sam - 50 cans - one representing each state in the U.S.

There are 50 cans, one for each state, and they make an image of Uncle Sam. Can you see it? The 3rd row down, if you can see the ‘eye’, then draw back a little, you’ll see Uncle Sam. They’re not aligned perfectly, but you’ll see it. Below are two examples of the information for each state.

example of the individual cans that represent each state in this 70-up Uncle Sam collection

Of course, here in Havre de Grace, our big celebration will take place on Sunday, July 2nd.

For Details – CLICK HERE Our theme this year is “Hometown Heroes”… join us on the front lawn of Bahoukas for the parade, hang out for the Downtown Block Party, the free concert (free tickets required and available beginning July 23rd) and the fireworks!

School Rules!

Booklet from the 1950s Jr-Sr High School

Havre de Grace School Rules - 1950s

As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to share this interesting booklet from the 1950s. It’s a handbook for Havre de Grace Jr.-Sr. High School. It explains “If you wish to be well-liked… “, information regarding the Parent-Teacher Association (membership of 600!), and the rules regarding behavior, tardiness, etc. along with the results of breaking these rules.

Do you remember these rules? Were they enforced?

Stop in and take a peek. George has it at the counter! He’d love to hear your stories!

Join Us for Another Paranormal Investigation!

Saturday – June 3, 2017

Join us for another intriguing evening with the Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators as they use all their high tech to interact with the entities that move about our shop.

At Bahoukas we’ve had friendly spirits that have been noticed by many visitors, long before the investigators came in. Since the folks from Dead of Night have visited many of the stories have been confirmed. You’ll also learn a bit of Havre de Grace history during the evening.

This Saturday there are still a few spots left to join us. Call George ASAP and have a great evening in Havre de Grace. The entire weekend offers First Friday event from 5-10pm (June 2), shopping, eateries, and all the museums open over the weekend, and our exciting Dead of Night Paranormal Investigating at Bahoukas on Saturday evening, June 3 from 9-midnight!

So far it’s been a friendly exchange. Come check it out for yourself. Call George and reserve your spot!

Schedule for May 20, June 3 and July 15, 2017 paranormal investigators at Bahoukas

Our Special Boat for Ghostly Friday

Our little boy entity in the shop loves this boat.

Our friendly young ghost loves this boat at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

We’ve shared this story before, but with the Paranormal Investigators returning this Saturday, May 20, 2017, we thought we’d share it again. This entity has been residing in our store for a long time. He’s mischievous and fun, but gets quite upset when we move this boat. Listen to George’s story:

Join Us This Saturday, May 20th
for an intriguing evening
opening a dialogue with those entities
in our store and the
Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators.

Schedule for May 20, June 3 and July 15, 2017 paranormal investigators at Bahoukas

Preakness and Bahoukas? You bet!

Unique Ideas for Celebrating the Preakness!

Of course, the obvious thing we think about is all the beautiful and fun hats the ladies wear! Well, here are a few from Bahoukas! Which one works for you?

George at Bahoukas checking out the ladies hats just in time for the Preakness!

(I think George is trying to decide between the pink and the white… although I know he really likes the Orioles one!)

Ladies Baltimore's Orioles wide-brimmed hat just in time for the Preakness - available at Bahoukas

Of course, the unique items available at Bahoukas for the Preakness don’tstop with just ladies’ hats! The 1940s stuffed characters shown below are are both fun and in excellent condition.
The horse and jockey would make a great addition to racing day decor at your party – or to share with a youngster who loves horses and racing.

Here’s a close up. Aren’t these just remarkable.

Close up of 1940s stuffed toys - horse and jockey - at Bahoukas

You are encouraged to drop by Bahoukas and see just what you might discover to make your Preakness Day Celebrations even more fun! We’ll be waiting for you!

Yes it’s ghostly Friday… but can we talk about Green Stamps!

Green Stamps redeemed for great purchases were a thriving business for decades! Visit Bahoukas in Havre de Grace.

Do you remember waiting for the opportunity to gather all the stamps your mom or grandmom collected
so that you could lick ’em and stick ’em in the books!

It was exciting to see how many pages or books you could fill. Oftentimes, it meant that something you really, really wanted might be possible through the S&H Green Stamps Catalog.

Paste your stamps in the S&H Green Stamps booklet - Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

But do you know they first arrived on the American retail scene in 1896!!! That’s true! Their heyday was throughout the 1960s-70s. S&H Green Stamps were so popular that they were mentioned in songs, movies and tv shows. The Beatles and Pat Boone are just two of the number who mention them in song or movie. As late as 2001 they were mentioned in the moving, Riding in Cars with Boys.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the term “green stamps” was commonly used by truckers and other motorists on Citizens’ Band (CB) radios to refer to money; for instance, a radio operator advising fellow operators that “Ol’ Smokie just got some of my green stamps” was understood to be saying a highway patrolman had just stopped him and given him a traffic ticket. This usage still occurs in the CB radio community.[9]                                             _________from Wikipedia

Even truckers used the term to replace the word ‘money’ in their chatter. Most surprisingly, you can still redeem those old S&H Green Stamps for S&H GreenPoints and get a gift certificate. Really – it’s true! Just click on the image below to go to the website.

S&H Greenpoints will redeem your old S&H Green Stamps. Bahoukas in Havre de Grace has examples to show you!

Now that’s what I call longevity in the world of ‘loyalty programs.’ To learn plenty more details go to WIKIPEDIA! Some great trivia here. ENJOY!

Since I didn’t give you a Ghost Story… you’ll definitely want to check this out!

Schedule for May 20, June 3 and July 15, 2017 paranormal investigators at Bahoukas

That’s right. Our Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators will return
Saturday, May 20th from 9-midnight
to give you the opportunity to meet some of our less visible entities.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW – CALL GEORGE!

Casper the Ghost Was Friendly – Right?

Bahoukas Antiques Has Some Playful Ghosts…

 

Casper the Ghost Doll at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

We know Casper was friendly (and yes, our little doll is for sale). But who knew that one of the dolls that has since been sold just loved to play tricks on Betty.

Listen to Betty’s short tale of a doll that just couldn’t keep his safety-pinned pants on.

What do you think?

(It makes me wonder what happened when the person who bought the doll took it home!)

Join in our search for ghosts!

Have you noticed the little boy ghost who has a favorite sailboat?

George shares the story of the little boy ghost and his favorite sailboat at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace MD

George shares a brief story of the little boy who got really upset when George moved the sailboat behind the counter. George was trying to keep it so it wouldn’t be sold, but the little boy was not entirely pleased. Listen to the audio:

Do you want to join the “Dead of Night” Paranormal Investigators and experience the not-so-visible folks who share the store at Bahoukas? A great evening is being scheduled. Don’t miss this event. If we’re lucky, we’ll have so many folks, we’ll need to schedule another night or two. These investigators have been here before and we had a great evening. Are you up to it? Ready to see, hear, or feel the quiet (or maybe not so quiet) inhabitants that hang around the shop? Here are the details. Call George ASAP to be included or to find out if he’ll have another date available.

A poster for the Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators visiting Bahoukas on March 25, 2017

Icy Ball – not what you’re thinking!

EARLY REFRIGERATION 1920s-1930s

George demonstrates how the 1920s Icy Ball Refrigeration worked at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This Icy Ball (which weighs nearly 40 pounds) was used for refrigeration in the 1920s. It was manufactured by the Crosley Radio Corporation. It was actually a pretty amazing piece of equipment. Listen to George explain how it was used.

In addition, we found this interesting post where Aberdeen Proving Ground did some testing on this concept as late as 1974! This particular Icy Ball was actually used by the Pitcock Brothers in this very building back in the day! Want to know more about how it works? Check out this photo!

Bahoukas in Havre de Grace not only has the instructions, but has the actual Icy Ball available!

FASCINATING!