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!

Art, History, and Canning Labels

Unique Ways to Use Old Canning Labels

original and reproduction canning labels at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

While sorting some items in the shop, we realized that our reproduction canning labels are truly beautiful. Most are $5 each and we can order more and get them back in a day. (We also have some ‘original, collectible, canning labels if you desire those. Priced a bit higher.)

decoupage old canning labels from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Anyway, check out the artwork. WOW! The photos don’t do justice to how great these actually look. (We took photos through a vinyl covering.)

 

Could you imagine decoupaging some of these beautiful canning labels for unique kitchen decor!

Beautiful. Oh, not sure what decoupage is:

Decoupage or Découpage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. Commonly, an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers.  from Wikipedia

 

CLICK HERE for the link for some great ideas.

fun with decoupage using canning labels from Bahoukas Antique Mall

 

Here are even more wonderful ideas and directions for decoupage from The Spruce Crafts website. CLICK HERE

beautiful art can be found in old canning labels from Bahoukas

Check out this basic how-to-do-it decoupage video to inspire you to give it a try:

 

 

Still not sure?  CLICK HERE for more ideas.

decoupage using old canning labels from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Look around. You can create beautiful coasters, cover a cutting board or that wood knife holder on your counter, a tray (metal or wood), cupboard doors, jars, and more. Beautiful, unique, and truly your own! Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall today and plan your holiday gift or creative decor items. 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. 

 

 

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!

personally…..eeeeooouuuuuuuu

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!

Need A Fun Thing To Do (even if it rains)?

VISIT OUR BEER MUZEUM During First Friday!

Thousands of collectible bottles, decanters, mirrors, and more – plus our Nascar Collection is upstairs. If the weather turns out a bit too wet, we’ll be here! Also, don’t forget that tomorrow evening, June 2, we have a …

Paranormal Investigation and Haunted Buildings Walking Tour

… happening from 9pm – 11pm. Let us know you’d like a space reserved for you and friends.

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

Yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. (If you need one, we even have a few umbrellas). We’re always ready to have fun at Bahoukas!

Sun – Justify – Horse Lovers

Can we get another Triple Crown?

Baffert brought us American Pharoah and the Triple Crown, will he do it again with Justify? We can only excitedly wait and see.

Today, the sun is out and hopefully, our surroundings will dry up just a little! Everything is lush and green – a great day to get out and about.

In the meantime, we’d like to share a few items horse lovers may enjoy from our store. Stop in… we have other horse-y surprises as well.

Below is a unique print of Merry Monarch:

The Merry Monarch’s first race of 1846 was the Derby at Epsom. The build-up to the race was marred by reports of a plot to either lame or poison Old England, one of the favourites for the race, while another one of the leading contenders, The Libel, was allegedly drugged (“doctored”). Poor weather on the morning of the race did not deter the crowd, which was reported to be as large and unruly as ever. Ridden by the little-known Foster Bell, The Merry Monarch started at odds of 15/1 in a record field of thirty one runners. These official odds however, were offered jointly for The Merry Monarch and his stable companion Doleful: according to The Sporting Magazine, odds of 35/1 would have been more accurate reflection of the actual betting. The start of the race was delayed by almost an hour by a series of false starts and an incident in which one of the leading contenders, Alarm was kicked by The Libel. Alarm threw off his jockey, Nat Flatman, ran into a chain fence and then galloped loose down the course for several minutes before being caught. Both Alarm and Flatman were injured, but took part in the race when it eventually got under way. The Merry Monarch was among the leading group from the start, and was in fourth place at the turn into the straight, where one horse fell and several others were badly hampered. Approaching the final furlong, Bell sent The Merry Monarch to the front and he established a clear lead before staying on well to win “in clever style” by a length from Annandale, with Old England a neck away in third. The result was a major surprise to most observers, including, it was reported, the winner’s own connections, who had believed that their other runner, Doleful, had the better chance of winning.

 

—-from Wikipedia

Merry Monarch print 1845 won Derby at Epsom, England

Or maybe you just love collecting horse figures and such. Yep, stop in at Bahoukas Antique Mall.

horse collectibles and figures at Bahoukas Antique Mall

We have a  number of fun collectible horse figures. Stop in today and see what else you might discover as you browse our 9,000 sq. ft. of antiques and collectibles. You’ll love the hunt! Treasures are everywhere!

In the meantime, as Justify prepares to head to the Belmont Stakes, our excitement grows! And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Just in time for the Beer Fest

Beer Collectibles for You

Plenty of beer collectibles at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace

This Saturday, April 14, 2018 from noon to five is the first ever Craft Beer and Wine Festival at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. We thought we’d share a few items for those beer lovers and maybe, just maybe, you’d like to have one of these unique steins or  choose a pewter tankard – also available at Bahoukas. Hurry in and choose your favorite.

Left to right pictured above include the Bartender battery operated collectible,  a double-handle German Beer Stein, a Dogfish Head Chicory Stout tap handle, a 1920s Chesapeake Brewing Co. beer bottle with the terrapin turtle, and a beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle Stein from Germany, limited edition.

Click here for the Lock House Craft Beer and Wine Details.

We’ll be watchin’ for you at the shop and be sure to say ‘hi’ at the festival!

Ghost Tours Return to Bahoukas

… with the addition of Haunted Buildings Walking Tour

Paranormal Investigations and Haunted History Buildings Walking Tour at Bahoukas in Havre de GraceWe’re excited to be bringing back our Ghost Tours with the intriguing professional Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators! Take part in an actual investigation. Learn how they use their equipment to locate entities in our building and try to communicate with them. Also, new this year, enjoy a walking tour that encompasses approximately 6 blocks and listen to George – our casual historian – share stories and history of our haunted buildings.

The next two dates are Saturdays: April 21 and May 19 from 9pm – 11pm.  Adults:  $15.00  Children:  $10  Call George today and reserve your spaces.  410-942-1290  Hurry – space is limited to 25 people. We will continue the event in inclement weather by showing a video of the walking tour if we can ‘walk it.’

Yes, you know, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Have a Bit of Fun with Bubblegum Charms

Did you collect these charms as a kid?

hundreds of bubblegum charms at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

What did you do with your bubblegum charms? Did you make a bracelet or a necklace? Did you add them to a keychain?

Here at Bahoukas Antique Mall we have a huge assortment of bubblegum charms. Have you considered creating a fun piece of jewelry or accessory that utilizes some of our collectible charms? NO? Well think about the stories you’ll hear if you share a bubblegum charm design with someone special. What a great little gift idea!

Maybe you’d like to create a special “You are my lucky charm” Valentine Gift. CLICK HERE for a possibility. (The charms are different, but you’ll get the idea.) Maybe you’d enjoy making a special pin for mom or grandmom with a few bubblegum charms, or add a few to a keychain for dad. Stop in and take a peek at the variety of charms we have. It’ll surely spark a fun idea. Or possibly create something For St. Patrick’s Day or even Easter! And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

DAY 44 – Last Day of Our Gift Giving Ideas

It’s Christmas Eve!

Please note that Bahoukas will be closing at 2 p.m.
today to prepare for our Family Holiday.

We will be closed on CHRISTMAS DAY and
re-open regular hours on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

Tomorrow you’ll be gathering up wrappings and the surprises will be over. The kids will excitedly play with new toys. Hopefully, mom and dad will have a chance to breathe a bit.

To help you with your last minute shopping, here’s a link that shows you our 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas.

44 days of gift giving ideas from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

Most of all, everyone from Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum
wishes you a safe, Happy Holiday Season
overflowing with the love of family and friends. Remember to share
a bit of time with someone who may need a friend during this season.

 

Day 3 – Gift Giving Idea from Bahoukas

1963 – JFK Assassination probably the most remembered event

Tapestries with John F Kennedy profiles on them

With the release of 13,000 documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, it seemed an appropriate time to mention some of our JFK collectibles available at Bahoukas Antiques. Above are a few of the JFK Tapestries we have. They are beautifully done! Possibly a grandparent or parent would appreciate one of these items. Then take the time to listen to their stories from those days long gone.

JFK Memorabilia including magazines, tokens, small busts and figurines, banks, PEZ Presidents Collection, Vinyl Record of actual speeches of FDR and JFK, actual photos of his grave site taken in March/April 1964

Above is a small selection of the many JFK Memorabilia we have for you at Bahoukas. Included are several magazines (Post and Life), a vinyl record of the actual speeches of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, small busts, figurines, banks, tokens, and even a PEZ Presidents Collection.

1964 photo of JFK grave siteAlong the bottom of the above photo are a few photos taken of the Kennedy grave site in March/April 1964. To the left is a larger image of one of those photos. (Apologies for the blur)

Are you interested in reading these documents for yourself? Click this link to the government archivesRead them for yourself. We will note that there are still many redactions.

Do you wonder what else happened in 1963?

Let’s see:

  • a Blue Lava Lamp from WikipediaThe Lava Lamp was introduced (photo from Wikipedia)
  • AT&T introduced the touch tone phone
  • The Beatles released their first album,
    “Please Please Me”
  • Martin Luther King gave his “I Have A Dream” Speech

Curious about other trends and happenings? We can point you to more by having you click this link.

Many items besides the JFK Memorabilia are available at Bahoukas Antique Mall. Always we invite you to stop in and browse. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Hurry – 2 ghost searches remain for 2017!!!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!!!!

poster for 2 Saturdays in 2017 for Paranormal Investigations at Bahoukas - Nov 18 and Dec 16 - call ASAP to reserve your space!

As you may already know, we’ve had the Dad of Night Paranormal Investigators at Bahoukas Antique Mall nearly once every month in 2017! It’s been fun and exciting. Many have enjoyed learning how folks such as these practice their profession. We’ve also met a few new entities! We have two Saturdays remaining for 2017 – November 18 and December 16. Reserve your spot today for these remaining ghost searches. You’ll also learn a bit of the building’s history from George!

In the meantime, peruse other articles we’ve included in our blog posts. CLICK HERE!

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!