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! 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!

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!

Great Weather – Summertime – Dad’s Day

This weekend’s beautiful weather made me think of a great gift for the fisherman-dad!

Fishing Lures by Heddon - great collection - Bahoukas Antique Mall

Most of these are HEDDON FISHING LURES – wooden

Heddon Fishing Lures have a wonderful history dating back to the late 1890s. CLICK THIS LINK for the company history.
Heddon is a brand of artificial fishing lures created by James Heddon, (originally a beekeeper) who is credited with the invention of the first artificial fishing lures made of wood in the late 1890s ____from Wikipedia

Heddon Frog Fishing Lure                    Heddon Bug - at Bahoukas

(Apologies for the blur)

Collection of Heddon Fishing Lures at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

NOTE: the cannonball in the lower corner is not-for-sale, but George is researching it to see which war and which military might have used it. He’ll let you know when he finds out!

Unusual Gifts for Him

A great many non-smokers still love collecting smoking memorabilia!

cigarette collectibles at Bahoukas

We have some wonderful cigarette collectibles that include cigarette packs, tobacco, papers (for rolling tobacco) and pouches/tins. Did you know that the original Lucky Strike pack was green and red. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about that:

The brand’s signature dark-green pack was changed to white in 1942. In a famous advertising campaign that used the slogan “Lucky Strike Green has gone to war”, the company claimed the change was made because the copper used in the green color was needed for World War II. American Tobacco actually used chromium to produce the green ink, and copper to produce the gold-colored trim. A limited supply of each was available, and substitute materials made the package look drab.

The white package actually was introduced to modernize the label and to increase the appeal of the package among female smokers; market studies showed that the green package was not found attractive to women, who had become important consumers of tobacco products. The war effort became a convenient way to make the product more marketable while appearing patriotic at the same time.

Famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy was challenged by company president George Washington Hill to improve the existing green and red package, with a $50,000 bet at stake. Loewy changed the background from green to white, making it more attractive to women, as well as cutting printing costs by eliminating the need for green dye. He also placed the Lucky Strike target logo on both sides of the package, a move that increased both visibility and sales. Hill paid off the bet.

tins of pipe-cigarette tobacco at Bahoukas Antique Mall

In addition to cigarette smoking collectibles, we have an eclectic selection of tobacco tins. Colorful and collectible.

If there’s any tobacco still in them, I’m not sure it’s any good. But many of the tins would make great gift containers or for decorating.

Stop in and see them for yourself.

 

Zippo lighters and Winston Cup Nascar Driver Matchbooks

And finally, we couldn’t mention smoking collectibles without showing off our ZIPPO lighters. Any one and everyone of the decades of popular smoking knows about a ZIPPO lighter – advertised to light under any wind conditions with a lifetime guarantee.

Did you know there’s a ZIPPO MUSEUM!

And here’s the rest of the ZIPPO STORY!

The matchbooks are Winston Cup Nascar Drivers. Visit us and see them for yourself.

These are some awesome stocking stuffer gifts for the smoker – or past smoker – who remembers those days!

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Ladies Last Minute Gift Ideas

Glass Paperweights to Ladies Hats

Beautiful glass paperweights - perfect for your desk or any shelf - available at Bahouaks

millinery display at Bahoukas - something for every outfit if you like

 

A glass paperweight is perfect for any desk. but 2 or 3 in a grouping can make a spectacular ‘statement’ on a shelf, table or counter top. You could group by theme, or colors, even shapes and sizes! Bahoukas has a beautiful and varied display of glass paperweights sure to delight someone special this holiday.

 

In addition, if you’ve not noticed, hats are IN! Yes, they are. And here at Bahoukas we have a wonderful millinery collection to choose from. What’s great is that they’re at prices where you can add more than one to your wardrobe. Check out these wonderful hats and find a couple to add to your collection. Go ahead, put a bit of sass into your attire – add a spunky hat!

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Trading Cards Are Still Popular

Trading Cards may just be the perfect hobby for your kids.

trading cards - sports and non-sports - available at Bahoukas

Here, at Bahoukas Antique Mall, we have a wide variety of trading cards to start a collection, or to complete one. From nearly every sport to Disney and popular TV shows, it can be a great way to teach kids to set goals and work towards them, to wait for an item of value they really want, and to learn about ‘trading’ with others. Trading cards can be a great learning tool. Here’s an article that might encourage you to consider starting your youngster with the beginnings of a trading card collection – another perfect gift idea. Hurry in!!

 

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Is Barbie still popular with your little ones?

We Have Vintage Barbie Dolls and Barbie Cases.

Holiday Barbie Dolls at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Our Holiday Barbies are in their original boxes – 1989 thru 1996 and 2000. They are beautiful and just waiting for the perfect owner. Stop in to see them and pick one out for your holiday gift giving. Make a child (or collector) very, very happy!

Barbie doll cases at Bahoukas

We have an array of Barbie vintage doll cases from the 60s and 70s. Use them for your dolls or for an overnight stay. Maybe you want an extra special cosmetics case. Whether six or sixty, you may just find the perfecting pairing with a Barbie doll case.

Did you know…

Barbie has become a cultural icon and has been given honors that are rare in the toy world. In 1974, a section of Times Square in New York City was renamed Barbie Boulevard for a week. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris at the Louvre held a Barbie exhibit in 2016. The exhibit featured 700 Barbie dolls over two floors as well as works by contemporary artists and documents (newspapers, photos, video) that contextualize Barbie.                                          … from Wikipedia

Love her or hate her…. Barbie has history. So come check out our collection and find the perfect Barbie collectible for that special person on your gift list.

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Winter Sleds For Christmas

The winter sled with runners that we are familiar with today was made popular in 1889 as a Flexible Flyer!

We have several wooden sleds available at Bahoukas, including a slightly older one that is not pictured here. These are great to use and perfect for decorating with. Do you know the history of sleds? They started round the time of the pyramids. Since then, they’ve become quite sophisticated. Check out this Popular Mechanics slideshow. You’ll appreciate sleds even more!

With the weather colder and months ahead probably bringing us some snow days, you just might want to hurry in and grab one of these for under your Christmas tree. Hurry… the countdown to the big day is here!

wooden winter sled at Bahoukas

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Unicorns to Warm the Heart

Tis the Season for Magic and Unicorns are definitely Magical!

Beautiful Unicorns To Warm The Heart of a Believer at Bahoukas Antique Mall

On the left is “Love’s Celebration” and the right is “Love’s Devotion.” These beautiful porcelain figures are by Princeton Gallery. They are astonishingly beautiful. If you believe in Magic, or you have someone on your gift list that does, this is most certainly a perfect gift. Here are two close-ups of the details on these fine pieces:

Unicorns are not found in Greek mythology, but rather in the accounts of natural history, for Greek writers of natural history were convinced of the reality of unicorns, which they located in India, a distant and fabulous realm for them.   … from Wikipedia

But the lovers of Unicorns know in their hearts they do exist and their magic works. So here’s to the believer on your list! Stop by Bahoukas to see them. Hurry, it’s almost Christmas morning!

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#21 – PEZ PEZ and even more PEZ

#21 Gift Giving Idea – you saw our Christmas Tree decorated with PEZ … but have you seen these?

PEZ over 700 including all the presidents from Washington to Obama at Bahoukas Antiques!

Do you collect these delightful PEZ dispensers? Well, George not only has a Christmas Tree decorated with hundreds of these colorful PEZ dispensers, but he has over 700 in a case, including the Presidents from Washington to Obama! He has pretty much anything PEZ.

Do you know that PEZ started as a breath mint for adults. CHECK OUT THEIR HISTORY HERE.

Do you know when the first PEZ COLLECTORS CONVENTION was and where? NO?!?!?!? 1991 in Mentor, Ohio!

Enjoy more FUN FACTS related to PEZ collectibles. Then rush into Bahoukas to start your collection or to find the piece that may be missing from the collection you already own! See you at Bahoukas!

#20 is a bit of nostalgia

#20 Gift Giving Idea offers some family-friend time… real time!

beautiful wood croquet set for some real family fun time ready for you at Bahoukas!

Do you remember setting up the croquet set, gathering friends and family and some refreshments, and settling in for an afternoon of just plain fun? If you do, then you may just want to check out this set!

Just in case you’ve forgotten how to play or how to set it up. CLICK HERE for details. You’ll be back in the groove in no time at all.

Sometimes the simpler games and being in the outdoors is just what a family or the neighborhood needs to bring laughter and play back into your life. And an old-fashioned croquet game is a great start.

Seriously, any age can play … though you may have to bend the rules a wee bit for of the youngest. But be prepared to have a good time. Add a picnic and you have a day’s good weather activity.

We look forward to seeing you at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum!

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#19 Music-Music-Music

#19 Gift Giving Idea is perfect music for the holidays

Dulcimer, Violin, 3-string Guitar ... beautiful instruments at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Musical Instruments are a great holiday gift. We have 3 unique stringed instruments sure to entertain the musically inclined on your Christmas List!

We’ve even included some videos to help you imagine the instruments finding ‘life’ in your home! Though they are unique, if you search YouTube, youll find a number of popular songs being played on these older instruments.

Delight the musician in your family with one of these fine pieces. Or, if you must, give them – at the very least – a beautiful place to live in your home.

Stop in soon. Two weeks from today it’s all over but the unwrapping!

The Folkcraft Instruments Dulcimer is handmade in the U.S. Listen to this artist play one and learn a bit more about it.

The Balalaika is a 3-string Russian Guitar and has a wonderfully intriguing history going back to 1688. The link takes you to Wikipedia where you can read all about it. Below is a simple video for tuning. You can subscribe to this guy’s channel on YouTube to learn more (all free)!

The Bauer Bowl Mandolin is 8-strings. It’s a really pleasant sound. Check out the video below.

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#18 – 1930s-40s Chisel Set

Gift Giving Idea #18 is PERFECT for the Craftsman on your list

Solid Cast Steel SOcket Firmer Chisels at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This Socket Firmer Chisels Set by New Haven Edge Tool Co. is probably from the 1930s or early 1940s. Solid cast steel and in fine shape, packaged in their own wooden box. Beautiful craftsmanship in themselves. Would make a beautiful gift for a collector or a woodworker. Stop in – this is a MUST SEE to appreciate! Ask about other tools we might have as well. CLICK HERE for an interesting how-to article on using chisels.

Detail from the label:

socket chisels detail from the label

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