Chess to Holiday Decorating!

Have you consider Bahoukas?

Beautiful glass chess set at Bahoukas - a beautiful holiday gift
This chess set is more beautiful in person.

You might not think of Bahoukas for games and decorating at Holiday Time. But stop in and check out this beautiful chess set that’s even more wonderful if you see it in person. This set will delight your favorite player or a collector. Simply beautiful. Hurry, we only have one like this one!

Beautiful ornaments and decorations for your special holiday available at Bahoukas.

Also, if you’re not finished decorating your home or office, you might want to stop by and see what we have for ornaments. Do you remember the little figurine candles that decorated a small table or maybe even were a part of your stocking stuffers? Well, we have those and many more items. We look forward to showing you all the ideas we have to make your holiday extra special with the love found in vintage and collectibles.

Need a few buildings for your little village, or some beautiful Santa and Elf candles?

Stop by soon and see how delightful the variety of collectibles at Bahoukas Antique Mall can make your holiday. Add a bit of nostalgia and build on them to create your own traditions. Yep, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Holly Jolly First Friday and Bahoukas

Love an old-fashioned Christmas?

Wooden riding firetruck!

One of the things we hear people saying is how ‘commercial’ Christmas is. We can help change that if you visit us at Bahoukas Antique Mall. We have a wonderful variety of toys and gifts that add value and excitement to your gift-giving.

Above is a well made, wooden firetruck sure to please that young toddler on your list. Nothing fancy, nothing to break, just a great toy! Stop by and see it for yourself.

Create a reader with these Golden Books and more

Remember all of your favorite books of years gone by. You can bet that we have some of them in our store. Come browse our children’s book section and find a couple that you’ll definitely want to share with the young reader on your list. Remember, there’s nothing kids love more than having you read to or with them!

Lunch Boxes for nearly every tv show or movie character.

Everyone had a favorite tv or movie character, often on their favorite lunch box. We have a huge collection of character lunch boxes that you’ll surely discover the perfect one for the lunch-carrying kid on your gift list. Or maybe, they just want to hide their treasures in one. Oh, and don’t forget, there are ‘big kids’ that love carrying one of these to work! So come in and pick out a couple for those on your gift-list that carry lunches or have treasures to hide!

Puzzles and more…

This is only one shelf of a huge collection of puzzles for all ages. We have large puzzles of 6-8 pieces for the toddler, 24 pcs for the pre-school, and plenty of other puzzles of all shapes, sizes, and number of pieces to entertain any puzzle lover – toddler to adult!

So while you’re enjoying tonight’s Holly Jolly First Friday with parade at 6, the lighting of the tree, carolers and stilt walkers, Santa’s arrival, shops open late, plenty of eateries – indoors and outdoors, take a few minutes to check out all that we have to offer for those on your gift list (and yes, even for yourself)! You can always come back tomorrow when the kids aren’t with you. 

In the meantime, enjoy the festivities. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Angels and Glass

beautiful angel with harp sculpture just in time for the holidays at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Plus December Sales at Bahoukas

You never ever know what you might discover in all the treasures at Bahoukas. While gathering photos for more blog posts, this most beautiful sculpture was discovered on a high shelf. You have to stop in and see it for yourself. It’s beautiful. 

Of course, it’s been mentioned that George is having some big sales this month on glass and record albums. Well, I’m not sure what all is included… but check out this amazing blue glass that just arrived in the last couple weeks. 

beuatiful blue glass now at Bahoukas Antique Mall

If you don’t know by now, George is always willing to make a deal. Stop in and see for yourself. In the meantime, here’s a bit more beautiful glass for every taste:

Green Depression Glass and 3 pc Czechoslovakian Malachite Perfume Set by Ingrid

Now doesn’t this look festive for the Holidays! Or maybe you prefer one or two of these beautiful pieces. They would add wonderful beauty reflecting candles and lights at your holiday table. 

cut glass and crystal at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Hopefully, we’re on your to-do list to visit for that special decorating idea you have or the perfect gift for someone on your gift list. Yes, we are here and waiting to say, “Welcome!”

 

 

It’s All About the Teeth

Saw Teeth, That Is!

At Bahoukas, we have a nice selection of old tools including a few saws. 

A saw is a tool consisting of a tough blade, wire, or chain with a hard toothed edge. It is used to cut through material, very often wood though sometimes metal or stone. The cut is made by placing the toothed edge against the material and moving it forcefully forth and less forcefully back or continuously forward. This force may be applied by hand, or powered by steam, water, electricity or other power source. An abrasive saw has a powered circular blade designed to cut through metal or ceramic.    from Wikipedia

A variety of collectible, and useful, hand saws available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

The above photo includes 2-man (person) saws and an ice saw. Below we have  an electric meat saw (used by a butcher).

electric meat saw from Bahoukas Antique Mall

At this time of year, I think of all the folks gathering and chopping wood to be prepared for the colder days and the long winter nights. What’s the poem about your wood chopping efforts? Oh yea, it warms you when you cut it and again when you heat with it. But the following is from Almanac.com and we think that’s probably much more accurate: 

I figure that this wood will warm me seven times.

1. Cut
2. Split
3. Put into truck
4. Take out of truck
5. Bring into basement
6. Stack
7. Burn

But just like those who knit and crochet, or color intricate designs, cutting wood can also be very satisfying as noted in the following quote:

I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.  Abbas Kiarostami

We look forward to showing you all the wonderful, old tools available at Bahoukas. So stop in soon. Someone may love one of these under their Christmas Tree. Oh wait, maybe they need one to ‘cut the tree!’ In any case, yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

Love Literature?

20 Volume Set by Spencer Press

20 volume set of World's Greatest Literature by Spencer Press available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

We have a set of 20 volumes of the World’s Greatest Literature in excellent condition. This beautiful set by Spencer Press is from the 1930s. Someone on your Christmas list will cherish this gift. 

In doing a little research, we learned a bit about Spencer Press and the marketing of the World’s Greatest Literature series.

The World’s Greatest Literature series seems to have been sold in the late 1930s and early 1940s, as shown in the newspaper advertisement near the beginning of this entry.

newspaper ad for World's Greatest Literature Series by Spencer Press

As said before, these seem to be the same books. (as the Spencer Library of Immortal Masterpieces … or Literature)  from SeriesOfSeries website

The history of marketing affordable books of World Literature in the early 1900s has a colorful history. We’re probably much more familiar with these tactics today. Here’s a quote from this colorful history from the SeriesOfSeries website.

Finally, the series is affiliated with the “American Home Library Foundation” which is portrayed as a charitable literary foundation, subsidizing the series to promote the reading of the classics. Together, the binding, the series name, and charitable literary foundation worked to convince potential book buyers that the Spencer Library was an opportunity they could not miss. That’s the spin: to sell copyright-free literary classics with dubious and fraudulent methods to gullible working and middle-class consumers who wanted to be at least perceived as a bit literary and intellectual.

No matter the tactics, we have this beautiful 20 volume set that is perfect for the right person! Do you know someone who would love this gift? If so, drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall today and grab it before the set gets broken up! And yes, we will be watchin’ for ya!

Holiday Decorating Made Easier

At Bahoukas, we have some wonderful decorating collectibles!

Set your table with unique, collectible Holiday Decor including this Poinsettia inspired table accessories from Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This beautiful set of Poinsettia decorated table pieces will make your holiday table festive and bright. Stop by to see just how beautiful these pieces really are.

Need a table top Christmas Tree that doesn't need water - visit Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Maybe you need a tabletop Christmas Tree. We have several beautiful trees with electric lights and a manger at the base. It’s perfect for a senior in a small apartment, for someone who prefers a minimalist approach to the holidays, or an added piece for a shelf or table top.

Christmas Balls in all shapes and sizes - vintage - at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

 

We also have a beautiful variety of tree ornaments. In fact, 3 boxes of wonderful, vintage Christmas balls were sold just this week. Don’t hesitate. Stop by and see the choice ornaments we have waiting to add a bit of sparkle to your decorating. 

 

If you have a love and appreciation of an old-fashioned Christmas, stop in and see what we can add to your holiday decor. 

Christmas Decorations at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Consider these delightful and colorful candles and small buildings to use under the tree, on a shelf, or to add to your train layout. Seriously, we have some really fun and beautiful Christmas Decorations. Including a variety of SANTAs for every purpose in your decorating. And you know it … we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

 

Thanksgiving…

Leads to Christmas

Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This beautiful holiday celebration of Thanksgiving, we show our gratitude for all that we have. Most importantly, we are nudged to actually ‘notice’ what we have.

Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace      Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace   

At the same time, we know that Thanksgiving hustles us into Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday for shopping. 

Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

 

 

If you’ve not started yet, it also leads us into Holiday Decorating. We thought we’d start our holiday ideas with some very special and collectible Santas that are waiting for you to add delight to your holiday decor.

Stop in soon … and yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Beautiful Bar Set

Just in time for the Holidays

beautiful bar set available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This beautiful set comes in a very nice wood box. It would make your home bartender very happy during the coming holiday parties. Tongs, strainer, double jigger, and more complete this beautiful and very collectible set. We’ve got you covered for unique ideas for the coming holiday season from entertaining to decorating, gifts to games. Yep, We’ll be watching for ya!

Shirley Temple 16″ doll by Danbury Mint

Beautiful Shirley Temple Doll by Danbury Mint + 6 outfist ... all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This 16″ vinyl Shirley Temple Dress-Up Doll is in exceptional condition. The outfit to the right is “Little Princess” and includes a white fur cape that adds so much to this gorgeous white gown with Gold Trim. On the left is from “Wee Willie Winkie” and sports a kilt, jacket, and beret! We don’t often post an item with prices, but we’ve had 16 outfits for the Shirley Temple Dress-Up Doll but no adult.

$175 for 16″ Shirley Temple Dress-Up Doll and 6 outfits. 

All items are in original boxes, many with original certificates. Many of the outfits have never been out of their wrapping (other than when we took photos)! 

Same doll with two more outfits: Heidi (on the left) and Bright Eyes (on the right).
“Heidi” needs little explanation since most of us know the story. It’s a cute dress with a big straw hat and red ribbon. On the right is an outfit from the movie, “Bright Eyes.” A great faux leather jackets and more. 

And the final 2 outfits in these photos: 

Danbury Print vinyl 16" Shirley Temple doll with outfits all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Again, the same doll (yes, we only have 1) with the outfit on the left from “Stow Away;” on the right from “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”

Again, it’s one doll with 6 additional outfits. I might note that we have 16 outfits. You can choose the 6 that come with the doll for $175. If you want the balance of the outfits (10 in all), talk to George!

CLICK THIS LINK if you’re interested in locating the movies or viewing some on Youtube.

Come in and check this out. Would a young lady on your holiday list love this gorgeous doll? Or maybe as a collector, you would love to own this. Either way, stop by Bahoukas today for the doll and 6 outfits – or all 16! 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!

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 43 of Bahoukas 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas

Need a Bit of Last Minute Holiday Decor?

Candles – candles – candles will help to complete the decorations!

Collectible Santa candles at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

From very collectible candle figures above that include Santa, snowmen, Mrs. Claus, carolers, teddy bears and reindeer, we have a wonderful assortment of candles and candle holders to add the final touch to your holiday decorations!

small Christmas figure candles at Bahoukas Antiques    Tall electric Christmas candles to add to your front porch or large entryway from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace  wooden and metal candle holders for your home decor available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

The above photos show more selection to our holiday figures, tall electric candle-lights for porch, deck or large entry way, and a sample of metal or wood candle holders. Beautiful additions to add a bit of ‘festive’ to your holiday decorating.

Below are several examples of candle holders that would add a taste of class to your holiday table or mantle. But they’re also beautiful and will add to your home decor in any season.

candlewick glass candleholders among the collectibles at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Above is a sample from our Candlewick Glass collectibles. These candle holders will add sparkle and warmth to your holiday. They were very popular beginning in the late 30s and on…

Under the leadership of Newton—with the help of designer Carl W. Gustkey—Imperial rebounded. In 1936, responding to the increasing popularity of elegant glass, Imperial released what would become its most successful line: Candlewick. The name was inspired by a Colonial-style needlework technique called candlewicking, and the design featured colorless pieces with small decorative glass beads around the top of each piece. By the 1950s, Imperial was producing more than 200 items in the Candlewick line, which was competing with Fostoria’s American line and Cambridge’s Rosepoint.    from CollectorsWeekly

Below is a sampling of candle holders from just one of our many shelves of collectibles at Bahoukas. 

Sampling of candle holders at Bahoukas

Needless to say, even in the least hours before the big celebrations for the holidays, we have some excellent choices to add warmth and charm to your home decor. Hurry in … we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 42 – Gift Giving Ideas Countdown!

Day 42 Offers Decorative Signs

Are you searching for a unique last minute gift
that would please nearly everyone?

 

We have a large selection of wood decorative signs with really fun sayings that would be a great stocking stuffer, a perfect hostess gift, or ideal for the office party.

Cute wooden signs make delightful last minute gifts for your holiday shopping - available at Bahoukas.

We have dozens of signs with a wonderful assortment of sayings. Stop by and check them out. A couple of these may just make the perfect last minute gift you’ve been hoping to find.

With just a couple more evenings before Christmas, we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Day 41 – 44 Gift Giving Ideas Countdown

Day 41 Favors the Cats in the Family

We can’t talk about dogs without including a post highlighting the feline variety of figurines available at Bahoukas Antique Mall.

 

Cat figurines make for great stocking stuffers at Christmas from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

The tall cat would make a delightful addition to any cat lover’s collection. The little green kitty next to it and the Siamese in the front are perfect! Garfield in the front is a nail brush and the one in the back celebrates a birthday. The metal cookie cutter cat is an advertising piece for Davis Baking Powder.

As with the dogs, we have many more cat collectibles that may just fill a stocking and delight a collector, or anyone who loves cats. Stop by and see what we have. Remember this is day 41…. only 3 more days and it’ll be too late to grab that last minute special item from Bahoukas.

Hurry in! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 40 of 44 Days of Gift Giving from Bahoukas

Day 40 Goes to the Dogs

Yes, we have a variety of dog figurines that just might make a perfect stocking stuffer for a special person on your list.

 

Dog figurines include a wooden dog, Sprainger Spaniel porcellain, Scottie Dog Planter, pink spaghetti Poodle, a Chihuahua and a plaster nodder dog all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

The big wooden dog is looking for a friendly home. Front left is a cute Scottie Dog planter. The pink spaghetti Poodle refers to the process used to make the ‘poodle’ effect. Behind her is a Springer Spaniel made in Japan, and next to it is a cute little Chihuahua. Right front is a plaster ‘nodder dog’ from the 1960s – remember when we used to have them sit on the dash or in a back window.

Yep, we have a wide variety of dog figurines throughout the store. Stop in and browse for yourself. Ask us, we can help point them out to you. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 39 of 44 Days of Gift Giving

DAY 39 Highlights Cigarette/Smoking Memorabilia

Lucky Strike cigarette tin, Prince Allbert and Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco Tins, rolling papers, Cigarette Roller from 1950s-60s, and Bugler Cigarette Case

The above photo includes a Lucky Strike cigarette tin, Prince Albert and Sir Walter Raleigh Tins, cigarette rolling papers, a cigarette roller from the 1950s-60s, and a Bugler Cigarette Case.

Jitney Smoker Board used in bars, old tobacco pouch 1930s, gold plated cigarette case, ash tray/lighter of slag glass from the 30s all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This photo includes a Jitney Smoker board used in bars – 5 cents for a punch – back when cigarettes were actually 5 cents a pack! The word “Jitney’ has some interesting, if vague, history. Here’s an interesting quote:

The story begins near the end of the nineteenth century. Jitney (or gitney) was then a slang term for five cents (or perhaps for a nickel coin, it’s hard to tell).    from www.worldwidewords.org

The smoking tobacco pouch was for advertising, you could add your company. The beautiful gold plated cigarette case was made in England. It’s quite stunning. The ashtray also has a lighter, made from slag glass from the 1930s.

For the collector of cigarette memorabilia, there are some stunning items here. Stop by soon to grab the special piece you’d like to give the collector on your holiday list. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 38 of 44 Gift Giving Idea

MODELS & KITS for Young and Old

Modell Kits from Aurora 1960s to First Lunar Landing by Revel and more at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Aurora 1960s models of Wolfman and Frankenstein have already been put together. Are you a collector… grab these up. Have someone who loves the comics, maybe they’d like one for their shelf.

The First Lunar Landing by Revell is a 1996 model of the lunar module of 1969. Have an astronaut or science/history buff on your list, they might enjoy this model. There’s been debate forever as to whether we actually landed on the moon… but here’s a video. We’re sure the debate will continue for decades.

 

The scale model of a 1909 Ford Model T Touring car is by Scale Models and made of real metal – never opened – from 1993. Here’s a great video of an unrestored Model T that was still running in 2015!

It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford’s efficient fabrication, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.   ___from the description in the video below

 

 

Remember, there are just 6 days to grab a present through Christmas Eve! Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and let us give you a hand in finding that last minute perfect gift. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

 

Day 37 – of 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas

Transistor Radios for a Gift! You bet…

1960s transistor radios came in all sorts of shapes - cars, gas pumps,Snoopy, even a phone and Pet milk can - all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

Yes, these amazing collectibles are transistor radios. What fun! At top they include: Sinclair Gasoline radio, a beautiful Cadillac Convertible 1963, and Snoopy! On the bottom is a 1931 Rolls Royce, an Essex radio in a black leather case, and yes, a fun transistor radio in a PET Milk Can.

 

But wait, there’s more.

Look at this beautiful phone that is a transistor radio

from the 1960s with a lighter in the handset!

 

Do you remember your first transistor radio? The “weblady” remembers a boy in the neighborhood who had a brand new bike that had a radio built into it. WOW! The ingenuity of the design for transistor radios were often pieces of art … and more often used for advertising.

No matter, you know you need to get your holiday gift purchases completed soon… we have a week! So hurry on in to Bahoukas in Havre de Grace and know that we’ll be watchin’ for ya!