Hula Hoops are a great way to have your children burn off that crazy, pent-up energy from the rainy days! We have them. We also have a variety of toys perfect for playing outdoors and others that make for a great time on a rainy day (goodness! Did I just say that out loud!?!?) We have metal trucks and cars, wonderful stuffed toys, doll houses, action figures, trading cards, dolls, and yes – games!
Do you know when the first Hula Hoop was marketed? Or the kind of ‘hoops’ different cultures used previously to the toy we are all familiar with now? Read below then click the link to Wikipedia for more information! Interesting!
The hula hoop gained international popularity in the late 1950s, when a plastic version was successfully marketed by California’s Wham-O toy company. In 1957, Richard Knerr and Arthur “Spud” Melin, starting with the idea of Australian bamboo “exercise hoops”, manufactured 1.06-metre (42 in) hoops with Marlex plastic. With giveaways and national marketing and retailing, a fad was started in July 1958; twenty-five million plastic hoops were sold in less than four months, and in two years, sales reached more than 100 million units. Carlon Products Corporation was one of the first manufacturers of the hula hoop. During the 1950s, when the hula hoop craze swept the country, Carlon was producing more than 50,000 hula hoops per day. The hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 1999.
The hula hoop craze swept the world, dying out again in the 1980s, but not in China and Russia, where hula hooping and hoop manipulation were adopted by traditional circuses and rhythmic gymnasts.
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.
Or maybe you just love collecting horse figures and such. Yep, stop in 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!
This beautiful, collectible croquet set is in wonderful condition. Nice wood and heavy. Don’t ignore this amazing set.
This 6-in-1 Champion Sports Combination game set is for indoor AND outdoor play. Come check this out. It’s pretty darn awesome. Fun for everyone and all ages. Hurry, it’s perfect for the coming warm days!
This 1950s Badminton Set has seen a lot of years and can give you even more.
We love that it’s time to really start enjoying the great outdoors. All of these games are perfect for the entire family. Drop by Bahoukas and check them out. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
On the right is a porcelain Noah’s Ark with Wade figurines (circa 2002) by Red Rose Tea. It includes 7 pairs of ‘critters’ plus Noah and his wife. It’s an adorable set.
On the left is a plastic Noah’s Ark set by ARCO. In this set, all the critics can be kept inside the ark since the top comes off.
Franchised gas stations used to give out all kinds of premiums to lure in folks from their road trips to fill up with Gulf over ARCO, or Esso rather than Sinclair.
Some of those premiums were in the form of maps, but others went straight to the back seat, to keep the kids quiet. If you grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, you’ll probably remember these gas station premiums.
Have you ever considered starting a candy container/dispenser collection? If you have, we have a way to get you started. Not only do we have some great printers boxes that make an awesome shelf for these little collectibles, but we have a wonderful collection of containers to choose from. You most likely already know that PEZ collectibles are BIG in our shop. But we’ve added new items to our candy collectibles. Above are items from the 1980’s and 1990’s … from Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Flintstones … and yes, they still have the candy in them. (We really don’t recommend eating them! Yuck!) If this is a collection you might want to start, maybe share with a child in your life, or you’re looking for some items to add to your own collection, stop in to Bahoukas Antique Mall soon. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
When the automobile made its appearance, the pedal car soon followed. Pedal car history goes back to the 1890’s when most were modeled from the real cars on the road at the time. Since their conception, pedal cars were all kids wished for. But at the turn of the century, their cost meant they were playthings for only wealthy families. With many families reeling from the financial devastation of The Great Depression, pedal cars were often toys for upper class children. Those not so fortunate played with basic homemade ride-on toys. In the 1920’s and 1930’s the wealthy were catered to when it came to buying pedal cars since they were the primary buyers. No pedal cars were produced in the mid-1940’s when all metal production was directed to the World War II effort. from Pedal Car Planet
In the above photo, you see the Pedal Car – Hook Ladder Pumper – plus a huge variety of vintage steel pressed toy trucks and cars and more.
Pressed Steel Toys tend to be bigger and heavier than most toys & are made of steel predominantly. The thick steel parts (compared to most toy forms) are pressed between two tooled metal dies with hydraulic force. The result is a very strong and sturdy toy, often made in a process similar to 19th century auto fenders. In fact the rise of steel in the U.S. and burgeoning auto industry allowed pressed steel toys to thrive. Craftsman that knew how to make autos simply shrunk the tooled dyes and pressed steel shapes down for toys. from AntiqueToys.com
Above are a few of the Nylint Trucks with the smaller ERTL banks on the bottom shelf. Below is a huge selection of Hess Trucks.
If you love the old metal trucks, cars and equipment, you’ll want to drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum and see this huge collection for yourself. Included in these vintage pressed steel toys are Wyandotte, Tonka, Marx, Structo, Smith-Miller and more. So, come on in. It’s a great weekend to browse the shop. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
If you lived through the 1980s, chances are you owned, listened to or watched the tiny blue gnomes named The Smurfs. They’re actually much older than that, as Belgian cartoonist Peyo created them way back in 1958. And since then they’ve been entertaining (and boring the minds out of) millions of people around the world. Which brings up the question: How can the Smurfs be both universally popular and so boring that watching their “adventures” makes you want to take a smurfing gun and smurf yourself? from 8 Facts About Smurfs That Are Actually Kind of Interesting
In the above photo, you’ll see that Bahoukas has a wonderful variety (well, as much as possible with the little blue Smurfs characters) that include new PEZ Dispensers, Chatter Chum – pull the string and he talks (the largest on the right), a Push-Puppet Smurf (in the middle), the tiny PVC Smurfs (in front) and a collection of Smurf Character glasses (14 in all) produced in 1982 by Wallace Berrie & Co.
The storylines tend to be simple tales of bold adventure. The cast has a simple structure as well: almost all the characters look essentially alike—mostly male (a few female Smurfs have appeared: Smurfette, Sassette, and Nanny Smurf), short (three apples high), with blue skin, white trousers with a hole for their short tails, white hat in the style of a Phrygian cap, and sometimes some additional accessory that identifies a personality (for example, “Handy Smurf” wears overalls instead of the standard trousers, a brimmed hat, and a pencil above his ear). Smurfs can walk and run, but often move by skipping on both feet. They love to eat sarsaparilla (a species of Smilax) leaves, whose berries the Smurfs naturally call “smurfberries” (the smurfberries appear only in the cartoon; in the original comics, the Smurfs only eat the leaves from the sarsaparilla).
The Smurfs fulfill simple archetypes of everyday people: “Lazy Smurf”, “Grouchy Smurf”, “Brainy Smurf”, and so on. All Smurfs, with the exception of Papa, Baby, Smurfette, Nanny and Grandpa, are said to be 100 years old. There were originally 99 Smurfs, but this number increased as new Smurf characters appeared, such as Sassette and Nanny. All of the original Smurfs were male; later female additions are Smurfette and Sassette—Smurfette being Gargamel’s creation, while Sassette was created by the Smurflings. from Wikipedia
What role did the SMURFS play in your growing up years? Or how did you cope as a parent? It’s most interesting to learn some of the changes connected to the SMURFS in the U.S. where they were changed from the original black characters to blue.
Five Euro Smurf Coin
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Smurfs, the Belgian Mint issued a five Euro Smurf coin. The limited edition coins come in numbered boxes – only 25,000 were produced! The Five Euro Belgian Smurf Coin was produced in two forms, colored and plain silver. Both coins have a diameter of around 1″. The coin reads “Les Schtroumpfs 1958 – 2008”, “50” in the middle, “Peyo 2008” underneath that, and “De Smurfen” on the bottom. The Smurf coins were issued by the Royal Belgian Mint and are a series of commemorative coins from Belgium. from BlueBuddies.com
Photos of the coin from the same sight:
So there you go … more than you ever wanted to know about Smurfs. Ready to add to your collection? Maybe you’re ready to start collecting. Either way, stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum to see what we have. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
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.
The Victorian Sofa is perfect for a young girl’s smaller dolls. Burgundy cloth on a beautiful wooden frame is a perfect ‘seat’ for a variety of dolls including the Victorian Stuffed doll on the right. Of course, Mickey Mouse or a little doll with boots and coat will also enjoy the sofa.
… to Masters of the Universe – STRIDOR
STRIDOR carries He-Man to victory. And we have two of these awesome war horses sitting on the shelf waiting for the perfect owner.
We encourage you to stop in soon and see not only these items, but the variety of toys and games for the young and the young-at-heart. We’ll be watchin’ for ya.
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!
Check out these amazing toys from the 1950s and 1960s available for the aspiring astronaut or space scientist on your gift giving list: The photo below includes an Ideal Space Helmet, a spinnter spaceship top from the 1950s that even whistles, Twiki the Buck Rogers robot of the 1960s, Ed-U-Cards on Astronomy (1960s) and a great Space Car.
Twiki (pronounced twee-kee) is a robot sometimes referred to as an “ambuquad”, which refers to a specialized series of robots made for work in space mines, and used as Amulaory Transportation for their QuAd superiors / partners. Built by an ambuquad facility in New Chicago, his name, “Twiki”, is derived from the robot’s alphanumeric designation TWKE-4. His Serial Number is n22-23-t. from BuckRogers.wikia
Here’s a close up of the battery-operated, Interkozmos space car, made in Japan, 1950s.
Remember, only 10 days til Christmas, Hurry in and find that perfect gift for the special person on your list. We’re here to help. And we most definitely, will be watchin’ for ya!
The Disney film from 1997 celebrates 20 years in 2017 – WOW! My how time flies when we’re having so much fun. Here’s a photo of a few of the HERCULES items we have in the shop. These are 5″ figures 1996 by ToyBiz Inc for Disney. They include Mole-Man, She-Demon, Mesomorph, Xena and Centaur. Great stocking stuffers for the young ones or for the ‘big kid’ who still collects them!
We also carry X-Men, Star Wars, Star Trek, GI Joe, and other action figures. Hurry in to choose the figure you – or someone special you know – would like to have!
Below is the trailer for the original HERCULES movie from Walt Disney Pictures!
ENJOY! Then hurry in to Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
SNOW WHITE and the SEVEN DWARFS
celebrate their 80th Anniversary!
If you’ve met George at Bahoukas Antique Mall, you already know that he loves Cinderella, PEZ collectibles, and so much more. He’s a big kid and enjoys sharing what he loves. Yep, that’s one of the big reasons for BAHOUKAS!
In the photo above, we share a few of our Snow White collectibles: including l to r: Sneezy, Bashful, Happy Dopey, Doc, Grumpy and Sleepy. These are 5″ tall, made of pvc from the 1970s, (c)Walt Disney Production! The Snow White doll is a 1940s composition doll by Knickerbocker.
Bahoukas also has sheet music, an original book from the 30s, a Dopey Bank from the 60s – ceramic – 1937, a Dopey Lamp about 7″ tall, and a Snow White PEZ Dispenser!
Disney joined SAKS Fifth Avenue in NYC to unveil their holiday windows celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!
Just in case you visit New York City for the Holidays, don’t forget to check out the beautiful holiday windows at SAKS Fifth Avenue Store. Created to celebrate 80 years of Snow White and our favorite little guys!
Stop in at Bahoukas soon. We can help you find that unique gift you’ve been searching for. Hurry… the count down is on. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
We have a wonderful variety of card games – the ones at the top were from the 70s when 3M was creating games. In the basket are a variety of card games for kids of all ages – flash cards to crazy eights and everything inbetween. Remember, you can turn off the electronics, gather around the table, and enjoy laughter and chatter and a bit of competition when you open one of these card decks. Don’t forget we have puzzles and board games and more.
Visit Bahoukas Antique Mall soon and grab a couple stocking stuffers before our selection is picked over. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 – we celebrate our Community Tree Lighting in historic downtown Havre de Grace. The Holly Jolly First Friday Celebration is from 4:30-8:30 pm with a parade at 6 p.m. It’s the absolutely perfect day to share our PEZ collection with you. We’ll also give you details to enter our PEZZ TREE CONTEST. Keep reading…
For gift giving ideas, we have the following variety of PEZ collectibles. Do you see one you wish you had for your collection? Or maybe you know someone who would love a PEZ collectible in their stocking. Well, Bahoukas has hundreds of PEZ from individual characters to a variety of specialty pieces.
The fun PEZ collectibles above include: (top l to r), PEZ Star Wars – C3PO and R2D2, PEZ Barbie, large PEZ Charlie Brown Dispenser, PEZ Disney’s Frozen. Top row in front include (l) PEZ A Saurus in the PEZ Car Candy Dispenser, PEZ PETS Penquin. Bottom front ( to r) include PEZZ – KISS, PEZ Presidents of the United States, and PEZ Tigger and Pooh.
Anyone who knows George knows that he also has a personal collection of PEZ that are close to 1,000 pcs. In the store, easily another 1,000. There’s an entire case and several shelves. But during the Christmas Season, he loves to share his PEZ Christmas Tree and Wreath.
BAHOUKAS HOLIDAY FRONT WINDOW DECORATIONS:
PEZ CHRISTMAS TREE CONTEST
Go ahead – guess!
How many PEZ are on the tree?
If you’re the winner, you’ll receive a
$25 Gift Certificate for Bahoukas.
Fill out the entry form and place it
in the tin at the store.
between 10 a.m. and noon.
So there you have it. PEZ collectibles, a Community Tree Lighting and Parade during our Holly Jolly First Friday, a PEZ Christmas Tree Contest, and plenty of ideas from our 44 Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas.
Stop in during First Friday or anytime between now and Christmas. We’re here to help and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Cast iron farm animals may be truly vintage and collectible – or reproductions. Above is a ‘flying pig’, a boy milking a cow, a pig, rooster, buffalo and a horse. We have many other collectible/vintage/and reproduction cast iron pieces from beautiful mermaids to Black Americana pieces, huge lighthouse doorstop to mechanical banks.
So for the collector on your gift list, or a unique gift for the farm-loving child, we have some very intriguing cast iron figures. Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall to browse our 9,000 sq ft overflowing with unique ideas for gift giving! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
I’ll bet there’s not a person out there, of any generation, that doesn’t recall a Fisher-Price toy in their lives. But did you know how the company got started? Here’s a quote from the Fisher-Price website:
Once upon a time (back in 1930), Herm Fisher thought the world needed better toys. Toys that “appeal to the imagination, that do something new and surprising and funny.”
So he joined forces with Irving Price and Helen Schelle (who didn’t get her name in the logo. Sorry, Helen). Their first line of toys was called “16 hopefuls,” and included a couple of darling ducks.
Since then, Fisher-Price has kept the original vision of those founders in mind. Along the way, we introduced what’s now known as baby gear – all the stuff that makes baby showers worth having, and adds comfort, security, and convenience to the lives of new parents and babies.
We also remember what started it all—what would make Fisher, Price, and Schelle smile. So our goal is to keep enriching the lives of young families. To help parents soothe newborns to sleep. To encourage babies to make that next “I did it!” move. To see the wonder as toddlers discover the magic of play. To hear a preschooler imagine new worlds and explore everyday ones.
To keep bringing joy to generations.
Here at Bahoukas Antique Mall we have a wonderful collection of Fisher-Price Toys that just might delight another youngster for the holidays – or add to someone’s collection. Do any of these bring back memories?
Among the items above are the Busy Bee, Tractor & Wagon, Assorted Little People, milk crate & bottles, a Party Boat, Cassette Player, and even a Daredevil Skydiver, plus a snowmobile with Little People, and the Clown Jalopy.