Trucks – Nylint – ERTL – Hess and more …

… PLUS Murray Pedal Car

Vintage Press Steel Trucks and a Murray Pedal Car - all waiting for you at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD

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 

Nylint Trucks with smaller ERTL truck banks all at Bahoukas

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.

Huge collection of Hess Trucks available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

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!

 

SMURFS – we have Smurfs

Did you know they were created in 1958!

Smurfs - glasses, PEZ dispensers and more at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

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.

Smurfs

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),[5] 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:

5 Euros Smurf_Coin

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!

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.

Victorian to Masters of the Universe Toys

Toys Are Always Interesting at Bahoukas

from Victorian…

Victorian Dolls and doll sofa

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

Masters of the Universe He-Man Horse Stridor at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace MD

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.

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 34 – 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

SPACE – the final frontier…

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.

Outer space toys are always great collectible gifts available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

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

Inter Kozmoz battery operated old space car - toy available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

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!

 

Day 27 – 44 Days of Gift Giving from Bahoukas

HERCULES is also celebrating an anniversary!

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!

Hercules Collectibles at Bahoukas

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!

Day 26 of Our 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas

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!

Bahoukas celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

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!

Day 25 – 44 Gift Giving Ideas From Bahoukas

CARD GAMES make for family time

Variety of card games for holiday gift giving from Bahoukas Antiques!

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!

Day 21 – Gift Giving Ideas From Bahoukas

Havre de Grace Holly Jolly First Friday and Tree Lighting Ceremony

TODAY IS OUR TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION

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.

 

PEZ Collectibles Top l to r: Star Wars. Barbie, large Charlie Brown, Disney's Frozen, (in front top) Pez A Saurus in Pez Car Candy Dispenser, PET PETS Penguin, (bottom l to r) PEZZ - KISS, PEZ Presidents, PEZ Tigger and Pooh

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:

Bahoukas Antique Mall front window - Holiday Decorations with the famous PEZ Christmas Tree and the Nativity on the other side!

 

Christmas Tree decorated with PEZ Dispensers in window at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

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.

ENTRY:
Fill out the entry form and place it
in the tin at the store.

DRAWING:
Friday Morning
December 22
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!

 

Day 17 – 44 Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

CAST IRON FARM ANIMALS

sampling of collectible cast iron farm animals

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!

Day 15 – 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas

Fisher-Price is a Favorite with Families

founders of Fisher-Price Toys  founders of Fisher-Price Toys

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?

Variety of collectible Fisher-Price Toys available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD

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.

The Little People were first introduced in 1950. Here’s a great post that shares their history. Do you remember any of these characters?

CLICK ON THIS LINK to learn more about the history of FISHER-PRICE TOYS. Then drop by Bahoukas … you know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 10 – Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

Doll Houses Are Always Fun

This metal doll house offers hours of playtime for a child in your life. Bahoukas also has a wonderful assortment of furnishings and accessories for your doll house to add even more fun!

Beautiful Doll House and a great assortment of furnishings available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Here’s a view of the outside of this really delightful doll house.

the outside view of this metal doll house at Bahoukas Antiques

Ha ha ha – not sure but I think George was peekin’ at the tv show. Anyway, here’s the beautiful outside view of this cute doll house.

TWO GREAT ARTICLES TO MAKE PLAYING WITH A DOLL HOUSE EVEN MORE FUN!

First is this article about Doll House Games from TINKERLABS.

Another one is from Melissa and Doug’s site, explaining Life Lessons that can be learned from playing with a doll house.

Stop in soon and browse the shop. We have some really fun toys and collectibles that may be a perfectly deLIGHTful gift for someone on your list. And yes, as always, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 9 – Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

WRESTLERS add fun to our 44 Days of Gift Ideas

Wrestling figures including Hulk Hogan, Hillbilly Jim, Junkyard Dog, Iron Sheik, George "The Animal" Steele

It may not look like a holiday gift, but to the wrestler enthusiast, it’ll make a fine gift. In the photo above, the figures (left to right) are: Hulk Hogan, Hillbilly Jim, Junkyard Dog, Iron Sheik, and George “The Animal” Steele. The photos behind the figures are (l to r): Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage and Elizabeth, and Ultimate Warrior.

These would make great stocking stuffers for the ‘big or small’ wrestling enthusiast on your list.

By the way, are you aware there is a Pro-Wrestlers Hall of Fame. Yep…. Click on that link and check it out. By the way, they’re working on updating their site… so keep checking back on their site.

Be sure to check out the continued 44 Days of Gift Giving Ideas that we’ll be sharing throughout the holiday season. Then stop by our shop… ’cause we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 7 – Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

Don’t be ‘puzzled’ – it means 37 days left…

Puzzles for all ages available at Bahoukas

I’ll bet you haven’t thought of Bahoukas to find unique puzzles for the “enigmatologist” on your list! Well, here’s a sampling of what we have available. From JigSaw puzzles for children and adults, a Rubix Cube, and a variety of uniquely shaped puzzles in nearly every form.

enigmatologist

noun [countable]

someone who studies and writes mathematical, word or logic puzzles

enigmatology also enigmatography

noun [uncountable]

‘The annual war with words was spawned a quarter-century ago by enigmatologist Will Shortz, current puzzle editor of The New York Times.’

from DALLAS MORNING NEWS 9TH MARCH 2003

Do you love crossword puzzles?

Will Shortz - National Public Radio's (NPR's) puzzle master
We have a few books around our shop. But we also found this interesting website for the ‘cruciverbalist on you list.
Maybe you follow Will Shortz as the Puzzle Master on his Weekend Edition Sunday Morning NPR program!
Will also edits the NY Times Crossword Puzzle.
If you love these, just do a search for Will Shortz and NPR Puzzle Master or the New York Times for plenty of information about Will and also plenty about solving puzzles.
Have fun! But don’t forget to stop by our shop to find that intriguing puzzle that may stump one of those puzzle-lovers on your gift list. Well, at least for an hour or two!
We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 2 – Gift Giving Idea from Bahoukas

E.T. Phone Home!

On Day 2 of our 44 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas we are reminded of our family holidays and traditions. Then we thought about E.T. asking to ‘phone home.’ For the lover of all things E.T., we have the following that includes a very collectible lunch box (thermos included), E.T. glass, and several different sizes of E.T. figures, some with movable parts. Of course, there’s plenty more lunch box collections and movie memorabilia.

ET lunch box and thermos, glass, and figures in several different sizes all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Below is a great youtube video from the movie, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. A great movie … so grab a copy or look for it on the internet and join the kids for a great evening of movie watching and popcorn. Of course, that’ll be right after they’ve opened their Christmas gift and received an E.T. collectible. In the mean time, take some time to ‘phone home’ and let those you love know that you’re thinking of them. Stop in soon to Bahoukas Antique Mall. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

Barbie(tm) Lives

Barbie, Tuttie, Midge and Skipper cases make perfect gifts!

Barbie, Tutti and Skipper small cases

These cases make perfect gifts for the young girl in your life. They can be used for their own collections or as an overnight bag. They make great gifts to keep their own Barbie accessories and dolls, too.

Do you remember Skipper? No? Maybe this short video will help.

And here’s Barbie’s teenage friend, Midge, being introduced:

Enjoy these great videos of years gone by. Then stop into Bahoukas Antique Mall and pick one of our great Barbie, Tutti, Skipper or Midge cases for someone special on your gift list. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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!