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!

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!

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! 

School Starts!

Some have started – others will start next week!

We walked around the shop this week to find school-related items. We have a couple of fun posts for you.

watercolor paint set - lid

Just the tin (top photo) that these watercolors are in is beautiful. Below you’ll see the actual watercolors and most are still complete. What a fun way to say, “Happy Back to School!”

inside watercolor paint set

Below is a group of very unique school collectibles.

Balckboard to Books - Calkins's Reading Cards 1883, slateboard 1920s, Creative Playthings Recorder 1970s

On the right is an individual slate board from the 1920s-1930s. In front is a plastic recorder from Creative Playthings (R) from the 1970s. On the left is an 1883 vintage item: From Blackboard to Books – Calkins’s Reading Cards. There’s a sample reading card in the middle.

Going back to school may have a bit of trepidation to the youngest, while some returning students look forward to it and others feel like it’s a punishment to be endured. But no matter, we send best wishes for a successful year to each and every student!

Drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and check these items and more. Yes, 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! 

 

Old Vintage Photos

… offer some beautiful possibilities

This old photo includes an early Harley Davidson

Old photos always take us back to another time. Visually they help us see another era. But they also cause us to wonder about their lives. Sometimes you even ponder if there was a way you could create something with the photos that seem to touch you in some way. Speaking of how a photo may touch us, did you notice the vintage Harley Davidson in the front of the photo above? Well, now you see it!

vintage photo of a young man with his arm resting on an old rocking chair      vintage photo of an older woman

Do you ever fall in love with old photos you find in antique shops and wish there was a project so you could use them? We’ve included a wonderful link in this post that gives you 30 ideas. Once you look it over, I’ll bet your creative mind will be going in 100 directions, thinking of the gifts and unique items you might create for others as well as yourself. Stop in and see our many old photos.

vintage wedding photo, one of many at Bahoukas Antique Mall

This webpage gives 30 Creative Ways to Repurpose Repurpose Old Photos. It may, at first, feel like it wouldn’t work for anything you want. But as I perused the options, I was picturing all the beautiful black & white and sepia tone photos I’ve seen in antique shops. What if all those amazing bridal photos were used to create a lovely runner for the bride’s table. Just an idea. Now go create! Yes, we have lots of old photos and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Vintage Postcards – hundreds!

Stunning Very Collectible Vintage Postcards

Beautiful Vintage Postcards at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

We recently received hundreds – yes, hundreds of beautiful, stunning, vintage postcards. Many of them are embossed. We have beautiful postcards for nearly every holiday and dozens of subjects. You have to see them to appreciate them. They are just stunning. Whether you add them to your collection, use them for decoupage, or frame them, these vintage postcards are a delight!

Hurry in and see them for yourself. If you love vintage postcards, you won’t be disappointed. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 33 – 44 Days of Gift Giving from Bahoukas

Thrill a Reader on your List with a Collectible Book!


Collectible books available at Bahoukas include Cherry Ames, Trixie Belden and The Bobbsey Twins

Above we have Cherry Ames in Rest Home Nurse, Trixie Belden and the Black Jacket Mystery, and The Bobbsey Twins in The Secret at the Seashore! Below we have two in the Nancy Drew Mystery Series: The Quest of the Missing Map and the Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion plus Peter Potamus!

Collectible Books at Bahoukas Antique Mall include Nancy Drew and Peter Pottamus

But that’s not all…. consider these:

Three Muskateers, Roy Rogers and Wyatt Earp bring great reading in Collectible Books at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Above we have The Three Musketeers – a Whitman Book, Little Golden Books including this one about Roy Rogers, and another Whitman Book, Wyatt Earp. Below we have The F.B.I. from Random House with a forward by J. Edgar Hoover, The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey, and The House on the Cliff with The Hardy Boys!

Wonderful Collectible Books available at Bahoukas Antique Mall include The F.B.I., Zane Grey Novels and The Hardy Boys

While doing a little research, we discovered a great deal more information on Zane Grey.

Most of knew him as a highly read author of Westerns. Consider these:

  • His name was actually Pearl Zane Gray
  • He was an accomplished baseball player, earning a college scholarship
  • He went to the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in Dentisty
  • His wife “Dolly” pretty much handled his affairs
  • His favorite sport was fishing and he held 10+ world records for big game fishing
  • Born Jan. 31, 1872 and died Oct. 23, 1939 in Zanesville, Ohio
  • He authored more than 90 books
  • His novels and short stories were adapted into 112, films, 2 TV episodes, and a series, Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater

What an amazing story! You see, we have much to share when you visit us at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. Remember, the countdown to Holiday Festivities in growing close. We’re here to help you find those unique gifts for the very special people on your list. Stop by … we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Did You Have a Fav Child’s Book That Was Banned?

What was your favorite book as a child?

Children's Classic books - assortment available at Bahoukas

Children’s books continue to be one of our most loved items in the store. We have had books from the Dick and Jane Series, Weekly Readers, and many others. Some are very used, others in decent condition. Somehow … the ‘very used’ seem to feel special when you hold them. After all, some very loving, little hands enjoyed them over the years.

CLICK HERE to read an interesting article on banned (mostly) children’s books. Regardless of your personal choices, we have some beautiful classics for children. Stop in and browse. The weblady is partial to the Bobbsey Twins Seris and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

Did you ever wonder about ‘challenged and banned books?’ Here’s an interesting link from the American Library Association. Intriguing …

 

Great Find – The Maryland Farmer

Agriculture, Horticulture, Rural Economy, and Mechanic Arts

Maryland Farmer magazines 1865-66 at Bahoukas

Recently George received a number of these publications: The Maryland Farmer: Monthly Magazine Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture, Rural Economy & Mechanic Arts. They are from 1865-1866! The articles offer advice and details on plantings, animal husbandry, recipes, even lifestyle! Intriguing reads with a dash of that old-fashioned wisdom that still fits today. Intriguing!

Maryland Farmer 1865-66

An Illuminated Life of Christ

Amazing Bible-Teaching Portable Class dated 1896

This unique piece is perfect for the right person. Could that person be YOU?

Beautiful teaching - An Illuminated Life of Christ

The briefcase opens into a lectern. The top works like a movie screen, with beautiful illustrations that are manipulated with a key-like hand-crank.

The portable classroom - Pen Pictures from Genesis to Revelations 1902 - at Bahoukas

The Royal Scroll

The Royal Scroll and how to use the Pen Pictures

The book is a Bible study filled with Pen Pictures from Genesis to Revelation and includes descriptions of the plates (illustrations), maps and a Question and Answer section related to the stories.

Beautiful Maps

Bible Study in Topical Form addressing questions of The Scriptures 1902

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

The screen offers beautiful illustrations. Below are some samples.

Illustration from the Illuminated Life of Christ

Illustration from the Illuminated Life of Christ
    Illustration from the Illuminated Life of Christ 1902
Published in 1902 by Powers, Higley and Company, Chicago. The copyright is 1896 by Powers, Fowler and Lewis