We first want to say how thankful we are for each and every person who has stepped into our store of collections! George – the ‘collector of collections’ – loves sharing his many finds and all the stories that go with them. We wish everyone a Thanksgiving filled with peace, love, and gratitude for all that we have. Remember, it’s not about quantity, but quality. Well, except for George – the collector! (chuckle)
It’s been George’s tradition to decorate the weekend following Thanksgiving. But this year, the hundreds of dolls he acquired meant that he had to move a lot of things around ASAP!!! So the windows are decorated a couple of days early – yes, thanks, Barbara. And Christmas can be spotted throughout the store.
Dolls – a 3.78 Billion Dollar Industry in 2021
So stopping by Bahoukas might just be worth your while. The dolls in the window are beautiful. The hundreds in our store – well, come see them. Check out the braid on this Barbie! WOW!
You won’t believe the dolls and doll furniture available. From tiny porcelain dolls to 2 ft + Barbies, baby dolls, and American Girl Dolls are just a few of the many waiting for someone to give them some love. Seriously, stop by and pick one (please). They are priced for the collector and to purchase for a special child in your life. Definitely something for everyone.
Add to this a wonderful selection of furnishings and accessories for your dolls that include well-made high chairs, table, rocking cradles, cribs, chairs, and more. Seriously this is one special collection.
Next add puzzles!
Here are a few of our very collectible puzzles. But we encourage you to check our TOY section for more.
What celebrates Holiday Gift Giving better than a horse figure? Here’s a sampling:
And for the ‘littles’ on your list
How About Ratatouille!
Games – did I hear Games?
Well, we have a substantial selection of board games in our Toy Section plus these unique games for indoor fun:
We are ready to help you with your Holiday Gift Purchases
Browse our blog for the hundreds of collections in the shop. Hopefully, this post gives you a glimpse of what’s available for the collector AND the kids on your list. We are here and, yessirree, we are excitedly waiting to show off our collections!
Remember, if you purchase $50 or more, you can fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to WIN a $100 HdG GIFT CARD – this weekend only!
That’s right. George has acquired a huge assortment of dolls from the tiniest porcelain dolls to 25″ Barbies. Seriously, We do not know where he will put them all. Here’s a sneak peek at just the very tippy top of the iceberg of dolls-dolls-dolls!
There are many benefits to playing with dolls. These benefits include encouraging imagination, developing motor skills, fostering a sense of caring, boosting independence, teaching empathy, helping with social development, encouraging communication, providing a sense of belonging, creating opportunities for pretend play, and helping children deal with emotions. So if you’re looking for a toy that will promote your child’s development in multiple ways, consider investing in a doll. They will thank you later in life.
Considering the many changes that have occurred since the pandemic, possibly a doll might be a perfect gift this year. Let’s encourage more child’s play and a little less screen time. Think of the benefits!
Dolls, of course, or great collectibles. You probably know someone who has a beautiful collection. And don’t forget that dolls can bring comfort to someone in a nursing home, especially those dealing with dementia.
No matter what the reason, we have a most wonderful selection of dolls. So look over your holiday gift list and see if someone might appreciate one of them. Maybe you? And yep, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for you. We would love to show you our collection of collections!
Did you know that at the height of Crockett-mania, coonskin caps were selling at 5,000 a day! Do you still have yours?
Do You Know the Name of Davy Crockett’s Horse?
ALWAYS look UP when you’re in our shop! Otherwise, you’ll miss some fine collectibles!
A walking stick gifted to Benjamin Franklin in France. Note that the top represents his iconic fur hat.
courtesy National Museum of American History
Did You Know About Franklin? (the possible state)
Crockett was born on August 17, 1786, in what is now eastern Tennessee. At the time, however, many of the region’s residents considered themselves citizens of the so-called state of Franklin, a breakaway territory that had declared its independence from North Carolina two years earlier.
We have a wonderful selection of banks available in the shop. These are just a few of the latest!
Make Saving FUN!
“Without a working knowledge of money, it is extraordinarily difficult to do well in life,” says Sam X Renick, co-creator of Sammy Rabbit, a children’s character and financial literacy initiative. “Money is central to transacting life, day-in and day-out. Where we live, what we eat, the clothes we wear, the car we drive, health care, education, child-rearing, gift giving, vacations, entertainment, heat, air-conditioning, insurance—you name it, money is involved.”
A piggy bank can be a great way to teach your kids the importance of saving, while giving them an easy way to do it. Tell your kids that the goal is to fill up the piggy bank with dollars and coins, until there is no room.
We LOVE this unique Coca-Cola Bears bank. Don’t forget that once they fill up their bank, they can learn to open a bank account. A great beginning for financially savvy young adults in the near future. Such a fun way to get started.
So stop in today and pick out one of these great banks. We have others, too. But hurry, some of these will go quickly. And yessiree, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!
With the amazing Kentucky Derby Race featuring the winner, Rich Strike, we thought we’d share a few of our horse-y collectibles today! Just to remind you of this amazing race (who didn’t even get picked to run until the day before the race!), here’s the video from NBC Sports.
We have a few wonderful Horse Collectibles
From a number of toy items to beautiful figurines, horses always seem to inspire. Do you have a youngster that’s saving for their first horse? Check out this latest addition to our horse category!
The above figurines are the latest entries to our horse collection – including plastic, ceramic, bronze, Jadeite, and cast iron. Also check out the TOY AREA for a few more great choices of horse figures.
CLICK HERE for one of our great posts from May 2018 – talkin’ ’bout horses!
It looks like a bit of rain off and on this weekend. If you’re ducking the raindrops, stop in and visit. We’ll be watchin’ for ya (and yes, we even have a few great umbrellas you can purchase)!
Don’t forget that we have a variety of toys and games from mini-furnishings for a dollhouse to metal trucks, Hot Wheels, and even a noisemaker or two!!!
Remember, they can take these outside and enjoy!
We have a variety of jars and bottles that are just perfect to add a bit of spring to your home decor while you await the coming burst of flowers. Or just add a daffodil or two and VOILA! you have a bit of cheer and color to brighten a room.
As we look forward to the coming warmer days and greener lawns, Bahoukas offers a variety of indoor and outdoor decor, tools and games, kitchen accessories and dishware, toys, and more. Put on your creative hat as you start your Spring plans and visit us. We just might surprise you with our variety of antiques and collectibles.
Of course, you already know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
We thought we’d entice you to visit by sharing a variety of items in this post. Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, we have some nifty items. You can also find some Vintage Baltimore advertising pieces, a game, and more.
We believe this game is a 3D Tic Tac Toe but we don’t have any directions. Can you figure it out? We’ve seen similar online, but none exactly like this one. It’s our recent whozwhatsit!
Vintage Newsstand Advertisement Pieces
We have a variety of Sun Papers advertisements in the shop. (Not recent reproductions) Stop by and see if you might enjoy a couple to frame and have in your collection or decor!
On the left is a vintage Sunpapers (Baltimore) newsstand advertisement for ‘expert baseball coverage.’
Vintage Shoes and Boots
These women’s boots are so unique. Maybe you’d like the whole set or just a pair to perk up a special place in your home.
This handsome pair of men’s leather, riding boots are wonderful, but the wooden boot trees are what make this item extra, extra special.
Do you know what a skediddle is? We weren’t sure until we did some research. But this Mickey Mouse Skediddle is pretty cool. It’s a 1968 Mattel toy.
Mickey Mouse Skediddler
This is just the cutest toy from 1968 Mattel. Check out the 1968 vintage commercial below.
Sometimes we have way too much fun…
With Easter in another week, it’s a great time to stop in and see what might work perfectly to fill a basket or decorate your home. No matter what, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
The Musical Jolly Chimp played a role as a security guard in Toy Story 3. We received one in excellent shape just this week. Ours is from the 70s and uses batteries. It works! Check out more details on the colorful, celebrity life of the Musical Jolly Chimp!
Did You Know?
This crazy monkey toy has been included in movies, books, and songs. Can you guess all of them before you read the following quote?
A little creepy and very funny, stop by soon to see our Musical Jolly Chimp. Another great idea for a special Easter gift or to add toy our own Toy Collectibles! It’s a beautiful day to stop in. And you bet, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
George found these toys from the 1970s that all work, They are just so delightful. Maybe a youngster would love one with their Easter Basket – or you collect toys and want to add these to your shelf. Stop in soon and check them out. Bumble Bug, Mother Goose, and Giraffe in a box are all ready to bring a smile to your face.
Doctor Doolittle’s Giraffe in-a-box Vintage Toy
Mother Good in-a-box/So much fun!
Everyone Loves Woody Woodpecker!
Admit it, you just love these! So whether one or two are for your collection, or a nostalgic gift to share with a special youngster, we encourage you to come to check them out soon.
Easter’s coming … we’re trying to help you be ready! And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
PEZ – those little (and not so little) whimsical characters that delight young and old make perfect gifts to hide in a plastic egg or include in an Easter Basket.
No matter what your taste, we probably have a PEZ that’s perfect for your celebrations! Even teens and adults have a surprising choice – and collectors just love ’em!
Seriously, something for everyone in our PEZ collectibles:
We encourage you to stop in today and see our PEZ collection – hundreds, if not, thousands! Surprise someone with one hidden in a plastic egg or in their Easter Baskets. Stay tuned for more posts of other fun Easter items including eggs, rabbits, and other surprises! Yep, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for ya.
Dads carried metal tins with lunch to their jobs in the coal mines and factories. Of course, it wasn’t long before their children wanted to copy their dads.
Many of the latest additions are complete with thermoses as well. Do stop in and check it out. They are a great last-minute gift for a child in your life – or your favorite collector. Remember, not just great for lunch, but fun for picnics, playing, keeping treasures, and more.
The above desk is in beautiful condition. We also have another as pictured below:
Another choice is this wood desk:
1881: The Fashion School Desk
Old School Chair
… with writing pad. These are solid and have a shelf on the bottom to place books and bags.
So whether it’s a lunchbox or a school desk, we can add a last-minute ‘surprise’ to your holiday gift-giving. Hurry in. We’re watchin’ for ya so that we can help you with your last-minute searches. Don’t forget, we DO CLOSE for Christmas Day and New Years Day. (Give us a call to be sure we didn’t leave early on the eve of both!) Happy Holidays!
A wonderful collection of hundreds of toy soldiers arrived at Bahoukas this fall. Most of them are “Britains” lead and plastic, some are “Barclay.” Lead ones are from the 50s and 60s; plastic from the 70s.
William Britain, W. Britain or simply Britain’s, no matter what we are called our name is synonymous with toy soldiers. Since 1893 W. Britain has been producing toy soldiers and military miniatures with attention to detail, quality and authenticity.
According to many websites, including toysoldiersco.com, toy soldier collections have been found as far back as the time of the Pharaohs – 2500BC, when they might be made by wood, clay, stone, or metal.
But They Weren’t Always TOYS!
Early figurines were made from wood, porcelain and silver. Initially, these were crafted for generals and monarchs to be used during war-strategy meetings.
You’ve most likely seen them used in this manner in many movies!
A Wee Bit of History
The W. Britain brand name of toy and collectable soldiers is derived from a company founded by William Britain Jr., a British toy manufacturer, who in 1893 invented the process of hollow casting in lead, and revolutionized the production of toy soldiers. The company quickly became the industry leader, and was imitated by many other companies, such as Hanks Bros. and John Hill and Co. The style and scale of Britain’s figures became the industry standard for toy soldiers for many years.
The Barclay Manufacturing Company was an American metal toy company based in New Jersey that specialised in diecast toy cars and hollowcast toy soldiers. Due to their common availability at five and dime stores, collectors often refer to Barclay’s toy soldiers as “Dimestore soldiers”.
Besides soldiers, these very collectible miniatures might also include cowboys and Indians, presidents, and more.
The Times Can Change Our Toys
So, if you remember playing with toy soldiers, eagerly creating the game as your imagination allowed, maybe you want to share that joy with a youngster in your life, or still love to collect them, stop in soon at Bahoukas. They are perfectly sized to make great stocking stuffers this season. And yes, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!
Our latest addition to our collectible toys is Major Matt Mason – 3 characters – Major Matt Mason, Civilian Doug Davis (yellow suit), and Callisto – the Space Alien – plus the space station. The baby boomer that owned this sure took good care of it!
It’s interesting to hear how kids played with these toys using ingenuity and imagination:
GI Joe and Combat Man’s Equipment Case
The case was a knock-off and offered through the Sears and JC Penney’s Christmas catalogs in the 1960s. THE GI JOE character and costumes are the real thing.
So there you are – some great items for the collector on your holiday list or great toys for the kids (big and little) on your list. Stop in and see them for yourself. And yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
We have several remarkable collectibles related to the Star Wars series. The above photo is from a 1977 Star Wars Movie Program.
Below we have an amazing 1980 portfolio for The Empire Strikes Back Movie that includes 24 full-color prints with detailed info.
The beautiful art with the detailed information is outstanding, whether you keep them in the portfolio or decide to frame them.
This unique Star Trek press kit includes a production program and an electronic press kit that includes a movie trailer plus various clips/sound bites.
A movie enthusiast or Trekkie/Trekker would definitely be interested.
Stop in soon and take a peek. These Star Wars and Star Trek memorabilia will definitely be appreciated! Add to your own collection or consider a person on your gift list who would really, really appreciate these collectibles. And yes – we have some I Love Lucy memorabilia as well!
The above quote shows only a small bit of the story of model trains. If you go to the link for Wikipedia, you’ll find even more interesting information. Today we often give a ‘ho hum’ response to the history of familiar items. But if you take the time to read a bit more about these items, there’s a new appreciation of how they even came about!
American Flyer S-Scale Trains
Our latest ‘collection of collections’ is this assortment of newly acquired American Flyer Showcase Line of S-scale model trains. You’ll want to stop by soon and check it out. Start someone on their collection or add to your own.
Plus we have other trains available including Lionel 0-gauge and S-scale trains, and some H0 as well. Stop in today and browse our collection. We’re here to help you find the perfect ‘starter’ for a new collection or to add to one you already own. We’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!
Our Captain Action articulated action figure is in amazingly great condition considering the age and the fact that the original owner actually played with him. He comes with the following: Tonto, Batman, Green Hornet, Capt. America, Superman, and a baseball costume.
It’s interesting to note that Captain Action was also used in a variety of items including a comic book series, a book, and a card game.
The holidays are coming and this could be a great gift for a toy collector or a youngster on your list.
Stop in soon and see it for yourself. We’re here. And we’re watchin’ for ya!