Christmas Galore

Decorating Ideas and more

We have Christmas galore
Throughout our store.

With Santas and angels tucked here and there
And dolls of all sizes – well – EVERYwhere!

Stuffed bears and gift tins
Are waiting for you.
So stop in soon and
See what’s new!

Of course, you know, we’re watchin’ for ya and we have plenty of ideas to help you in planning your holiday and gift-giving!

Did We Mention Dolls?

Hundreds of Like-New Dolls Need Love

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!

That’s not all!

Some of the dolls have been put out on the floor. There are beautiful collectible dolls and dolls priced for kids to play with. And there are many more to come – hundreds!

In addition, by Thanksgiving weekend with “Plaid Friday” and Small Business Saturday, we’ll have Christmas Decor, wrapping paper, and even doll furnishings.

You just won’t believe what we’ll have. So stop in soon … then return as more dolls and Christmas decor gets put on the floor.

WOW – it’s most certainly beginning to feel like Christmas (and it’s not quite Thanksgiving yet)! You can be sure, we’ll be watchin’ for ya even if we are peeking over a box of dolls!!!

Do We Really Outgrow Our Love of Dolls?

Dolls for Every Child (young or old)

Some will want to play with them while others will want to collect them and keep them on a shelf. No matter what you decide, we have some stunning dolls available.

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.

from AnnMarieJohn.com

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!

Dolls to Play or Collect

People collect dolls for many reasons. Some collect them because of fond childhood memories, others for the artistry that goes into making them, others for historical value, and still others for their resale value. People collect what appeals to them and reflect their desires and values.

from DiscoverAHobby.com

Here in our store, we have gathered quite a collection of dolls (and stuffed animals). Our “Barbie” collection is fairly extensive. But we’ve other delightful additions to consider whether it’s a gift for a young one to enjoy or to be added to a collection.

Shirley Temple doll with a variety of 16 outfits at Bahoukas

Shirley Temple Doll

This delightful doll can be purchased with 6 outfits, but we have a total of 16 if you’re interested!

Brief History of Dolls

Another excerpt:

Dolls in the Middle Ages were often made from clay, tin, or glass. Clay figures of horses and knights and figurines from glass and tin have been found. In addition, dolls made from bread representing various saints were eaten on religious feast days. Beginning in the 1400s, fashion dolls were created to display the latest Paris fashions to wealthy customers.

In America, one of the oldest dolls is the Kachina, made by the Hopi Indians in Arizona. Kachina dolls were hand carved from cactus root or cottonwood, painted with symbolic colors and designs, and dressed in traditional dresses. These dolls were intended as sacred objects for children to study, and were not used as toys. During religious ceremonies, Kachina dolls were given out by masked priests who dressed as ancestral spirits and offered petitionary prayers for the tribe.

Colonial Americans made dolls from whatever materials they had on hand, including corn husks, corn cobs, fruits, nuts, and gourds. Northern Indians and Eskimos fashioned their dolls from whalebone, walrus tusk, and mammoth teeth.

from DiscoverAHobby.com
Victorian Dolls and doll sofa
Victorian dolls and doll sofa

We’ve been posting about dolls over the years. CLICK HERE to see some of those older posts.

Wonder Why We Collect Dolls?

You’re in good company if you love to collect dolls of any kind. Some famous people, such as actress Demi Moore and actor Johnny Depp, collect dolls. Even British singer, Sophie Ellis Bextor, collects a variety of dolls because they’re full of personality and charm. You may collect dolls purely for investment purposes. After all, an original and mint condition G.I. Joe doll can fetch a pretty penny, as can a rare, vintage, or designer diamond-encrusted Barbie doll. But you likely already know that not all dolls are worth a fortune, so there may be another reason behind your habit.

from SpruceCrafts

Whether you’re looking for a Barbie to add to your collection, a Victorian doll, or a princess or baby doll, we may be able to help. So we encourage you to stop in soon. Yep, we’re always watchin’ for ya!

Gentle Reminder:

Might we add that 5 months from now will be the Christmas Holidays.

Dolls, Scores of Dolls

Is there a doll you always wanted? We might have it!

Some of the huge variety of dolls in our collection.

Check our front window. There’s an amazing selection of dolls from small cloth dolls to beautiful baby dolls and everything in-between! They’re in excellent condition and will surely delight a collector, or a young one whose eyes would light up with one or two of these beautiful dolls.

Beautiful Presidents’ Wives Collection, Bride doll, and Beanie Babies.

Above are wives of former presidents (l to r): Mrs. Barbara Bush, Mrs. Pat Nixon, Mrs. Jackie Kennedy, Mrs. Nancy Reagan, and Mrs. Rosalyn Carter. These dolls are beautiful. In addition, there’s a lovely bride’s doll. And the beanie babies are only a few of the collection we have acquired.

Stop in soon and take a peek. Surely there’s a perfect doll for a very special person in your life! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

oooOOOOoooo…Sunshine!

Time to get those kids outdoors!

Toys for inside and out, games - all for kids and family at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

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.

__from Wikipedia

By the way, did you know there’s a NATIONAL TOY HALL of FAME? Check this out! CLICK HERE

Stop by today. It’s going to be a beautiful Monday! See what we have to offer that will make any day special for the kids in your family! We’ll be watchin’ for ya