When someone contacts SSPR about possible paranormal activity they are experiencing in their home or business, we ask a lot of questions, both over the phone and during an initial walk through of the home.

One of the questions we always ask is this: "Have you purchased antiques, items at a garage sale, or other used items?"

In many cases, the answer is yes. And in many of those cases, we believe we can trace the activity to the purchase of a specific object.

The Masonic Sword

For example, two clients (who are now members of the team) had some activity associated with a Masonic sword in their home, which I wrote about in a previous blog.

The Ghost in the Piano

I have an antique upright piano that sits in my living room. It is over 100 years old. When I played the piano, I always saw flashes of where it had been before - the rooms where it was, the people who played it, etc. We also had a lot of strange activity that had started occurring in our house in the area of the piano - although we'd always had some activity elsewhere in the home. We had the piano for a few years before I decided I wanted a grand piano, so we gave the upright to friends and purchased an antique grand for ourselves (I dig antique pianos). 

While the piano was at our friends' house, some of the activity in the area we keep the piano let up. At the same time, we began to hear of strange occurrences at our friends' home. Several years later, Jim and I had an unexpectedly large tax bill. My grand piano just wasn't getting played as much as I wanted, and my son had quit piano lessons altogether. At the same time, our friends' son continued in piano, and he was and remains incredibly talented. They were interested in buying a grand piano, and I had one to sell so we could pay Uncle Sam. So our friends bought the grand piano, and the antique upright we'd given them returned to our home, where it sits today. Their activity ceased. Ours in the area where we keep the piano picked up and continues to this day.

Can Objects Be Haunted?

These are just a few of the many stories we have about objects that appear to have some type of activity attached to them. I selected these two because they are stories of SSPR team members, and they illustrate the point that antique objects could potentially have spirits attached.

While there is no proof that spirits definitely do attach to objects, there's a lot of anecdotal evidence pointing to possibility. There are many famous haunted objects, such as Annabelle the Doll and the Dibbuk Box

The bottom line is this: be careful what you bring into your home. Before purchasing items at antique stores, flea markets, second hand shops, and garage sales, take a moment to hold the object in your hands and tune in to how you feel. Listen to your intuition. If the object makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, it's probably best to pass. If activity picks up in your home after purchasing a used item, try removing it from the house and storing it in a detached location such as a garden shed to see if things change. Of course, if you need help you can always contact us.