How To Tell If An Antique Doll (Or Any Item) Is Haunted
When I was a little girl, I had a friend named Elaine.
Elaine grew up in a historic Victorian farmhouse, one very similar to the one my family owned. She didn't live too far from me, and also, we were in the same girl scout troop, so Elaine and I spent a lot of time together.
My mom and Elaine's mom got along, and my mom would frequently drop me and my sister off at Elaine's after school, and pick us up, by the time Elaine's parents got home for dinner.
While I loved Elaine, and my mom and her mom got along well, I never did tell my mom that Elaine's mom didn't come home right away (sorry mom!), and we largely fended for ourselves there, which is why we loved going to Elaine's so much. Oh, and we also had a full handle on Elaine's little brother while there, too.
As 11 year olds, we were sure we could handle it all.
That is until one day, Elaine introduced us to her doll.
Elaine's doll, when placed in one room, would move itself, mysteriously, to other rooms in the house, when left alone and untended.
Most of our after school days at Elaine's, consisted of us all putting the doll in certain locations, like in Elaine's bed or in her desk chair, and then running downstairs and waiting, then running back up to see what the doll had done.
Usually, we would find it somewhere else entirely, in a completely different location or postion - and amazed and astonished we would be.
The doll and its actions were so mysterious, that rather than being scared, it seemed to bring out the little Nancy Drew in each of us.
IF you're thinking, Amanda, duh, her little brother! He was moving it to play tricks on his sister and her friends - think again.
That thought also crossed our minds, too, even back then. You're dealing with Nancy Drew fans and trained girl scouts, remember?
As the bigger sister, armed with the power of her friends, Elaine and I would force him to come downstairs with us while we waited for the doll - and alas, it wasn't him.
The doll would do what it did, completely on its own.
Home alone and after school, we spent much of time trying to get to the bottom of that doll, instead of doing the homework we all promised to be doing.
By the time Elaine moved away, we never did figure out what or who was behind the doll, or, if they ever took it with them when they moved.
The doll mystery is one that has repeated itself at various other times in my life, too. But with other haunted, or spirit-toting, objects.
I've encountered so many of these things, that I'm now kinda the strictest (or the most fun) person you could ever go yard sale-ing with.
The above picture is of an Ouija Board, which by themselves, are basically harmless pieces of wood.
The one I have was hand burned and carved for me, from of a single origin southern pine, given to me as an anniversary gift and it's as clean and soft as a baby's butt.
But not all are like that.
Some boards, objects and items have been used so frequently, and for God knows what, that they do come with tag alongs.
Objects are matter, and matter is energy, and spirits are energy, and spirits can 'bond' with items just like we can and do.
The one pictured above was being sold in a local shop, was described to me as one of the most evil boards the shop owner has ever come into contact with in 30 years.
And while this shop owner has kindly marked it, most don't. Meaning, it's really up to the consumer to figure out if something may be carrying something, before bringing it home.
As a medium, this is something that I do a lot, but it's also something that I've trained my self declared non-sensitive significant other to do with great success, as well.
So without further ado -
how to tell if something is haunted
(carrying a spirit)
Close your eyes, touch with your hand the 'haunted' piece in question, then immediately touch your hand to something else, not haunted.
Yes, a 'control' and a 'variable' test, side by side.
Two comparison pieces, that don't have to be the same exact object - like haunted Ouija Board to presumably not haunted Ouija Board - but they do have to be of similar consistency.
So if it's a wooden board, you want to touch a wooden lamp table nearby, one at a time.
Take a deep breath and do it again, and again - usually three times is good enough to get a sense of what, if anything something is carrying.
See what you feel in your gut -
If you get a bad feeling from one or the other, start to see flashes of scary visions, or hear voices when touching one - then you know it's got a friend that wants to come home.
Some spirits you can remove, some spirits you can live with and some spirits, may actually teach you something -
So just make sure to evaluate the situation, and if you're willing to deal with it. Who knows, having it around could bring some excitement to an otherwise ho-hum life!
Amanda Linette Meder
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Photo Credits: Amanda Linette Meder Location: The Creeper Gallery, New Hope, PA
Disclaimer: If a vintage piece is presented to you in an isolated and singular way, it is possible to determine if it has an attachment just by looking at it. However, this technique doesn't work in all circumstances and is much harder to effectively do in crowded shopping areas.
At flea markets, and in estate sales, it is all too easy to accidentally pick up on the reads of other nearby variables (other people, things attached to other objects, etc) when things are that close together, especially for highly attuned sensitives. Physically touching the item will produce the clearest read. Use your best judgment.