While providing a house clearing for a highly valued repeat client this past weekend, I was asked what I thought about shopping at thrift stores such as Goodwill. Can someone purchase a gently used item that's haunted, bring that negative juju home by accident, and suffer poltergeist activity as a result?
My experience suggests it's much more likely to purchase negatively haunted items from an antique store than from a charity thrift store. Here's why: There's a whole lot of really good MOJO surrounding charitable thrift stores.
- People who donate to charity (instead of throwing such items into a landfill) help limit the negative impact humans make on Mother Earth. Those individuals also tend to be socially conscious and their act of donating responsibly generates a whole lot of positive MOJO all by itself.
- Purchasing items from a charity such as Goodwill means the shopping dollars help special needs groups. In Goodwill's case, every dollar spent helps train those with disabilities so they can work. (Even more good MOJO.)
- Shopping thrift stores helps save the shopper's family money in a socially responsible manner (not in a way that fails to honor the artist or manufacturer of those items -- such as when shopping for products made by sweat shops).
- Ever notice, inside a thrift store, how many shoppers like to sing with the piped-in-music or whistle in tune? Such human behavior seems to be rather unique to thrift stores -- I've yet to hear customers sing like that inside an antique store -- singing, in and of itself, is good MOJO.
Negative entities tend not to hang out in places where there's so much good MOJO floating around. In contrast, items at an antique mall are most often more highly priced/valued and therefore coveted (an emotion that could be perceived as negative). If a spirit wanted to haunt an item, that entity would very likely choose a family heirloom-type-of piece rather than something that the regular person would be willing to donate to a stranger or give to a landfill. If someone working necromancy wanted to direct haunting type energies into a piece of furniture, that magician would most likely choose an item destined for a particular residence, one so valued it would be unlikely to be given away easily.
That being stated? The head of David (pictured above) and the marble-top table he sits upon are two items I purchased second-hand. Here's what the back of his head looks like:
Wooden seagull (purchased from Goodwill) . . .
AND . . . just because I was out in my yard today, taking the above photos, I thought I'd also include images of colorful plants CURRENTLY in bloom in my yard; here in the greater Seattle area.