This past Sunday, July 27, 2008, my younger brother, his girlfriend and I set out on a little ride to an Antiques Store in a little town outside Windsor. We always see this store from the highway because of the bright red roof and it looked pretty nice. I thought it was great, maybe I would find another piece of furniture or something. Amber thought it was great too since she was looking for a half moon table for her living area.
We left around 11:00 and arrived around 11:30. It wasn't far from where I live because I live at the end of Windsor. Tecumseh town is just across the road. We thought it would take about an hour, but it didn't. As soon as I stepped into this place I thought it was great, we all did. It was like a Mall. So much to look at. I walked in and to the left side, ahead of me, there was a coat rack. I have been looking for a coat rack here in Windsor, but haven't found anything I liked. I walked over to check it out. It was so sturdy, heavy and old and a good price. This was the one I wanted. Amber and Greg went to the right of the Mall. I didn't see them for a long time because this place was huge.
Finally, Amber found a three tier table and yelled at me, hey Judy, I got myself a nice table. I walked over and told her that I found a coat rack. She thought that was great because she knew I have been wanting one.
We packed everything in the van and went home about 3 hours later. The first stop was my house. My husband was out golfing when we left and upon arrival, seen the coat rack and thought it was pretty sturdy and nice. An old antique. I cleaned it up with oil and even tightened the screws a bit on the claws to hold the coats. I set it in our foyer near the front door.
Now, I have bought other pieces of furniture at Antique Auctions and stores, and have never, ever believed that a piece of furniture could be haunted or something. I thought I was going crazy thinking such a thing. That evening while in the family room watching TV a screeching noise came out of the wooden coat rack. It was so loud and piercing like it was stretching. It was very creepy. My dog even looked up and stared at it. Then there were noises from it like crackling wood burning in fire, you know like a bonfire or something. The noises were loud. I thought to myself, this is coming from a piece of wood?
Now, my husband took Monday and Tuesday off of work this week so he was home when the next incident happened. He has not experienced this yet and I didn't tell him because I thought it could be from the oil.
I was sitting at my computer, he was walking up the stairs to the foyer and my dog was with me sitting on the living room floor. All of a sudden, this coat rack made the loud screeching noise and then a big crackle came from it. I looked at the coat rack because it was right in front of me and it was moving back and forth. I think the noise was so loud and long it made it wobble back and forth. What in the heck was that my husband says? I started to laugh and said it's the coat rack. He said the coat rack?
Later on in the evening, Will checked out the coat rack looking at it closely. He said it could be the wood from the oil you gave it. I said like that? I said, Will, we have so much wood in here and have never heard anything like that, especially coming from a piece of wood.
He didn't say anything. That night while in the family room watching TV, it did it again. Other noises came from it too and sort of travelled to my kitchen. Crackling like the wood was in the kitchen now. It was strange. But, I did get an uneasy feeling from this. So did my little dog. She would stare at it from the living room and then look around as if she seen something that I couldn't see.
The third day this happened again all night from around 12:00 am to 4:00 am off an on. It was ridiculous and very annoying. I have never had noises in my home like this. Crackling wood noises coming from this wood travelling to the kitchen now? At night while I was sleeping, it would wake me up, that's how loud it was.
I didn't want the coat rack any longer. Today, July 31, 2008 I called Amber up and told her the situation and to come by and pick up this coat rack to take to the store she works at. She said sure.
I mentioned to her and my brother about this coat rack making awful noises. She said that sometimes when you buy an antique, there could be something attached to it. I said get out of here. Nothing ever happened with the pieces I bought in the past. She said yes, this could happen.
I told my mom and she said if you get rid of it, bring it over to her house. I told her I don't want it in your home, it will freak you out and you don't need to hear these noises it makes. It is pretty creepy mom. The noises travel too.
She said really, and I said yes, trust me mom. I want to get rid of it! Amber said to me, so I guess I won't call my sister and my mom to see if they want it. I told her don't give it to anyone you know. She said okay.
My dog Chloe lies down in the foyer on the floor and hasn't done this in 4 days. She would stare at the coat rack and then move her head as if watching something move while laying down in the living room. She never acted like this before. I guess she didn't like it either. When I got rid of it, it looked like my little dog had a smile on her face.
And, tonight Chloe my dog is lying down again in the foyer. Strange. Poor thing, maybe she sensed something from it too.
I called Amber this evening and told her I haven't had any noises in my home since you came and picked it up, Chloe my dog is lying down in the foyer on the floor and the heavy feeling around the home is gone.
I am so glad it won't be in my house tonight. It woke me and my husband up last night off an on. We could not believe the first noise coming from it. The others after were loud, but they weren't anything like the first big noise. It would last for about 30 seconds.
While I am typing this, there is no heaviness in my house and no crackling coming from the kitchen or the foyer. My dog Chloe is again in the foyer and not afraid to lie down there again. It is nice and peaceful. Looks can deceive!
Can antiques have ghosts attached to them? I would say yes now. The last four days with this coat rack have not been very pleasant. A very uneasy feeling we had here at our home. My husband even feels better too, and for sure, my dog is back to normal. Noticing my dog not lying down in the foyer the last 4 days caught my attention too.
Since ridding of this coat rack everything is back to normal.