I almost kept it - I figured out where I would display it and everything - talk about a perfect example of re-seller angst, worse than the curtains I wrote about a while back... Practicality won out again though, and it is currently at auction on eBay.
Of course I got sucked into looking at the other vintage boards that are up for sale - there are some awesome ones! Here is the one I had when I was younger, I don't know how many hours my friends and I spent on it... I don't think I want to know, really...
From eBay seller 5RL Online Auction Company - 1972 Parker Brothers Ouija Board:
I wish I still had mine, but it is long gone... luckily this version isn't too hard to find at a reasonable price it seems, plus a couple of years ago I thrifted this for a quarter:
A Ouija board mouse pad! I was too excited when I found it, I have to admit. I've used it ever since, and luckily there are several available on eBay so I will be able to replace it when it wears out... gotta love eBay!
Of course the older boards are a lot more rare, but there is a pretty big variety - I was kind of shocked to find out that there are boards dating back to the 1890's! I found a great site called The Museum of Talking Boards that has a ton of information about the history of Ouija boards and a great gallery of almost a hundred board versions - the one I found is included!
There is one other board that is for sale right now that I just love and have to show you before I go:
From eBay seller M and J's Collectibles - a Haskelite Mystic Tray:
I know most have you have probably run across vintage Haskelite wood serving trays on your thrifting travels, but I never would have thought there was a Ouija board version! And what's even cooler is that the witch from Snow White is in the lower left hand corner!:
I'm tempted to bid... must... resist...