Gladys Baigent-Therens, with her sister and daughter, started the spring and fall open house sales by accident.
“The very first one was actually supposed to be my daughter’s wedding and everything was rented and paid for, and that fell apart,” Baigent-Therens said. “We couldn’t get anything back so we decided to use the hall, do something and try to make something good out of that original day.”
Although the open houses may have started because of an unfortunate turn of events, the three women have continued that momentum five years later.
“We just haven’t quit since,” Baigent-Therens said.
The upcoming Sleigh Belles Christmas Open House will be on Oct. 5 at Church Of Our Lady.
“I don’t know how we managed to take off so well with it, but we did,” Baigent-Therens said.
Along with her daughter, Krista Therens-Olafson, and sister, Pauline Yamniuk, this is the ninth open house sale the three women have hosted.
The spring open house is set for April 5.
In the past, the events donated money to a Tim Hortons charity. This year, money will be going to the Allan Blair Cancer Centre.
“We’re going to have it all decorated pink,” Baigent-Therens said, “and hope to raise a good amount of money for the Allan Blair Cancer Centre.”
She said she hopes to donate around $250 or $300.
The open houses invite at least 30 vendors to set up and display their goods.
“It’s a bunch of little home-based business people and we all get together and everybody puts specials on,” Baigent-Therens said.
There will be a variety of vendors at the Sleigh Belles Chrismas Open House on Oct. 5. There will be candles, Christmas ornaments, scarves, makeup, chocolate and perfumes for sale.
“We try to bring people in so that it’s really affordable for the people that come in and shop,” Baigent-Therens said. “It’s just a really fun day.”