Sanity Hill is a crafts shop owned by Hilda and Murray Wales, located just north of Teeswater, Ontario at the southern border of Bruce County.

Sanity Hill offers quilts, fabric, sewing, knitting, crocheting, jewelry, candles, artwork, wooden artisan crafts, craft classes and fellowship. The store opened officially September 1st, 2014.

As Murray puts it…

“Sanity Hill was the brainchild of Hilda Wales.

It started out as an accident that took place around 2 a.m. A fire broke out in our garage that was attached to the house. It was in full flame when I woke up to a sound in the house. The kids were removed and the fire department called.

No one was hurt but the garage was completely gone and Hilda’s sewing room was so water damaged that the drywall was all falling in. Her sewing machines were waterlogged and ruined.  The finished products were saved because they were all in totes that just happened to be in the only corner where the water damage wasn’t too bad.

The insurance people agreed with us that the sewing room be torn down and we convinced them that the garage would be built separate from the house. I wanted a shop to work on farm equipment so we decided to go bigger. The garage part was to have a an upstairs part and there was going to be a place for equipment out back. Hilda said she wanted a room 20 x 20 put on the front of the build and we would decide what it was for later.

After the building was built I happened to be going through a little village north of our place and I saw a sign that said fabric yard sale.

I told Hilda about it and bugged her to go.  She did and what she found there was fabric. The person having the sale was a sales person for a fabric company. This was our first contact for the new store we had always hoped to open.

We had the idea of getting artists and crafters together and we would all sell our wares.  Hilda made quilts, afghans and other things. Others put in wood things, knitted things, pictures and candles.  The fabric store and accessories would complement all else so our fabric store was born.”

Have a peek inside our store below…