The Bishop’s Attic II was established in Palmer, Alaska in early July, 1975. A group of twenty-five women, members of St. Michael’s and Sacred Heart Catholic Parishes and others from the valley recognized the need for a place where people could come to get used clothing and merchandise at a reasonable cost or free clothing in special circumstances. Their goal and sole purpose was to use the small profit to help support their two churches in the valley.
A total of $685 was donated to get the business started and the only building available was sort of a “hole in the wall” with no plumbing and the $685 barely covered the business licenses, advance rent and other setup expenses. After many hours of volunteer painting, remodeling and borrowing equipment on July 21, 1975 the store opened. The first day’s sales amounted to $91.59 and on July 31st after 10 days in business gross sales were $855.12. Who could ever dream that such a small beginning could develop into the successful business it is today.
The Bishop’s Attic II sets itself apart from our competitors and serves the community in several ways:
It provides a place for volunteers to share their time and talents.
It gives the community a place to donate good quality, gently used clothing and other items for resale and receive a tax deduction for donating to our 501(c)3 organization.
It provides a clean, fun place to shop for donated items at reasonable prices.
It provides a profit from the sales to grant funds not only to those two Catholic parishes that gave the store its beginning, but also funds, through a grant process, other local non-profit organizations.
We want to honor our senior citizens and military personnel with a 10% discount.
- Wednesday 10%-Military discount
- Thursday 10% Senior discount
The Bishop’s Attic II wants to thank all its loyal customers – we haven’t forgotten you! Thank you for not keeping us a secret; the best compliment is a referral and because of you, we were voted the Best of the Valley Thrift Shop. Together, with your support (by donating and shopping at the Bishop’s Attic II), we are making a huge difference in people’s lives.
- To maintain the highest quality standards for our products.
- To provide the best customer service possible.
- To promote an inclusive workplace and help the community.
Our mission is to help St. Michaels and Sacred Heart Parish and by providing the community with a good place to shop at reasonable prices. We share the proceeds from our sales with those churches and the community. We value honesty, character, respect and hard work.