BANGOR---“The Attic,” the well-known thrift store of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor, is reopening today, June 22. The store is run by volunteers and donates all of its proceeds to All Saints Catholic School, also in Bangor.
“The Attic” is located on 54 Cumberland Street and will be open initially on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks will be required. In addition, donations can once again be brought to the store but must be in sealed bags and delivered during operating hours.
“The Attic” reopened in January of 2019 in the old Bangor Tire building.
"The opportunity was there to have a much larger space and offer more things we couldn't offer in the past, like furniture, because we had such a confined area. Now we have space that allows us to take bigger items," said volunteer Donna Greenlaw.
The Cumberland Street location is over 4,000 square feet with high ceilings, natural light, increased parking, and a garage door bay to receive larger items.
“There is enough room to separate and store items by season. With the expansion, we can have dressers, bureaus, end tables, coffee tables, bed frames, and more,” said Matthew Houghton, principal at All Saints. “We felt like there was a need in our community and we wanted to offer that."
And the community has responded favorably to that offer. The customer count has grown exponentially and over 900 local residents follow “The Attic” Facebook page, which frequently posts pictures of new items when they arrive, leading to quick sales and high interest.
The beneficiaries of all the support are the grateful students of All Saints.
“At All Saints, we know that joy is found by giving, helping, and loving one another,” said Houghton. “The existence of ‘The Attic’ is another great way to teach our students that important lesson.”
For more information about “The Attic” or to explore volunteer opportunities, call (207) 945-5523.