Sadie’s Upscale Consignment and Resale Shop offers a lot of stylish antiques, furnishings, clothing and decorative items. It has a quaint boutique feel to it. In the historic Oak Street area of Roanoke, it’s situated next door to where the Metroport Meals on Wheels headquarters is located.
If you’re lucky, you might run into Mary Goscinski. Goscinski, 91 years young, works in the store one day a week. She’s an unofficial shop sweetheart. Goscinski loves the purpose of her work.
“The proceeds go to helping support the Meals on Wheels,” she says with pride. “That is why I am here.”
The store’s website says that the proceeds go to providing one-quarter of the Metroport Meals on Wheels funding.
Goscinski has her own apartment and drives herself to her volunteer position with the resale shop. She is proudly, self-sufficient and leads a busy life. She works hard and also knows how to play hard. She heads to Cape Cod and Canada soon to visit family and friends soon. The staff at Sadie’s chide her that she has to come right back. She smiles and says she will.
When she’s not working at Sadie’s she loves to visit the Keller Senior Center and has a crochet group that she joins as much as she can.
Goscinski keeps an incredibly busy schedule and perhaps it’s the secret to her obvious fountain of youth.
“Yes, I have each day very planned out,” she says.
Can she resist buying bargains at Sadie’s?
“I have a small apartment and I just don’t have the room anymore,” she says. “But I pick up a few small things here and there. We’ve got some really nice things.”
Years ago, her daughter was delivering meals and encouraged Mary to think about working at Sadie’s.
“I thought, okay, I’ll go check it out,” Goscinski says. “I just know I’m benefitting Meals on Wheels, the atmosphere is pleasant, the people I work with are so nice and the customers keep me occupied.”
Originally from New Jersey, Mary was a nurse and she married a Navy man who later worked with Bell Helicopter in Buffalo, New York. A transfer to Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth brought her to Texas in the 1950s.
She enjoys mentoring the younger folks who come in to volunteer or buy things.
“They can’t imagine that I was in high school during WWII.”
The shop was about to retire their older model cash register, but the move almost cost Sadie’s to lose Goscinski.
“I told them, well, I quit,” she says with a spunky laugh.
Sherry Studer, manager, walks by and chimes in, “No, we couldn’t lose Mary.”
Goscinski wasn’t ready to move to the more the computerized system, so the shop kept the manual cash register just for Goscinski’s work day.
“When I come in, I just pull it out,” she says.
Goscinski owns that cash register. She knows it like the back of her hand and keeps it going. It’s a real win-win though. When the new computer version goes off line or has a problem, there is a back-up method. But, more than anything, the decision to offer another option to a senior employee has proven to help Sadie’s retain one of their most loyal volunteers.