R&S Toys and Novelties opens shop in Grand Junction
WHAT: R&S Toys and Novelties
WHEN: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
WHERE: 1000 N. Fifth St., Grand Junction
INFO: Find RS Toys and Novelties on Facebook
Take a step back in time and visit R&S Toys and Novelties, located at 1000 N. Fifth St. in Grand Junction. It is home to vintage memorabilia, spanning themes like Star Trek and Star Wars.
Robert and Sandie Windscheffel, longtime Grand Junction residents, have been married for more than 30 years.
“That’s because we like toys,” Sandie joked.
Due to Grand Junction’s Flea Market closing this past fall, the Windscheffels opted to move to a store-front location. It opened Oct. 15. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
According to the Windscheffels, they opened a booth at the flea market four years ago because Robert’s toy collection was overflowing. At that point, it made sense to share his passion for vintage toys and figurines with others in the valley.
“I then started buying and selling more and more,” Robert said.
Most of the toys featured in their store are from the 1980s and 1990s, and items are sold to a client base with nostalgia in mind.
“Those who are in their 20s and 30s realize they want their toys back,” Robert said.
For instance, do you miss Hot Wheel cars? R&S has dozens of vintage cars and trucks to choose from this holiday season. R&S also sells a variety of comic books, from Superman to Batman and more. Novelty items are additionally available, like rubber ducks, 3-D images and pogs. Items from Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead may soon be offered.
MORE ABOUT THE OWNERS
The Windscheffels are “huge movie buffs” and love fantasy films like Lord of the Rings and Star Trek.
“I was blown away when the first Star Wars came out,” Robert said, whose most prized possession is his 1978 Millennium Falcon replica.
The couple’s three children and 19 grandchildren are vintage toy collectors as well.
For more information, find RS Toys and Novelties on Facebook.
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