Costa's "Just Things" is a storefront shop located at 575 San Mateo Avenue, on the downtown strip in San Bruno, California. The store is about 5 minutes away from San Francisco International Airport, so throughout the day big airliners soar just overhead as they take off from SFO, bound for points distant. That's fun, but the best attraction is inside, because Costa's is actually a hands-on haven for fans of classic toys.
Here patrons will find a very nicely curated collection of vintage toys, with a particular emphasis on toy vehicles -- old Tonkas, Lionel trains, and steel toy cars, trucks, boats, and aircraft of every size, shape, and color. For us, however, the centerpiece of the store is a set of three 1970s-era store displays for Matchbox cars -- with vintage Matchbox displayed for sale inside.
Telstar Logistics didn't ask about pricing; we were quite happy just to browse. And if for whatever odd reason fate brings you to San Bruno, we suggest you browse at Costa's "Just Things" too. But if you can't, then wandering around this vintage Matchbox website or this site for Matchbox obsessives is almost as much fun.
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