When I was a kid in the UK of the Sixties several shops were THE business when it came to getting my toys. All of them were toy shops in Preston were I lived and all were in the town centre:
In order of importance they were:
1. Thomas Mears - fab independent toy shop and the number one for many
2. Zodiac Toys - brill chain of superb toy stores
3. British Home Stores [BHS]/ Woolworths - classic department stores
Sadly every one of these shops has since closed, the last one, BHS, shutting its doors nationally this summer.
But not everyone went into the town. My Mum worked in the town centre so my parents were often 'up town', but there were of course countless corner shops around the city selling toys.
These corner shops probably stocked more toys than all the big stores put together and their racks were bursting with carded pocket money gems.
So where did you get your toys readers? Big stores, corner shops, newsagents or somewhere else? Maybe catalogues?