Well its Sunday morning at Moonbase.
When I was a nipper in the Sixties there weren't any shops open on Sunday. Church was the thing. The peeling of bells spelt the start of a shopless day.
Today if I went into Wakefield town centre I would find loads of shops open on a Sunday. Toys can be bought in vast quantities.
When I was a kid toys could be freely purchased from Monday to Saturday.
The quantity and size of those toys demanded different outlets.
Listing the different outlets around when I was a kid would look something like this:
- Large and branded toys - established toy shops usually in the town centre
- Unbranded toys - Newsagents and small general stores
- Small 'penny' toys - sweet shops and Newsagents
- Charms and miniatures - lucky bags, vending machines
As well these were less direct methods like mail order catalogues and there were also outlets which didn't necessarily focus on toys:
- model shops
- fancy goods shops
- department stores
- joke shops
- the cash and carry warehouse where my Dad worked
There are probably lots more places where you could get toys as a kid. Where did you get yours from?