Was thinking when I got up this morning of those Saturday mornings as child in the early 80's - my dad worked Saturday mornings so I would accompany my mum into town armed with my pocket money.
Sure I had to visit some of the most boring shops in creation as she needed to go to town as much as I wanted to, but I also got to look round all the different toy shops for what I wanted that weekend. Straight off the bus was the best local independent toy shop with the biggest Star Wars selection, 2 walls from floor to ceiling, one of what must have been pretty much each figure released from Star Wars to Jedi on its own peg, and one of vehicles and other merchandise.
So often my money was all spent at the first shop, then still in town I would open up my treasures in a cafe as my mum had a drink and relaxed, often crossing off all the figures I had on my latest cardback at the same time.
During the same trips we would also go to the only local (one screen in those days) cinema based in the town centre probably once every other month if they were showing something new/appropriate - this included my first trips to Jedi, and both Ewok movies!
Did anyone else have a similar ritual? Now I just get to go to the mother in laws every Saturday morning - the harsh reality of growing older!!
(PS. Apologies for the smiley overload)