The Hounslow branch was good for reggae in the early 70s - the young mod guy behind the counter was clearly an enthusiast. I got my copy of Swan Lake by The Cats there!
I bought my first record in 1973. I used to get 5p a day pocket money with 10p on Saturday and nothing on Sunday. I cycled to the electrical shop Rumbelows, which was the only shop near me that sold records and bought Gary Glitter's I love, you love, me love for 33p on the day of release.
After that, every Saturday I bought a single until I discovered that you could buy jukebox-used singles for 15p in a nearby sweetshop. By the age of 11, I was canny enough to cycle to Ilford where I frequented Penny Farthing records...