Clothing / Decorating items / Gastronomy / Life-style… 1000 tips and hints on how to spot quality in what you buy Do you know how to: -Try on a suit? -Decipher the technical jargon used for tiles or textiles? -Recognize the construction of a shoe? – Recognize a quality carpet? – Estimate the life-span of a leather settee, a candle? – Understand what makes the difference between a 5 euro and a 50 euro knife? -Examine a handbag? – Choose a sturdy umbrella? – Avoid being conned by a fake ‘handmade’ pottery? – Tell the difference between glass and crystal, true and fake gilding? – Find the best teas, the best coffees, the best chocolates, the best spices? Our grannies used to say “We can’t afford to buy cheap” And they were so right! Because buying quality is to invest in durability. In the long run, it’s good for the purse, good for the planet and good for the economy because quality products are very often made in our country! The throw-away era is over, here comes the sustainable era. The fruit of dozens of interviews with craftsmen and professionals dedicated to their trade, this guide tells you everything you need to know to buy fifty everyday objects and products we use without really knowing them: shirts, jeans, hats, ties, scarves, glasses, watches, perfume, furniture, frames, bookbinding, pens, musical instruments…….. Olivier Barrellier is a journalist specialized in sustainable development technology. Ines Peyret is a journalist. She is the author of: Le Dictionnaire à tout faire, Vinaigres à tout faire, Le Dictionnaire à tout faire du jardin, Récupération Et Recyclage À Tout Faire,.