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My Favourite Shopping Website... www.manufactum.com

This is a German-based firm selling high-quality traditional designer goods for kitchen, garden, office or toy cupboard, suitable for every GP who likes to daydream of great deeds in garden, kitchen or office there is a theme running through the products on this website of traditional materials, good craftsmanship, and European culture.

This is the place to find old-fashioned Coccoina paper glue, and brilliantly superior paper pins, a clothes pulley, leather gardening gloves, linen, canvas and cardboard luggage. A replica Schuco racing cars from the 1950s, a Zecar with flywheel drive and a stylish and folding wooden sledge.

In explaining the selection of its 1,500 goods, the company refers to John Ruskin's observation that 'there is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper'. This site sells products that are made traditionally and with great skill, using traditional materials, that will last and that, if broken, can be repaired. Just look at a few of the fantastic things on this site:

For your workshop: £28 buys a Fine & Sons leather tool roll, which looks well under the bonnet of a vintage MG. For winter sports, £129 buys you a laminated beech, stainless steel, folding sledge. In the office, Coccoina office glue smells deliciously like marzipan. A vegetable tanned cowhide with linen-weaved lining for £315 says this is no low-quality rubbish.

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