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Not being American nor British, I had never heard the word 'Haberdashery' used before watching The Hateful Eight. Now, Haberdashery is a Haberdasher's store, and a Haberdasher is according to dictionary.com:

  1. a retail dealer in men's furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats.
  2. Chiefly British. a dealer in small wares and notions.

... but it seems like the haberdashery is more of a travelers' lodge than a goods retail establishment. Why is the Haberdashery called that, then?

  • if i'm not mistaken, they did have clothes for sale that we see during that chapter when we see the people that got there first. and they had many items for sale, foodstuffs, blankets etc – Nicholas Aysen Aug 11 '16 at 14:06
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    I would almost guarantee that it was just a word that Tarantino liked. It really was more of a lodge than anything else, you couldn't even say it had enough items to be considered a general store. – Johnny Bones Aug 11 '16 at 14:18
  • The business changed, but the owner didn't want to change the signage. See Luke's Diner in Gilmore Girls. – dbugger Aug 11 '16 at 16:09
  • If you pay attention they keep mentioning that no hats are allowed to be worn inside. I think the name is supposed to be ironic with the no hat rule. – jimbo leibowitz Dec 9 '17 at 3:46
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In British English, a Haberdasher sold cloth, as well as lots of little 'odds and ends' - the 'notions' named for those items which you might forget or not be able to get elsewhere. This often included miscellaneous goods - needles, thread, buttons, glue, blotting paper etc, and haberdasheries entered a grey area as something between a tailor and a hardware store.

In the remote location where the movie was set, the Minnie's is going to be your only chance to buy any oddments you might have forgotten for your journey - something like a general store or a highway service station shop - no one is doing their weekly grocery shop there, but might pick up some odds and ends in passing.

It was probably referred to as a Haberdashery as somewhere to pick up miscellaneous items - but not a grocery or wholesaler. Given it's isolation, and Minnie's nose for business it's inevitable it would provide other items for passing trade - hot food, coffee, booze, candy etc like a service station.

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The name Minnie’s Haberdashery is a joke, as pointed out by Chris Mannix. Though it is named a haberdashery, as in a hat store, one of Minnie’s rules for her establishment is a ban on wearing hats indoors. Hence, the joke.

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