This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Habberdasher. [A term which meant originally "peddlers' wares," or the contents of a peddler's bag; derived from German Habtihrdas, "Have you this?" - a phrase which peddlers formerly used when offering their wares for sale] A dealer in small wares; specifically a dealer in small articles of dress, as neckties, collars, ribbons, trimmings, thread, pins, needles, etc.; also a dealer in hats. In the north of England habberdasher means a schoolmaster. The word is sometimes used in this country to describe a dealer in hats, caps and furnishing goods, for men.