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rabais shop

rabais shop n |ræˈbe, ˈrɑˌbe| [Fr rabais discount, reduced price] New Orleans LA  A small shop selling cheap or secondhand goods; hence n rabais inexpensive articles, secondhand goods.[1886 Harper's New Mth. Mag. 73.304sLA, The “blanchisseuse en fin,” the “coiffeuse,” the “garde malade,” the little hunchback who kept the “rabais,” the passers-by to and from mass, the market-woman with her basket, the paper-boy with his papers—all came.] 1917 DN 4.420 New Orleans LA, Rabais shop [ræˈbe]. . . A retail shop, or notion store. 1945 Saxon Gumbo Ya-Ya 46 New Orleans LA, The cry ‘Au rabais!' might best be translated as ‘Off price!' Today, Orleanians are likely to refer to any small notions or drygoods store as a ‘rabais shop.'  1983 Reinecke Coll. 9 LA, Rabais shop . . [ˈrɑˌbe·]—a small neighborhood shop commonly kept by widows, old maids, selling notions, thread, toys. Often in front room of double house or shotgun. N[ew] O[rleans] Fr. with same meaning, from word for cut-rate or discount. . . Obsolete as institution, obsolescent as word. 1987 Rose I Remember Jazz 155 New Orleans LA, For several years, in the 1960s, Raymond owned and operated a rabais shop on Bourbon Street. . . [R]abais is not quite junk. It's not necessarily antiques, because the things are not necessarily old. It's just stuff the owner collected because he wanted to. Raymond hadn't especially wanted to run a rabais shop. But Catherine, in the interests of sanitation, had demanded that he clean out his private room.
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