A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 23, 2012
Saleabration (sale + celebration)

A “saleabration” or “sale-a-bration” (sale + celebration) is an event that retailers often hold featuring discounted products. “SALEabration” has been cited in print since at least 1937, with retail grocers first using the term.

Another term for a “sale celebration” is “sellabration.” Similar sales terms include “saleathon” and “sellathon.”


6 April 1937, Altoona (PA) Mirror, pg. 9, col. 1 ad:
In SALEabration
of NATIONAL RETAIL
GROCERS WEEK
(Gable’s grocery—ed.)

30 June 1938, Bakersfield (CA) Californian, p.g 7, col. 3 ad:
This Fourth of July SALE-abration is a price-shattering burst of food values that you won’t want to miss.
(Food City—ed.)

30 July 1938, Albuquerque (NM) Journal, pg. 5 ad:
Come one...come all to our Food Fair—a store-wide SALEabration featuring scores of blue ribbon winners in ECONOMY!
(Barber’s Food Stores—ed.)

23 January 1950, Baytown (TX) Sun, pg. 4, col. 1 ad:
BAYTOWN BIRTHDAY SALEabration
(W. M. House Jewelry—ed.)

23 June 1963, Springfield (MA) Sunday Republican, pg. 13A ad:
SALE-A-BRATION PRICED
(Zayre department stores—ed.)

Google News Archive
7 March 1979, Tuscaloosa (AL) News, “Cookie Sale Tops Last Year’s Mark,” pg. 2, col. 1:
The 1979 cookie sale ended recently with a “Cookie Sale-A-Bration” at Tuscaloosa High School.

Google News Archive
10 November 1983, The Ledger (Lakeland, FL), pg. 5D, col. 3 ad:
THE 1984 SALE-A-BRATION AT REGAL IS
ONE TREMENDOUS SALE
(Regal car dealership—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, November 23, 2012 • Permalink