My Top Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Does anybody else have the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale marked on their calendar?

It’s not a secret that Nordstrom is one of my favorite spots to shop for clothing, shoes and accessories for the entire family. It is also often the first place I look when shopping for a special gift. Every summer I look forward to checking out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in order to get a sneak peak of what trends will be big in the fall and stock up on essentials that never go out of style. Click here to see what I purchased last year. Many of these items tend to return year after year because they are so popular. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale can feel a bit overwhelming for even the most seasoned shopper due of the large quantity of items that are marked down. Today, I’m sharing my top tips to successfully find what you need at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year. Happy Shopping!

Nordstrom 2019 Anniversary Sale

Become a Nordstrom Cardholder Only Nordstrom cardmembers receive early access to the Anniversary Sale! Apply for a card before July 10th and receive a $60 Nordstrom Bonus Note towards future purchases. Having a Nordstrom card will allow you to earn 3 reward points for every dollar you spend. Once you have collected 2,000 points Nordstrom will send you a $20 Nordstrom Note to use towards your next purchase. Cardmembers also receive personal double points days, free basic alterations, curbside pick-up and more… The amount of money you spend each year determines if you are a Member, Insider, Influencer, Ambassador or Icon status. As your status increases, so do your rewards.

Shop Early Most Nordstrom cardmembers have early access to the Anniversary Sale starting July 12th online (Ambassador and Icon cardmembers receive earlier access). Popular items tend to sell out quickly. Purchase items that you know you want right off the bat, then go back and browse through the other sale items. Items in your cart are not saved until you actually make the purchase. I type the brand and description of the items I already know I’ll be purchasing in the search bar and immediately add them to my cart and proceed to checkout. After my transaction is complete I will go back and browse for items that will make great gifts or be a fun addition to my closet. Last year some items sold out within the first couple hours of early access to the Anniversary Sale. It is not uncommon for me to make 3-4 transactions on the day I shop the Anniversary Sale.

Use Filters There are thousands of items discounted during the Anniversary Sale. It would take you days to browse through everything and many items may no longer be available by the time you are done scrolling through the sale pages. After you have made your initial purchases and you are ready to browse, take advantage of the shopping filters. I narrow the search down by picking a particular category, then entering my size, favorite brands and styles. For example last year I was on the hunt for a dressy pair of black slacks. I narrowed down my search by clicking on the following filters: pants, wide leg, solid, black, under $100. Here are the brands I will be paying special attention to during the Anniversary Sale.

  • Women’s Clothing: 1901, Barefoot Dreams, Bobeau, Caslon, Eliza J, Gibson, Halogen, Hanky Panky, Hinge, Hue, Leith, Madewell, Make + Model, Natori, PAIGE, Pleione, Treasure and Bond, Zella
  • Women’s Shoes: Caslon, Jeffrey Campbell, Sam Edelman, Sole Society, Tory Burch, Ugg, Vince Camuto,
  • Jewelry: Alex & Ani, BaubleBar, Gorjana, KATE SPADE, Kendra Scott
  • Men’s Clothing: 1901, AG, The North Face, Thomas Dean, Tommy, Bahama, vineyard vines
  • Men’s Shoes: Allen, Edmonds, ASICS, Cole Haan, ECCO, Onitsuka Tiger
  • Girls’s Clothing & Shoes: Converse, Mini Boden, Tea Collection, The North Face, Treasure and Bold, Tucker + Tate, Truly Me, Us Angels, Vans, Zella Girl
  • Boy’s Clothing & Shoes: Nike, Quicksilver, Tucker + Tate, Under Armour, vineyard vines, Volcom

Buy Multiple Sizes If you aren’t sure what size to order, buy multiple sizes and return what doesn’t fit. I have made the mistake of ordering an item that was a brand which I was unfamiliar with the sizing. When the item arrived, it was too large and the smaller size was no longer available. I often order both petite and regular sizes. At 5’4 it is always a toss up which one will fit better.

Have a Back-up Plan If the item you want isn’t available in the size or color that you want, purchase the item in a different size. The size and color you want may become available again after the sale and you will be able to exchange what you bought while at the same time taking advantage of the sale price.

Shop for Gifts I love to do some of my holiday shopping during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because I am able to buy gifts that would normally be priced out of our holiday shopping budget. Later, these gifts will go back to being full price during the traditional holiday shopping season. The recipient of the gift will be able to return or exchange the item easily to Nordstrom if it doesn’t fit or suit their style because of Nordstrom’s AMAZING return policy. Most of these items will still be available several months later in case the recipient needs to exchange their gift for a different color or size. I feel more relaxed during the holiday season because I’m not rushing around trying to find gifts for everyone on my list during this busy time of year. Check out this post to see what some of my favorite Nordstrom gifts to both give and receive.

Use One of Your Personal Double Reward Days. My biggest Nordstrom shopping day tends to be during the Anniversary Sale. Earning double points in the store and online allows me to earn a reward note to buy something in the future that might not be on sale. The great thing about personal double reward days is that you can make multiple transactions online and in the store during the 24 hour period you choose and receive double the points for each and every purchase.

Is there anything special you are hoping to pick up at this year’s sale? I’ll be headed to the store this Wednesday to check out all the items that didn’t make it into the catalogue this year. Let me know if there is anything you want me to keep an eye out for you. I’ll share my finds with you back here on Thursday before Early Access starts online at 12:30 PM ET on Friday, July 12th.

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