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Nordstrom Anniversary sale

Updated Jun 28, 2017: All dates are now correct for 2017! I went back into the archives and dug up this post all about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and updated it for this year. 

If you’re an avid Nordstrom shopper like I am, you are no doubt aware of the fact that the BEST sale of the year is almost here! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is merely WEEKS away, so we need so talk strategy. Oh, yes. SALE STRATEGY, girlfriend. With a sale this good, you need to be ready or else you’re going to miss out, big-time. (Learned that one the hard way.)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale strategy and tips

What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Nordy’s BIGGEST and best sale of the year, and truly one-of-a-kind. While most sales are clearance sales highlighting past season merch, the Anniversary Sale pushes new, NEXT SEASON product. Amazing, right?

When does the sale start?

Early Access starts for Nordstrom cardholders on July 13th. Cardholders get to shop the sale exclusively for a week and then the sale opens up to the general public on July 21nd. Prices go up on August 7th, but really, by then, all the best things are sold out anyway.

  • Early Access: July 13th-July 20th
  • Public Access: July 21st-August 7th 

All about how to get the best deals and shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

No more credit cards for me, thanks.

Same, girl. I refuse to get any more credit cards too, but there’s good news. You don’t need to get another credit card. You can get the Nordstrom Debit card, which links to your checking account, which is the same thing as using your debit card. Only it’s not the same thing, because you earn rewards! You get a $20 Nordstrom Note (gift card!) for every $1000 you spend. There are double points days throughout the year and once a year you get to choose your very own TRIPLE points day. The Rewards really add up. (I’m currently hoarding $120 in Nordstrom Notes.) If you sign up now and get approved for a card before July 7th, Nordstrom is giving you a $20 Nordstrom Note right away! 

You also get a $100 alterations credit, which came in handy when I had my bridesmaid dress for Kristin’s wedding altered last year. I got my dress altered for free, which is kind of amazing.

Read more about the card here. You can apply for a Nordstrom card here.

If you really, really don’t want a card, even a debit, you can still join the (new!) Nordstrom Rewards program, in which you will earn 1 point for every $1 spent (instead of the 2 points per $1 you get with the card) using cash or any card you want. You won’t get early access to the sale, but at least you’ll get some Notes. (Seriously, just get the card. It’s worth it, trust.)

If you want to sign up for Nordstrom Rewards, they’re currently running a promotion where you’ll get a $10 Nordstrom Note right away, just for signing up! Sign up for Rewards here.

What should I buy during the sale?

I’ll be doing an in-depth roundup the first day of early access and then sharing what I picked up throughout the sale, so stay tuned. Generally, it’s the best time to stock up on fall essentials and your splurge-worthy designer pieces like handbags, coats, and boots. They always do the BEST affordable over-the-knee boots and booties. There are always some great leather jackets, and it’s the PERFECT time to score a Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, or Alexander Wang bag. Nordstrom also always does really good beauty buys, which is a total rarity in terms of sales, you know? Last year they did a great deal on the T-3 curling wand and there were a few really good Charlotte Tillbury sets.

For an idea of the types of things that were on sale last year, feel free to check out last year’s post of my favorites here.

To check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Catalogue, head here.

Prices go up after the sale is over, so it’s a definite case of get-it-while-you-can.

What else should I know?

Remember that Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns, so you don’t have to be shy about shopping online and then returning what doesn’t work! Nordstrom has the best return policy in the game, hands down. You can also order online and pick up in store, which is a huge gamechanger if you a) don’t want to fight the crowds but b) don’t want to wait. Best of both worlds. I also love buying online and picking up in-store, because I don’t have to hunt down my favorite pieces, they’re just READY FOR ME, haha.

So, do you feel ready to tackle the sale?? What are you planning on scooping up? Tell me in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

xo, Stephanie



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