Anyone else get overly excited when something you look forward to every year is actually still happening in 2020?! It is sad but so true for me! While shopping a sale isn’t at the top of things we are sad to miss out on, we were so happy to find out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still happening this year!!! If you’ve been around here for a while you know it is my favorite sale of the whole year. Unlike most sales that are trying to dissolve old products to make room for a new season, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is full of BRAND NEW fall styles at discounted sale prices!
While it is my favorite sale of the year, it is also for sure the most stressful sale of the year. The pressure to shop all the things at the sale can be a little overwhelming. But have no fear, I’m here to help!! I’ve shopped this sale for YEARS.By doing that I have learned a few tips and tricks that have saved me not only time, but the regret of missing out on some steals! Today I’m sharing 5 pre-game tips that will make your shopping experience go so much smoother. And hopefully leave you feeling stress free and stocked up on what you need!
:: KNOW YOUR DATES
One of the biggest tips I can give you to shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is to know your dates and have a game plan. Depending on your status with Nordstrom, you are able to shop on different dates. Since the sale is made up of all new and HIGHLY anticipated items, things sell out fast. The earlier you can shop the better!!
If you aren’t already a big Nordstrom shopper with Icon or Ambassador Status, but want early access, you MUST be a Nordstrom Card holder. I am typically not a fan of store cards, but this one is completely worth it for the Anniversary Sale alone. Early access allows you to shop 6 DAYS before the sale is open to the public. Yes you read that right…card holders get to start shopping a full 6 DAYS before everyone else. So while the sale is open to the general public from August 19 – August 30th, you’ll start shopping on the 13th! Being able to shop early access can often times be the difference in getting items you had your eye on.
:: TAKE A PRE-SALE INVENTORY
Unlike most sales where you can just kind of browse and find anything that sparks your interest, to fully benefit form the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale you need to go in with a plan. Now is the perfect time to go through your closet, your hubby’s closet, and your kids and do a little clean out. Get rid of the old and make a list of what you really truly need.
By doing this, those items can be your priority pieces. You aren’t just throwing money out on things you are already stocked up on because you are frazzled. Think long term as well. These are fall pieces you are shopping. So while you don’t need that amazing leather jacket or pair of knee high boots now, you won’t want to be paying full price for them in a few months either. Of course you’ll find items on your list that catch your eye to grab too. But having that list of priority purchases helps you stay focused and get what you really need.
New to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year is a full sale preview!! Starting July 24 you will be able to head over to Nordstrom.com and preview the entire sale. This is going to make a huge difference in making your list and knowing if this years sale is something you’d like to shop.
:: SHOP ONLINE
If you think the sale sounds a little crazy on a typical day, adding in efforts to maintain social distancing is going to add to that 10 fold. So while I love a good girls shopping trip as much as the next person, Nordstrom is a place I love to shop online and here is why.
Nordstrom has FREE SHIPPING + RETURNS! So you can do as many orders as you need and you aren’t worrying about all the shipping charges or not being able to switch out sizes if you order multiple to find the right fit. You can choose to have items shipped directly to you or do the convenient curbside pick up, which I love.
If you are worried about sizing and fit on items since you won’t be going in store, don’t be. You are more likely to find your size still available online than in limited stock in store. Also, I will be shopping the sale a little earlier and will have a try on guide (similar to this from my home) with sizing info up asap to help you see and know the fit of things. And with free returns, you can always change your mind!
:: SHOP FIRST, THINK LATER
I know that sounds insane and slightly irresponsible, but let me explain. This is 100% not a tip I would normally give under any circumstance. I am the queen of minimalism, and less is more. But with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale you have to do things a little differently and change your mindset to “if you want it…even a little…grab it”! And here is why I say that. Items in this sale sell out so fast! You might juts refresh your page, or wait to hear back from your bestie on if she likes something too, and you will be too late.
Now I’m not saying to blow your bank account and keep everything. You are basically bringing the options you considered home to you to get a feel for, try on with different things in your closet and make your decision there. The beauty of Nordstrom is that they always have free returns. So instead of regretting not grabbing something before it sold out, you can go a little wild. Then sort through what you really need when you are less frazzled and more focused.
:: THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Last but not least is to remember the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale involves ALL the departments at Nordstrom, not just Women’s Clothing. We are talking everything from Kids and Home to Mens and Beauty. These other categories are often overlooked and can hold some great deals!! I love to shop back to school basics for my kids. Some of my favorites have come from some really incredible deals for them too! So when you are making your pre-game plan, don’t forget the rest of the fam!
I hope these tips help you feel ready to prep and score some great deals!! Be sure to check back here the first day of early access too!! I will have a huge roundup of all the BEST pieces! You won’t have to sift through pages and pages online to find the good stuff!! If you aren’t already following along over on Instagram, you’ll want to head there too! I’ll be sharing my favorite finds and updates throughout the sale on my stories and any additional tips I have! Happy planning friends!!