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GETTING READY FOR THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

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Last year was my first year shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in a store. I traveled to Atlanta to stay with my sister, and we both shopped the sale until we dropped. This year sounds like it will repeat last year, so I’m taking my vitamins now to have the energy to survive the day. Lol!

WHAT IS THE #NSALE

Let’s start at the beginning because some of you might be new to the BIGGEST sale in the fashion industry. The #NSale, or the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, is like Fashions Black Friday event. It is your chance to get steep discounts on new arrivals and the season’s upcoming fashions. The sale is not limited to fashion; you can also find fantastic deals on beauty and home brands. This is when I take advantage of higher ticket items like a good winter coat, cashmere, leather boots, and maybe a designer handbag that I’ve been eyeing. I’m talking about brands like Coach, MadewellVinceBarefoot Dreams, SPANX, and more. These are all Brand New Fall Items that have been brought to you specifically for this sale, and the savings are usually 30-40% off retail.

WHEN IS THE #NSALE

Now that you know what the #NSale is let’s talk about WHEN it is. Usually, the #NSale starts in mid-July and runs until August. This year, the online preview of all #NSale items began on June 29, 2022If you haven’t already, you will want to create a Wish List, so you can check out faster when it’s your time to shop. Online shopping will open at 12:01 am ET, so set your alarm clock and be ready, and in-store shopping will be during regular business hours. The sale goes live on July 6th, and the prices go up on the 31st. My Canadian readers can also shop the sale, but the dates are slightly different. The #NSale online at Nordstrom.ca is from July 8th–July 31st.

DO I NEED A NORDSTROM CARD

I am not encouraging you to open a Nordstrom credit card, but it has some advantages. A limited number of items will be offered at reduced prices, so the “favorites” get picked over very quickly. Getting early access to the sale is worth its weight in gold! But at the very least, sign up for The Nordy Club so you can earn rewards as you shop. (Here) is a complete list of all the advantages of having a Nordy Card so you can decide for yourself.

HOW DO I SHOP THE #NSALE

I don’t have a Nordstrom within a four-hour drive of me, so shopping online is usually the way that I always shop for this sale. I highly recommend shopping online because it can be overwhelming. I get sensory overload when I have too many choices and options to look at. Nordstrom has added a great feature to this sale called the WISHLIST. This will make checkout way easier and faster than ever before. You choose an item like a Barefoot Dreams Cardigan that you’ve been eyeing and click the ADD TO WISH LIST button. When you get ready to shop the sale, you log in to your account, hover over your name and click on Wish List to see all of your items at once. WOOHOO! This is easier than creating handwritten lists and then typing the names in the search bar. But, you will still need a plan, so keep reading.

THE PLANNING IS EVERYTHING

To quote Dwight Eisenhour, “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” We are going into a “battle” for the best savings when can get. So, the first thing that we need to do is start the planning phase.

  1. Sign up for a Nordstrom Card

    If you don’t have one, this is the perfect time to grab this card. This card allows you early access, where you have your best chance of getting the good stuff. Nordstrom cardholders get to shop first, so if you don’t have one and you’re a frequent Nordstrom shopper, it’s worth considering, but make the decision that is right for you.

  2. Personal Double Points Day

    You earn points every time you shop at Nordstrom, and those points add up to Nordstrom Notes that you can spend on anything (yes, anything!) in stores or online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and HauteLook. Depending on the type of cardholder you are, you can earn up to 3 points for every dollar spent. If you plan on doing a lot of shopping on the day of the sale, then make sure to schedule that day as your Personal Double Points Day! Then you will earn 2x or 3x the points, which equals $$$$ for you later.

  3. Start the PLAN

    This is when you must decide what you need for the rest of the summer and the upcoming fall and winter. I try to classify my shopping list into categories. Some of the categories that I usually use are Jeans, Shoes, Sweaters, Coats and Jackets, Jewelry, Handbags, and Beauty. To shop, go to the website and click on the Early Access site. Then pick your category and find the items that interest you. Add each item to your wish list, and then rate them in your mind as your top choices.

  4. Know Your Size

    Every brand seems to have its own version of sizing. If the items you are considering are ones you are familiar with, then you will know how they fit, and sizing is easy. However, if you are looking at a pair of jeans you’ve never worn, check the reviews first, and then order two sizes if possible. I know this sounds like a pain, but you get free shipping and free returns, so this won’t cost you any more. And, things will sell out quickly, so by the time you realize that you need a different size, they could be sold out.

  5. Set Your Alarm

    I know that this might seem crazy, and if you only have one or two items on your list, maybe it isn’t something you need to do. However, if you’ve been dying for a HOT TICKET item that will sell out quickly, then be ready at precisely 12:01 am ET to hit buy now.

  6. Shipping

    I have a list for MUST-HAVES, and I add those to my cart first, and then I check out right away. Last year I did not get something I really wanted, even though it showed that I had purchased it. I found out later that because the computers couldn’t keep up with the massive amount of sales, the items had already sold out by the time my cart was ready to process. So, for my MUST-HAVES, I will check out and also pay for expedited shipping. This will help ensure that my order is processed immediately instead of in a few days. I will pay for the extra shipping only for my MUST-HAVES. I will log back in and place the other orders, but I will use the free shipping option for those.

  7. Shop early and often

    I’ve already mentioned that you need to shop as early as possible, but you must keep checking back often to see if additional items have been added to the sale. Usually, as items sell out, new items are added to take their place. So, checking back regularly will help you find the best items.

  8. Sell Out Risks

    There are always items that are everyone’s favorite, so those sell out quickly. Certain Brands such as Natori, Barefoot Dreams, and Vince typically sell out quickly. However, I hear that Nordstrom is going to try and re-stock as quickly as possible, and you have the ability this year to add sold-out items to your wish list. You’ll get a notification when the item is back in stock.

What’s New This Year

There are a few changes and additions to this year’s sale.

  • Shorter Early Access Phases: Early Access to allow for a longer Public Sale and more access
  • Easier to remember start time: Each phase begins at midnight EST on Nordstrom.com. Includes Preview, Early Access, Public Sale, as well as Canada Phases
  • Three Early Access shop phases: They combined Insider loyalty level and Influencer loyalty level for less confusion
  • More for Canada: Preview/Digital Catalog, Add to Wish List, and online Early Access Passes
  • Backorders during Early Access: Backorders will be allowed on products they have high confidence in receiving. For these “late to arrive” products, customers will be able to add those products to the wishlist and be notified when they are in stock.
  • Ability to add sold-out items to Wish Lists: This was the #1 feature customers have been asking for, even outside of the Anniversary Sale
  • Selection updates: 100 new brands offered, increasing their brand mix by 20%!
  • Daily Drops: Beauty-specific Daily Deals with new drops each day of Public Sale

Same Items as Last Year

There are many new items this year to shop for, but some of my favorites from last year are also available this year. Here are a few that I noticed immediately, even though I’m sure there are lots more.

Barefoot Dreams Lite Long Cardigan (I sized down in this – med) // SPANX Faux Leather Leggings (I size UP in these – large)

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan (med) // Kut From The Kloth Skinny Jeans (Size down)

Madewell Kent Coloblock Cardigan (Runs large – available in different shades this year) //

Eliza J Funnel Neck Sweater Dress (Sized up) // The dress isn’t spotted; the mirror was dirty. Lol!

Popcorn Cotton Sweater (Runs large)

Kut From The Kloth Faux Suede Jacket

7 For All Mankind Wide Leg Jeans (Runs TTS, but if between sizes, I would size down. Beware, they are VERY long with a 36″ inseam!)

Aimee Kestenberg Leather Backpack // AG Straight Leg Jeans (Size up)

Wit & Wisdom Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans (Size down)

Cece Leopard Print Off The Shoulder Top

The Top Picks on my Wish List

My Shoe Picks

My Pick For Accessories

My Dress Picks

My Beauty Picks

My Sweater Pics

My Pants and Jeans Picks

My Picks For Bras

My Picks for Jackets and Coats

Stay tuned for my Inside The Dressing Room Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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