The 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Survival Guide

nordstrom anniversary sale, nsaleHey everyone!

It’s that time of year, again, one of my all-time favorite sales is getting ready to kick off–the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, known as #NSALE on social media, is something you won’t want to miss.

But this sale can be a bit overwhelming:  it has different start dates (one open to the public, one for cardholders), TONS of items that go on sale and new items added daily/restocked, different ways to shop the sale, etc.

Before you shop the sale, I highly recommend creating a game plan for what you will shop for!  With thousands of items to choose from, you can get lost and overwhelmed searching through all of the online pages.  (speaking from experience!)

To help you navigate the sale, I decided to create a main page that I will frequently update with my favorites, style guides, and more.  I’ll break it down into my favorites from shoes (lots of ankle booties and OTK boots!!), beauty picks, Picks under $100, and more.

Make sure to bookmark this page and come back and check out all the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale updates!

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I will frequently update this section with posts about my favorite style, home, baby, and beauty picks, items you can wear now + later (think end of summer, pre-fall, etc.), and a couple of other surprises so be sure to check back often!  (Hint:  first surprise coming Monday!)

For now, you can check out my Early Access favorites from last year to get excited for what’s to come!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE?

Once a year, Nordstrom has a sale in July where they release their Fall and Winter items at majorly discounted prices.  Where most items are released at full-price and then are marked down later, the Anniversary sale does the opposite:  items are released at marked-down prices, and then go up to normal retail prices after the sale ends.

It’s one of the best times to shop for fall basics like denim, boots, sweaters, etc., as well as designer pieces from Burberry, Tory Burch and others, that will be on major sale!  Most items will be marked down at least 25% from their retail price–this sale is actually better than Black Friday!

 

WHEN IS THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be open to the public from July 21st-August 6th, but qualified members can access the sale early from July 13th-20th (see below on how you can get early access!).

 

HOW DO I SHOP THE SALE?

There are a couple ways different ways to shop the sale:  online, and in-store.  Last year, I did not have the privilege of living close to a Nordstrom store, so I shopped the sale online.

  • Online:  You can shop the sale from this link once the sale goes live, but for now, you can check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog and start making a plan for what you’d like to purchase!  Once the sale goes live, I highly recommend shopping often, as new items will be added to the sale each day, and highly sought-after pieces will sell out and be restocked.  The great thing about shopping online is that Nordstrom offers free shipping and returns, no minimum purchase requirement!
  • In-store:  If you have a Nordstrom store nearby, you can pop on in and check out the sale starting on July 21st, or if you’re a cardholder, you will have early access in-store as well!

What I recommend doing, and I’ve heard this recommendation from some of my blogger friends, is to do a combination of the two;  purchase your items online, and pick them up in-store.  That way you beat the crowds, and can pick up most, if not all, of your purchases that same day!

 

WHAT IS EARLY ACCESS?

Early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is exclusively for credit card or debit card holders to shop the sale from July 13th-20th, before the sale goes live to the public.  It’s the best way to shop the sale, as you are almost guaranteed to snag the pieces you want before they are sold out (and believe me, they sell out quickly and are sometimes never restocked!)

You can sign in online and use your card to shop the sale early, or present it in-store to be given early access to the sales!

 

HOW DO I GET A NORDSTROM CARD?

Nordstrom offers both credit and debit card options.  You can apply here for either, and once approved, can begin shopping right away.  If you’re like me and need another credit card like you need a hole in the head, I recommend signing up for the retail card option.  It draws directly from your bank account, and you still earn two points for every dollar you spend, and will still give you early access to the sale.

 

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT THE CARD BUT STILL WANT TO SHOP THE SALE?

I completely understand not wanting another piece of plastic to keep track of!  You can still shop the Anniversary Sale both online and in-stores, but will have to wait until it is open to the public from July 21st-August 6th.

 

I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved shopping last year’s sale.  I purchased the bulk of my fall and winter wardrobe, and saved a lot of money off the retail prices!

Unfortunately, I was rather unimpressed with the sneak peek catalogue that Nordstrom released earlier last week, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the actual sale is better.

Keep checking back on this page for up-to-date sale info, and follow along on Instagram for more!

 

Is this your first time shopping the sale?

What items/pieces are you planning to purchase?

 

Stay Classy!

 

Classy Sassy

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