What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017
These are all items purchased from the 2016 #NSale

UPDATE: My full Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide for 2018 will be LIVE on Thursday, July 12.

To start with, what is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, otherwise known as the #NSale on social media, is when Nordstrom releases brand-new fall merchandise at seriously discounted prices. We're not just talking any old fall merchandise, though... all of the designers team up to offer exclusive items. I'm talking Tory Burch, Kendra Scott, Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff, and more. The prices are always insane and some items are marked down by several hundred dollars.

Why is it important?
Unlike other sales, where items start out at full price and then are marked down, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is opposite. Items start on sale for a selected period of time, and then prices go back up in August. You won't find deals like this on brand-name items anywhere else for the rest of fall and winter, so people usually buy now and wear later.

When can I shop?!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has an Early Access Sale for cardholders from July 12-19. During this time, only Nordstrom debit or credit cardholders can shop the sale. This is important because items usually sell out quickly and you get the first pick, so your size is guaranteed to be available. If you want to shop the pre-sale, you can sign up for a Nordstrom debit or credit card here. It takes a few days to process a new card, so if you want to shop the Early Access Sale, you should sign up sooner rather than later.

The sale opens to the public on July 20, and prices go back up on August 6th.

Should I have a strategy?
YES!! You should definitely have a strategy for shopping the sale. To start with, go back through your fall and winter clothing. Is there anything your wardrobe is missing? Do you need new black pumps for work? Do you need a new watch? Maybe your black leggings from last year are starting to look worn, and you want a new pair? Take inventory of everything you have, and make a list of new items you'll need for the fall and winter. Write them down! These should be items that you look for online during the sale.

Also, know your sizes! If you want a new pair of Hunter boots for the fall, know that they run large. I size down an entire foot size in Hunter boots. My normal size is a 7, and I order a 6 in Hunters. If there's something you want in particular, research a little bit about it before the sale starts.

If any of the items on your list are items that sell out quickly, make it a priority to buy those first. If you're still unsure about sizes, Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns. Order two sizes, and send back the size that doesn't fit. I do this all the time!

To see more of my #NSale purchases from the previous years, check out this blog post and this one.


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