Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: How to Prepare and Shop Smart + Nordstrom GIVEAWAY!

What to Buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale







WHAT IS THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE?


The much anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale begins next week!  If you’re wondering what the heck this sale is about, rather than typical sales where past-season items are marked down, this is the one time of the year Nordstrom marks down BRAND NEW arrivals.  You can get the best stuff at the best prices!
IMPORTANT SALE DATES:
July 13th – Early Access begins for Nordstrom cardholders only

July 21st – Open to everyone
August 7th – Prices go back up




HOW CAN I SHOP THIS SALE THE SMART WAY?

Make a list.  The sale can be overwhelming, so get focused with a game plan and a list.  It’ll help you make better purchasing decisions too!
Shop Early Access.  Did you know the sale opens 1 week earlier to everyone who has a Nordstrom card?  Items and sizes sell out FAST, so shopping early is totally worth it.  Nordstrom has three options for enrolling in the Nordstrom Rewards program–two credit card options, and a Rewards Membership option where you pay with cash, check, or another credit card.  However, I’m unsure if Rewards Members (non-credit card) get Early Access to the sale.  I asked online and the customer support said yes, but another friend called and they said no.  I’d encourage you to call or chat with them online from their website yourself if you want a non-credit card option!

You can get a $20 Nordstrom credit if you sign up for a card and get approved before this Sunday, July 9th!  Read about all the Nordstrom Rewards program HERE under “Program Overview” different card options HERE, and get early access to the sale!  

The different Nordstrom cards you can get

Shop online.  Crowds are crazy.  Your size may not be available in store.  Some items aren’t even sold in store and are online-only.  It’s madness.  And, shipping and return shipping is always free, so ordering online from the comfort of your home in your pajamas is the WAY TO GO!  Also, buy multiple sizes!!!!  Items run out fast, and your size might not be available by the time you want to exchange.  Buy two sizes and send back–for free–the size that doesn’t work.  Read my recent Guide to Shopping for Clothes Online for more.  🙂
WHAT SHOULD BE ON MY SHOPPING LIST?

Think fall clothes, since this sale is for new arrivals for the coming season.  Typically for this sale I love shopping boots, ankle boots, jeans, bags, and tops.  I also have my eye on my favorite Natori bra that I know is going on sale (see it HERE), activewear, and makeup.  You could also add home decor, men’s clothes, kid’s clothing to your lists, and Christmas gifts to your list!)

MY FAVORITES FROM 2016’S NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

HOW CAN I GET THE BEST STUFF?

Get Early Access!  I said it earlier, but really the best stuff sells out so fast and often isn’t available by the time the sale is open to the public.
Check PMT often on FacebookInstagram, and here on the blog.  I’ll be serving as your personal shopper, point you to noteworthy items, review pieces, and style items in outfits.  Make sure you’re following on either Facebook or Instagram because I’ll be posting there way faster and with more volume than here on the blog!

Here’s a list of posts I’ve done in the past to cover the sale:


Follow my Nordstrom Sale Pinterest boards.  When the sale hits, I’ll create dedicated boards with my favorite Nordstrom Sale items!  There, you can keep track of noteworthy items all in one place.  Find me on Pinterest @audreyPMT.

Upcoming PMT Posts for the Sale
  • Round up of my initial favorites – July 13th at 6:30a PST 
  • Reviews #1 – July 14th or 15th.  I’ll brave the crowds on the first day so that you don’t have to, and I’ll review items with material, quality, fit, and sizing info.
  • There will be several more blog posts with more highlights, reviews, workwear highlights over the following weeks.
  • Facebook – I’ll be posting with much more frequency on Facebook, so be sure to follow me there!  
  • Pinterest – I’ll create boards for women’s clothing as well as men’s clothing.  Some of my husband’s favorite brands are part of the sale this year!  If you’re interested in men’s clothing recs, be sure to follow me on Pinterest.  If you need help creating a list for men’s clothing, see my post Men’s Style Guide – Basic Building Blocks.

What’s on YOUR list this year?  What items can I find for you?
Tell me what kinds of items you want, and I’ll keep my eyes open and try to review what I can!

GIVEAWAY!!!

Two of you will win a Nordstrom gift card for you to shop the sale!  Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below.  Giveaway will end Tuesday, July 11th.
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