I’m so excited to be gearing up for my favorite sale of the year. I start planning ahead for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale months in advance by saving up and cashing in some of my credit card points for Nordstrom gift cards. I shared all the information I know about this year’s Anniversary sale here, and I will continue to update this page as more information comes available.
In this post, you will find all of my tips and tricks for shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
If you really want to get the items on your wishlist, you need to shop early. Cardholders shop the sale one week before the sale goes live to the public. And if I’m being honest, the hot sellers always sell out the first day of early access. The last two years these items haven’t restocked like they have in years past when the sale goes live to the public.
SHOP IMPULSIVELY (BUT WITH A PURPOSE)
I kind of cringe I’m saying this, but this is the only sale I actually shop impulsively. If I think I want something.. I buy it and decide later because things in this sale sell out like it’s free Louis Vuitton. This sale weirdly feels competitive to shop but it’s also a fun shopping hunt!
BUDGET FOR STAPLES
I always opt for investment basics during the sale. Some things always included in the sale that I would recommend include: Barefoot Dreams anything | AG, Paige, or Madewell Jeans | BP + Leith + Halogen Cardigans | Boots/ Booties | A fall coat | bras/Hanky Panky | Spanx leather leggings (see how to style them here and here)
Shop for things you will get the most wear of. There are also great beauty buys, but honestly, I’m not as tempted to spend in that category because it usually includes items that are in deluxe sizes and the prices are higher. Unless it’s something I’ve already used and love.. I pass. But I do always buy this eyelash serum in the sale every year.
The site usually has technical issues from high traffic. This year
You can usually expect delayed shipping and a few items being canceled from your order. It’s frustrating, but just don’t be surprised by it! Inventory sells out quicker than the site updates, so know items in your order aren’t guaranteed until the order ships. I’ve learned this the hard way the last two years. I just want to give you the heads up so you’re ready!
USE NORDY NOTES
Speaking of Nordstrom Rewards, definitely use your double/triple points day when placing your order. In the event they offer 10x the points (which ahem.. has happened the last 2 years), they will re-credit your triple points day back.
SHOP ONLINE THEN IN STORE
Bookmark this page so the day you shop you can quickly run through the best of the sale by category. Order any must-haves right away. Online has the best selection (aka everything) and the store gets messy quick with things getting lost in fitting rooms. I would avoid doing in-store pickup during the busiest times of the sale (the weekend of early access and public access). Other than those weekends it’s probably safe to choose in0store. pickup as an option! I’ve learned the last two years that hot ticket items sell out before an associate can locate it to set aside for pickup. Plus, the store gets in such a mess that they may not be able to find it! In-store pick up is one of my favorite ways to shop, just not during the busiest times of the sale.
Then, it’s always fun to shop your local store after you locked in your must-haves. I visit on multiple occasions because I usually find different things each time.
PREP YOUR SHOPPING LIST
Do a quick inventory of your fall/winter wardrobe to see if there are any holes you need to fill. This is a great time to pick up those seasonal staples on sale before the season starts! If you’re curious about what my seasonal staples are.. click here!
You can see what’s on my wishlist this year here!
My favorite brand I shop every year in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:
BUY YOUR MUST-HAVES FIRST, BROWSE SECOND
I place multiple orders during the sale because I don’t want to be browsing only to find my #1 item sold out. As soon as the sale goes live, I search for the items I’m looking for and checkout with those right away. I also recommend having your card saved in your account for the quickest checkout. Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns.. so you don’t have to worry about having an order minimum! The sale includes so many items it’s hard to go through it all. I’ll do that for you and share the best of the sale here on the 12th!
SHOP WITH STRAWBERRY CHIC!
I already have the best of the sale organized by category here to make shopping quick and easy when it’s your time to shop. I will have a try on haul posted the first day of the sale, along with giveaways to help with your shopping. I made a small commission when you shop through my links for the sale. If you make a purchase after clicking through my youtube description, blog posts, in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, or swipe up in stories I get credit for your purchase. This is how I’m able to keep bringing new content, and your support means the world!
You can browse my 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary sale posts to get an idea of what to expect this year. I also did a post on overhyped items and items I thought were worth the hype, which y’all loved! I’ll be doing another post like that this year as well. You can see my NSALE try on haul here.
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xo Amanda John