Do you guys remember last week before I left town, I gave you guys a little teaser on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I got early access to take a sneak peek of some of the items that will be on sale and today I want to share some tips with you guys to make sure you make the most of the biggest sale of the year. Yep, you read that right. This is literally Nordstrom's biggest sale and earnings period of the year- bigger than Christmas- and you are going to see why. I have been shopping this sale for forever and you know I never leave my girls high and dry when it comes to things I have learned so today I am going to share with you some of my tried and true tips for getting the most out of the sale.
So why is this sale such a big deal? The great thing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that Nordstrom partners with designers and brands to bring you BRAND NEW fall merchandise at prices that are typically better than Black Friday prices. The other big bonus of this sale is that merchandise that rarely goes on sale is on sale during this limited time period. So brands that you love that you typically have a hard time finding deals on- including major designer labels- will now be on sale. This is also an AMAZING time to stock up on basics that you use throughout the year-whether that be jeans, make-up, lingerie, you name it. So here are the five tips for making this sale work for you.
#1 GET THE NORDSTROM CARD FOR EARLY ACCESS + A $20 NORDSTROM NOTE
My first two tips are my most important tips for the sale. If you are a Nordstrom credit or debit card holder, you are given early access to the sale. That's right, the sale starts for Nordstrom Cardholders on this THURSDAY JULY 13th. You may be wondering why early access is such a big deal. I can tell you from experience that things sell out like hotcakes. I mean seriously fast! Typically some of the most coveted pieces from the sale are already gone by the time public access opens to the sale on July 21st. Don't worry though, there is still time to apply for a card before the sale starts. If you get approved, you get to start shopping immediately. I am not huge on store credit cards, so if you aren't either, you can actually get a Nordstrom debit card that links to your bank account rather than a credit card. Regardless of what type of card you have you get to enjoy all the benefits of the Nordstrom Rewards program. As another bonus, if you are signing up for the first time you get a free $20 Nordstrom Note to use. SCORE!
#2 IF YOU LOVE IT, BUY IT...IMMEDIATELY!
This is my second most important tip of the sale. As I mentioned above, the most popular items of the sale will sell out VERY quickly. If you see something you love, don't think about it, just buy it. Luckily with Nordstrom's amazing shipping and return policy it will not hurt you at all to purchase it and then return it if it ends up not working for you. You might even want to make multiple purchases because I have heard of girls having items in their cart and shopping the entire sale and then when they went to check out the item they really wanted had already sold out. YIKES! Moral of the story, if there are a couple of key pieces that you are really coveting, buy them immediately and then continue to shop the sale.
#3 SHOP FOR CHRISTMAS IN JULY
This sale is an fabulous opportunity for stocking up on Christmas presents, both for family and friends, as well as yourself. I love doing some of my holiday shopping during this sale for a couple of reasons. First, these are all BRAND NEW products that are going to be available for fall and winter, so it is not like you are going to be buying someone a tank top and then giving it to them at Christmas. Second, it really helps spread out your Christmas budget some. I am always so excited when I am making my holiday budget in November and December and I realize that I have already crossed some of the people off of my list. I also always buy a pair of jeans or a handbag for myself and save them for someone to give to me at Christmas time.
#4 DO YOUR RESEARCH AND MAKE A BUDGET
It can be so tempting once the sale starts to just go crazy and start buying everything in sight. I think it is the psychological effect of there being so many amazing items on sale and the fear that something might sell out. I highly recommend checking out the sales catalog and start plotting a game plan. If you click on each picture in the catalog it will pull up the full detail of that product as well as information on the sale and regular prices. Remember items will return to their regular price on August 7th. I recommend keeping a short list of items that you see in the catalog that you really want so you can be ready to grab those items first when the sale starts. Keep in mind that what you are seeing is just a fraction of what will be available in the sale. Once you have a game plan for what all you need, try to set a budget and stick with it. Here are a list of things that I am planning on grabbing at the sale:
- AG Jeans: This is my #1 favorite brand of jeans and they always have them on amazing sales during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. This brand can be pretty pricey, but they truly are the best jeans I have ever worn and they are going to be on sale at prices you will not see all year.
- Hanky Panky: This is a huge stock-up item for me. If you recall from my bra and underwear post, Hanky Panky thongs are pretty much the only underwear I wear. They will be put on a major sale and I highly recommend you guys using this opportunity to refresh the panty collection. Your husband will thank you!
- Fall Booties: This is the perfect time to stock up on a couple of pairs of must-have fall booties. Vince Camuto always has a few exclusive designs just for Nordstrom that get released for the sale. If you check out page 48 of the catalog you can get a sneak peak of some of the booties. I already have my eye on Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie, the Karinta Block Heel, and the Sarto Paively Bootie.
- Make-up and Skincare: There are always so many amazing special edition value sets that are available for the sale and they always go SO fast. I will be on the look out for kits from Bobby Brown and Urban Decay. The MAC kits always go really fast too!
- Sweaters and Fall Tops: This is a great time to pick up a couple of great sweaters and statement tops for fall and winter. Since they are all new styles for the season, you are going to get a jump on whatever trends are going to be really popular this year and get them at major sale prices.
#5 STICK WITH ME
As I am sure you have already started to see, this sale literally blows up the blog world. Everyone and their mother is going to be blogging about it, posting round-up, and sharing their must bys. However, there is no need to get overwhelmed! All you have to do is stick by Landy! I am going to be posting tons of round-ups and sharing some of my favorites in different categories. I am going to start with posting a round-up of my top 10 favorite items in the entire sale and then will start breaking it down by category and price point. If there are any items or categories that you are particularly interested in then let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to include them. I have done a ton of prep work for the sale before I left and Julia will be working around the clock to get all the information out to you guys. We are so excited and hope you are too!
The sale goes live at 12:01 AM PST on the 13th and my first post will most likely go up in between 6-7am CST that morning and I will be posting multiple times per day. So check early and check often. Also, be sure to stay tuned over on Insta-stories because I will be sharing some of my favorite buys over there as well.