From Amazon Prime Day to the major Zara semi annual sale, summer has its fair share of retail bargains. Next up on deck: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The commemorative annual sale celebrates—you guessed it—Nordstrom’s anniversary. The high-end department store has been around since 1901, with the anniversary sale dating back to the ’60s. One of the many perks of this sale is that Nordstrom discounts brand new clothing and beauty inventory for the upcoming season, which goes back up to full price once the sale ends. If you see something you like during the sale, you have no excuse not to buy it since it’s at its lowest possible price for one time only. So, get your credit card ready and clear a space in your closet because the sale starts July 21 and lasts until August 6. We got the inside scoop from a current Nordstrom employee on the best ways to shop the sale
Sign Up For A Nordstrom Card
Having a notorious silver Nordstrom credit card can be a dangerous thing, but it comes with some pretty sweet perks you definitely need for the sale. And, any other time of year, for that matter. Nordstrom cardholders get to shop the sale an entire week early, from July 13-20, so they get the best selection before the sale goes live to the public. Some of the best items sell out after the pre-sale, so avoid getting stuck with slim pickings and sign up for a card ASAP.
“It’s a special relationship Nordstrom has with the vendors to sell these items on sale,” says Regina Icaza, a Nordstrom department manager. “No other store has these items at the moment. It’s a great time to stock up on essentials, so open a Nordstrom card in order to shop the early access because it will fly!”
The brick and mortar stores will have areas blocked off exclusively for pre-sale shoppers, so a Nordstrom card gives you an automatic VIP pass to get in. You also get points the more you shop, so it doubles as a rewards card. Who knew a piece of plastic could be so wonderful!?
Another beautiful aspect of Nordstrom is their in-house styling service. For absolutely zero cost, you can schedule an appointment with a personal stylist who can hook you up with the best selections for your clothing tastes. Icaza says to book a stylist appointment before and during the sale. Stylists will have an inside scoop on the best products that just arrived. Icaza also recommends booking an appointment with a salesperson, since they have the best knowledge of the items on the sales floor. Start getting buddy-buddy with your favorite Nordstrom employee now.
Take Advantage Of Free Shipping/Returns
Adding to the list of beneficial Nordstrom perks, they also have free shipping and returns. Not all stores these days can say the same and, as an avid Nordstrom shopper, I can attest to how easy they make their returns process. If you see a dress online that looks amazing on the model but you’re unsure how it might fit on you, you’ve got nothing to lose by ordering it and sending it back later. Add that baby to your cart! You can even get orders shipped to your local store for free. You also don’t have to worry about any final sale items—you can return any product you bought from the sale.
“Don’t hesitate to buy because the prices will go up August 7!” says Icaza. The sale features clothes and accessories for fall, which might feel weird to shop for in 90 degree weather. But, feel free to jump the gun on any coats and jackets that catch your eye because, once the sale ends, you’ll be forced to buy it full price come winter.
Shop the online Nordstrom Anniversary Sale women’s lookbook here.