A First-Timer’s Guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + HUGE GIVEAWAY

It’s hard to have missed the notice that something big is coming… The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you’ve never shopped this sale before (or even heard of it!) you may be wondering what the buzz is all about & why you should care. Believe me, I was in your shoes this time last year! So today I’m hoping  I can break it down for you and share what this sale is, why it’s awesome, and everything you need to know to shop it with ease! Sound good? Then let’s get started…

{What Is It?}
While most sales come at the end of the season, and are a chance to get bargains on merchandise that you may not wear until a year later, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a sale on incoming, BRAND-NEW fall merchandise! That’s right, goods that haven’t even hit the shelf yet will be available at up to 40% off! And even though the end of July seems like it’s “too soon” to be thinking fall, you will be so excited come September when you’ve saved a bundle on your gorgeous new pieces! One of my favorite pieces I picked up last year was this tunic which I wear on heavy rotation in my workweek:

{When Is It?}
The #NSale takes place in two waves, Early Access and Public Access. Early Access begins July 14th and runs through the 22nd- you can only shop the sales during this time if you are a Nordstrom Debit or Credit Card holder. Public Access begins July 22nd and runs through August 7th- any one (with any payment method) can shop the sale during this time. I became a Nordstrom card holder last year specifically because of this sale! When I went to my local Nordstrom and caught a peek of all the fabulous merchandise during early access (they have tents and only cardholders can go inside) I refused to miss out on the fun & signed right up! If you don’t want another credit card, you can sign up for the debit card version which links to your bank account (works just like the Target RedCard Debit version). Trust me, the good stuff goes fast & you will want to get in early and get shopping!

BONUS: Right now if you sign up you will get $10 in Nordstrom Rewards (just like $10 in cash) to use when shopping the sale!

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{Where Is It?}
The sale runs both online and in-store and the selection is the same (although usually online has more due to space constraints within the stores). The best thing about Nordstrom is that you can ship to your local store, so if there are items you like but are on the fence about, you can ship it to your local store and pick up there! Don’t forget that Nordstrom also has free shipping and free returns so you can shop without worrying about returns being a hassle!

{Can I Get a Sneak Peek??}
Of course you can! Peek at a little bit of the fabulousness here and prepare to start making your wishlist!

If you have any questions I didn’t address- feel free to leave them in the comments below! I’d love to help you get ready any way I can 🙂

Well what would a #NSale guide be without an amazing giveaway?? I’ve teamed up with a fabulous group of blogger babes to make sure you have some extra benjamins to shop the sale! There are tons of ways to enter- best of luck!

*Giveaway ends on 7/13 and winner will be announced on 7/14 (the first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.) Must be 16+ years older to enter. International entrants welcome. Please keep in mind that you can not complete more than 101 entries, and that we can tell if the same person uses multiple emails to enter. ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED, so make sure to hit ‘FOLLOW’ or ‘LIKE’ to complete each entry.

Gift Card Giveaway- Nordstrom Anniversary Sale



  1. July 6, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Thanks for this great breakdown! That catalog is going to be great to flip through and earmark everything I want! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  2. July 6, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Confession: I've never shopped the Nordstrom sale! Not sure if I will this year either but it's tempting to scoop up some new fall things 🙂

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