5 Tips for Surviving the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a.k.a. the #NSale has become a staple date in most calendars. It’s about two weeks long, and includes fall items up to 40% off. Prices go back up Aug 3 so if you have your eyes on something, get it before it’s too late. We headed to Nordstrom at Chinook Centre this past weekend (check out our blog post detailing our favourite finds) and wanted to share five tips on how to survive the sale:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

1) Go on the second day of the #NSale, or later

Unless you feel like reliving boxing day pre-internet, you should consider going on the second day of the sale. The first day is like Hunger Games madness which makes the experience more stressful than therapeutic and fun. People may think that after the first day all the sizes will be gone but the sale lasts two weeks and it would be poor planning if that were the case. We shopped on the second day and had no issues with finding product or sizes, and there was no need to keep our elbows up. Plus, staff did a great job of keeping things relatively clean and organized, so it wasn’t at all like shopping in a sad, chaotic sales environment like you would find at Zara or Winners.

2) Book an appointment with a personal stylist

The personal stylist program at Nordstrom is ideal for the Anniversary Sale. Who likes wasting time trying to hunt down sizes and what’s in your price range, when someone else can help do that for you? A personal stylist will not only find great pieces for you, but she’ll also find those pieces that you wouldn’t normally try on but actually look perfect on you. The best part? This service is complimentary and the stylists don’t pressure you to buy, they’re just there to make you look your best and get the most bang for your buck.

3) Browse the website before heading in-store

Before we ventured into store, we checked out Nordstrom’s website to see what the Anniversary Sale was all about. Anything we loved we took a screenshot  of and sent it to our stylist, giving her a preview of our style, what we were looking for and our price range. It was ideal because she was able to pull many of the items we wanted in advance of us arriving for our appointment.

4) See what items made your favourite bloggers’ #NSale wishlist

Similar to browsing the website before venturing in-store, we searched the hashtag #NSale and looked up what our favourite lifestyle/fashion bloggers were finding from Day 1 of the sale. Most of them either posted a collage of the items on their wishlist, or photos/a review of their haul, which gave us inspiration for our own wishlist. Our favourites roundups  include: The Happy Goose, Monika Hibbs, and Sequins & Things to name a few.

5) Plan ahead, and get comfortable!

Depending on your shopping style, and if you go with a personal stylist, you can plan to spend anywhere from 2-4 hours at Nordstrom perusing the sale and trying on clothes. You’ll want to make sure you dress comfortably, in an outfit that you can easily change in and out of while you slip into your new clothing options in the change room. If you’re the hangry type, be sure to bring a water bottle so you stay hydrated between outfit changes, and even some portable snacks like nuts or a protein bar to prevent making rash decisions.

Hopefully these tips will set you up for success – happy shopping!


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