I’ve been waiting all year for this post!! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is without a doubt the my favorite time of year to score some of the best prices on top fashion brands. For two weeks (or longer if you’re a cardmember), new arrivals for the fall/winter season from popular brands are marked down for a limited time before going back up to their full price. That being said, it’s not just a sale. It’s pretty much fashion’s Black Friday!
When is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in 2020?
The sale is open to the public on Wednesday, August 19th, and ends on Sunday, August 30th. If you’re a cardholder, though, you get early access.
For cardholders, your shopper status determines when you can start shopping, so log in to your account HERE to check! There are four different statuses, depending on how much money you spend per year at Nordstrom, and the higher your status, the earlier you get to shop.
Early access for all cardholders ends on Tuesday, August 18th, the day before the sale opens up to everyone. But after early access ends, cardholders can continue shopping as they please until the sale is officially over.
As noted above, Nordstrom is launching a sneak peek of all sale items on Friday, July 24th. Not only does this mean that you’ll be able to start adding things to your Wish List in advance of the sale, but I’ll have more time to pick out of all the best deals to help you shop.
Is shopping in-store or online better?
Since this sale is extremely popular, the stores tend to get VERY busy and with Coronavirus, it could make it more difficult. With that being said, I always recommend shopping online for the best selection of items because things can sell out quick. Plus, since Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns, you can easily return or exchange what didn’t work out either to a local store or by mail. Also, Nordstrom also offers curbside pickup, expedited shipping, same-day delivery (for select areas), and even international shipping so all your bases are covered!!
Should I apply for a Nordstrom Card?
The most obvious benefit to being a Nordstrom cardholder is getting early access to all of the great deals during the annual Anniversary Sale. While you could just wait until the sale opens to the public to shop, the most popular items tend to sell out long before the regular sale begins. Not to mention, the size and color inventory for many items will probably start to dwindle during early access, meaning there will be slim pickings for certain things when the public can finally shop, but make sure to favorite your items so you’re alerted when things come back in stock.
If you would like to become a Nordstrom cardholder—or join the ‘Nordy Club,’ as Nordstrom calls it—they are offering a deal right now where new members get a $60 ‘Bonus Note,’ meaning they will give you $60 to spend on whatever you want at the store just for signing up. Nordstrom also offers a retail card, only to be spent at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook, and Trunk Club, as well as Visa Signature and Visa Platinum cards. There is no annual fee for these cards, and they offer competitive APRs.
Upon signing up, you instantly become an Insider, so even if you don’t increase your status before the sale begins, you’ll be able to shop starting August 13th no matter what.
I personally don’t have one, but if you’re in a place to apply it’s definitely worth it! Nordstrom offers two types of cards, the retail card or Visa Signature card. Both cards provide the same Nordstrom benefits, including early access to the sale. However, Visa Signature cardholders will earn additional Nordstrom points with any purchase using the card. Applying is easy and you can start shopping instantly, if approved.
- Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (which is huge!)
- If approved, you can sign in to access your card online and start shopping right away.
- Earn 2 points per dollar spent in stores and online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook and Trunk Club.
- Plus, get a $20 bonus Note when you spend $100 at Nordstrom with your new Nordstrom card the day you’re approved.
- Enjoy the benefits of being a Nordstrom cardholder.
- No annual fee
- 24/7 Nordstrom Customer Service
This is the first post in my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale series and I’m so excited to cover the sale for my 3rd year!!! If you already have an idea of what you’re looking to shop, drop it below or let me know on Instagram so I can find the best picks!