How to Shop the 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Insider Tips & Tricks)

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I get it! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is so huge that it can be completely overwhelming. It can be tempting to get caught up in the hype and overspend. (I’ve been there, believe me!)

This post features some early favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview. Click any pink text link or image for more information on any item, to check color options, or to add it to your Wish List.

Don’t worry! I’ve been shopping this Sale for the past 15+ years! I’m going to help you get all prepped and ready, so when Early Access starts for your Nordy Club tier, you can shop with a plan and a Wish List, prepared to make good purchasing decisions!

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Today, I’m sharing my insider tips. These will help you shop thoughtfully, economically, and without feeling overwhelmed. I’m publishing this today, so when it’s your day to shop, you’ll feel ready and prepared! Let’s dive in, okay?

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When You Can Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Nordstrom utilizes its Nordy Club tiers to grant access to the most loyal customers first.

  • Not yet a Nordy Club member? Click HERE to join for free.
  • Not sure which Nordy Club tier you’re in? Click HERE to see your date of access.
  • Note: Nordstrom credit card holders automatically gain early access to the Sale. Upon signing up, you instantly become an Insider. Even if you don’t increase your status before the Sale begins, everyone can shop starting July 15th. For more information on the benefits or to apply, click HERE.

Why You Should Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

First of all, let me tell you why I think the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is worth your time.

  1.  Nordstrom offers free shipping and returns. Alternatively, you can order online and pick up the same day you order. It’s super convenient! Typically, during the Anniversary Sale, it gets crazy in-store, so I’ve always recommended ordering online. (Also, a little-known fact: Although Nordstrom Rack doesn’t participate in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you can return items to any Nordstrom Rack location!)
  2. When Nordstrom says SALE, they mean it. There is no messing around with coupons, promo codes, etc. They simply put new fall and winter merchandise on Sale at 30-40% off for a limited time. Seriously. Once the Sale is over, items will return to their original prices.
  3. You can shop early (and wisely!) by utilizing the Wish List feature. Here’s how to do it: When you see an item you’re interested in, click on it. Select your size, color preference, etc., and then click the “Add to Wish List” button where the “Add to Cart” button usually is located. Then, when it’s your day to shop, it will be easy to find the items you may be interested in right on your Wish List. Then you can edit through them and make decisions.
  4. It’s an excellent time to stock up on holiday (or birthday) gifts. It might sound crazy, but it’s true! When December rolls around, you’ll be able to spend more time focusing on family, faith, and fun because you won’t have to stress about buying gifts.

What Are the Best Things to Buy in the 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

This collage is full of some of my early favorites! It’s clickable for more information!

Consider Buying

(Click the pink links below to see what’s available in each category.)

Designer Handbags & Luggage

If you’ve always wanted a Coach handbag, a Kate Spade tote, or a Tumi Carry On Spinner, now is the time! Click HERE to see all of the Handbags and Luggage.

Winter Coats

If you’re looking for a specific coat like a Ralph Lauren Trench, a Cole Haan Moto Jacket, or an iconic Barbour jacket and don’t want to pay full price, this is the sale for you! Click HERE to see all of the Jackets & Coats in the Sale this year. I’ve got THIS gorgeous Rag & Bone Fringe Tweed Jacket on my wish list!

Blazers & Jackets

At just $64.99, I think this Tailored Blazer is a fantastic deal this year! It would travel well and looks polished. I’m also partial to THIS ’70s-style Belted Denim Jacket and chic cream-colored Leather Bomber Jacket and I love THIS classic Houndstooth blazer. Click HERE to see all of the Blazers and Jackets that will be on sale this year.

Athletic Workout Shoes

This year, Nike, Adidas, Asics, and Hoka are all included in the Sale (along with others)! I’ve wanted a pair of Hoka’s for a while now, so I’ve added THIS pair to my Wish List.

Menswear

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Deco Check Cotton & Linen Sport Coat (Nordstrom Brand)

Does your man need a new blazer? THIS one from Nordstrom’s in-house menswear label is fantastic quality and a great price (compared to the other men’s blazers in the sale)! It was in the sale two years ago and I bought it for Bob! They brought it back this year! 🙌 If your man needs a new blazer, my advice is to snatch it up as soon as you can so it doesn’t sell out!

Cozy Barefoot Dreams

This primo brand of loungewear makes the yummiest, best-quality cardigans, and more! I bought my first Barefoot Dreams cardigan two years ago during the sale, and NOW I see what all the fuss is about! They’re nice enough to wear out and about but super snuggly to wear around the house. I’ve got THIS short robe on my wish list in “Pearl,” and I’m after several pairs of THESE socks to give as Christmas gifts! Speaking of gifts, I think my daughter, who goes to NYC, would love THIS gorgeous cable knit throw (in pearl) for her apartment in New York!

Personally, I’m dying for THIS cozy Barefoot Dreams loungewear set! It comes in Plus and Regular too, but only Plus is pictured. (I’m hoping nobody thinks it’s available in Regular so that it’s left when I can start shopping on July 13! 😂)

Makeup Value Sets

These are exclusive to the NSale and are always a great deal! If you have a high-end brand you love like Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, or Trish McEvoy, you’ll find special edition value sets that you’ll love. I love Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Color pencils for speedy application and non-crease, all-day staying power, so I’m going to be stashing THIS value set in my cart, for sure! I also use the sale every year to stock up on neuLash and neuBrow serums. (Love them!)

To see all of the makeup value sets available in the sale, click HERE. (Be sure to use the filters on the left side of the page to find your favorite brand.)

High-End Skincare Sets

Likewise, if you’re into skincare from brands like Clinique, La Mer, or L’Occitane (and more!), you’ll find great value set deals. Check out all the Skincare Exclusives HERE. I’m stocking up on THIS L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream Set. (Worldwide, it’s the #1-selling hand cream!). I’ll break up the set and give it as gifts for Christmas. 

Bras, Shapewear & Panties

If you’re like me, you keep your worn-out bras and panties around wayyyyy longer than you know you should! With Nordstrom’s free shipping & returns, it might be time for a refresh! There are great Wacoal bras and panties in the sale this year!

Spanx

You’ll find a HUGE selection of Spanx in the Sale! Click HERE to check them out. And if you’re ready to take the plunge and finally snag a pair of Spanx’s best-selling Faux Leather Leggings (They are the greatest!), this is the time to do it. You won’t find a lower price this entire year. They run small, so order a size up. (Trust me on that.)

Activewear

If you need some new activewear, this is an excellent time to stock up on great quality brands like Nike, Zella, and Sweaty Betty! I added these Nike workout shorts to my wish list. I already own THESE Zella Live In Pocket Joggers and love them. They’re soft and loose enough to be comfy without looking sloppy. They come in several colors, but I recommend you buy them in black because I think you’ll get more use out of them. I also really like the look of THIS Zella Kickback Ottoman Tunic. It’s long enough to be modest and cover your rear end if you’re wearing leggings 🙌, which I, for one, appreciate! It’s on my Wish List.

This year, I’ve got my eye on Zella’s Cloud Fleece Joggers and Cloud Fleece Sweatshirt. The older I get, the more I craze soft and cozy clothing, and these are delish! THIS Zella Relaxed Long Sleeve Slub Jersey T-Shirt looks so cozy too! Click HERE to see all of the Activewear in the Sale.

Shoes

If you need to update your shoe game, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a good time to do it! This is a great time to incorporate current and incoming trends like these:

CLEARANCE ITEMS

Now, here’s a top-secret tip you’re definitely not going to hear from anybody else: To build hype and clear out inventory, Nordstrom marks down a whole bunch of stuff during the Anniversary Sale. And lemme tell ya’, they think they’re pulling a fast one! 🤣

Want a Designer Handbag? Check out these amazing markdowns on Tory Burch handbags in the CLEARANCE “Sale” section. Tory Burch bags hold their value – meaning you can always resell them somewhere like The RealReal or Fashionphile). BTW, Tory Burch decided not to offer handbags during the Anniversary Sale this year after being called out in the past for offering lower quality “exclusive Anniversary Sale” handbags in past years! 😲 Trust me, buy yours in the SALE section!

After watching this CLEARANCE “Sale” section carefully for the past 12 years, I can tell you that the prices won’t drop any lower during the Anniversary sale. Click HERE to check out the CLEARANCE (i.e. regular “Sale” section (no waiting for your tier to gain access! 🙌) If you find a deal you like, snag it while it’s still in stock!

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How to Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Without Getting Overwhelmed OR Overspending

  1. Click into the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview Site HERE. Use the filter buttons on the left side of the page to browse with purpose and add lots of things to your Wish List. (Yes, I said it again!) Then, when it’s your day to start shopping, just put the words “Wish List” into the Nordstrom search bar at the top of the page. It will take you right to your list!
  2. As you compile your Wish List, Don’t just think about yourself! Think ahead and consider gift ideas. My secret trick is to snatch up some Baublebar, Kendra Scott, or Kate Spade jewelry for the women in your family at a fraction of the price you’d pay on the brand websites. Also, consider gifting home items like THIS under $30 Bliss Plush Throw or a set of Nest votive candles to use as Hostess Gifts.
  3. When the Sale opens for your Nordy Club tier, jump on early in the morning and head to your Wish List. Shop from there. Focus on clothing and shoes first. Beauty items rarely sell out, so don’t worry as much about those.
  4. If you’re unsure about sizing, order two of the same item in different sizes and return the one that doesn’t work. I do that all the time! With Nordstrom’s free shipping & returns, it’s easy!
  5. If you want to help your husband with an upcoming birthday, anniversary, or even Christmas, show him your favorite picks or even add them to your Wish List!
  6. Don’t forget about the CLEARANCE “Sale” section I mentioned earlier! You’ll find great prices on wear-now items, and wear-this-fall items.

I hope you feel better prepared to shop the Sale now! In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be doing my best to help you wade through all the hype by sharing my faves across several different categories. And remember! Adding items to your Wish List is FREE, and it will make your shopping easier and more efficient later! It’s my #1 tip!

If there’s something specific you’re looking for, feel free to DM me on social media or send me an email at [email protected]!

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