Early Access for the 2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts TOMORROW! OMG I can hardly contain myself. According to the online chat customer service, the website will be updated at midnight PST with everything available in the sale. I will definitely be staying up to see what they unveil! I also have a shopping appointment tomorrow during the day with one of my friends. We go every year together and its now an unofficial tradition of ours 🙂
After shopping the sale for a number of years now, there are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way that I’d like to share.
1. Know what goes fast and go for that first
There are always 1-2 hot items from the sale that will sell out immediately. One year, it was Tory Burch boots. Another year it was the beautiful jacket above that was featured on the cover of the catalog. This year, I’m not quite sure what it will be. Perhaps the Vince Two-Tone Coat or maybe the Rag and Bone Moto jacket. If you aren’t able to shop early access, or if the item you want sells out, don’t worry, there is separate stock allocated to the public sale as well.
2. Be a Nordstrom Card Holder!
Besides being the absolute prettiest card in my wallet, Nordstrom card holders get to shop Early Access which starts 8 days before the public sale. This is great for the impatient shopper like me who wanted to see the catalog in June! Haha! Nordstrom card holders will earn double points during the sale towards Nordstrom Notes (e.g. gift certificates). Nordstrom card holders also have special perks like free alterations and when you shop enough to be in the higher levels, there are things like invitations to the holiday party and private parties. I’ve been to the holiday party and it is SO MUCH FUN. Not to mention, the past few years it has been 10 points per $1 spent on your Nordstrom card!
3. Make an appointment with a sales associate
If you typically shop with a stylist all year round, then this will be easy. I’m sure your sales associate will have already called you to make an appointment! If you’re like me and don’t normally shop with a sales associate then you’ll have to just find someone to book with. I called my favorite department a few weeks ago and booked an appointment with someone. Working with a sales associate is great because they can help you track down your favorite items and they can also help pull all of the items you’re interested in and put them aside in a room for you so that you don’t have to deal with the chaos of the first shopping day if you don’t want to.
4. Make a list of what you want from each department
In preparation for your shopping appointment, make a list of all the must-see items from each department you want to visit so you don’t forget anything. If you’re shopping the first day of early access or the first day of the public sale, it gets pretty crazy in the store. If I don’t make a list, I tend to forget about things and I will blow my budget and forget to buy some of the essentials I came for! I try to mark down department by department what items I want to check out in the catalog.
Will you be shopping the sale on Thursday (or next Friday)? I will be online at midnight eagerly awaiting the site re-opening with the Anniversary items, then at the store on Thursday bright and early! Can’t wait to see what you all get! 🙂