Sponsored Post: How to Shop The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

This fall’s hottest trend is not the latest boot or a crazy new color, but the concept of value shopping. Value shopping is using tools like the Cost Per Wear  (remember cost per wear? I’m going to keep nagging you about it until it becomes second nature) to focus your shopping dollars on buying quality pieces you will keep in your wardrobe for years.

I know this is a tough concept for a lot of TBFers, mostly because we’ve been trained to focus on getting the cheapest item (regardless of whether or not it is the best item), which was ok back in the god old days (hmm 2007), when we could do daily/weekly/monthly shopping trips. However, the shopping (and economic) reality is that we don’t know when our last shopping trip will truly be our last shopping trip. So rather than buying a bunch of stuff that you might no be able to wear six months from now, focus on buying a few great pieces with a low cost per wear (under $2), that you can wear over and over again.

And find them on sale.

This is why I’m a big fan of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (disclosure: I use to work at the Nordstrom Rack back in the day), because I can get my classic, wardrobe staples, on sale. I’ve shopped the sale, pretty religiously, since 1992 when the first Nordstrom opened at the Mall of America in Minneapolis (holla MOA!). I got my first pair of designer boots (after several weeks of intense Camp David Level negotiations with my Dad) and bought my favorite wallet (Hobo clutch wallet is the truth!) at the Anniversary Sale. So I’ve developed a few tips for shopping the sale.

Kathryn’s Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. (please add your own in the comment section below)

Browse Nordstrom.com. The first thing you need to do is head to the website to map a course of action/plan of attack for the sale. I like to scout my picks online first, print out the items I like to bring in store with me. As a webbie person, I’m always impressed by retailers who’ve figured out how to link their online stores with their brick and mortar, which Nordstrom totally has down pat.

Example: I found this purse from Kate Spade (on sale for $262.90), which was sold out when we went to the store, but available online at Nordstrom.com

Kate Spade Purse

Kate Spade Litchfield Nanette Satchel, on sale for $262.90

So, the Nordstrom sales person offered to go online and order it for me, with FREE SHIPPING (thanks, Jenna!)

Go early in the morning. There are professional level shoppers who train all year long for the sale. If you’re a newbie, for your own personal safety, stay out of the way of these trained professionals and head to the store early to get your shop.

I went early the Saturday after the sale started, so I could scoop up what is the best wallet ever invented, the Hobo double frame clutch. I love this wallet more than I love chocolate and Tom Hanks. It fits my cell phone, money, keys, tampons, gum and a Ford Fiesta (just kidding, but it really does fit a lot of stuff). I think my cost per wear for this wallet is like $.01 at this point.

Hobo Clutch

Hobo International Lauren Snake Embossed Double Frame Clutch, on sale for $84.90

Shoes, Shoes. Nordies is like a shoe mecca (especially if you have a hard to fit size like me). While the shoe collection online is sick, I still like to try on the shoes because I have such a hard to fit size (11). I love that even if they don’t have your size, they’ll order the shoes for you online with, one more time, Free Shipping.

The shoes I bought (and had shipped)

Nine West Boots

Nine West Fango Boot, on sale for $89.90 (note: literally the most comfortable boot in the world)

Blue Pumps

Classiques Entier® ‘Tamara’ Pump, $79.90

Score a Personal Stylist. Don’t have time to shop the sale yourself? Get a Nordstrom personal stylist to help you out (just call 1.877.283.4048 to get connected ).They will help you get the items you want without the drama of actually shopping, which I know can be a godsend to the anti-shoppers out there. The service is FREE (and we like free things) and not only can they pull items for you, but they can find items from other stores (like the Kate Spade bag above) and have it sent to you free of charge.

Also Nordstrom has beauty stylists– which is something I’ve never really heard of before at a department store, who help you find the best beauty products. My stylist helped me find this Bobbi Brown beauty kit (on sale for $80.00 – regular price $165) which is basically all the beauty products you need for the next 6 months.

Makeup Kit

Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell Beauty Kit, on sale for $80 at Nordstrom.

I’m sure you have your own Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Tip, so please share them below.

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. Shop the Anniversary Sale: Next Season on Sale Now. Prices go up August 1.
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  1. says

    The main tip I have – be nice to the sales crew – please! The one here in Philly – those poor sales clerks were traumatized by what locals around here tend to call “Main Line **ches” – basically, the bored wives of the local doctors, athletes, lawyers, etc. that have nothing to do and think shopping is a “competitive sport”. They don’t care if it’s Nordys, Neimans or even Costco – just say “SALE” and they come out in droves. I had a couple Nordys clerks tell me about the drama that they had to deal with just from the pre-sale – the way they told it, it sounded like Running of the Brides or some mess.

    As always, Kathryn – you have the best shopping tips around :)

    • TBF says

      @Aly… You are so right about being nice to sales associated. Back in the day,I was one and some people were just so rude.

  2. FashionDiva says

    How I LOOOOOOOOVE Nordstrom….there is not enough time to count the ways!!! From their SUPREME customer service, their shoe repair service, FREE handbag and wallet cleaning, FREE shipping when you order in the store, and FREE in-store pick up when you order online – what’s NOT to love about Nordies!!! The Half Yearly Sales are divine – I pick up some of the best goodies during their sales – boots, handbags, scarves and watches!! The sale is a perfect time to also get great deals on staples: t-shits and camis!! I too heart the Hobo double frame clutch. I use it as a wallet because it’s perfect for ALL my stuff. I have it in 3 different colors and refuse to use any other wallet! (Side note – thanks for the scoop about the beauty stylists – I was not aware of that! Just another reason I’m ADDICTED to Nordies!)

  3. Lisa says

    That Kate Spade bag is TO DIE FOR! There are so many amazing colors and it’s making it real hard for me to pick just one! Did you end up getting the black one? I’m leaning towards it, but I keep thinking about the gray and pink one!

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