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How To Shop The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019

I can’t believe it’s actually that time again, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is right around the corner — starting later this week for early access!  Sales like this can be a tad overwhelming and you might even be questioning what all the fuss is about.  I’m here to answer a bunch of FAQs regarding the sale and provide every last detail you need to shop smart over the next few weeks!


It’s a 3 week sale that focuses on FALL merchandise!  Unlike most end-of-the-season sales that focus on previously full-price items that are then marked down, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is BRAND NEW merchandise that has yet to hit the shelves on major markdowns!  It’s the perfect time to get some new pieces ahead of the season!


The timing is tiered.  If you’re a Nordstrom card holder, you can start shopping the sale the first day it opens — Early Access begins July 12th and lasts about a week!  You have to actually have a Nordstrom credit card in order to shop early!  I use mine regularly, and love that you receive “Nordstrom Notes” (which act as points) when you hit certain spending marks!  These act as gift cards that you can apply to future purchases — they essentially pay you back for shopping with your Nordstrom card!

Public access (people without Nordstrom a credit card) begins on July 19th and lasts another two weeks.


Early Access begins: Friday, July 12th at 12:30 EST
Early Access ends: Friday, July 19th

Public Access begins: Friday, July 19th
Public Access ends: Friday, August 4rd


Remember, this is all upcoming FALL merchandise.  It’s a great time to THINK AHEAD and try to buy what you think you’ll need for the new season.  I love shopping for STAPLES that you can mix and match all season long.  Items always on my list?  Suede jackets, designer jeans and boots, layering pieces like thermals and basic tanks, and workout sneakers!


This sale can be VERY overwhelming without a game plan, I’m not going to lie. It’s definitely one of those sales where you can go overboard buying shit you DO NOT NEED, and somehow leave out pieces that you can get a ton of use out of.  I preach this every year — DO NOT BUY PIECES YOU WILL NOT GET USE OUT OF JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE ON SALE.  Here are a few of my best tips:

  1. It’s best to approach this knowing what you need in advance.  First of all, because ITEMS GO FAST and if you’re not prepared, you will miss out on them.  Some items sell out and are not restocked, or prices will go up for the remainder of the season and you missed your chance at a major discount.  Seriously (and I’m not even kidding) — go through your closet and actually WRITE DOWN what you’re always wanting to reach for that you simply don’t have.  Maybe you keep wishing you had a darker version of your favorite pair of skinny jeans, maybe you need an in-between jacket, maybe it’s a neutral duster cardigan, maybe you have always wanted a pair of designer boots.  Make a wishlist first without looking at the sale and then get ready to ATTACK.
  2. Once you are shopping, don’t hesitant on an item.  I’ve had items literally sell out in my cart… the order will even go through (after it was sitting in my cart for hours), and then I’ll receive the worst email ever — “your item cannot be fulfilled.”  That doesn’t mean have a free-for-all and buy everything you see out of FOMO, but if you have your heart set on an item or two — order those first, and then go back and browse the rest of the sale and see if there’s any add-ons that you can place in a separate order.  Since it doesn’t matter how much you spend to get a discount, it’s okay to have separate orders!
  3. Also on that note, order multiple sizes if you think you’re in between.  It ensures the item will be in stock when ordering the size you actually need, plus, it ensures you’ll actually get the item at a discount without having to fight for it.  Shipping can be a little slower than normal because of all the action, so if you have to send an item back and wait for it to be processed before ordering again, you’re running the risk that the item will be gone.  Either order multiple sizes (and return what doesn’t fit with FREE RETURNS), or do a hell of a lot of research in advance and pay attention to the size guides!
  4. Popular items tend to sell out during EARLY ACCESS (which you need a Nordstrom Credit Card to access).  If you don’t have a credit card — I wouldn’t recommend opening one just for the sale.  Find a friend who already has one!  I’ve had a few of my girlfriends send me items they’re DYING to have during Early Access because I have a card — and they’ll just venmo me!  Works like a charm!


I’m going to be keeping my eye on the sale over the next few weeks and will be sharing what I bought from the sale along with the best buys I think you can score.  You’ll want to stay glued to Oh So Glam for updates — so make sure to follow along with me on Instagram (if you’re not already).  I’m going to be doing some try-on videos and sharing info on sizing, and sharing some ideas to style some of these new pieces!  I also have a Nordstrom gift card giveaway launching on Instagram SOON — with some of my favorite bloggers!

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