How to Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – An Organized Approach

Surely you’ve heard plenty about the much-anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by now. Maybe you even stayed/woke up until 3am EST to be the first to shop the sale. TBH, I wanted to wake up and shop, but when my alarm went off I just couldn’t bring myself out of bed. Turns out, it was fine because everything I wanted was still in stock 5 hours later. Phew.

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Here’s what I ended up purchasing from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so far:

And here’s what I’m considering for Round II:

If I didn’t already own the following, I’d use this opportunity to buy new gear on sale:

And beauty products:

Want our secrets for navigating the chaos and finding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items that best suit your style? Here’s our organized approach:

Step 1: From the Nordstrom homepage, click on Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access (highlighted in the top navigation). Then, decide where to start. Choose between Women | Men | Kids | Home | Beauty Exclusives.

Step 2: We initially started with Beauty Exclusives (then sorted by price: from low to high), but for the sake of this tutorial, we’ll shop the Women’s Sale section.

Step 3: When you first click into the section, you’re inundated with 3,000+ items (currently 47 pages of product listings!). Kind of overwhelming, right? So, use the categories in the sidebar on the left to trim down the selection. From Instance, you can select just “Clothing” just “Shoes” or just “Handbags & Accessories.” For our search, we left the “Category” options alone and went straight to “Brand.”

Step 4: Scroll through the entire brand list, and select all the brands you like / are curious about. Once you’ve been through the entire list, you’ll have a pared down Women’s Sale section shopping list, featuring only the brands you have interest in. For us, that means selecting:
ASICS
Aveda
Badgley Mischka
Barbour
BCBGMAXAZRIA
bkr
BP.
Burberry (Dream Life!)
Caslon
Catherine Malandrino
Charles by Charles David
cupcakes and cashmere
Diane von Furstenberg
ED Ellen Degeneres (Most products aren’t on sale, but still so tempted!)
Elie Tahari
Eliza J
Frye
gorjana
Hanky Panky
Hudson Jeans
Hunter
Halogen
J Brand
J. CREW
Joie
kate spade new york (50 items!)
Lauren Ralph Lauren
Longchamp
Madewell
Maggy London
MICHAEL Michael Kors
Nike
Nordstrom
PAIGE
Patagonia
Pendleton
philosophy
rag & bone
Sam Edelman
Skagen
Sole Society
SPANX
Sperry (Honestly, the men’s section is so much better)
Sole Society
Sugarfina
Tahari
The North Face
Tibi
Tory Burch (24 items)
Tumi
Zella / Zella Body (72 items)

Step 5: Repeat this process for any other categories you find of interest. If shopping Beauty Exclusives, there are currently only 313 products in stock, so sifting through 5 pages of results really isn’t too taxing. I’d recommend checking them all out! We’re especially fond of the following:

Benefit Cosmetics
Bobbi Brown
CLARISONIC
diptyque
Estée Lauder
FRESH
Jo Malone London
Kate Somerville
Kiehl’s Since 1851
Mario Badescu
NARS
OUAI
Shiseido
Sigma Beauty
SPACE.NK.apothecary
stila
Supergoop!
WINKY Lux
Yves Saint Laurent

So…what have you found? Overall, are you more or less impressed with the selection than in previous years?

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