Friday, July 24, 2020

How To Prepare For The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale If You're Choosing To Shop

The second half of summer undoubtedly means scorching temperatures and feeling silly thinking about fall clothing while shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you read any other blogs/follow bloggers on Instagram, it’s likely that you’re already hearing a murmur about the sale and with good reason since it really is that good. In year’s past, the sale would be in full swing already, but due to Covid-19, it has been delayed until August. I appreciate that given that it’s tough to get excited about jeans and sweaters in the heat of the summer, and while I know it’s optimistic to think it’ll be any cooler in August, at least fall will be a little bit closer.

I do my best not to oversaturate my blog with sale posts throughout the year, but given that this is a sale I’ve been shopping for years, you’ll be seeing some coverage both on here and on Instagram as it’s happening. I realize that a lot has changed for many people this year and in no way want you to feel any pressure from me to shop if that’s not something you’re interested in. Because of that, I try to be intentional with what I am posting and will certainly have non-sale related posts live as usual to break up more shopping heavy content. 

Another way in which the sale is being run differently this year is that now everyone can shop all of the pieces that will be offered today (starting at 9:30 am EST) instead of waiting for the sale to actually begin. If you have a Nordstrom account, you’re able to save the items you’re interested in to a wish list, which will make things easier when you are able to finally shop. The sale will open to cardholders on Thursday, August 13th. It’s not too late to sign up to be a cardmember to shop Early Access here. Then, the sale opens to everyone on Wednesday, August 19th, and runs until Sunday, August 30th. 

Why is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a big deal?
Unlike most sales, this sale allows you to shop brand new pieces for the upcoming season at a discounted price before you’d actually wear them. Nordstrom puts brand-name products that are new for fall and on-trend on sale for you to shop ahead of the season, talk about nice! The savings for this sale are significant, and since Nordstrom offers a variety of price points, you can expect affordable and splurge-worthy sale finds! On top of all of that, Nordstrom is known to have amazing customer service, free shipping and returns, and perks for cardholders. It’s too easy not to love shopping this sale! It’s important to note that this year Nordstrom announced that there would be less inventory due to Covid-19, so I have a feeling they will be bringing back many of the most-loved items from previous year’s sales.

Why do bloggers talk so much about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? 
It is no secret to most of y’all that a lot of bloggers have monetized their blogs and are able to make a commission from links used based on the sale. Talk about the best job ever! The posts you’ll be seeing from bloggers have had hours and hours poured into them from shopping the site to creating the image and the content surrounding it. It makes sense that money is being made since, even though it is enjoyable work, it is still work nonetheless. I am included in that population of bloggers but want to make something really clear with y’ all. By sharing all of my picks from the sale with y’all as well as my favorite items in different categories of the sale, I am in no way trying to convince you that you need a new pair of riding boots or a coat (aka material things) to be happy. I think we all get that that is not my intention. I work really hard to make sure that I mix up my more materialistic/shopping style post with posts that provide you with advice in different situations to genuinely help you out. I wouldn’t be raving about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale if it wasn’t something that I actually shopped and looked forward to every year. For many bloggers that have chosen to do this as their living, the affiliate commission is one of the ways they support themselves. So, whether you choose to shop from my links (thanks if you do!) or theirs, you’re supporting them without having to put in any additional effort as you shop. 

When does the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale start?
Early Access for this year’s sale will begin on Thursday, August 13th at 9:30 am EST. You must be a Nordstrom Rewards cardholder to shop Early Access. If you don’t have a card yet, then keep reading below for information on how to sign up. 

Public Access for the sale begins Wednesday, August 19th at 9:30 am EST. Those of you shopping Public Access will still be able to see all of what will be on sale today just like everyone else but will only be able to use the wishlist feature instead of actually adding inventory to your cart.

The sale runs for everyone until Sunday, August 30th.

What is the best way to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early?
To access Early Access of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you’ll need to sign up for a Nordstrom credit card. The sooner you do this, the better since as the sale approaches, it may be trickier for you to be approved and get your card in time to shop. On top of getting to access the sale early, you’ll be able to earn money towards future purchases by using it on Nordstrom and its affiliates’ sites. You’ll get 3 points for every dollar spent to be applied toward gift cards, AND you can use your Double Points Day during the sale, which will have you earning rewards quickly.

My Nordstrom card is the only store credit card I have since I shop there often and love the perks offered. As I’m sure you don’t need me telling you, spend within your means and pay off your balance asap. It can be tempting to want to stock up on so many of the great pieces offered during the sale, but it’s not worth it if you’re going to be accumulating credit card debt because of it! 

How can I make shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale easier? 
Since there are so many pages of sale items during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it can get overwhelming relatively quickly. Spend some time before the sale evaluating your fall wardrobe and thinking about where there might be holes or items you may need to replace. By going into the sale with a game plan, you’ll likely purchase fewer items you don’t need. On top of that, I’ll be sharing posts with you to help make your shopping experience easier, which leads me to my next point…

What can you expect on Prep In Your Step during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? 
I recently sat down to plan out how I can be most helpful during the Anniversary Sale and have come up with content and posts that I think y’all will enjoy. I plan to share my favorites from this year’s sale, the pieces I already own and love, what I am going to purchase, and plenty of outfit ideas in my Sunday Styling post series. If you have anything else you’re interested in me sharing, I would LOVE to know as that will help me to do a better job as a resource for you! 

What pieces can I expect to go on sale? 
This year that isn’t even a question you have to ask since today everyone can view what is on sale and the price here. 

You can check out the posts I did last year covering the sale below to get a feel for all the things that will be going on sale that I gravitate toward and what type of content to expect this year! 

I hope you’ll plan to check back here and on my Instagram throughout the duration of the sale for inspiration when it comes to what you may want to buy. Not to toot my own horn, but I am pretty darn good at shopping and am happy to share my finds with y’all! I hope you’re having a happy Friday.

From my first scroll through of the products, here are some of the things that caught my eye! You can 100% bet I'll be ordering these and given how much I wear my Barbour I am very interested in this new-to-me style

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