The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Dates - how to shop the early access nsale

The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be from August 19-30. Early Access for all cardholders will begin on August 13th. Prices go back up on August 31st.

Every year mid-summer, I get so excited for the big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. As a longtime Nordstrom shopper, this was one of the epic yearly sales my Mom used to bring me to every summer to grab all the fall and winter school clothes we needed. The deals are insane and it is like NO other sale around. Since it’s coming up soon, I thought I’d share a few of my tips from over the years! Plus, get my exclusive personal “catalog” when the sale launches by signing up below

The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Will Be On August 19-30th. Early Access for all cardholders is August 13th. An online preview will be on July 24th which is replacing the print catalog.

What Makes The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale So special?

The amazing part about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that it is a pre-season sale of all fall and winter items that are BRAND NEW. This means you can shop for BRAND NEW boots, coats, jeans, sweaters, and more all before the season begins at a discount. Typically items are 30-40% off. Nordstrom always has a great mix of ready to wear items for summer available as well as fall and winter essentials.

A few of my favorite brands to shop at the sale are Madewell, Topshop, BP, Nike, Adidas, Caslon, Stuart Weitzman, Tory Burch and J. Crew to name a few. Plus beauty exclusives from some of the top brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Clinique, MAC, Philosophy and more. Brands will provide Nordstrom with exclusive products that will usually only be available during the sale. Once the sale is over on August 4th, prices go back up! The next time you’ll see them on sale is during their end of season sale. Which is well past any time you’ll want to wear these items. Hence, making this sale SO epic!

How To Shop The #NSale Like A Total Pro

There is definitely a trick to getting the best of the best when it comes to this sale. A few tips to shop are below. I always like to start with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 catalog which will now be an online preview available starting July 24. It helps you get an idea of what will be available, pricing, styling ideas and lots of beauty deals. Be sure to add your favorites to your wish list so you can snag them the day of the sale.

Get The Nordstrom Card & Shop Early!

There is a pre-sale that happens from August 4th to August 18th, 2020. This is open to cardholders ONLY. To get a Nordstrom card click here. I personally have a Nordstrom Visa and love it! Nordstrom recently updated their cardholder levels to Icons, Ambassadors, Influencers and Insiders. Your level will depend on your annual spend. Icons can shop beginning on August 4th. Plus, your card can be used at Nordstrom Rack & Trunk Club. Don’t forget you get 3 points per dollar spent at Nordstrom! A breakdown of shopping days by level is below.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access 2020

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The online options are now much better than those in the store since they can stock everything and there’s no promo code needed! I usually start by category and go through Women’s Clothing first. Also, filter your price point if you know you’re not going to spend more than $200 on anything. No one needs to see the $500 sale item if you’ll never buy it. There’s SO much to sort through, so make it easier for yourself. I then sometimes filter this by category. There’s just SO much product that it can be overwhelming. So breaking it down into categories like tops, dresses, coats, is much easier.

Next, I go to shoes, activewear and HOME. I never forget the home stuff because it is SO good. I picked up several great things over the last few years that you can check out here and here.

TIP: Items sell out FAST even during the pre-sale. Not everything will be restocked on July 19th, so the card is IMPORTANT. And it’s also ideal to shop EARLY. As in, yes I wake up at 5am to shop this sale because by 10am, the site is crashing, and no one is able to check out. It happens EVERY year. So you may think I’m crazy for waking up that early, but I am always thankful I do. I shop, I checkout, I go back to bed.

Plus, you can do store pickup or curbside pickup if your store carries the product you’re buying online. It’s a great service that makes shopping easy!

Shop In Store

Gone are the days of me and my Mom waiting outside Nordstrom at 7am to shop the sale. But you can still do this and it’s kind of nice to try things on. The store will be separated to have the sale items behind a curtain so you can easily shop JUST the sale. If you’re a cardholder, you can do this with the Early Access starting August 4th depending on your cardholder level.

My Favorite 2019 and 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts To Shop

Photos by Hannah Lozano

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 7.21.14
    Donna Bailey said:

    Great selection! I`m in love with that gorgeous shoes! I want them badly!
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  2. 6.5.19
    Lisa Autumn said:

    Oh I just love Nordstrom!

    x Lisa |

    • 6.5.19
      Jessica said:

      Me too! I can’t wait for the sale!

  3. 6.12.19
    Rach said:

    I can’t believe the NSale is coming up! But I’m so excited for it. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to buy Fall and Winter pieces at a fraction of the cost!

    • 6.12.19
      Jessica said:

      It’s just the best! I’ll be getting new sneakers for sure!

  4. 6.14.19
    Ana said:

    They actually don’t offer the debit
    Card anymore. Might want to
    Research before you give wrong info. They still accept the debit if you have it but they don’t offer the option to
    Nordstrom debit

  5. 6.16.19
    Maureen said:

    I was curious when the N-Sale was going to be this year! Now I know! These are amazing tips and I can’t wait to start shopping! Bring it on!!

    Maureen |

  6. 6.10.20
    Rachel said:

    I always look forward to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to stock up on seasonal classics and am so glad that the preview will now be digital versus the catalogs. So much easier!


    • 6.10.20
      Jessica said:

      So much easier! Although I did love getting it in the mail it was always a good mail day