Updated: July 2020
This year the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts Early Access on August 4th and opens to the public on August 19th. Here is everything you need to know about how to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale if you’re in Canada.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (aka. the NSale) is an annual sale in which Nordstrom releases new fall merchandise at ridiculously discounted prices. This is different than any other sale out there, because these are not last season’s items on sale. These are brand new items from some of the biggest designers (think Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Sam Edelman) that are on sale for a few weeks only before going back up to regular retail prices. This sale is thus the BEST way to do your fall shopping! But, wondering how to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale if you’re in Canada? I’ve got you covered below.
This year the #Nsale starts early access in the US on August 4th . The sale then opens to the general public on August 19th and On August 31st all items go back up to the full retail price.
One big change this year for the first time is that there is now a Nordstrom.ca and Nordstrom.com will no longer be shipping to Canada! This isn’t as good as it may sound – read on for why.
Early access for Nordstrom.ca doesn’t start until August 16th, with the same opening to the public date of August 19th.
To shop early access you have to be a Nordstrom credit card holder. If you’re American, it and shop at Nordstrom semi-regularly it is absolutely worth it to get the credit card to shop this sale.
Unfortunately, you can’t get the Nordstrom credit card without a U.S. billing address.
So the short answer to the above question is that if you are Canadian you can’t shop the regular Nordstrom early access but don’t be disappointed – there are some things you can do! Read on for how to shop the Nordstrom anniversary sale if you are in Canada.
There are three main options for how to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale if you’re in Canada:
For the third year in a row, Nordstrom Canada does now have their own early access to shop within the physical Canadian store locations. Similar to the US early access, to be able to take advantage of this early shopping, you need to be a Nordstrom Rewards Visa credit cardholder.
My two cents on this? I’m happy to see Nordstrom is at least trying to get something in place for Canadians to more easily shop the sale, but, considering it is only 3 days of early access, it’s certainly not the most amazing deal. There are better ways to shop the Nordstrom anniversary sale if you are in Canada!
With the addition of Nordstrom.ca and online shopping this year – you can actually shop the sale online! The downside though? There are NOT as many products on offer and the sale dates are later here in Canada.
Many Canadians don’t know this, but there are services that give you a US mailbox address and then when the package arrives they ship it to you in Canada and you just pay duties as you normally would. This is GREAT for shopping the US Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but also shopping other stores that have ended shipping to Canada (… I’m looking at you Target!)
There are a few options for services if you google it, but the one I am familiar with is US2Me.
(1) Review the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog
The catalog is out now and lists a number of the items that will be part of the sale. Go through this now and make a list of the items you want – and put them in priority order. That way you can search for them one by one and add them to your cart right away on July 19th.
(2) Check your Favorite Fashion Blogs for #NSale Posts
So many bloggers are obsessed with this sale, that chances are pretty good your favorites will do at least one (… or 5) posts on their picks from the sale throughout the early access period. This is another great way for you to see some of the items you may want to get come July 19th. As you know, us bloggers do get a commission when you shop through our links (it doesn’t cost you anything) so if you do see something you like here on LLB, I SO appreciate you clicking and ordering through that link!
(3) Prioritize your Items
I know this sounds ridiculous, but items in this sale go FAST. The most popular items often sell out on the first day. So, once you know some items you already love (from the catalog & your fashion blog research) go and purchase those right away! You can shop the rest of the sale to see if there are other items you want after you have done that.
(4) Don’t forget the Canadian Dollar!
If you are going with my “option 3” and shopping the US Nordstrom site, don’t forget the difference on the dollar!
I hope you found this post on how to shop the Nordstrom anniversary sale as a Canadian helpful! I’d love to hear about your wants/purchases – keep me posted via comments (here or on later blog posts.) I will be updating my blog throughout the sale so be sure to check back frequently. As posts go live I will include their links below.