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During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, new fall merchandise is marked down as soon as it hits the department store floor. The sale begins July 20 and ends August 5. Here,

WHERE: Nordstrom Downtown Seattle, Nordstrom Northgate, Nordstrom Bellevue Square, Nordstrom Southcenter, Nordstrom Tacoma, and Nordstrom Alderwood Mall.

WHAT: Every July Nordstrom does the unthinkable in the fashion retail industry: The Seattle-based retail leader hosts a two-week long sale of brand new fall fashion. Welcome to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Coveted items—say, luxe leather jackets, sleek python boots, snappy suits, and sexy boudoir ensembles—are marked down to incredible pre-season prices. Shop fresh merchandise from top brands including Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff, Free People, Rachel Roy, Theory, Vince Camuto, John Varvatos, BOSS Black, Diesel, Frye and many more. For makeup buffs, beauty brands like MAC, Smashbox, NARS, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Philosophy, and Kiehl’s are also on sale during the anniversary event.

Unsure how to approach this giant and pleasantly overwhelming event? Plan to get an early start, and do your shopping homework: Preview the sale by browsing through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog. Go ahead and print, circle, cut, and share all the items that are simply begging you to take them home. But here’s a fair warning: Merchandise from those brands, in this store, and at these prices go all too quickly. Prepare to have your wishes granted on some items, your heart broken on others, and your shopping skills put to the test.

WHEN: The sale starts Friday, July 20 and runs through Sunday, August 5