What to buy first at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: 10 HOT items that will sell out fast

It's the moooooooost wonderful tiiiime of the year! No it's not really Christmas, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is LIVE to Icon level card holders today.

I've spent EIGHT YEARS covering this sale top to bottom, upwards, downwards, backwards, downward, dogwards, and I've sorted through thousands of items to tell you what I think is MOST LIKELY to sell out FIRST in 2020 and what you should get as fast as you can when your access opens up!

My team and I will be here to help by giving you the most all inclusive guides to the sale of the year, starting with this, your BUY FIRST list!

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Jeans – 69% off
Black leather Tote (Anniversary Sale)
Star Necklace sold out, similar, similar from the Anniversary Sale
Coin Necklace
Photos by Arielle Levy

When can I shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale?

The Anniversary Sale is LIVE to the public. This means everyone can shop the sale, whether you're a cardholder or not! This is your chance to snag some items that maybe sold out during Early Access and have (hopefully) been restocked. Here are the dates you need to know:

August 19-30: DAILY DEALS
August 30: Sale ends

Stay tuned for all of our posts throughout the sale so we can provide you with the BEST advice and my honest reviews on each item.

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Why do I need this list?

Okay let's get started! The very best and very trickiest part about the sale of all sales is that a lot of the items are brand new and only on sale for a few weeks or until they sell out! Things do sell out (sometimes on the very first day) because the prices are that good. We rounded up all the items that we think pose the very highest sell out risk! These are ALL the things that, if you've got your eye on, you should buy very first before they have a chance to sell out.

If they do sell out we'll be updating you on any Nordstrom Anniversary Sale restocks in our Complete Guide here.

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  1. Adidas cheetah shoes – I honestly COULD NOT believe my eyes when I saw these were part of the sale!!! I searched HIGH and LOW for these babies in 2019 and ended up buying them from some sketchy 3rd party seller (I mean seriously it was like a treasure hunt finding them!) and I paid FULL PRICE. I'm dying that they're in the sale this year and I predict these will disappear in a FLASH, especially with their price tag of $49.90. Oh also I'm not the only one obsessed – they have almost 3k rave reviews!
  2. Tie dye pants – Not only are tie die pants ALL THE RAGE (and my 1990 middle school heart is loving it!) but these are so affordable at $24.90. These are that same CRAZY soft rayon/poly/spandex stretchy yummy goodness of a jogger pant that I was obsessed with at Christmas time, but in leopard. It also comes in a matching sweatshirt – yes please!! Mark my words – the tie dye will fly.
  3. Top-rated teddy coatMy FAVORITE teddy coat I own. I bought it in the NY Flagship store last year and wore it more than any other coat last winter. It legit feels like wearing a gigantic blanket everywhere, but is so cute I couldn't bear to part with it after last season. I'm STOKED to see it in the sale this year for $99.90 (reg $168) and so far all the reviewers agree with me that it's perfect as can be.
  4. Softest underwire bra – I really used to sing praises over and over of the Natori Feathers bra, but I have to say I think this one is even better. With over 1.4k other women obsessed I'm not the only one who thinks so too! $42.90 is the best deal you'll see all year for a $72 bra that's worth every penny.
  5. Slimming faux leather leggings: If you've read my blog in the past you KNOW I love these magical slimming faux leather leggings! I swear they take me down a full pant size but somehow mysteriously being comfortable and all-day-wearable too! PERFECT for winter boots and a sweater or booties and a lighter shirt till we get to cooler temps. And with 2.9k incredibly high reviews, you know they're not just hype! $64.90 during the sale, but $100 after.
  6. Knee-less skinnies: I kept trying to buy these AT FULL PRICE last year and they kept selling out! Ultra mega-popular in the denim wash and even MORE popular in black! But I say you can't go wrong with either color! $49.90 for jeans that hundreds of women love? Yes please!
  7. Most popular booties: Okay friends, these were THE number one booties in the sale last year and they sold out SO FAST and never came back. So this year they got smart and made them in way more colors (and hopefully way more quantities too!!) But I'm wearing a different texture, SAME style of bootie in these pics and they really are crazy comfy and cute.
  8. Oribe duo: Some of the beauty exclusives and deals are more value than others and THIS duo is an insane value. You get two of Oribe's most popular products (that by the way, I LOVE) for $64 – regularly $100!! That's almost paying half what you normally would. This deal sells out FAST every year.
  9. Brand new stripe short sleeve pajamas: My favorite pajamas OF ALL TIME, now in a short sleeve?!?!? I'm practically crying happy tears over this deal. And they're even cheaper than the Moonlight Pajamas normally are in the sale. At $35.90, THESE. WILL. SELL. OUT. FAST!!!
  10. Madewell cheetah tote bag: I have to be honest that this year the bag selection is a little underwhelming to me. But I DO really love this cheetah tote bag for the value and the look and the function and ALL the things! It's already marked a popular item on the site, and I'll be surprised if it sticks around long.
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Black Leather Tote (Anniversary Sale)
Star Necklace sold out, similar, similar from the Anniversary Sale
Coin Necklace
Photos by Arielle Levy

Someone Go Buy This

Remember, these are the HOTTEST pieces from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with the BIGGEST chance of selling out!! And keep checking back here on the blog, because every couple of days we'll be releasing a new guide for ALL THE BEST picks from every category so you can shop smarter, not harder!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Tour

I did an Instagram LIVE on the very first Icon level shopping day of what I think are some of the BEST things in the sale, along with some of the things I think you can probably skip! Watch the video below!

In case you missed it

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Ultimate Guide
What to buy first: Top 10 items that will sell out fast
Top 10 BEST Jeans of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (I tried on EVERY PAIR!)
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale top 15 beauty picks!
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale BABY DEALS!
Cutest women’s clothes under $100!
Best women’s shoes!!
Fall wardrobe checklist
The FIVE BEST bras
Nordstrom’s BRAND NEW daily beauty deals launch!
TOP-rated items + open to public!
Top KIDS picks of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
TOP Nordstrom men's items of the Anniversary Sale

Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 3 little girls (and soon to be baby boy!) and run a blog and business with 8 total team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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  1. Thanks so much for finding all the great deals. How I don’t see much kids or baby items in the catalog?

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      You know it’s funny the past couple years they’ve completely left baby and a lot of the kid stuff OUT of the catalog. But they still have great stuff on sale this year in both categories!

  2. Where did you get the tunic/long diagonal hem shirt you are wearing with the black leggings? Love it!

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