Tres Chic on the cheap: 10 Tips for shopping the “Rack”

1 Feb

Nordstrom Rack, the equally fabulous yet slightly more affordable offspring of the infamous Nordstrom chain boasts apparel and accessories with loads of glam for little green, but its beginnings weren’t so à la mode.  It was over three decades ago in rainy Seattle that this discount haven was born.  Originally intended as a clearance department in a damp and dark Seattle basement, Nordstrom Rack blossomed and evolved into the Shopaholic’s fantasy known and loved today in just a few short years.  Eventually earning the legacy of its very own division, Nordstrom Rack currently claims 69 locations in approximately 21 states.  A curious shopper can stumble upon a vast array of designer brands and merchandise at any given rack, including names like: MICHAEL Michael Kors, Joe jeans, BCBG, Calvin Klein and many more. But, the merchandise at Nordstrom Rack can be very fickle and vary greatly from one location to the next. Fortunately, there are a few valuable tips and tricks to scoring big and I’m going to let you in on a few of my prized secrets ( ten to be exact).

10. Unfortunately, there currently isn’t an online store for Nordstrom rack, heart breaking I know, but don’t dismay just head to a store and explore, you’ll be surprised what you’ll find.

9. Shop patient and shop often.  The rack gets new merchandise every week and there is something new on the floor every day.

8. Be sure to take your Nordstrom card with you. That’s right you heard me correctly.  Your Nordstrom card works at the rack too so swipe away darling!

7. Get on the list! If you haven’t already signed up for Rack news via postcards and emails it’s a must- they will keep you updated on special events and sales.

6. Tweet on.  I know you’ve been searching for a valid reason to jump on the twitter bandwagon, well here is your chance.  Register for your own Twitter account and listen for noteworthy Rack tweets.

5. Become a #1 fan.  Nordstrom rack has their very own facebook page and you can become a friend/fan with ease.  Due to certain designer agreements the rack is not authorized to advertise many of their special events and savings so being a fan on facebook grants you access to insider information.

4. Keep an open mind.  Some trips to Nordstrom rack requires a little patience and imagination.  Enjoy the thrill of the hunt and you just might be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind shopping find.

3. Read the fine print.  I am sure you are all well aware of the remarkable return policy enforced at Nordstrom, how does it go, “The customer is always right”.  Well I am sad to say this policy doesn’t fly at the rack- all sales on designer items and jewelry are final.  Don’t be discouraged though, you’ll be so in love with your unbelievable designer steal you won’t think twice about returning it.  Plus, all other items are returnable or exchangeable with receipt and tags within 30 days.

2. Don’t forget your Gift card.  It’s true, Nordstrom gift cards are redeemable at all rack locations so shop on sister.

1. Finally, Sit back and enjoy the compliments my friend.  I am sure you will agree there is nothing quite as satisfying as receiving a great compliment on your fabulous designer wardrobe piece all the while thinking in the back of your head……. that I found for half price!

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