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It’s no secret that Nordstrom Rack is my favorite discount store, and as it turns out, it’s many other people’s favorite store too!

The extreme bargains, the brands you love, and the rush you get when you find an amazing item that’s 70% to 90% off — it’s a bargain hunter’s dream.

But some people wonder if the deals are really worth it there. After all, parent retailer Nordstrom is known for being a high-end fashion retailer, selling things like designer handbags, clothing, shoes and accessories that can cost you a pretty penny.

The good news, though, is that Nordstrom Rack really can save you money on quality apparel you’d be hard pressed to find at any other place!

Did you know only a small fraction of Nordstrom Rack’s merchandise actually comes from Nordstrom, while the rest is made or purchased directly for the Rack? It’s no wonder, if you do the math — with over 300 Rack stores compared to just 100 full-line Nordstrom stores — there wouldn’t be enough inventory to spread around!

Plus, high-end designer brands are harder to find at the Rack, because they recently updated all their departmental codes to coincide with full-line Nordstrom stores. But they can’t hide the diamonds from us completely — not if we know how to play the game. I’m going to show you how.

White paper tags that say “Nordstrom Rack,” mean the item never came from Nordstrom.

If a tag says “Nordstrom Rack,” that’s your first clue that this item has never been sold at a Nordstrom store. Instead, it’s a made-for-Rack item. Something from a full-line Nordstrom store will never have a paper “Rack” tag.

Items with a “Nordstrom” paper tag definitely came from a full-line Nordstrom store.

Generally, items at a full-line Nordstrom store get two markdowns before they’re shipped off to one of the 300 Rack stores. So, what you’ll find at a Rack from a full-line Nordstrom is a lot of out-of-season, or last year’s merchandise.

Look for designer tags with a “Nordstrom Rack” sticker.

Stay with me here. Just to make it more of a mystery, tags on items from a full-line Nordstrom won’t always be “Nordstrom,” either — sometimes it’s just a designer tag, overlaid with a white “Nordstrom Rack” sticker, with a red clearance sticker overlaid on top of that.

This happens when full-line Nordstrom merchandise arrives at the Rack without any markdowns on the tag. (Nordstrom doesn’t treat the “two markdowns and then ship it off to the Rack” as a hard, fast rule.) Nordstrom Rack re-tags these with a small white Nordstrom Rack sticker.

Peel back the red clearance stickers to verify that something came from Nordstrom directly.

There’s no shame in peeling those clearance stickers back to see if “Nordstrom” has the word “Rack” written after it. Remember, you’re looking for original Nordstrom tags in order to sleuth out full-line merch.

Get two $5-off Nordstrom Rack coupons when you download the Rack app.

When you download the Nordstrom Rack app for the first time, you’ll get a coupon for $5 off your purchase in the app and a second $5 off a $50 in-store purchase coupon.

This is only for first-time app downloads, so if you already have the Rack app, or you downloaded it awhile back and deleted it, you won’t see the offer.

Aim to save up to 80% on clothing and during shoe sales.

Red tags, or tags with a red stripe stuck on the original tag, denote a clearance price — regardless of where the merchandise came from. These discounts usually range from 30-85% off the first Nordstrom Rack price.

Look for sale and clearance shoes at NordstromRack.com if you can’t find anything worthwhile in store.

Shop Nordstrom deals on items when they’ve been “Altered or Refinished.”

If the tag says “Altered or Refinished”, it’s an altered or refurbished designer item from Nordstrom. In this case, it’ll often have a regular, white Nordstrom Rack tag.

You can get great buys on these items if the piece is in good condition!

Get up to 75% off when you shop Nordstrom Rack sales like “Clear the Rack.”

“Clear the Rack” sales events happen roughly once a month, usually lasting two to five days.

You’ll get an additional 20-25% off anything (taken off at the register) for total savings of up to 75%.

Combine orders from HauteLook.com and NordstromRack.com to get free shipping.

NordstromRack.com orders over $100 ship for free. You can also tap over to the adjoining site, HauteLook.com, and combine orders from both websites to reach that $100 threshold for free shipping. It’s kind of like how Gap and Old Navy operate.

TIP: Items are only held in your virtual cart for two hours, so finish ordering before your favorite items go back to being publicly available!

Why Nordstrom Rack can be a bargain-hunter’s best friend?

1. The ‘Clear the Rack’ sales happen about 12 times a year

If you really want to save money at Nordstrom Rack, you’ll want to go during the end of season ‘Clear the Rack’ sales. During these sales, you’ll get 25% off already reduced items, which means huge savings for you!

Though the exact dates for the Clear the Rack sales change every year, the company will let you know when one is happening via email. And when it comes to discounts, these aren’t namby-pamby discounts we’re talking. Check out this designer jacket I found during the last Clear the Rack sale.

2. Not everything sold in Nordstrom Rack stores is from Nordstrom

Though items that did not sell at the mainline Nordstrom stores do get moved over to the Rack, other items purchased specifically for the Rack end up in Rack stores, too. Rack buyers are super concerned with quality and value and they want to make sure they purchase brands Rack customers will love, so you can also find a great deal on these items.

Brands that are purchased in lots for the Rack include Calvin Klein, Democracy Jeans, Lush, Pleione, Bobeau, Splendid, Vince Camuto, Lucky, True Religion, Daniel Rainn and more.

3. Many items are American-made

One reason items at Nordstrom are a bit more expensive is because the company is big on buying made in the USA whenever possible. Though Nordstrom has a section of made in the USA items on its website, many of these items get shipped over to Rack stores if they don’t sell at the mainline stores.

4. If you find something you love that’s not in your size, it can be shipped to you

If you find something you love but it’s not quite the right size, you can ask a sales associate to use the inventory finder to locate it in another store. If it’s a store that’s close enough to drive to, you can visit the store. Otherwise, they can send the item right to your house!

Shipping costs about $8, depending on the item. Though it may be pretty rare to find additional inventory of something at a great price on the clearance racks, it never hurts to ask. Who knows, another store just might have it!

5. Nordstrom has a debit card that allows you to earn free money you can spend at the store

Though store cards come with high-interest rates, there is a type of store card he does like: Store cards that are actually debit cards!

That’s the case with the Nordstrom Debit Card. Not only do you earn points just like with Nordstrom’s regular credit cards, you’ll avoid high-interest rates and the temptation of racking up a high balance, since it’s actually just a debit card connected to your bank account. This card is much like Target’s REDcard.

When you first sign up and spend $100, you’ll get $20 back in the form of a ‘Nordstrom Note’ you can spend in the store. Thereafter, you can earn 2 points for every dollar spent, and every 2,000 points earned gets you another $20 Nordstrom Note. But, these points can add up quicker during sale events — adding up to as much as 6 points per dollar spent.

6. Nordstrom Rack offers alterations in-store

This is something not many people know about, but if you have a dress that needs alterations or pants that need hemming, you can request alterations right in the store! Typically the alterations department is located near the men’s dressing room.

Though full-line Nordstrom stores offer free alterations on most full-priced items (depending on the service) Nordstrom Rack does charge for alterations in its stores. But, having alterations done at the store will save you time and hassle since you won’t have to take your item to another place! 

Check the current sales at Nordstrom Rack. Or you can see the other hot sales here:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Ulta Beauty Sales Calendar

Sephora Sales Calendar

Nordstrom, Inc. is an American luxury department store chain. Founded in 1901 by John W. Nordstrom and Carl F. Wallin, it originated as a shoe store and evolved into a full-line retailer with departments for clothing, footwear, handbags, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, and fragrances. Some stores feature home furnishings and wedding departments, and several have in-house cafes, restaurants, and espresso bars.

As of 2021, Nordstrom operates 100 stores in 32 U.S. states, and three Canadian provinces since entering the market in 2014. One location in Puerto Rico was in operation from 2015 through 2020. The corporate headquarters and flagship store are located in the former Frederick & Nelson building in Seattle, Washington; a second flagship store is located near Columbus Circle in New York City. Its subsidiaries include the off-price department store chain Nordstrom Rack and the members-only online store HauteLook.

Check the other hot sales here:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Ulta Beauty Sales Calendar

Sephora Sales Calendar