Here's what to buy from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, according to a former employee

These are the home items you need to stock up on during the biggest Nordstrom sale of the year

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
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Let's just say I'm the ultimate Nordy girl. I grew up shopping there, even once walked a child's fashion show, and begged my mom to buy me the outfit. The height of early 2000s fashion. After college, I worked part-time at Nordstrom in the active department, which just so happened to be across the aisle from home. It may or not have influenced my love, and even knowledge of the best gifts, bedding, and housewares industries. 

Nordstrom has several sales throughout the year, but none are like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which typically takes place every summer. So, for the uninitiated, what makes the Nordstrom sale so special? Well instead of shopping a sale where items have been sitting on the rack for who knows how long before they're marked down, Nordstrom does the opposite.

For a limited time, you can get new fall styles up to 40 percent off, before the prices go back up, or special prices on items that NEVER go on sale. Plus, this year, Nordstrom has introduced hundreds of new brands that have never been part of the sale before like Dyson, Slowtide, Fellow, and more. 

Nordstrom cardholders get early access, but the sale is now officially live for all to shop. 

After years of working and covering the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, I've quickly come to realize the sale mainstays (looking at you Barefoot Dreams throw blankets), and the must-haves. There are over 600 home items to sift through this summer, so, without further ado, I've gathered the home items you must absolutely snag before they sell out. Prices go back up August 8th. 

Looking for back-to-school bargains? Stop by our best back-to-school sales page for our running list.

1. A celeb-favorite throw blanket that rarely goes on sale

Barefoot Dreams throw blanket

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Barefoot Dreams In the Wild Throw Blanket

Barefoot Dreams In the Wild Throw Blanket | Now: $119.80, after sale $180

Ah, Barefoot Dreams, the softest, coziest fleece blankets coveted by the likes of the Kardashians, Kate Hudson, Selena Gomez, and a host of other celebs. They're on to something, it's truly a great blanket. Plus, year after year, this continues to be one of the most sought-after blankets, so be sure to snag one before it goes out of stock. Because, this cheetah throw, will be a sell-out. 

2. Stock up on your favorite scents ... or try a new one

voluspa candle trio

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Voluspa Maison Blanc Mini Tin Candle Trio

Voluspa Maison Blanc Mini Tin Candle Trio | Sale: $19.90, After Sale: $30

The N-Sale is when I really love to stock up candles. This Voluspa trio is made up of some of my favorite floral and fruity scents from the candle company: Italian Bellini, Saijo Persimmon, and Laguna.  Plus, they burn so cleanly and each candle tin has a 25 hour burn time

Diptyque Travel Size Scented Candle Set

Diptyque Travel Size Scented Candle Set | $60

If you're looking for a bit of luxury, when it comes to candles, Diptyque comes to mind. This travel set is typically only available during the sale, and it enables you to discover your favorite scent before you splurge on one. 

Hint: They also make great stocking stuffers, if you're thinking that far ahead. 

3. High quality bedding basics

Boll & Branch sheets

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Boll & Branch Signature Stripe Sheet Set

Boll & Branch Signature Stripe Sheet Set | Sale $178.90, After Sale: $268

Nothing says self-care like treating yourself to a new pair of sheets. Here, Boll & Branch are renowned for their high-quality, super soft, airy, long-staple organic cotton. So go ahead, they're on sale, and available in queen, king, and California king sizes. 

Nordstrom Soft Wash Wave Quilt & Sham Set

Nordstrom Soft Wash Wave Quilt & Sham Set | Sale: $98.90, After Sale: $149 for Queen

Nordstrom makes tons of essential bedding and bath basics that should never be overlooked. Now, if you've been thinking to give an easy update to your guest room, refresh your covers, or add some additional layers to your bed, we've found just the fix. This cozy quilt set (with matching shams) is available in earthy green, pink, gray, and ivory, and comes in all bed sizes.

4. Hello, Dyson!

Dyson V11 Torque

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Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum

Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum | Sale: $579, After Sale: 699.99

Dyson is one of the newest of the N-sale entrants this year, and we couldn't be more excited. The powerful V11 Torque (on our list of the best cordless vacuums) offers up to 60 minutes of fade-free cleaning power and automatically adjusts to detect between carpets and hard floors. 

5. A design-forward electric kettle

Fellow Stagg EKG kettle lifestyle

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Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle | Sale: 119.90 | After Sale $168

Fellow is changing the way we enjoy coffee, really giving art to the pour-over experience. Their game-changing electric kettle has in a short time truly reached icon status (in the coffee lovers world) for variable temperature control, elegant and minimalist design, precise pour spout, and so much more. It's also another item that rarely gets marked down. Plus the two colorways available, white and stone blue with maple accents, might just be a Nordstrom exclusive. 

6. A self-watering garden 

Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden

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Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden

Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden | Sale: $79.90, After Sale $99

Having a backyard garden is pretty cool, but you know what's also pretty cool? Being able to grow fresh fruits, herbs, and veggies from your kitchen counter, especially if you have no outdoor space. It's so easy, it's basically foolproof, and we only see this method of growing plants getting more popular. 

7. My favorite leggings of all time

Zella Live in high waist leggings

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Zella Live in High Waisted Leggings

Zella Live in High Waisted Leggings| Sale: $38.90, After Sale: $59

Ok, not home, per se, but I couldn't resist including probably one of the most worn pieces in my closet.  I'm such an advocate, I can't stop talking about these cult-favorite live in leggings, and treat myself to a new pair every year. Stock up for the year because the solid colors rarely go on sale. Not only on they uber-comfy, but they're opaque, stay put, wick moisture, and transition flawlessly from the gym to errands to really anywhere.

Jaclyn Turner
Jaclyn Turner

Jaclyn is an eCommerce editor at Future Home Interest, and scouts out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with housewares you will love. She joined the team in January 2021. She has previously worked with sites like Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine, but got her start at the trade mag Home Furnishings News, which fueled her excitement for innovation in the home category and seeing the newest launches.  When Jaclyn's not working, she loves long strolls through HomeGoods, unwinding with a chilled glass of Rosé, and entertaining her Cavapoo puppy, Reese.