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Nordstrom’s Last Chance is Fashion’s Best Kept Secret!

Have you ever wanted to buy just about everything at Nordstrom? But, then you saw that the sweater you had fallen in love with has a $200 price tag? You can check websites like eBay or Poshmark for a better deal but residents in Arizona and Illinois have a better option. Nordstrom’s Last Chance is where all the end-of-season items and returns from Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack clothes go from across the country. All items are sold as-is and there are no returns. However, you can get clothes for 80% off already reduce prices! In other words, you can find designer goods for around 95% off. The store carries women’s, men’s, and children’s merchandise, but the women’s section is their largest. There are only two stores at the moment and I was able to visit the one at the Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard, Illinois. So here is some information about Last Chance to help you prepare for a successful shopping trip! In no time, you will be buying designer brands at thrift store prices! 

  • Every week, there is a different color tag on sale. For most of the week, the tag sale is 50% off. Then, for two days, all those items are 80% off. I have found that the 80% off sale tends to be on Fridays and Saturdays. So, those days are when you can score the best deals. I was able to find a pair of FRAME leather pants for $30, they originally retailed for $950! In order to find out what the sale is on a given day, simply call the store (the number can be found through a google search). An automated voice message will tell you the deals of the day!

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  • Make sure you check all your items over multiple times. Like I said, everything is sold as-is. You might find something that is new with tags but the zipper could be broken. That’s why it’s important to check everything over at least twice because once you buy it, you can’t return it. These rag&bone jeans cost me $5. I was so excited about finding them that I didn’t notice they were torn apart near the seam. 

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  • Try to come early! Last Chance opens at 9 am every day except for Sunday, when it opens at 10 am. You can grab some of the best deals if you come early because the store begins to become very crowded after lunch. Photo by author
  • Employees will close aisles off in order to restock. The quicker you’re able to clear the aisle, the quicker the employees can restock merchandise and allow you to get back to shopping. Be careful though, people tend to swarm towards areas with new merchandise, especially in the purse section!
  • Just because an item isn’t part of the color of the week sale, doesn’t mean it’s not a good deal! I have found a Reformation dress for $13 and a pair of Citizens of Humanity Rockets High Rise Skinny Jeans for $10! Photo by author 

So, don’t be thrown off by colored tags that are not on sale because it could still be a killer deal. My best “full-price” find was this duster by Zadig and Voltaire. I paid $4.97 for an             item that retailed at $528! And, it was worn by Demi Lovato!

  • Check out the “bins” where you can find new pairs of socks and underwear for under $1! If you’ve been eyeing that Calvin Klein bra or that Free People bralette, you might find it at Last Chance for under a $1!
  • Don’t forget to check out the home goods section before you leave. From sheet sets to pillows to electronics, Last Chance has it all. My favorite find was this Dry Bar Bouncer Diffuser for $7.97

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Last Chance is perfect for bargain shoppers who just love designer brands, but not designer prices. I mean, I can’t find Uggs for $20 at my Goodwill nowadays but I can find them brand new at the same price at Last Chance. It’s easy to lose track of time so block out a few hours that you can just dedicate to shopping. So, what are you waiting for? Get to deal-hunting! 

Aggie is an English major with a concentration in professional writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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