Are you wondering whether you should brave the spring showers and head all the way down to New Westminster for Nordstrom Vancouver’s very first warehouse sale?
Well, if you have 3 hours to kill, it might be worth your while. But don’t expect this sale to be something you can fit into your lunch hour.
If you normally transit, it might be best to take transit. Having a car will be more of a liability than an asset, as you can see in the photos the lineup snakes around the parking lot right in front of the warehouse sale building.
We suggest not going in through the main Howes Street entrance as many cars will take an immediate right and get stuck trying to left turn. Instead, go in from the side entrance farther along on Boyd. You’ll thank us later.
It’s not going to be fun. We found a spot on the Nordstrom side of Queensborough but you might end up having to park on the Walmart side. Bottom line, park at the first spot you find and walk a little! You’ll be on your feet for the next few hours anyway, so what’s an extra few steps?
The (very long) Lineup
At 11am, the time doors opened, there were quite a few hundred people in line, if not reaching a thousand.
The lineup wrapped snaked around twice in front of the building, then crossed the street into the parking lot where it wrapped around three times down two aisles.
Note: You should know that there are “Extra 10% off” coupons shoppers could download for Day 1 only. Fingers crossed that’s the reason why the lineups are this insane. Perhaps the other days lineups won’t be as long?
We were not able to line up and shop, but here are price lists via Deals In North Van on Twitter.
Vancouver fashion blogger Britta Bisig of Vancouver Vogue was invited by event organizer, Style Democracy, to preview the sale yesterday. She said, “I had no idea what to expect for prices and was pleasantly surprised. There were great deals on some really cute Kate Spade and Ted Baker bags—it was hard to decide!”
For more indside scoop on the goods, check out Britta’s experience shopping the sale.
Marshall Mills, who attended the sale yesterday, shared a few thoughts on Facebook on the menswear situation, “The high end designer stuff is pretty much gone and everything else for men now is meh. It all went yesterday.” However, please keep in mind that new inventory will be added throughout the course of the sale.
When to Get There?
Sources say the first person in line showed up at 7am. But it’s not necessary to show up that early to get in at a decent time.
We spoke with a group of students who waited in line since 10:30 and had just crossed the street from the parking lot side of the lineup to the first half of the building line. When asked what kind of deals they expected to get, they said, “We’re just here for the hype!”
Your best bet: go there at least half an hour before doors open. Good luck shopping!
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