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As deals writer, I’ve covered a whole slew of sales at Nordstrom over the past year. There was the Anniversary Sale, the Half-Yearly Sale, the Black Friday Sale, the Cyber Monday Sale, and the Winter Sale — all of which offered generally good (though modest) discounts on reliable brands and past-season styles. The retailer’s Spring Sale, however, is the best sales event I’ve seen yet: The styles are in-season, the sizes are plentiful, and the brands are vast. Strategist favorites like North Face outerwear, Levi’s Ribcage denim, Teva sandals, and Calvin Klein underwear are all included, as are some lesser-known finds from brands like Wild One, Departo, and Five Two. Discounts range from 20 to 65 percent off (another reason why the Spring Sale reigns supreme), and everything automatically ships for free. The sale runs through April 18, but note that items have already started selling out, so, as we say: Don’t dillydally. (And with Mother’s Day on the way, don’t forget to pick something out for Mom, too.)
If you’re headed back to the office sometime soon, this genuine leather contrast-stitch tote bag is large enough to hold a notebook, laptop, or iPad.
With adjustable shoulder straps for a customizable fit, this not-too-sweet satin camisole can easily be layered over a tee or turtleneck.
Wear it with this O-ring satin maxi skirt, still in stock in sizes 2 to 14.
These sterling-silver hoops come with three pairs of floral charms that can be mixed and matched.
Slides from the Yeezy x Tory Burch collab that we apparently missed.
A smocked one-shoulder top that can be dressed up or down.
The Strategist has long been fans of Wrangler’s rigid, figure-flattering denim for both men and women. This high-rise, straight-leg pair is sure to deliver.
These limited-edition Club C sneakers — a Strategist favorite — have a chunky platform sole and patent finish.
An ideal layer for finicky weather, this stretchy crop cardigan can be worn on its own or buttoned over a camisole.
The Levi’s we’ve dubbed the “Goldilocks of jeans” are 50 percent off.
Topped with a single wrapped handle, this satin bag from Simon Miller will pair perfectly with all your summer-wedding-guest dresses.
Any mom would appreciate a pair of buttery-soft pajamas for Mother’s Day.
Whether you plan to use it for hiking or cycling, this L.L.Bean fanny pack has a padded mesh back panel to keep you cool and comfortable on warm days.
A summer essential for hikers, backpackers, and Strategist editors alike, Teva’s rarely discounted sandals can be worn for everything from bodega runs to backpacking trips.
Here’s an office-friendly button-up that’s still in stock in sizes XS to XXL.
These cotton corduroy pants practically double as loungewear — they have a stretchy waistband and a roomy, extra-wide leg.
Everybody’s favorite Calvin Klein boxer briefs, now just $10 a pair.
With a recycled-nylon shell and high-tech insulation, this packable vest will keep you warm on chilly morning walks and hikes.
This extra-sturdy duffel from L.L.Bean is made from rugged, water-resistant fabric with a reinforced bottom, making it ideal for both camping and air travel.
It’s just about time to swap out your sweatpants for gym shorts. The sweat-wicking fabric and ventilated back on this pair from Nike will keep you cool and dry during your next run.
They’re giving streetwear meets swamp monster (in the best way, of course).
This sturdy cotton apron from Five Two has plenty of pockets and two built-in pot holders.
Reviewers say this deeply discounted serrated knife does an “amazing job” cutting all types of bread (and tomatoes).
Made from dishwasher-safe stoneware, this mug from NYC-based brand Departo is just the right size for your morning cup of coffee.
The brand’s wabi-sabi-esque linen place mats — also available in cream — are on sale as well.
Inspired by the portable pieces of military furniture, this folding chair features a leather carrying handle and space-saving design.
An under-$30 diffuser with a built-in timer and automatic shutoff (that looks nice, too).
You’ll want to leave this sculptural watering can out on the terrace.
And here’s a hand-stitched throw pillow that’s sure to make you (or Mom) smile.
Finally, an easy-to-clean, water-resistant dog leash from status-y (and Strategist-tested) pet brand Wild One.
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