The Nordstrom Rack is a big treasure hunt. Sure, the store is crowded - both with people and merchandise - but if you go in the right mindset, it can be really fun. I have found designer pants for $19.99, and tops and sweaters on clearance for $9.99. They also have a great selection of shoes, which you would expect from Nordstrom! In fact, the downtown store has an entire floor dedicated to shoes.
Lunch hour during the work week is busy, but the staff does make an effort to move the line quickly.