Goodwill Lifestyle Expert - Marques Clark

Goodwill Lifestyle Expert - Marques ClarkMarques J. Clark is a husband, father, forward-thinker, educator and author. Born and raised in Oak Park, IL, Marques always had a passion for writing. He took an interest in poetry at an early age and had his first piece published in 8th grade. Marques received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Science in Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. Upon graduating, Marques started his entrepreneurial career as the co-founder of Aucity, a marketing and research company that develops strategies for engaging younger audiences in non-traditional ways. In 2016, Marques became the bestselling author of his first book, The Goodwill Fashion Lookbook. He currently lives in the Western suburbs of Illinois with his wife Kyndall, and son Micah. During his down time, Marques enjoys photography, traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family and binge-watching Shark-Tank. He is currently wrapping up the first installment in his Pop Culture in Education book series. Marques' personal mission is to help individuals reach their fullest potential through creativity and innovation and wants to continue to serve as a resource for those interested in discovering their passion.


Posted by Marques Clark on Apr 26, 2017 12:31:53 PM

Advice from Goodwill Shoppers: Christine Vi

How would you describe your experience as a Thrifter?

Christine: I’ve been thrifting for a long time now. I thrifted a lot in high school because I found that it’s an easy way to get really creative outfits while sticking to a budget. I’ve gotten use to going to Goodwill and picking out items that are appealing to me and I see it as a challenge to find great items. The best thing about thrifting is that you get to go through anything in the store without having to worry about a price tag because all of the items at Goodwill are so inexpensive.

Posted by Marques Clark on Apr 19, 2017 5:07:09 PM

Advice from Goodwill Shoppers: Cynthia Macias

What is your experience with thrifting?

Cynthia: I’ve always been into thrifting. I think it’s starting to become mainstream now and so many more people are gravitating towards it. When I shop, I usually look in the clearance section to see what creative and inexpensive pieces I can find so becoming a Goodwill shopper was an easy transition.

Posted by Marques Clark on Apr 12, 2017 1:35:19 PM

The Fusion Effect: A Digital Fashion Show Featuring Goodwill Clothing

The Fusion Effect is a digital fashion show that features students in the Chicagoland area modeling Goodwill clothing. Ten students were given $25 Goodwill gift cards and were challenged to go into Goodwill stores and piece together as many outfits as they could create. Using strategies from The Goodwill Fashion Lookbook, students were able to successfully curate multiple styles.

Posted by Marques Clark on Apr 5, 2017 12:00:49 PM

5 Easy Steps Toward Establishing Your Sense of Style


Versatility is extremely important when choosing your outfit. One mistake many people make when shopping at Goodwill is forgetting to look for items that can be incorporated into multiple outfits. Be intentional when you’re shopping and think of ways to use one item in various outfits.

Posted by Marques Clark on Mar 28, 2017 5:08:29 PM

Advice from Goodwill Shoppers: Making the Most of Your Shopping Experience

While working on The Fusion Effect: A Goodwill Digital Fashion Show I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Goodwill shoppers about their shopping experiences and various trips to Goodwill stores. To make the most out of your Goodwill shopping experience you want to have a plan, but also an open mind for finding items. These shoppers were asked to give their top 3 tips when shopping at Goodwill. Let’s see what they had to say ...

Posted by Marques Clark on Mar 22, 2017 4:45:44 PM

How to Organize Your Closet in 5 Steps

Before you go on your Goodwill shopping trip it’s important to first have a plan in place. Organizing your closet is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your shopping skills and have a successful trip at Goodwill. It helps you figure out what items you already have, what items you can add to your wish list and what items you need. And by “need”, I mean something you absolutely cannot live without. It also saves you the headache of going through your closet and spending so much time trying to find the right outfit.

Posted by Marques Clark on Mar 14, 2017 3:58:50 PM

Goodwill Shopping 101: Choosing the Right Fabric

Choosing the right material to wear can be tricky. It’s great to have an outfit that looks good on you, but you also want to think about comfort, durability, and ease of maintenance. Like many other shoppers, I used to pay attention to brand, color and style, but never worried about the material. I never understood the importance of choosing the right type of fabric until I saw items in my closet starting to fade or shrink over time.

Posted by Marques Clark on Mar 8, 2017 12:17:14 PM

The Goodwill Shopping Checklist: 12 Steps for Making the Most of Your Shopping Experience

Goodwill’s clothing options are never-ending and new items are placed on the sales floor every day. That means you can potentially find something different each time you visit one of Goodwill’s many stores! The stores are extremely easy to navigate, and items are categorized by gender, style, color, and sometimes by season. When I walk into a Goodwill store to find a specific type of item, I know exactly where to look because each section is labeled and easy to find.