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.
Goodwill Lifestyle Expert - Marques Clark
Marques 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.
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.
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.