Why I Waited 8 Hours Outside In The Middle Of Times Square #ditchthedslr

I waited outside on a line for 8 hours straight in the middle of Times Square. Why on earth would I do that? Glad you asked.

This is my story. *cue law and order chime*

ditch the dslr event in times square

One of the girls in my very fabulous NYC MOMMY Blogger network shared with me an event that Samsung was throwing called “Ditch The DSLR”  and the first 250 attendees to trade in their traditional DSLR would be given a brand new NX30 which is a mirrorless camera worth almost $1000.

I wasn’t convinced that this camera was worth me giving  up Lola (my pet name for my camera) so I reached out to my girl and photography mentor/shero LaShawn from Everyday Eyecandy. She responded quickly (a quality that is so good to have btw) and let me know that the camera was an excellent choice and I’d have a better range of options with the NX300. Just like that I made up my mind. I was going to get that camera.

Days leading up

Now I had an entire week to mull over this and with each day the want for the new camera grew but so did the anxiety. How long would I have to wait? This is NYC–would I even have a chance?  Do I really want to part with Lola?!

The day before the event I had been stalking the #ditchthedslr hash tag and I realized that folks would be lining up from the night before. By the time I fell asleep at 11pm that night, people had already tweeted pictures of 60-70 people comfortably camped out in Times Square. I almost talked myself out of it, but then I realized that it simply didn’t hurt to try. My game plan would be to show up in Times Square insanely early but bring gym clothes too. That way if I couldn’t get on the line, I could get my workout in. Win/win right?

My arrival.

I popped up at 4:30am. Exactly 40 minutes earlier than my alarm clock. I rolled into the shower, into my clothes and onto the train. I was a bunch of nerves on the train too, I didn’t do anything but count stops and twiddle fingers. Was I going to get the camera? Did I just wake up at 4 am for… nothing?

ditch the dslr event in times square

When I got off the train I made a mad dash for the line. When I arrived I was stunned and extremely relieved to see about 100 people waiting. Thank you Lord! I was in the running to get a new camera. Except now, I had a 8 hour wait ahead of me. FUN. About 3 hours in, some Samsung employees came to check each and every camera waiting on line for a functioning/unbroken lens, battery, and camera body. When they arrived my number was officially 127!

#ditchthedslr Samung NX 30 trade in

Even though I had all of my gadgets with me, waiting 8 hours outside in the middle of times square is pretty miserable. I didn’t have a beach chair like most so I slummed it by sitting on the bare concrete. My hubby was sweet enough to bring me breakfast but I didn’t drink a drop until I had 3 hours left. I so didn’t trust my bladder! The weather was amazingly perfect so not one complaint about that. I entertained myself by catching up on The Mindy Show and playing Monopoly on my tablet.

my view from the ground (literally sitting on the ground)

my view from the ground (literally sitting on the ground)


Go Time

Finally they called me. 8 hours later. Feet killing me, hungry, and tired. But when I got that new baby in my hands I knew it was worth it.

ditch the dslr event times square

Meet Sasha. Last name: Fierce.


I will miss Lola. She brought me so much joy. I will remember her always. It was time to move on, and it probably never would have happened (budgetwise/comfort) without this event.

Do you name your favorite inanimate objects? What would you wait on an 8 hour line in the middle of Times Square for??



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. That is a gorgeous camera! I would have waited for it for sure! Nice job!
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  2. Seriously, that is absolutely awesome and love your new camera, Lola! Totally can’t wait to see all the new pictures you take with her now :)
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  3. I’m so happy you were able to get your hands on one! And a great number at that! The more I think about it, I would have tried as well :)

    I cannot wait to see the pictures you take with it!

  4. Girl, you have stamina! My bladder would have been screaming after 3 hours in. LOL This is awesome!!! Are you enjoying Sasha???? Tell me all about it so I can live vicariously through you!!!
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    • She is amazing!! It’s nice to be able to plug her in ANYWHERE and get charged like my computer or my cellphone portable charger…the dropbox feature is awesome, the selfie abilities…so much! I’m still learning :)

  5. Wow, now that is determination! I can barely wait 10 minutes in line without getting fidgety. Looks like it was well worth it!
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  6. I didn’t even think about the bladder part until you mentioned it. I wouldn’t have made it! I’ve been on this 3L a day kick and I would have been dying.
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  7. Amazing! Congratulations on the new camera. Definitely well worth it!
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  8. For a chance at a free camera yes I would have stayed in line for hrs. I have not named my camera but now that you mention it I think I will name it.
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  9. You are a brave woman!!! I would not have had the guts to turn over my camera.

  10. You’re crazy, love your new baby – welcome to the family Sasha.

  11. Awesome story! I wanted to trade mine in but I only had a sitter for 5 hours and waiting on line with two little ones would have been crazy.
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    • Thanks! Girl, there was a woman with a 3 or 4 month old in a baby carrier behind me. She was brave and determined. I couldn’t have done it!

  12. Wow! I can’t believe you waited 8 hours! Congrats on your new camera! Just out of curiosity, why is it better than a DSLR? I’ve only ever heard people praise the DSLRs so I’m curious to know more.

    I don’t really name inanimate objects except for our car GPS. Her name is Dotty. We don’t get along.
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    • LOL @ Dotty!! The camera has wifi capabilities and can share to SM right from the camera. It is also mirrorless so it could pick up a picture better! :) Honestly the wifi thing won me over because even when I checked online the two matched up quite the same. I had my camera for a year and a half too

  13. Wow! You’re a lot braver than I am to give up my DSLR just yet – I still feel like I have a lot to master on my basic Rebel, but would definitely consider doing something like this down the line when I’m ready to get another DSLR. My dream is to have a stable of cameras someday! I’ve stood in line for so many tings over years including the Quinny Yezz last year which was one of the best decisions yet. Also, the 8 hour experience of holding your pee reminded me of Obama’s 1st inauguration. Totally worth it!
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    • Oh man I totally would wait 8rs for the potus as well!! I was hesitant to trade my rebel too but when I realized that I could backup files and share over wifi–it would alleviate a pain point for me!

  14. Yes Sasha!! so happy to have met her :-)
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  15. Girl, I don’t even like being at work for 8 hours- but this seems worth it. I only name my car but I may have to consider naming my camera now!

  16. I’m thinking that camera was definitely worth an 8 hour wait!!!
    No, I’m lame and don’t name stuff – not even my car!!
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  17. Hi Nellie!!! I’m back and I’ve missed you!!!!
    I love that you wore your gym clothes just in case you didn’t get the camera – you are awesome. And that camera, um…I mean Sasha seems unreal!!!! Good for you :-) Can’t wait to check it out at FitBloggin!
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    • ALLIIEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Omg I missed you SO much!!!! SO happy you are back and seriously can’t wait to hear every.last.detail. about SPAIN! Fitbloggin almost 2 weeks away! crazy times. :)

  18. I was 3 ahead of you in line and my group was playing monopoly too! :-) Great camera huh?

  19. I can only imagine the anxiety you must have felt! Honestly, I love our DSLR, but it does often get forgotten. It’s just so bulky. Can’t wait to see how your new photos turn out!
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    • Thanks Leslie! I know, I was so determined to learn my dslr I took it with me everywhere and before you knew it, it was my buddy! :)

  20. I LOVE mine. You will enjoy your camera as well. I love that NFC feature.
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  21. ha! I never named my camera. I do call it “my baby.” And I once slept with my hands wrapped firmly around it.
    Can’t wait to see what this mirrorless wonder does!
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  22. Awesome camrea! The 8 hour wait was so worth it! I don’t name my cameras, and I’m sure if I did, it would be something silly like, Tom hahahaha. Fierce camrea though! :-)
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