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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my site! My name is Melissa but I am "Missy" to just about everyone and Missy definitely suits me better. :) I am a wedding and portrait photographer and I absolutely love what I do. I think the most amazing thing is to be able to capture the true essence of people and I love doing that as my "job". I love to hear someone say "You totally captured their personality!"...that is the biggest compliment for me. I am a mom to two wonderful children who keep me young and inspired on a daily basis and a wife to a devoted husband who understands my passion for whipping out my camera constantly! Please feel free to look around at my work and I will keep posting on the blog all the new sessions I shoot. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. :) ~ Missy

Every Second Counts ~ Local Business

Posted on February 20, 2012

I happened upon a small boutique in the back of Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center one day by chance. I’d seen the sign from Old Chapel Rd but had never ventured in. It read “Every Second Counts Consignment Boutique“. I had a half hour to kill and anyone who knows me knows that I can’t resist consignment…boy, did I luck out!

As soon as I walked in I was intrigued by all the unique and colorful items. I found way too many things I wanted (I was able to leave with only 5…will power!) and I met Dina Bennett who was a warm and friendly face. (Come to find out that Dina also is a hair stylist and she is now MY stylist, yay!)

I wanted Dina to give me a little background of their store (she co-owns it with Karen Whitney) for my blog post, and what an awesome story it is!

“This was a dream come true for us. About two years ago I had this idea to open an UPSCALE consignment store in Bowie, Md. As luck would have it, I read that they were having a contest for unique ideas for new businesses at Hilltop Plaza. So I wrote down my ideas and wrote a letter to the Owner Mr. Frank Storch. Less then 24 hours later he called me personally and wanted to meet with us. So we put together some pictures of our dream store and met with him. Wow, everything was happening so fast, so I could not believe it when he called me the next day and told me that we won the contest and received a YEAR of free rent! Every Second Counts Consignment Boutique is now starting our third year and growing everyday!”
Owners Dina Bennett and Karen Whitney have created a beautiful store where you can bring your like new (gently used) items to sell and make some extra cash. With the feel of an upscale boutique, Great prices on brand name items, customers love to drop in regularly to see whats new. Whether your looking for that unique gift, redecorating on a dime, or de-cluttering, we can help. You never know what you will find with new items arriving daily and in this economy everyone can use some extra cash. So hurry in because Every Second Counts!

Karen Whitney and Dina Bennett

This is my most favorite sign in the WHOLE WORLD!!! 😀

…and to top it off, they make their own bags for you to take your treasures home in!!!

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