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Cameo, which recently expanded in downtown Fredericksburg, carries vintage items that spark memories.

Date published: 2/2/2013


Terry Smith, who owns River Run Antiques, encouraged Parody to also open her own shop downtown and sell many of the same things. Friends, including Boyd, helped her get it ready.

"Terry kept saying, 'You can do this,'" Parody said.

Resale shops are becoming a mainstay in cities because there's a huge demand for previously used items, she said. According to the National Association of Resale Professionals, the resale industry is one of the few recession-proof segments of retailing.

The appeal is twofold, especially during the current economic downtown. Customers not only have a financial incentive to sell or consign unused or unwanted items, but they're attracted to buying quality merchandise at a fraction of the original cost.

Cameo occupies the first floor of two of the three brightly painted brick buildings that Roy Jones had built as townhouses between 1840 and 1848. They're connected to Hope Co. by a small archway that frames a narrow alley.

The Parodys plan to hang a sign identifying the three buildings, which are now owned by local developer Tommy Mitchell, as The Shops at Jones Row by Feb. 15. They'd eventually like to open doors onto the alley so that customers can more easily go from one shop to the other.

"I really feel like I'm going to be here for a long time," Cameron Parody said.

Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407
Email: cjett@freelancestar.com

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Date published: 2/2/2013