Bruce and Malena Chipps are originally from Westwood California. They moved to New England a few years ago when Bruce retired from directing television. They fell in love with the area after seeing an article in Smithsonian magazine. Malena found an old historic house in the woods and after just seeing photos of it, they made it their home.
Bruce has antiques in his blood: both his mother and sister Diana loved antiques. Diana had an antique business called “The Traveling Trunk” for many years. Bruce enjoyed helping his big sister in the business and caught the travel bug. They both travel to Italy quite often. Bruce bought a home south of Rome in Ofena that was featured on House Hunters International on HGTV.
When they had a chance to buy Fancy That, they knew it would be a perfect fit for them. Malena has a vast background in fashion and fine jewelry. She worked as a designer for a high fashion company for 9 years and also worked in fine jewelry stores in New York City. She designed her own fine jewelry and fashion line in Los Angeles where she marketed it to local stores and sold it online and at the Hollywood Race Track where she often sang the national anthem for opening day. Malena is an experienced seamstress and has always collected furs. Although she does not buy new furs because she does not want to contribute to killing more furry animals, she does enjoy redesigning and refurbishing vintage fur coats.
Malena is the Creative Craft Consultant for Mass Appeal on Channel 22. She specializes in quick & easy DIY projects that are inexpensive and fun. Bruce and Malena both feel very fortunate to live in this lovely area and share their experiences with you. Malena often says how she hates going to sleep because it means she has to stop working! She can’t wait to wake up and start a new day at Fancy That Antiques. Fancy That is one of the few places that BUYS old costume jewelry. Although it doesn’t sell for much, often $2-10 a piece, Malena loves sharing your unwanted items with other people in the community. It brings her great happiness when someone comes in and asks, “How much is this necklace?” and she gets to say, “$10!” Making sparkly pieces of jewelry available at prices everyone can easily afford is one of the best things about having an antique store. Stop by the store and explore! New items arrive daily…thanks to you