May 23, 2013
S. Seem Antiques & Artisans Brings History And Art To Bath, Pa.
A new antiques co-op, S. Seem Antiques & Artisans, opened several months ago. Located at 100 S. Chestnut St., Bath, Pa., Routes 248 and 987, the co-op will feature 14 quality antiques dealers offering a variety of items. Merchandise includes early goods such as slipware, Rockingham, hand-wrought iron, kerosene lamps, blue decorated stoneware, hand-stitched quilts, homespun, dovetailed copper, 19th-century furniture, soft paste china, blown glass, flow blue, jewelry, and much, much more.
The building is very unique. It is a restored brick Dry Goods store dating back to 1840. Inside are original wide plank floors, both an open-beamed ceiling and a tin ceiling, board walls, exposed brick, two gas-lit fireplaces, and much more. Even the rest room features antiques, with an oak stand and mirror, white ironstone sink and mosaic tile floor. It is located in the heart of the Bath Historic District with two other stores on the same corner.
The entire first floor is filled with antiques, with the space divided up into room settings. One area has old country shelving with original grey-green paint. Another has a defunct door, which used to lead to the adjoining building (Mr. Seems residence in the 1800s). Hooks from the ceiling hold baskets, lighting, scales and tinware.
The second floor includes a showcase of traditional works, or future antiques, from 23 local artists. Some of the artisan creations include salt-glaze pottery, treenware, paintings, watercolors, photography, jewelry, furniture, stained glass, quilts, clocks and more.
On the final Thursday of each month, the store offers special evening events from 6 to 8 p.m., which feature live music, wine and snacks with a different theme.
Dealers bring in new treasures daily. Store hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. S. Seem Antiques & Artisans accepts credit cards and offers layaway and can be reached at 610-390-0403. The store also has a page on Facebook.