Print gallery pops up for Christmas

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2012
Paul and Delia Arnold
DEAN KOZANIC/Fairfax NZ

BACK ON THE MAP: Paul and Delia Arnold have opened a Christmas pop-up shop in their front garden

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A collection of 19th-century prints and maps have sprung up in a Christchurch couple's front garden as part of a Christmas pop-up shop.

Delia and Paul Arnold ran the Antique Print Gallery in New Regent St for five years before Paul's health meant he had to step back from running the store in early 2010.

The couple moved their stock into Bedford Row premises in May 2010, and although the building survived the September 2010 earthquake, last February's one was "an absolute disaster", Paul Arnold said.

A team was able to recover almost all of their stock a few months later.

The couple had always had a website for their business, but expanded it after getting their stock back and set up a gallery in their house that could be viewed by appointment.

Arnold said he had not yet inquired about moving back to New Regent St.

"It's probably out of our price range now, but I'd love to go back.

"It was very good. We met a lot of interesting people, a lot of visitors being on the tram route."

The couple planned to have a pop-up shop in their front garden during the next two weekends to showcase their 19th-century maps and prints before Christmas.

"The 19th century was really the last time that you got maps that were sort of works of art. It was a very interesting period," Arnold said.

The pop-up store is in Norwood St, Beckenham.

It will be open on December 15, 16, 22 and 23 from 10am till 4pm.

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