When Christchurch's CBD became a red zone, small pockets of it remained relatively intact.
Amidst the destruction and rubble and loss, there would be a shop window not broken, with the window display still standing.
So too in some of the office spaces, even in condemned and dangerous buildings, there were corners that looked as if the people working there had simply popped out for lunch.
Deric Blackler had an antique shop in the CBD - Portobello antiques.
It was hit hard by the February quake but some of his precious stock survived.Md Blackler was allowed back, once, for a few hours.
He took what he could and has never returned.
But recently, he began to see stock he was forced to leave behind, turning up on Trade Me.
How could that be?
Anna Burns Francis went to find out.
Watch the video to see the stor
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