Danville Woman Goes On "Antiques Roadshow" After Paying $2 For Rare Book
Danville, VA - A Danville woman recently got the surprise of her life - twice.After buying an antique book, she entered a ticket lottery to appear on the PBS series "Antiques Roadshow". Not only was she chosen to be on the show, but she found out that book was worth a lot more than she paid for it.Amie Pickeral began collecting antique dolls when she was 13 years old, but as a writer of historical fiction, Pickeral soon turned her attention to books."I love to write, so the books just kind of came naturally with time, " Pickeral said.In 2012, she saw an ad about leftover items from an estate sale. That's when she stumbled upon a book about women's rights from 1632, one of the oldest she had ever come across."I had a feeling that I was holding something special, " Pickeral said.Last year, Antiques Roadshow made a stop in Virginia.After winning a ticket lottery, Pickeral and her family headed to Richmond to see if she and her book would make the cut to actually be on the show.First, she had to get through the show's appraiser."The very first thing that I ever said to him was, I'm ready for my close-up, and he said, 'Well let's see!" she said.Before she knew it, Pickeral was in front of the camera, and sure enough, she had struck gold.Pickeral can't share the book's exact value until the show airs, but originally thought it would be worth about a thousand dollars."Let's just say I was wrong and in the best way possible, " she said."I will definitely keep this book. It is my treasure, and I will antique forever, " Pickeral said.Her taping of "Antiques Roadshow" will air Monday night at 8 PM on PBS.