Inside American Pickers star Frank Fritz’s Illinois antique store featuring a collection of motorcycles and rare vintage finds
INSIDE American Pickers star Frank Fritz’s Illinois antique store featuring a collection of motorcycles and rare vintage finds.
Frank, 58, was fired from American Pickers in July after taking time off from the show to recover from back surgery.
He currently owns the Frank Fritz Finds antique store located in Illinois.
The Sun can reveal exclusive photos from inside the antique shop which contains pickaxes and rare finds.
The exterior of the store features a row of red, black and blue motorcycles.
Patrons walk through a bar to get to a room that contains rare vintage finds.
Photos obtained by The Sun show display cases and cabinets containing vintage vases, clocks, lamps, figurines and more.
The store also offers books, paintings, antique tableware, a vintage cash register, piano, drum, barrels and more.
American Pickers fans might even walk away with Frank merchandise, including t-shirts.
SHOP THE GAME
But the store hasn’t received rave reviews from customers in recent months.
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The Sun previously revealed customer reviews that claimed the store was “going downhill” as visitors complained about disorganization, items and more in recent online reviews.
A review on Yelp read, “I dropped by because I watch the show a lot… The antique part seems [to be] downhill.
A Trip Advisor review said, “Not much here worth the asking price.”
A review from Google read, “If I were Frank, I’d be ashamed to have my name put on this place. What joke. We traveled over 2 hours to come here. Don’t waste your time!!!”
A second from Google read: “Antique store was disappointing. Disorganized with poor lighting with very few items of interest.
But Frank had customers who were happy with the shop, as one wrote on Google: “Awesome place, Frank Fritz is the man.”
A second raved: “The place was great, I found an old bomber jacket I was looking for on the internet and got a good chunk of the price. Also good beer and good burgers.
A third complimented: ‘A nice store with a good selection of weird stuff.’
Frank did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment regarding the reviews.
The former History Channel star isn’t very involved in the business, as a frequent attendee once told The Sun: “He doesn’t come here often.
“It only really stops when it files new items.”
LIFE AFTER THE PICKERS
As reported by The Sun, Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode, when he took time off to recover from back surgery, which left him 185 stitches and two rods in the spine.
In his spare time, Frank has lost 65 pounds as he leads a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.
He also told The Sun that he entered rehab for alcohol addiction in Iowa for 77 days.
Frank previously said, “I went to rehab and have been sober for 11 months now.
“I didn’t like to drink anymore. My mother was an alcoholic and she died five years ago and it was alcohol related. My grandfather was an alcoholic and he died. It didn’t suit me.
Frank said of his processing time: “They gave me a lot of information and we were booked 13 or 14 hours a day. There was no place to sit down to watch TV or eat food. You were scheduled for an hour, then an hour and a half, throughout the day.
“They really give you a lot of one-on-one time. I read 12 self help books while I was there. I did not fuck. I really got into it. I went there to learn and get the most out of it.
“I had a great time there and helped other people who had problems too. It was one of the best things that happened to me.”
Frank continued that he went to meetings “twice a week” after the passage.
The former History Channel star said he would have been sober for a year had it not been for a relapse.
Frank was open about wanting to return to American Pickers after his hiatus, as he said, “I would always love to go back to my job, I miss my friends and my people and being on the road and meeting all these different characters. ”
But Mike revealed in July that Frank had been fired from the show.
He wrote on Instagram: “I have known Frank for as long as I can remember, he has been like a brother to me. The journey that Frank, Dani and I started in 2009, like all of life, came with its ups and low, blessings and challenges, but it has also been the most rewarding.
“The support you all have given us has been a constant reminder of what the show’s message has always been; through these places, these people and these things, we all have a common thread. We are here not only to take care of the past, but also for each other.
Mike concluded: “I will miss Frank, as will all of you, and I pray for the best and all good things for him in the next part of his journey.”
The co-stars had been falling out, as Frank previously told The Sun of their falling out: “I haven’t spoken to Mike in two years. He knew I had back pain, but he didn’t call me to ask how I was. It’s like that.
“The show is 1,000% leaning towards him. I can’t even lean that low to show you how much.
“It’s good. It’s like you had Aerosmith and there was Steven Tyler and he was the leader. I found my place, I’m second and he’s number one in the series. It’s not not a problem for me, maybe he has a problem.”
Mike’s younger brother, Robbie, replaced the original cast member.
Ratings have struggled since the cast shuffle, as viewers vowed to boycott the show in Frank’s absence.
Frank currently lives on his farm in Iowa which he purchased for $130,000 on May 14, 2010.
The property also has a shed, barn and warehouse which stores many of his motorcycles.
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