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Inside American Pickers’ star Frank Fritz’s antique shop in Illinois with a motorcycle collection and rare vintage finds

INSIDE American Pickers is the star of Frank Fritz’s Illinois antique shop, featuring a collection of motorcycles and rare vintage finds.

Frank, 58, was fired from American Pickers in July after taking time off the series to recover from back surgery.

Frank Fritz owns Frank Fritz Finds in Illinois

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Frank Fritz owns Frank Fritz Finds in IllinoisCredit: Coleman-Rayner
The store has a motorcycle collection outside

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The store has a motorcycle collection outsideCredit: The US Sun

He currently owns the Frank Fritz Finds antique shop in Illinois.

The Sun can reveal exclusive photos from inside the antique shop, which features rare picks and finds.

Outside the store is a row of red, black, and blue motorcycles.

Customers walk through a bar area to a room housing rare vintage finds.

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Photos from The Sun feature showcases and showcases filled with vintage vases, clocks, lamps, figurines and more.

The store also features books, paintings, antique tableware, a vintage cash register, piano, drum, barrels, and more.

American Pickers fans could even abandon Frank merchandise, including t-shirts.

The shop has showcases and display cases with antique figurines, clocks, lamps and more

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The shop has showcases and display cases with antique figurines, clocks, lamps and moreCredit: The US Sun
The shop also offers vintage vases, crockery and an old cash register

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The shop also offers vintage vases, crockery and an old cash registerCredit: The US Sun
The store also has books and paintings

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The store also has books and paintingsCredit: The US Sun
The store has received mixed reviews from recent customers

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The store has received mixed reviews from recent customersCredit: The US Sun

GAME MEMORY

But the store hasn’t garnered rave reviews from customers in recent months.

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The Sun previously revealed customer reviews claiming business was “going downhill” as recent online reviews saw visitors complaining about the disorganization, the items and more.

One review on Yelp read, “I stopped by because I watch the show a lot… Appears to be an antique piece [to be] go downhill

A TripAdvisor review read, “Not much here is worth the asking price.”

A Google review read: “If I were Frank I would be ashamed to have my name in this place. What a joke. We traveled over 2 hours to get here. Don’t waste your time!!!”

A second from Google read: “The antique shop was disappointing. Disorganized with poor lighting and very few items of interest.”

But Frank had some customers who were happy with the store, as one wrote on Google: “Awesome place Frank Fritz is the man.”

A second commended: “The place was great, I found an old bomber jacket I was looking for on the internet and got a good fraction of the price. Also good beer and great burgers.”

A third commended: “Nice shop with a good selection of quirky stuff.”

Frank did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment on the reviews.

The former History Channel star isn’t very involved in the business, as a frequent visitor previously told The Sun: “He doesn’t come here often.

“He really only comes around when he’s bringing over new stuff.”

LIFE AFTER PICKERS

As The Sun reported, Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode when he took time off to recover from back surgery that left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine.

During his absence from the show, Frank lost 65 pounds as he leads a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.

He also told The Sun he went into rehab for 77 days in Iowa for alcohol addiction.

Frank previously said: “I went into rehab and I’ve been sober for 11 months now.

“I didn’t like drinking anymore. My mother was an alcoholic and died of alcohol five years ago. My grandfather was an alcoholic and died. That didn’t suit me.”

Frank said of his treatment time: “They gave me a lot of information and we were fully booked for 13 or 14 hours a day. There was no sitting around in front of the TV or eating. They were out all day for an hour, then an hour and a half.

“They really give you a lot of alone time. I read 12 self help books while I was there. I didn’t fuck around. I really got into it. I went there to learn and to make the best of what I could.

“I had a great time there and also helped others who were struggling. It’s one of the best things that’s happened to me.”

Frank went on to say that he goes to meetings “twice a week” after the stint.

The former History Channel star said he would have been sober for a year if there hadn’t been a relapse.

FRANK FIRES

Frank openly said he wants to return to American Pickers after his hiatus, as he said, “I’d still love to go back to my job, I miss my friends and my people and I miss being on the road and all these different characters.” meet. ”

But Mike revealed in July that Frank had been fired from the show.

He wrote on Instagram: “I’ve known Frank for as long as I can remember, he was like a brother to me. The journey that Frank, Dani and I began in 2009, like all of life, has had its ups and downs – downs, blessings and challenges, but it has also been the most rewarding.

“The support you have all given us has been a constant reminder of what the show’s message has always been; Through these places, people and things we all have a common thread. We are here not only to take care of the past, but also to take care of each other.”

Mike concluded, “I will miss Frank as will all of you and I am praying for the very best and all the best for him on the next part of his journey.”

CO STAR FEUD

The co-stars had fallen out, as Frank previously told The Sun about their argument: “I haven’t spoken to Mike in two years. He knew my back was broken, but he didn’t call me to ask how I was. That’s just how it is.

“The show is 1,000 percent geared towards him. I can’t even bend down to show you just how much.

“That’s fine. It’s like you have Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the frontman. I found my spot, I’m second and he’s number one on the show. It’s 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 change as viewers have vowed to boycott the show over Frank’s absence.

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Frank currently resides in his Iowa farmhouse, which he purchased on May 14, 2010 for $130,000.

The property also has a shed, barn and warehouse where more of his motorcycles are kept.

The shop is behind a bar

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The shop is behind a barCredit: The US Sun
The shop also has merchandise for fans

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The shop also has merchandise for fansCredit: The US Sun
Frank's departure from American Pickers was announced in July 2021

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Frank’s departure from American Pickers was announced in July 2021Photo credit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz/story

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