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Frank Fritz is known as a reality TV start and antique collector. He is most famous for co-hosting the popular TV program, American Pickers.
Frank Fritz was born on October 11, 1965, in Davenport, Iowa. He spent his formative years growing up in the city of Davenport. He was born into a middle-class Christian family and has an older brother. Even as a child, his knack for collecting hidden and interesting treasures was apparent as he used to bring home all types of objects such as cans, rocks, and stamps. As a teenager, his entrepreneurial side began to develop as he worked at places like Coast to Coast Hardware and Quad City Automatic Sprinkler. He wanted to earn enough money to purchase a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Fritz attended various local schools in and around Davenport all the way from elementary school through high school. Instead of furthering his education by continuing to college, he was overcome by wanderlust and decided to spend his time moving around and traveling.
Frank is in a loving relationship with his girlfriend, Diane. Frank started posting photos online of his better half in 2015. In one photo, Frank wrote a caption describing Diane as his lover and promoted his "Born To Bundle" fashion line. The couple went to watch the sunset in South Dakota in August 2015, and Frank posted an image of the lovely moment. Frank spends a lot of time helping Diane raise her daughter, Paige and posted a photo of all three of them to his Facebook account in 2017.
After years on the road, Frank Fritz settled down and worked as a fire inspector around the Des Moines and Cedar Falls areas for almost 25 years. It was during this time that he rekindled his fondness for collecting interesting objects. He slowly but steadily amassed a unique collection of firehouse and firefighting related memorabilia, mostly for his own amusement. Rediscovering his childhood hobby provided the impetus he needed to move on to a new career. He left his fire inspector job in 2002 and started his own company called Frank’s Finds where he trades in all sorts of antiques and knick-knacks for other items. Starting his own antique business also gave Frank the freedom to travel all over the country to search out unique objects which he could then buy and then resell at a profit.
The types of items that Frank stocked his business with naturally drew an eclectic and eccentric client base over the years. Frank's customers consisted of people from different professions and backgrounds who have an interest in obscure and hard to find American antiques. This list includes many professional photographers and designers who seek his objects for inspiration. His client list also includes many celebrities, collectors, businessmen and athletes who are interested in his stock purely for the novelty and nostalgia which characterizes his items. All of them are willing to pay him top dollar for his unique collectibles and antiques.
Frank likes to call himself a modern-day antique collector and recycler. The TV show American Pickers is broadcasted on The History Channel and also syndicated around the world. He searches for anything that is old and unusually interesting, especially toys, old cars, and motorcycles.
Frank and his cohost, Mike Wolfe, were friends since they were young and grew up together in Iowa. It was only natural that Mike would eventually be sucked in by Frank’s passion and interest in antiques and collectibles. Due to their natural rapport together, it was no surprise that they worked together on a successful TV show.
Because of his fame and success from his TV program, Frank was invited to appear on other popular TV shows such as The Late Show With David Letterman, American Restoration, Pawn Stars, Rachael Ray and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Frank’s show has made him a wealthy man. Frank commands a high annual salary for his work on American Pickers. By the fifth season of his show, it was rumored that his salary was around $500,000. This salary is in addition to what he earns from his own business, which has received a massive influx of new clients from the strong presence of the show. The TV show has been a strong referral funnel for Frank’s business. Frank’s estimated net worth is over $4 million. His fortune mainly stems from his hugely successful antique business as well as from his salary for being on American Pickers, which has been on the air for over ten seasons.
Frank and Mike are also the co-founders of Antique Archeology, which is prominently featured on the TV show. They frequently research stories and travel throughout the country to look through barns and basements. They enjoy digging through decades worth of junk to find hidden treasures. According to the two famous collectors, these junk heaps contain many hidden treasures that are very valuable. They claim that their findings have largely contributed to their substantial net worth over the years.
People who wish to know more about Frank can follow him on social media. He maintains a very active Twitter account where he shares updates on his life and his business. He also has various interviews available on Youtube. Frank likes to keep his life very private which is why he does not have a Wikipedia page. Many fans wanted Frank to be on Instagram because they felt that the popular photo-sharing platform was perfect for Frank to highlight his objects but Frank decided not to because he wants to maintain his privacy. His fans decided to do the work for him and have created a fan page for him on Instagram which has over 50 thousand followers.
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