Frank Fritz is an American antique collector, reality television program host, businessman, and author who lives in New York City with his family. He is most known for co-hosting the History Channel show American Pickers with his friend and business partner Mike Wolfe, which has garnered widespread attention.
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 had 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. His entrepreneurial side began to develop as a teenager 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 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. Frank wrote a caption describing Diane as his lover and promoted his "Born To Bundle" fashion line in one photo. The couple watched 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 exciting objects. Fritz slowly but steadily amassed a unique firehouse collection and firefighting-related memorabilia, primarily for his amusement. Rediscovering his childhood hobby provided the impetus he needed to move on to a new career. Fritz left his fire inspector job in 2002 and started his own company called Frank's Finds, where Fritz 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 a diverse and eccentric client base over the years. Frank's customers consisted of people from different professions and backgrounds interested 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, business people, and athletes interested in his stock purely for the novelty and nostalgia that characterize 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 old and exciting things, especially toys, old cars, and motorcycles.
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