- 11:39 ET, Apr 19 2022
- Updated: 11:45 ET, Apr 19 2022
RECLUSIVE American Pickers star Frank Fritz lives on a sprawling Iowa property featuring a $155,000 farmhouse, barn and more modest amenities.
Frank, 57, last appeared on American Pickers in March 2020 and his firing was announced in July 2021.
During the fan-favorite’s time away from the History channel show, The Sun can exclusively reveal his Iowa property.
Frank bought an Iowa farmhouse for $130,000 back on May 14, 2010.
The 1,660 square-foot farmhouse sits on .79 acres of land and features two bedrooms and one bathroom.
The home also boasts a basement, three garages, barn and shed.
Frank renovated the farmhouse from when he bought it, as he painted it blue with white shutters, according to photos obtained from the Scott County Assessor’s Office.
Then in 2013, Frank purchased the adjoining property for $25,000.
The property is .34 acres of land.
Frank built a 3,240 square-foot warehouse in 2015.
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The property also boasts a 960-square foot barn built in 1935 and a 273-square foot shed built in 1970.
According to photos obtained by The Sun, a pathway from the road leads to the fenced-in property.
Behind the home, warehouse, barn and shed is farmland.
The Sun can exclusively reveal that the warehouse on the property holds around 90 of the collector’s classic motorcycles and other toys he has purchased over the years.
LIFE AWAY FROM TV
Frank left the show to recover from grueling back surgery that left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine.
During his time off the show, Frank lost 65 pounds, as he is living a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.
Frank also told The Sun that he checked into rehab for alcohol abuse in Iowa for 77 days.
Frank said last year: “I went to rehab and I’ve been sober now for 11 months.
“I didn’t like drinking anymore. My mom was an alcoholic and she died five years ago and it was alcohol-related. My grandfather was an alcoholic and he died. That didn’t sit well with me.”
Frank continued that he goes to meetings “twice a week” after the stint.
Frank said he would’ve been sober for a year if it weren’t for a relapse.
He added: “It was maybe for four hours, but it was enough. The next day I went to a meeting and I got right back on track.
“I don’t think I’ll ever have a drink again because I don’t like the feeling anymore and some of the dumb things that I did.”
Frank continued: “I’m feeling really good. Life is good and I’d like to get back into the swing of things. I wish I had done it five years ago, I would have been a different person.
“It was the best thing for me and I wish I had done it sooner or I wouldn’t be in the position that I am right now.”
Frank also revealed his feud with co-star Mike, 57.
“I haven’t talked to Mike in two years. He knew my back was messed up, but he didn’t call me up and ask how I was doing. That’s just how it is,” Frank previously told The Sun.
“The show is tilted towards him 1,000 percent. I can’t even bend that far down to show you how much.
“That’s fine. It’s like you’ve got 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. That’s no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem.”
He even admitted: “I think Mike wants to get his brother Robbie in there to replace me. I don’t know why he’s behaving like that towards me.”
Frank currently owns his Illinois store, Frank Fritz Finds.
The History Channel officially replaced Frank with Mike’s younger brother in cast photos and on the website ahead of Season 23.
Fans have even boycotted the show because of Frank’s firing, as many have dubbed Robbie “boring.”
Comments on the American Pickers’ official Twitter page from the March 12 episode read: “Bring back Frank. You ruined my favorite show.”
A second commented: “I tried to watch one of the new episodes a few days ago, and it just isn’t the same. So sad as I have been a major fan over the years. I’ll continue re-watching the old ones instead. This maybe should have ended when Frank ‘left.’”
A third said: “No more free styling. Picks by appointment only. It sucks. Get Frank back.”
A fourth wrote: “I was a big fan, but now the show is MEH without Frank. Missing a lot of the laughs, scheduled picks and no freestyling. Scripting feels forced now.”
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