Unclaimed Baggage: This Alabama Store is the Home of Lost Luggage
Have you ever wondered where all the lost luggage goes? Your long lost suitcase, souvenirs, clothes, and shoes get a chance at a new life at the Unclaimed Baggage store, located in Scottsboro, Alabama.
Just outside of Huntsville, Unclaimed Baggage is basically a huge thrift store. But its contents were lost instead of donated.
At Unclaimed Baggage, you never know what you’ll find. Most of the fun is just looking around at all the random stuff that people have lost while traveling. Don’t think about it too much or it might get a bit sad for you, but know that these people were compensated for their lost luggage by the airlines. Surely. We hope.
I’m a sucker for a deal and love going to thrift stores and bargain stores. I have no problem digging through junk to find one gem!
On our most recent visit, we saw ordinary clothes and wedding dresses, lost sneakers and size 20 (!) boots, e-readers for $5 and an original painting of Angkor Wat.
Looking for jewelry? They’ve got real and costume. What about a watch? Any name brand you want. Ray-Ban sunglasses, Alex and Ani bangles, Coach bags, and tons of other name brand items that need a new home.
According to an employee we spoke with, the electronics have all been checked, refurbished, and ready to use.
You can imagine that a store that specializes in buying lost luggage and unclaimed cargo would come across some pretty weird stuff, and you’d be right. The walls of Unclaimed Baggage serve as their “museum.”
Some of the most unique items include golden arches from McDonald’s, a Paul McCartney autographed jacket, and Hoggle himself from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.
We actually went looking for luggage, but there wasn’t a huge selection. We assume it had been picked over during a Fourth of July sale or something because all this stuff has to come in some sort of suitcase, right? That’s kinda the whole idea of the store.
So, what exactly did we buy? After browsing suitcases, tablets, e-readers, and men’s clothing, we left with a pair of Converse sneakers, brand new, from a load of unclaimed cargo.
From our home, we traveled a little over three hours one-way to get to Unclaimed Baggage. Not really worth it for one pair of shoes. We’ve visited twice and thought many of the prices were quite high compared to other thrift stores.
While we would not shop here on a regular basis, it is fun to see the crazy items that they receive and to see just what kinds of items do get lost during travel. Go on, admit it. You know you’re curious!
What items would you want to look for? Have you ever lost any luggage? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and three fur babies. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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