Unclaimed Baggage Center lives in the small town of Scottsboro, Alabama. Located 30 miles south of the Tennessee border and 45 miles east of Huntsville, Scottsboro’s population is about 15,000. Ordinarily, you’d drive through town without much thought.
Trip Advisor doesn’t list much to do there, except for visit a small museum dedicated to the “Scottsboro Boys,” as the landmark Supreme Court decision regarding the historical miscarriage of justice came to be called. It’s an important stop on the Civil Rights Trail.
AND–on a much happier note–Trip Advisor includes Unclaimed Baggage Center. In fact, it’s #1 on the list.
Ever wondered what happens to lost luggage? Crazy, but if an airline can’t find the owner after 90 days–and apparently a diligent effort takes place–those suitcases and checked items are sold. Since 1970, when Doyle Owens borrowed $300 and a pick-up truck to gather unclaimed baggage from Trailways Bus, the company has been a success.
Unclaimed Baggage Company is NOT a resale store. People pack their best stuff when they travel. The store is full of a million untold tales that never were able to be told. Trips to the beach, to romantic getaways, to fancy celebrations, to winter resorts–and to weddings.
I spent several hours at the huge store. It’s fascinating to think that every item was in someone’s suitcase, meant to be used when the owner arrived at the destination. In fact, the owner planned for it! Outfits, hats, and jewelry, carefully chosen. Books to pass the time. Sports equipment and cameras, waiting to be part of the experience. And wedding gowns–oh, the wedding gowns…
Then there are the mysterious items. McDonald’s arches. Oriental rugs. A ship in a bottle. A giant stuffed ram’s head. Unclaimed Baggage Center also has hundreds of wedding bands, especially men’s. I don’t even want to think about why they were in a suitcase and not on a hand.
But none of those items ever made it to where they were supposed to go. Instead, they’re for sale in Scottsboro, Alabama. Let me show you some of the things I found where I was there…
I’ll also remind you the necessity of really tagging your luggage and adding your destination information inside your suitcase. Read about stellar packing here.
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