Unclaimed Baggage

So, do you know what happens to bags that go missing from airports that never get claimed by their owners? They might end up at a store that sells the contents called Unclaimed Baggage!


I heard of this for the first time about a year ago, from a mom friend. And recently, we went to the  Space Museum in Huntsville, Alabama and since the store was sort of on the way, we went.

It was pretty big and had a huge selection of things people would take on vacation with them.

Here’s What We Bought and How Much We Paid for Things:

  • The kids each got youth snorkeling gear (mask and tube set). I think they were around $4 each.
  • Molly got a pair of brand new flip flops for 99 cents.
  • I got a smaller camera bag for $8.62 and a soft knit black pencil skirt by J. Jill skirt – new with a tag that says $69.00. I paid only $15 and felt pretty good about that buy.
  • I also got a big ole hat, but most of the hats seemed new, so my husband and I were wondering if the store also has brand new goods – overstock, or whatever – along with the unclaimed baggage. But we don’t know.
  • The kids looked through the movies – there were LOTS of Disney movies – and got Cinderella III. It was $8.92 which I didn’t think was much of a deal, but it was a Hey, we wanna see this and can watch it on this trip kind of situation, so we went for it.
  • Lastly, I got a really cute bathing suit cover-up for only $7.

Is it worth it to go to Unclaimed Baggage?

I thought it was fun. If you like places such as TJ Maxx and Marshall’s then you would probably like it. It has that same kind of vibe with the added bonus of additional possibilities of gems people might have lost along with their luggage. I think the likelihood of finding name brand items (if you care about them) would be higher at Unclaimed Baggage than at other discount stores. We ended up staying there way longer than we ever expected to, so by the end the kids were really ready to go.

Where is Unclaimed Baggage Located?

509 W Willow St, Scottsboro, AL 35768
(256) 259-1525

About Unclaimed Baggage

The company started back in the 1970′s.

According to the store’s web site:

Unclaimed Baggage Center is under contract with airlines and other transportation companies to purchase the luggage that can’t be traced to the owners. Truckloads of lost luggage are transported to Scottsboro, Alabama, sight unseen.

They sort it, and clean everything and price what they can sell and donate the rest.

Pretty neat, huh? Have you ever been there? If so, did you find any gems?

2 Responses to Unclaimed Baggage

  1. Heather March 30, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    I saw this on your facebook page. We love Unclaimed. Last time we went I found an Otterbox case for $20 and we found some super cute clothes for the kids. Fun place to shop!

    • Heather April 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

      Okay, I had to look up what an otter box is. Now I know. Good score, sister!

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