Do You Ever Wonder About What Happens to Unclaimed Baggage?

It happens all the time--a bag is lost while flying. Most lost luggage makes it back to its owner eventually. But what happens to the bags that never get claimed? Chances are, they end up in Scottsboro, Alabama, at a place call Unclaimed Baggage.

Once a bag is considered permanently lost, the passenger is compensated for that loss. Unclaimed Baggage buys these bags sight unseen and ships them all to Scottsboro. About one million items pass through the store each year, about 60 percent of it clothing.

There have been some unusual items over the years. Strange things found in unclaimed luggage include a mummified falcon, a 19th century full suit of armor, a 40-carat natural emerald, the Muppet character “Hoggle” from the movie, “Labyrinth,” and a live rattlesnake.

All the items found in the lost luggage are offered for sale, most at a great bargain. What if you can’t make it to their Scottsboro store? Visit their website at, where you’ll be able to take a virtual tour of the store.

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