When checked baggage gets lost and can’t be reunited with its owner – or someone just doesn’t pick up their luggage – airlines sell the bags after 90 days to the Unclaimed Baggage Center which has built a monopoly in the niche business of selling used items out of luggage.
The store is in Scottsboro, Alabama. They buy bags sight unseen. They comb through the bags to find what to sell, and claim to dry clean clothing they plan to sell and wipe electronics before making those available. The store is a tourist attraction.
They’ve recovered moose antlers, wedding rings, and even Rolex watches as well as “a suit of armor, a 40-carat emerald, a Chinese dragon kite and a puppet created at Henson’s Creative Workshop.” Once in awhile customers have come in and found their own stuff which has been forfeited. (They’ve likely already received payment from the airline or a credit card, and it’s considered abandoned in any case.)
Can you find any deals there? Anything you’ve lost?