Have you ever stood at the baggage carousel at the airport, watching the belt clunk it’s way around and around with one lonely bag left? One bag that isn’t yours?
I have. On too many occasions. I have been lucky enough to always get my bags back eventually, but there are those bags that seem to vanish into thin air. What becomes of them, you ask? They end up in Scottsboro, Alabama at the Unclaimed Baggage store.
Very few pieces of luggage go missing in the US. I think on average, about 1%. The airlines make every effort to find the owners of each piece of luggage. But some are untagged. Some remain abandoned. And this is where Unclaimed Baggage comes in. They buy pallets of suitcases from all major airlines, sight unseen.
What’s inside amazes me. Lots of designer dresses, party dresses, shoes, cameras, books, jewelry, etc., etc.. You know — the things you’d take on vacation. The new dress you bought for the occasion. Dress-up clothes for a night out. That’s not what you’d usually find in my luggage, but it seems to be the norm for other people.
I was amazed by the vast number of labels I saw as I wandered the store. Seriously, if you need a party dress, this is the place to come! I wandered over to the shirts and saw one Calvin Klein label after another. And Marc Jacobs. Even Prada. All for about a third of the retail price.
And of course, where there are dresses, there are shoes.
I love a good thrift store. While this isn’t quite the same, it does hold the same hodgepodge collection of items from around the world. You never know what you’ll find there. And the best part? You can easily buy a piece of luggage to take all your newfound treasures home.
Any chance your luggage has ended up here?
Conversely, what would you shop for?