For anyone who’s ever experienced a lost bag when traveling, here’s a comforting stat: Only 0.03 percent of checked luggage ends up unclaimed. But what happens to that remaining 0.03 percent? For the past 50 years, Scottsboro, Alabama’s Unclaimed Baggage (the nation’s only retailer of lost luggage) has been turning would-be trash into someone else’s treasure.
Open six days a week, the massive retail store and warehouse sorts approximately 7,000 items each day to be sold, donated, or recycled. From clothing and jewelry to toys, electronics, art, tools, and beauty products, the possibilities are endless for what savvy shoppers can score at highly discounted prices.
Outside of great deals, Unclaimed Baggage is also known for its selection of one-of-a-kind, completely unexpected items. Here are 10 weird and wonderful things you can find at Unclaimed Baggage.
A brand-new Kobe Bryant City Edition Lore Series Jersey
Price: $399.99 / Retail Value: $700
OK, so it’s a 3XL and will still set you back almost half a grand, but you can’t put a size or a price on legend status.
A 14K Yellow Gold Vintage Spider Brooch
Price: $973.99 / Retail Value: $1,946
C’mon, who doesn’t need a ruby- and emerald-encrusted spider brooch for spring? It’s Miss Havisham chic and just begging to be caught in your web.
Chanel Lace Up Wedge Platform Ankle Boots
Price: $653.39 / Retail Value: $1,450
For when it’s cold, but you still want to be tall and trendy—for half the price.
A VTX OLED Scuba Computer
Price: $209.99 / Retail Value: $1,299
Looking for a last-minute quarantine hobby? How about scuba diving? There’s also matching dry suit for sale.
Pope John Paul II Figurine
Price: $129.99 / Retail Value: $370
Everyone’s favorite former head of the Catholic church—in white porcelain!
Johnny Apple Sauce Maker Model 250
Price: $29.99 / Retail Value: $69
Why someone was flying with an applesauce maker, we’ll never know. But as the box says—it’s great for purees, pie fillings, juices, jams, baby foods, and cream soups, too.
Set of 3 Moroccan Pouf Covers
Handmade, leather. Need we say more? Now you don’t have to travel halfway across the globe for an authentic souvenir.
Nicole Miller Blush White Wedding Dress
Price: $599.99 // Retail Value: $1,400
Runaway bride or surprise Vegas wedding? Backstory not included.
A Turquoise Navajo Bolo Tie
Price: $399.99 // Retail Value: $475
Whether or not you have a big Texas wedding to attend, this is one wardrobe staple you’ll never regret.
2017 Jeremy Scott Catwalk Jacket
Price: $499.99 // Retail Value: $1,500
This is the jacket to end all jackets. It’s got something for everyone—cheetah print, showgirl fringe, country star leather, hot pink velvet, blue tassels, gold appliques. Oh, and did we mention the giant depiction of Jesus Christ on the back?