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The World’s Greatest Flea Market...Is Made Up of Stuff from Unclaimed Luggage?

If you have ever wondered what happens to all those orphaned suitcases sitting in a corner of the baggage claim area...


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Ninety-nine point five percent of all lost luggage is returned to their owners pretty quickly. What's left, after three months, will eventually find their way in the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.. The lost bags arrive at a processing facility to be sorted and priced.



Interesting fact -- artwork is not always appraised. So if you are lucky enough, you may pay close to nothing for a painting that is worth hundreds of times more.



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Of course, not everything will make it to the 40,000-squar-foot thrift store, but there are roughly 7,000 new items added every day. Wedding dresses, laptops, jewelry, nail clippers...all these things can be found at the Unclaimed Baggage Center for up to 80 percent off retail value.


The Center has been around for over 45 years. The founder, Doyle Owens started buying the contents of unclaimed bags from a local bus station and expanded his business to airlines.


So, if you are still not over that gold bracelet you recently lost on a flight, you may want to book a trip to Scottsdale in about three months and check out the Unclaimed Baggage Center. 



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