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Take a Trip to Scottsboro Alabama to Find Lost Airplane Baggage and Personal Items

Updated on March 20, 2019

If you are thinking, Scottsboro Alabama, does not readily come to mind as a #1 vacation destination, you are correct. Its only claim to fame is that it is the home of the Unclaimed Baggage Center. Ever wonder what happens to the items the airlines, airports, and passengers have lost, found, forgot, left or dropped? (I’m sure my Earth,Wind and Fire CD ended up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center when I unknowingly dropped it on the way home from a Florida vacation.) Think of the Center as the final resting place for any and everything that can be found in and around planes and airports.

An impressive array of stuff is sorted, cleaned and then neatly displayed for sale at the Unclaimed Baggage Center.The prices are competitive to put it mildly. If you enjoy finding bargains and buried treasure, you will love the Unclaimed Baggage Center.

Here's what you need to know about the Scottsboro store:

The store is located at:
509 West Willow Street, Scottsboro, Alabama 35768.

Hours of operation: 
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
Closed Sundays.

Note: Pets are not allowed in the store.

Payment Terms
Accept cash, personal check with valid driver’s license, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover card

Gift cards are also available at the Concierge Desk in the Scottsboro store.

  • There is only one Unclaimed Baggage Center!
  • Unclaimed Baggage Center covers more than a city block! You should be sure to allow yourself plenty of time.
  • They stock over 7,000 items DAILY in the store.
  • Everything is clean, fresh, and ready for you to take home!
  • General Return Policy

Take a Trip with YouTuber Stefani Colvin to Scottsboro Store

Scottsboro Alabama Home of the Unclaimed Baggage Center

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A Hit or Miss Proposition

To emphasize the nature of the store I have included a review that dates February, 2010 along with UBC management's response.

Reviewer's comments:

The first time we went at that UBC we found great buys.. We recently went back hoping to get lucky. The selection this time was not as good. Basically this place is either a hit or miss for folks. You either get lucky and find a great buy, or fall short of finding anything at all.

Management's Reply:

Management Response (Management representative) Mar 29, 2010 Dear Kyliemom23,
I’m glad to see you made your way back to the store, but I’m sad to see you didn’t leave with goodies like you did on your first trip. Even though we stock thousands of new items daily, some days you find things in particular that you want, other days you don’t. I experience that same shopping dilemma when I shop other stores as well (grocery stores are a whole other deal-I can always find something I didn’t need or necessarily want-usually cookies). At UBC, we strive to stock as many quality products daily as we can, but keep in mind we are at the mercy of the travelling public whose bags were lost or unclaimed. Unlike other retailers who can order their inventory months in advance and order exactly what they want to sell in their store, we receive items that we have no idea on the initial onset if what they will be or high enough quality to even sell. However, for the most part of our 40 year history we do get great items to sell or we wouldn’t be in business today. But, we do throw a huge volume away and donate nearly 40% of what we receive as well. So, as you can see, we are very particular about the quality of the items we stock, we just can’t dictate the variety or the categories that you may have been interested in. All that being said, yes we are sometimes “hit or miss” depending on what you were looking for. I hope you make it back this way again and you leave with a great “hit” that you will write back and tell us about. Sincerely, B. Cantrell
This review was found on Trip Advisor. I believe it is typical of the hit or miss type of deal typical at such places. Whether it is worth a special trip for a hit or miss opportunity is debatable. However if a trip to UBC can be taken without going far out of the way, it might prove interesting and profitable.

Plan an Overnight Stay

You can actually put together a vacation package and stay at least one night iin one of the motel/hotels in Scottsboro, 

  • Day's Inn
  • America's Best Value Inns & Suites
  • Jameson Inn
  • Hampton Inn
  • Comfort Inn

All have accommodations right in Scottsboro itself, with very affordable prices.

Lost and Found Departments

Airlines staff their own lost and found departments. If luggage or items have been forgotten or misplaced it is best to check with these departments first. Each airline provides this information on their websites. Some even provide electronic forms, United Airlines, and Delta Airlines, for example.

Looking For Lost Items

Unfortunately there is no guarantee that you will be able to find a lost item simply by travelling to the UBC.

Some items are "found" and taken home with the founder.

Other items can be destroyed in one way or another.

Sometimes your item can even be returned to you, if the proper identification is included inside your luggage or item. It is not enough to have an ID tag on the outside of your luggage. Identification must also be placed inside your bags just in case the outside tag is lost or breaks off unexpectedly.

Airlines insist most bags are returned to their rightful owners and that what ends up at UBC are those hard or impossible to return items often abandoned by the owner.

UBC proudly announces that it donates a large amount of the found items to charities and other groups. In addition, all items are thoroughly cleaned before they are placed on the show room floor and that the prices are excellent.

Clothing is always dried cleaned before being placed on sales racks.


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    • carrie Lee Night profile image

      Carrie Lee Night 

      12 months ago from Northeast United States

      Thank u for sharing :) I Know I used to see a show on tv that auctioned off unclaimed airline items :) I wonder if that changed. Anyhow, still an interesting hub :)

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      Thanks Underradar!

    • Underradar profile image


      11 years ago from USA

      Glad to hear that others have had the same experience there, lol

      Nice article

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      Glad you enjoyed it habee.

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      11 years ago from Georgia

      What a fun hub!

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      Thanks MFB! I don't know the costumes might have got snatched up as retro-wear, don't you think? :-) Seems any thing military would go quickly too. Surprised you receive a payment, albeit meager. Appreciate the comment.

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      Matthew Frederick Blowers III 

      11 years ago from United States

      I have several time capsules in storage there, most likely. I suppose I will just leave them there, one seabag full of marine corps nomenclature, and an errant suitcase from my musician days, full of costumes that would be way to small for me now, all that lycra and tight silk shirts, that only look good under spotlights. Perhaps When I am eighty I will go stake my slaim, and then sit somewhere private and peruse the leftovers of my heydays. Then I will put them on the next plane to Bumfiddle, Alaska, and hope they get lost again en route. I did receive a small stipend when they disappeared but that pittance could not hope to cover the expensive costumes and the miltary gear that was lost. Great Hub~~~~MFB III

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      I hope not, travel_ but glad you bookmarked it just in case.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      11 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Bookmarked this hub. Who knows, if I will be he next victim for lost luggage in my next travel. Thanks, Jen.

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      Oh wow, that's right! What's wrong with this picture? lol Great observation about paying twice!

    • ladyjane1 profile image


      11 years ago from Texas

      Nice Hub so I could actually lose my stuff and then buy it again at this place if I were to actually find it. Wow there is something not right about that lol. Good job.

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      Me too fishtiger. It is one city block, so there would be plenty to rummage through. ;-)

    • fishtiger58 profile image


      11 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Oh how fun, sounds like a huge flea market, I would love to shop there for a day.

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      malnadstudios, I'm not sure who is on their client list, but can see your point as far as their unclaimed cargo is concerned. Seems we are all thinking the same way as far as them not selling online. Auctions would be great!

    • malnadstudios profile image


      11 years ago from Austin

      This is awesome .. I guess some of the online retailers like overstock buy from places like this ...!

      I wonder why dont they have an online auction if they have so many things to sell everyday.

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      Probably so wandererh, I think of all the things people have to leave behind and imagine shoppers at that store are very happy.

      ethel, I was wondering the same thing. Seems they would make much more if they had online sales as well.

      Thank you both for your comments!

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      Ethel Smith 

      11 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It is a pity they do not hold online sales also Jen.

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      David Lim 

      11 years ago from Singapore

      I had a swiss army knife confiscated at the Hong Kong airport some years back. I wonder if it ended up in Alabama. :)

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      LOL, thanks Mickey!

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      Micky Dee 

      11 years ago

      Great hub Jen. Now I know where my stuff is!

    • Jen's Solitude profile imageAUTHOR

      Jen's Solitude 

      11 years ago from Delaware

      Thank you very much!

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      11 years ago from Washington State

      Very informative! Nice hub!


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