Unclaimed Baggage Center is a retail store located in Scottsboro, Ala. The store, which started about 40 years ago, purchases unclaimed bags and cargo and resells the items. The airlines make every effort to return luggage and most bags that end up in Scottsboro have no identification and no clues of the owner. The bags don't arrive at the center until three to four months after the travel date.
Lucas and Stewart Devries, from Scottsboro, Ala., stopped by UBC to make a video for their church group but couldn't help checking out what new sneakers had come in.
Terry Meadows shops for a portable DVD player. UBC adds 7,000 items to its shelves each day, and over 1 million customers visit the 50,000-square-foot store each year.
Moving clockwise, Christy Hoekenschnieder, 54 (back to camera), Mary Jean Moody, 22, Blair Hoekenschneider, 25, and Raily Parker, 27 (with her newborn daughter Mary Parker), take a lunch break at UBC.
"I grew up shopping here," said event planner Miles Lyndsey, who drove three hours from Atlanta to look for a wedding dress for one of her clients. "Some of the same people still work here, only their prices have changed," she said. Lyndsey checks eBay on her iPhone for the price of a bag she found in the store. It's not a great deal this time, but she recently found a pair of Chanel shoes for $30 that she later sold online for $400.
A bride-to-be could find an outfit for her big day at UBC, such as this St. Tropez wedding dress selling for $140 ...
... These Jimmy Choo high-heeled shoes, selling for just over $100 ...
... And this 18-karat gold ring with a diamond ($15,000.99), offered in a set with a gold and diamond pendant ($12,500.99) on a 14-karat gold necklace ($528.99).
Pat West, 66, and Bonnie Seaburn, 68, browse for a cell phone case. UBC "purchases unclaimed baggage and cargo by the truckload," according to the store's website.
Jerry Herly from Hollywood, Ala., shops around for books. UBC stocks "more than 7,000 new and pre-owned items daily," according to its website, "stocked in easy-to-prowl departments."
"We come here like every day. There's not much to do in Scottsboro, so we come here if we're not at McDonald's," said high schooler Colin Lott, who tries on a green jacket while his friend Tyler Winiger takes pictures of him for Facebook.
Brenda Cantrell, the director of marketing at UBC, shows off one of the more unusual items found at the store -- a stuffed Canada goose.
No, the goose isn't for sale.
Linda Mckee from Huntsville, Ala., shops at UBC once a month. This trip, she found a cell phone charger for $2.06 -- the charger would have cost $30 at a cell phone store. McKee also ended up buying a jacket and pants, among other things.
A customer browses UBC's collection of winter coats. The store was founded in 1970 by Doyle and Sue Owens as a part-time business, but "soon became a full-time venture," the store's website says.
Often left behind on planes, iPods are abundant at UBC. Prices differ depending on models.
American-flag underpants will set a patriotic UBC customer back about 99 cents.
It's not just clothes, electronics and books for sale at Unclaimed Baggage Center -- there's sports memorabilia, too. This jersey, autographed by Magic Johnson, sells for $225.99.
Not everything at UBC is up for grabs. A few items not for sale include this New York City conductor hat ...
... This handmade dagger ...
... And these giant moose antlers. Unclaimed Baggage Center is located in Scottsboro, Ala., and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and is closed Sundays.