Unclaimed Baggage Center

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Unclaimed Baggage Center. Photo © Flickr user dcwriterdawn

What is the Unclaimed Baggage Center:

The Unclaimed Baggage Center is a one-of-a-kind store that buys unclaimed baggage and cargo from airlines and freight ships, and then sells it to consumers at a considerable discount (anywhere from 20-80% off retail). The 40,000 square foot facility is neatly arranged by department, and boasts a wide-range of merchandise. With over 7,000 new items added daily, there's always something new to check out.

Where It's Located:

The Unclaimed Baggage Center is located in Scottsboro, Alabama (about 40 minutes outside of Huntsville).

Here's the address:

509 W. Willow St.
Scottsboro, AL 35768

Visit the Unclaimed Baggage Center Website

Store Hours:

For the Scottsboro Store:

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

Verify the hours before you go: 256-259-1525

What You'll Find:

  • Clothing
  • Electronics (laptops, tablets, cameras, video games)
  • Cameras
  • Sporting Goods
  • Books
  • Housewares
  • Jewelry
  • Eyewear (both sunglasses and prescription glasses)
  • Purses, bags and luggage
  • Tools
  • Artwork
  • Some things you have to see to believe

Download a map of the store's layout, so you can plan your trip. (It's a pdf file, and loads very slowly)

You'll Like the Unclaimed Baggage Center If:

  • You want the latest fashions and gadgets, and are willing to pay half-price for them
  • You enjoy searching stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls for designer labels
  • You enjoy wearing clothing from overseas designers

You May Not Like the Unclaimed Baggage Center If:

  • You're used to paying thrift store or yard sale prices for your belongings
  • You don't like crowds
  • You're not into labels

Tips for a Successful Shopping Trip:

  • Shop on a weekday to avoid the crowds
  • Be sure to visit the Etc. store housed in a separate building (use the door in the men's department to reach it). It contains another 4,000 square feet or merchandise, including the children's, household and tools departments. You'll find new roll-outs and the clearance section there, too.
  • Sign up for the Unclaimed Baggage Center e-newsletter to receive sales alerts
  • Make a pit stop before you go. There are only two stalls each in the men's and women's bathroom, and the lines stay long

Be sure to check out ... 

The Unclaimed Baggage Center Museum. It showcases some of the strange and spectacular things that have turned up in luggage over the years.

In the mood for a bit of pampering? Stop by guest services for a free 90-minute personal shopper session. They'll help you uncover the best stuff at UBC.

And, if you get hungry while you're shopping, there's also a cafe on site.

UBC's Biggest Bargains:

Coats and shoes are the stand-out bargain. You'll find winter coats for as little as $8 and brand new shoes for half their regular retail. This is a great place to get high-end sneakers for low-end sneaker prices.

Cameras are a bargain, too. Prices start at just $25 for a good quality digital camera.

If discounts of 80% off are more your thing, check out their selection of hats, gloves and socks. Accessories seem to get the biggest discount, and there are lots of new-in-package socks to choose from.

My one-and-only find on a recent visit: a wool Columbia ski cap for $2.09, with a retail price of $25