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For Sale: Your Lost Luggage

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Women's accessories are among the 7,000 items the Unclaimed Baggage Center receives daily. (Courtesy of the Unclaimed Baggage Center)

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The 40,000-sq.-ft. Unclaimed Baggage Center resembles a major department store, with the unusual addition of this concierge desk, whose clocks are set to time zones around the globe. (Courtesy of the Unclaimed Baggage Center)

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Even the mannequins used to model these jackets and sewing accoutrements were unclaimed cargo. (Courtesy of the Unclaimed Baggage Center)

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About 60 percent of the Unclaimed Baggage Center's merchandise is clothing, yet the store also receives unexpected items such as this set of oversized teeth. (Courtesy of the Unclaimed Baggage Center)

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The Unclaimed Baggage Center is the biggest tourism destination in Scottsboro, Ala., and receives nearly one million visitors annually. (Courtesy of the Unclaimed Baggage Center)

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The Unclaimed Baggage Center has a small museum highlighting some of its most unusual and valuable items. (Courtesy of the Unclaimed Baggage Center)

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The Unclaimed Baggage Center has a very quick turnover, and the selection changes throughout the day. (Courtesy of the Unclaimed Baggage Center)

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Air travel is plagued by delays, tedious security procedures and confusing carry-on restrictions. As more items are confiscated and a record number of bags go missing, a traveler’s loss is increasingly a bargain hunter’s gain.


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