Local Spotlight: Unclaimed Baggage Center

unclaimed baggage center

When you travel, you need your supplies! Suitcases filled with clothes, toiletries, and even souvenirs go from airport to airport each and every day. Sometimes, though, their owners don’t bring them home! So, where exactly can they go? Well, for many, the answer is the Unclaimed Baggage Center. This intriguing Alabama treasure has been the next stop for baggage from all over the country—and now, you can visit it too!

What is the Unclaimed Baggage Center?

The seed for the Unclaimed Baggage Center was sown all the way back in 1970. Doyle Owens started off buying $300 of unclaimed luggage, which he sold at a profit. Soon, he and his family turned lost baggage into their newfound business. It found its home in Scottsboro, Alabama, growing and growing as the years passed. Airports even specifically send their unclaimed luggage to the Center!

What can I do at the Unclaimed Baggage Center?

There are several reasons why people travel near and far to see the Unclaimed Baggage Center! You can:

  • Explore 40,000 square feet and multiple stories of unclaimed baggage;
  • Buy electronics, fashion, toys, and more;
  • Learn about how the Center processes items at the daily Baggage Experience;
  • Dine and drink at the Cups Café;
  • Attend seasonal events, such as the recent Dec. 14 Sweet Home Christmas celebration.

Visiting Details

You could be one of the million visitors who check out the Unclaimed Baggage Center each year. Located at 509 West Willow St. in Scottsboro, it’s open six days a week. You can visit Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Luggage has come a long way to arrive at the Unclaimed Baggage Center. When you explore this fascinating destination, you can find all kinds of desirable items to take on their final trip: to your home!

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