.50% of all checked bags go unclaimed and it just so happens some of that luggage is ski gear.  So where does all that gear go? It goes to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, the only store in America that buys and resells unclaimed baggage from the airline industry.  The store covers more than a city block and is a top tourist destination in Alabama hosting over a million visitors a year from every state and over 40 foreign countries.

Their 35th annual Winter & Ski Sale is coming up this Saturday on November 5th, so if you’re in the South and looking for smoking deals on ski gear you should put it on your calendar:

“It’s that time of the year again to mark your calendars for the BIGGEST day of the year at Unclaimed Baggage Center!  It’s our 35th annual Winter & Ski Sale! Shop from thousands of pieces of our better outwear along with snow ski equipment.  When we tell you it’s our biggest inventory EVER- we aren’t kidding!”

Here is the schedule for November 5th: 

7 am       Doors open to move line inside the store

7a-8a     Fun & Games – you might win a tshirt or a gift card

8 am       Let the shopping begin!

10:30a   Bonus Rollout

6pm        Bonus Rollout

8pm        Store close

Here’s a nice little video from Bloomberg explaining how the business works: 


[images from unclaimed baggage website and facebook]

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