Buying from baggage

Posted on Mar 01 2021 in From the Editor
Emily with luggage

Shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. And finding unusual things to buy from unusual places is especially enticing to a shopaholic like me.

That’s why I was so excited to learn about the Unclaimed Baggage Store which, just like its no-nonsense name suggests, sells all kinds of items that were lost in transit or never made the trip back to their original owners. This store not only exists as a brick-and-mortar shopping mecca in Alabama but as an online presence at 

Over the last 50 years, the Unclaimed Baggage Store has uncovered an array of unusual finds including a bear pelt packed in salt, a camera from a space shuttle, an Egyptian burial mask, a live rattlesnake and a shrunken head. Sadly, those curiosities are no longer available.

However, the loot that I recently found online included some unusual items that have me wondering why stuff like this was being transported in someone’s luggage in the first place.

A steering wheel (which is being sold for just $29.99)

An adult size Sleeping Beauty-style dress

A 12-pack of toilet paper rolls (I guess you can never be too prepared.)

A Hoover vacuum 

A wedding cake topper

Pre-owned (but, hopefully, not pre-worn) chicken diapers (not chicken-patterned but for chickens!)

If you, like me, enjoy the thrill of the hunt or if you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life — and you don’t have a problem with pre-owned stuff — you might want to check out the Unclaimed Baggage Store. But beware of any future shrunken heads or rattlesnakes!

EMILY SCHILLING is editor of Indiana Connection