SCOTSBORO, Ala. -- Shelia Carroll has never bought a designer handbag.
But at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scotsboro, Ala., she has hundreds to choose from.
"How could they just leave it? Not notice it's gone?"
All the way from Lake City, Fla., Carroll spent a few hours getting the goods.
"We found all kinds of stuff! We bought some jackets, and I had to get my grandbaby something!"
A little more than eight hours by car from Jacksonville, the Unclaimed Baggage Center purchases bags the airlines can't reunite with their owners while traveling, and then sells what's inside at a deep discount.
"Who would've thought! Whoever came up with this idea hit a jackpot."
The store opened in the 1970's, when a man from Alabama bought some airline bags that had been lost.
In the past 40 years, the store has surged in popularity, selling everything they found from a full suit of armor, to a $23,000 dollar emerald.
"It's not a matter of if we're going to receive it but when," said spokeswoman Brenda Cantrell
Cantrell said things you can find inside the facility are almost unbelievable.
The store has a jewelry counter with hundreds of diamonds.
Their formal room has a Vera Wang wedding dress for 75% off.
Dozens of laptops and iPads are for sale in nearly new condition.
So it makes you wonder: does anyone ever come to get their stuff back?
Cantrell said it's only happened once.
"He bought his wife's ski boots back for $45 and she got her favorite ski boots back, and it was just a great story!"
The center sees thousands of visitors each year from across the United States and internationally.
"People come here for a sense of adventure. Whether they're a first time shopper from your neck of the woods, or from Scotsboro and they come here every day."
Some of their best customers are right in their own backyard.
"On Tuesdays and Wednesdays they roll out new merchandise, and you don't have to go through all the racks that I looked at a week ago," said Dana Hampton.
Hampton brings her family to the center every few days, just to make sure they're not missing anything.
"You find stuff that you're like, WOW where did this come from?"
The center unpacks almost 25 million bags each year, but they say the airlines are successful in reuniting bags with their owners 99.9 percent of the time.
In cases of the more expensive items, Cantrell said the owners will take the insurance money instead of trying to find their stuff.
But that just gives other people the chance to own the well traveled goods.
"You wonder, WHY would people travel with that?"
Carroll wants some of that good stuff to travel back to the Jacksonville area with her.
She's even looking for a little taste of home.
"Jaguar colors, ha ha!"
First Coast News