The Unclaimed Baggage Center is a jewel in Scottsboro, Alabama. At about three hours from Nashville, it’s worth the drive for the experience. (And, if you’re a shopper, this is probably the end all and be all of bargain hunting.)
Here’s the story: if you lose a bag while traveling, the airlines spend 90 days trying to reunite you with your bag. In general, they are pretty successful - in fact 99.9% of bags find their owners.
But, when they don’t, the UBC purchases the bags - unopened - and then cleans, sorts, sells, donates, or trashes what they find.
They fill their 40,000 square foot warehouse to the top - and do so much cleaning at their onsite drycleaner that they estimate they do more daily cleaning than a Laundromat does in a year.
What they can’t (or won’t) sell, they donate to local charities.