If you think Alabama is the last place to stock up on cold-weather essentials, you better think again.

By Meghan Overdeep
October 29, 2018
Unclaimed Baggage Center Winter Sale
Credit: Facebook/Unclaimed Baggage Center

Another year, another holiday miracle in the happiest place on earth: the annual Winter and Ski Event at Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.

We know, Alabama is hardly the first place that comes to mind when you think of stocking up on winter essentials, but that's about to change.

The Unclaimed Baggage Center's 37th annual Winter and Ski Event is a bargain hunter's dream—knowing how to ski is just a bonus. Every year, the center offers crazy discounts (20% to 80% off retail prices) on unclaimed skis, snowboards, helmets, winter jackets, etc., and it all kicks off this weekend. Savvy shoppers can scoop up name-brand apparel from, Arcteryx, Columbia, Marmot, Nordica, Patagonia, The North Face and more.

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The extravaganza is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. this Saturday, November 3rd, though many devoted shoppers begin lining up the night before.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this magical shopping mecca, pull up a chair. Unclaimed Baggage Center is the only store in the United States that buys unclaimed luggage and bags from airlines and then cleans, appraises, and resells their contents to the public. This 40,000-square-foot store—the size of a city block— in Northern Alabama, buys the 1% of lost luggage that never gets reunited with its owners. It's basically the happiest place on earth.

Happy shopping, y'all!