What ends up in the store?
Once the Unclaimed Baggage Center has its haul of suitcases, pallets, and electronics, workers sift it to see what’s worth selling. About a third gets recycled (to rag factories, for example), a third is donated to charity, and a third goes on shelves. The store stocks about 7,000 items a day: nail clippers, art, Sully masks from Monsters, Inc.
The store differs from a thrift store in that the shelves here are full of things people wanted, not junk they threw away. Items here are things people thought enough of to take with them on vacation, and for one reason or another never made it home. “You might find a wedding dress at a thrift store," spokeswoman Branda Cantrell said, "but you wouldn’t find a Vera Wang wedding dress. And we’ve had several of those.”
Employees also go through Department of Defense protocol to scrub the memories from all the electronics they receive. So you don’t need to worry about some stranger in Alabama buying your MacBook for $300 and getting all your One Direction downloads as an added bonus. Or, ya know, your bank records.