TODAY | February 18, 2013
>>> back now at 7:43 with the story a lot of travelers can relate to. many of us wait anxiously for our luggage to come off that conveyer belt and sometimes it takes a while. but what if the bag never makes it to you? janet shamlian shows us where it may end up.
>> reporter: it's the size of a football field and stocked with trendy brands and expensive jewelry you would find in a high-end department store . but almost every trinket here was someone else 's treasure. from the dozens of almost new ipads to the pricey headphones. it's all from someone's lost luggage .
>> when people travel, they're going to pack their best things when they go on their trip. some really good things in our store.
>> reporter: most wayward bags are eventually reunited with their owner, some 70,000 are permanently lost each year. then there are the phones, ipods and cameras left on planes with no identification.
>> why don't people put their names on these?
>> reporter: unclaimed baggage center in alabama buys it all by the pound. then sorts it and sells it at a discount. many as 7,000 items are put out every day. some of them, brand new. jeremy mcartie bought this for her husband, for herself, pricey jeans at 80% off.
>> there's all kinds. it's just loaded.
>> reporter: beyond the clothes and electronics --
>> okay, so what?
>> reporter: a trip here is a voinl into the unusual.
>> how did it even come in? was it in a suitcase?
>> it wouldn't seem hard to find the owner of this, a championship belt . would i have a problem getting through security?
>>> owners have settled with the airline. but how could you ever really replace an engagement ring or a wedding gown ? dozens end up here every well.
>> i didn't realize it was a vera wang . it wouldn't surprise me, though, because it's beautiful.
>> reporter: do you need one?
>> no, i don't. if i could fit into a size zero , i might buy it just to say, look, i can get into a size zero vera wang .
>> reporter: janet shamlian , sko scottsboro, alabama.