I just returned home from a little trip I took with my sister. We went to Chattanooga, TN, and then ended up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. This was a general all-purpose vintage shopping trip, but we managed to throw in a bit of scenic splendor. This is a view of “Lover’s Leap” at Rock City. Rock City is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the country, opening in 1932. It has a very interesting history that you might want to read about on their website.
We didn’t go in, because we had too many other things to do, but we did take the ride up Lookout Mountain for old time’s sake. Our parents had taken us there around 1966 or 67. My sister was pretty young, so she only remembers a little about the trip, but I was 11 or 12, and to me it is one of the highlights of my childhood.
The birdhouse symbolizes the 100s of barn roofs around the South and MidWest that were painted to advertise Rock City. Some of them still exist. And below is the original ticket house, constructed in 1930, And yes, that is a rare sighting of me!
The Unclaimed Baggage Center is an outfit in Alabama that buys all the lost bags and their contents from the airlines after 6 months goes by and the owners cannot be located. It was pretty amazing some of the stuff they had for sale. There was everything from a 2008 Dior gown (Originally $5670, they had it for $250!) to bottles of partially used shampoo. I actually found a pair of great Kedettes, circa 1966. They looked to be practically unworn.
If this had been our only hope at shopping, I’d have been pretty disappointed. I spent a grand total of $10.71 there. But the town also had quite a few nice antique stores and we managed to pick up the slack! And we stopped at every antique and shop we could on the way home. My favorite place? Sweetwater, Tennessee.
I’d been to Sweetwater before, so I knew how great it is. There are three antique malls, and several more smaller stores. Here is a shot of one:
And on the top floor of that building is this wonderful room:
I could just picture that fab space converted into a modern home. Loft living in the little town! And in closing, I did manage to make a new friend…