Ever wonder what happens to items that are lost at an airport but never claimed? You might assume that the cleaners have thousands of sunglasses and random car keys, but they do not. Instead, all lost and found items are put into a common pool and periodically auctioned off.
Brisbane Airport’s unclaimed items auction runs from November 22-29, 2017. If you’d like to have a look at what ends up in this pool (and possibly make a bid), head to Pickles Online. Note that fees apply to winning bids, so be sure to take that into consideration when placing a bid. If you’d like to check out the goods, you can drop into the Pickles Archerfield branch at 400 Beatty Road, Archerfield, QLD 4108. Viewing is only available on Saturday 25 November from 9am to 12pm.
What’s up for grabs?
A quick look at the listing suggests that practically anything can end up in lost and found. Laptops, jewellery, child seats, strollers, phones, watches and even guitars. It almost goes without saying that sunglasses feature strongly – you buy them in assorted bags, not individually. Also listed are suitcases complete with their contents, a sort of lucky dip for the brave. In amongst this assortment of lost objects there are bound to be gems (quite possibly in the literal sense), so why not have a punt?
Just a friendly note: hands off the 8ft blow up swimming pool… that’s ours!