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Pawtucket, Rhode Island business restores pinball machines to previous glory

Plus, Unclaimed Baggage sells, well … unclaimed baggage



>> WELCOME TO WHAT JUST MIGHT BE THE COOLEST BASEMENT IN RHODE ISLAND. >> IT’S AN OBSESSION, IT’S MORE THAN A HOBBY, IT’S A LIFESTYLE. WE REALLY DO LOVE THE GAME OF PINBALL. WE WANT TO GET IT OUT THERE. >> JUST BEYOND THE MURAL ON MAIN STREET BEHIND TWO METAL DOORS, THE CLICKETY CLACK OF PINBALL DRAWS YOU IN TO AN ENDLESS GOOD TIME. >> IT’S REAL. YOU WILL NEVER GET THAT SAME GAME TWICE. BUSINESS PARLER — BITTEN — THIS IS PARTNERS JOE, MICHAEL, AND ANNALEE, — EMILY WERE FORCED OUT OF THEIR HOME. >> IT STARTED AS A COLLECTION THAT GREW OVER TIME UNTIL IT OUTGREW THE HOUSE WE WERE IN. X YOU COULDN’T HAVE ONLY PINBALL MACHINES OF THE LIVING ROOM. BUT WE HAD TO. X THAT WAS THEN AND THIS IS NOW. A JOURNEY IN TIME FROM THE 1950’S TO PROTOTYPES FEATURING AUGMENTED REALITY. THERE ARE MORE THAN 70 MACHINES. WITHOUT COUNTING THE MACHINES BEHIND MACHINES AND ALL OF IT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. >> WE ARE NOT IN ARCADE, WE ARE IN INTERACTIVE MUSEUM. >> WE CAN ONLY PLAY THEM ONE AT A TIME, AND IT SEEMED UNFAIR TOWARD THEM. — WE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. >> YOU CAN PLAY ALL DAY. >> FIRST YOU PLUNGE, THEN YOU PLAY. >> A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN FINALLY FINESSE YOUR OWN GAME. X THAT’S CALLED SEALING. YOU WANT TO TIME YOUR FLIPS. ONE AT A TIME. >> MOST OF THESE MACHINES HAD LONG BEEN FORGOTTEN IN BASEMENTS AND ATTICS. >> WE HAVE RECEIVED A COUPLE IN THE MORE YOUNG. I THINK WE’RE IN THE RIGHT PATH. >> THE TEAM SAYS THEY CAN SPEND NEARLY 40 HOURS GIVING AN OLD PINBALL PLAY READY. THE NONPROFIT TO IS THAT PLAYFUL PLUNGE INTO THE CHANGING TECHNOLOGY AND CHANGING TASTE AND FAN FAVORITES. AS FOR ETHAN, HIS NINTH TIME HERE, HE FOUND IT ON HIS ANNIVERSARY TREAT — TRIP. THIS WAS THE BEST THING WE DID ALL WEEK. THIS IS THE BEST THING FOR YOUR BUCK. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF BAGGAGE CLAIM. THAT SOLITARY BAG ONTO MERRY-GO-ROUND BEGGING FOR AN OWNER. ACCORDING TO A 2019 STUDY, 20 8 MILLION BAGS ARE LOST EVERY YEAR. 95% OF THOSE BAGS FIND THEIR WAY HOME. THAT IS OVER ONE MILLION PIECES OF LUGGAGE EVERY YEAR THAT REMAIN UNCLAIMED. WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE LEFT BEHIND? >> AIRLINE STANDARD, INDUSTRY STANDARD IS 90 DAYS. >> THAT’S RIGHT AFTER 90 DAYS, THE AIRLINE CELLS THAT LONELY LUGGAGE. A LOT OF THAT END SUP IN THE SOUTH WEARE THE UNCLAIMED BECOMES THE RECLAIMED. RECYCLED AND IN SOME CASES RESTORED. >> WE ARE ABLE TO PURCHASE THOSE BAGS FROM THE AIRLINE AND SALVAGE. WE SAVE EVERYTHING. >> IN 1970 ALABAMA TRIPPER NOR USED TO BORROW A PICKUP TRUCK TO DRIVE TO D.C. WITH A LOAN, SELLING THE CONTENTS AT WHAT ESSENTIALLY WAS A YARD SALE. IT GAVE WAY TO THE UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE CENTER. LOCATED IN SCOTTSBORO, AND IS ONE OF ALABAMA’S TOP TOURIST LOCATION. >> EVERY SINGLE DAY WE RESTOCK OUR SALES FLOOR WITH UP TO 7000 ITEMS DAILY. >> UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE BUYS THE BAGGAGE IN BULK, WHERE OPENERS GET TO UNZIP INTO THE FUN OF DISCOVERY. >> EVERY BAG HAS A STORY. IF THESE BOX — IF THESE BAGS COULD TALK IT WOULD BE A FUNNY STORY FOR SURE. >> IT CAN ADD UP TO INCREDIBLE FINES. >> ONE REPORTER SAID IT IS THE DIAMOND DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. EVERYTHING FROM THE MOST EXQUISITE ROW LIES — ROLEX, TO THAT BASIC NECKLACE THAT — THAT FASHION PIECE THAT MIGHT SELL FOR TWO OR THREE DIRECTORS — DOLLARS. IT APPEALS TO A LARGE AUDIENCE. >> WAS THE STRANGEST THING YOU HAVE FOUND? >> WE FOUND A LIVE RATTLESNAKE — IN A POCKET OF THE BAG. IT’S AN AMAZING ADVENTURE. >> THAT’S CRAZY. UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE IS ONE OF THE TOP TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA. THE COMPANY ALSO HAS A CHARITABLE ARM CALLED “RECLAIMED FOR GOOD” – FOR EVERY ITEM PURCHASED THEY DONATE AN ITEM TO CHARITY. BACK TO THE PINBALL MUSEUM – THEY TELL US THEY STORE MACHINES FOR OTHER GAMERS. THOSE INDIVIDUALS GET FREE UNLIMITED

Pawtucket, Rhode Island business restores pinball machines to previous glory

Plus, Unclaimed Baggage sells, well … unclaimed baggage

The Electromagnetic Pinball Museum is a nonprofit in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The owners are fierce collectors of the machines that eventually took over their home. You can play pinball all day for just $10.Unclaimed Baggage buys orphaned bags and sells, recycles, or donates the items inside. The brick-and-mortar location is one of the top tourist destinations in Alabama.

The Electromagnetic Pinball Museum is a nonprofit in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The owners are fierce collectors of the machines that eventually took over their home. You can play pinball all day for just $10.

Unclaimed Baggage buys orphaned bags and sells, recycles, or donates the items inside. The brick-and-mortar location is one of the top tourist destinations in Alabama.

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