The steampunk culture has come to develop an environmentally friendly bent. Because steampunks revel in the idea of making the old new again, they often recycle and reuse items. Steampunk fashion designers and modders scour thrift stores and flea markets for vintage items to reuse and remake. Jewelry designers search flea markets and antique stores for knick knacks to make into new centerpieces for their designs. Generally speaking, the creative minds of the steampunk world much prefer the gritty, antique objects found in dusty attics to shiny, new things found in department stores or ordered via Internet.
Images from the following Etsy shops
Victorian style dress RomanyRapture
Steampunk gloves DoveGlove
Steampunk mini hat LittleLadyAccessory
Hand painted shoes LoveMirandaMarie
Cat art print GoGoBookart
Pendant and earrings GunaDesign