When I was making my Steam Punk postcards for the trade at http://www.postmarkdart.com/ I spent a lot of time searching for the parts, trinkets, images, etc, that I wanted to use.
I went to thrift stores looking for medical books about the heart to take apart so I could use the pages, I looked for gadgets that I could take apart...and some cheesy quilting related item for a gift exchange with Cave Women.
The results weren't very good. But I had fun looking at everything and found some other things I didn't want to live without. Like a brand new, still sealed, set of paint pens.
Last week I stopped at one of the same thrift stores and I found a medical book exclusively about the heart with lots of images, wind-up clocks to take apart for parts and a cheesy little metal sewing machine that was a pencil sharpener.
Apparently God and the universe heard my wishes but they had more important things to do and I was near the bottom of the list. Which, of course, is right where those types of wishes should be.