One of the beautiful properties of Diesel Punk in my humble opinion is the resourcefulness of the craft! You can take something as simple as a wooden cable spool, and with a little elbow grease and creativity craft a beautiful shelved table with a lamp post in the middle. However, I am finding it increasingly harder to find these beautiful gems with glowing potential.
I'm still a middleroot in the Diesel Punk lifestyle I confess. I long to create some vintage style post apocalyptic doomsday recycled furniture for my simplistic yet not so savvy man cave. I envision walking into a dimly lit room, wiring my VIN-E (VoIP& Internet Network Electronic.... Glorified modified android. Thanks Fallout for the inspiration!), to a classy looking radio, Set my hunting gear on the table (Modified slingshot converted into a small bow& arrow, and sling rifle, I'll upload some pics soon!), undo the steeltoes and sit back and listen to the smooth jazzy tones of Django in a well decorated den that is appreciated by only the most seasoned explorer&hunters.
So I figure I'll go to the snazziest buncha folks I know! I am in need of the not so savvy suppliers of odd bits and bobs for my devious creations! Any Crafters out there with some supply lines?
My long-running plans to convert the basement from "storage" to a China Clipper themed bar/rumpus room are continuously shelved due to more immediately pressing problems, so I feel your pain.
I'd advise searching thrft stores and antique malls or E-bay for old furnature or electronics you can repurpose and old signs and nicknacks to hang up. For example, my father-in-law has the wooden case for an old 20's vintage tube radio I want to repurpose into an MP3 player/iPod dock. The same F-i-L gave me an art deco "Tahiti" restaraunt sign (heavy wood) I plan to laquer or glass over as a bar top (it's far too heavy to hang up!). But alas such things are on my semipermanent to do list...
Most of the time, It depends on your budget and your level of skill in fabricating things. If you have an actual junk yard nearby, it's surprising what you can repurpose from old cars. The grill from an old car can cover a large area and make a real statement depending on how you work it into the decor of the room.