I don't know if it's just me or if I never noticed them before, but it seems just about every decor store sells lanterns that look old and worn. I personally think they look really cool and I have found a lot of them that are priced to sell. right now I own about 6 or 7 or them around the house.
They look kind of like these:
(You can find these online at amazon.com or at Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, or Rod Works. Pretty much everywhere.)
I'll see if I can take some pictures of the actual ones I own and put them on photobucket so I can insert the image url here.
I also bought a few gas lights at a garage sell a few weeks back that look incredibly old and cool. I bought one that looks kind of like this.
I make this thread in hope that some of you have some cool ideas of what I can do to sup these up and make them look more steampunkish. I want to put some gadgets or lights in them or something and make them display pieces or center pieces in my apartment. I know a lot of you are incredibly talented and creative, so please, do share your thoughts and ideas.
I'll post pictures for sure of what I end up doing with them.