Every year our church has a Harvest Festival, which includes a chili cook-off, entertainment, trunk-or-treat, and costumes! I love costumes and thought this year it would be fun to dress in a steampunk style and decorate the "trunk" of our van to match. In case you don't know what steampunk is, here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
So basically, I like to think of steampunk as Victorian Sci-fi, i.e. really fun costumes! Of course a trip to the thrift store was in order. As luck would have it, I discovered a local thrift store had already gathered steampunk inspired clothing and decorations and made a whole display from them. Plus, it was half off women's clothing that day, so I got my jacket, black velveteen vest, and crushed velvet skirt all for $7!
I found a lace skirt at another thrift store. Add that to the hat, belt, jewelry, boots, and victorian blouse I already had and I was well on my to completing my costume.