Where to find salvagable materials (working or non-working) when there are no salvage yards?
Short version first--what common places or facilities should I check for cool parts for stuff?
To add detail, I am new here but routinely follow this site now and especially the Steampunk category, though this applies to any made thing that has extra things to "look cool". Ok so if I want old parts or things to represent or look like old or other things, I would think to check at a scrapyard, salvage center, flea market and Ebay. My problem is that in my region, there seem to be no salvage yards, only recycling centers that buy specific junk. Ebay gets expensive and is specific enough to not have any wholesale or discount by volume situation. I live near the state capital so our flea market is as good as I will get and it hasn't been useful yet.
I have read instructables a number of times in which the author writes something like, "I was lucky to find this piece at a local junkyard" or something like that. Am I missing good options to find old or "junk" parts that have junk prices?