This Vintage Sports Bedroom is Where it All Began...

I did an interview back in December with Sarah from Girl Grows Up and one of the questions she asked was "When did you start thrifting?" The answer, in three words, "decorating this room." 

The answer in two hundred words: 

In the summer of 2011 we were moving our then 2.5 year old from the baby room to his own “big boy” room. Baby #2 was on the way so I wanted him to have a really special room that was all about him and his love of sports. I wanted it to be something he could grow with — something classy and sophisticated. Envision old black and white photos, leather and brass accents, hardbound books, hunter green and burgundy fabrics — basically a cigar lounge at a country club.
Thankfully that vision didn’t pan out! He’s a 2-year-old not an 85-year-old, retired executive! The game changer: a $4 pair of old, well-worn, boxing gloves that I discovered at a garage sale on Cleveland’s east side. Vintage sports became the new theme and it just snowballed from there…
I started finding vintage golf clubs, skis, tennis rackets, baseball bats, and sports pennants. I became obsessed with finding these little pieces of history to include in his room. The thrill of the hunt and the adrenaline rush of “the find” had me coming back for more… weekend, after weekend. Creating that special room, and loving the result, is what started my passion for buying second-hand.
3 years ago when C saw his new room for the first time. 

If you're on Pinterest (and c'mon, who isn't!?) you may have seen this picture of the Ball mason jar filled with baseballs. I uploaded it directly to Pinterest a few years ago because I didn't have a blog at the time. Since then it's been repinned 4,155 times!! Unfortunately anyone who clicked on it to see more pictures was just taken to my old Flickr account. Now, three years and a blog later, I've got wayyyy more photos and all the thrifty details to share! 


The dresser area is my favorite section of the room because of the HUGE Ball Mason jar. I bought it at a garage sale for $3! THREE DOLLARS! I've never seen another one like it so I've considered submitting it to Country Living Magazine's "How Much is it Worth" appraisal team, but if any of you know a thing or two about it, please share in the comments! 

Thankfully we live next door to a baseball coach and he was able to provide us with an endless supply of old-looking baseballs for filling the jar.

We searched Craigslist for a used white dresser but everything was either too big or too girly. I really wanted everything in this room to be thrifted, but I was 8 months pregnant, time was running out, and my nesting was in overdrive so we splurged and bought the Ikea Hemnes dresser for $229. 

Dresser Area - Thrifty Details
Hemnes Dresser | Ikea | $229
5 Gallon Ball Mason Jar | Garage Sale | $3
Old Baseballs | Neighbor | FREE
Metal "5" Sign | Garage Sale | $5
Kids Red Converse All Star Shoes | Community Rummage Sale | $1
Vintage Flash Cards (turned into garland) | Garage Sale | $1
Vintage Baseball Bat | $1
Wire Basket | Home Goods | $7ish
Vintage Deluxe Children Classic Books | $1-$3 each
Cast Iron Race Car with Driver | Garage Sale | $3
Red & White Striped Rug | Ikea | $2.99
Vintage Red Metal Stool | The Sampler in Hudson | $20
Vintage Baseball Mitt | Garage Sale | $2


Hanging on the wall are the $4 vintage boxing gloves that started my obsession with thrifting. They are also probably the most germ-infested thing in the entire room. I am hoping I doused those in Lysol at some point...

The vintage pennants have become one of my favorite things to hunt for and collect. The Ohio State pennant (my alma mater) was found at an estate sale for $1! Even though we have more than enough pennants, I still find myself buying them at sales. I guess once you start collecting something it's hard to stop... which is probably why I have a 10 gallon Rubbermaid tub full of trolls in my attic! Do you have any items that you always buy when you're out thrifting?

Bed Corner - Thrifty Details
Headboard (spray painted white) | Garage Sale | $10
Square, Ralph Lauren Pillows | HomeGoods Clearance | $12ish
Long Striped Pillow | Macy's Clearance | $10ish
Brown Plaid Blanket | Estate Sale | $4
Vintage Wooden Skis | Garage Sale | $2
Vintage Golf Club Covers | Garage Sale | $1
Wooden Golf Club | Garage Sale | $1
Vintage Baseball Mitt | Garage Sale | $2
Vintage Boxing Gloves | Garage Sale | $4
Vintage Tennis Rackets | Garage Sales | $1 ea.
Pennants | Garage Sales, Estate Sales, Antique Stores | $1-$5 ea.
Baseball Mitt Lamp | HomeGoods | Gift
Red Vintage Books | Thrift Store | $0.50 ea.
White Hemnes Nightstand | Ikea | $69.99
Little Lyon Guitar | Garage Sale | $3
Green Wooden Bench (w/ added distressing) | Garage Sale | $10
Wire Crate | Garage Sale | $1


One thing I love about buying second-hand is that there's always a story that goes along with each item. This wicker chair for instance was found at my very last stop of a neighborhood garage sale. I only had $25 left and the cute, older couple was asking $50 for it. The couple was so sweet and kindly accepted my offer of $25. I think they may have felt bad for me being 8 months pregnant in the middle of the summer! On top of the discount, the wife even gifted me a few bars of her handmade all-natural soap that she was selling. What good people! This is no longer just The Wicker Chair, it's The Good People Soap Chair. 

Sitting Corner - Thrifty Details
Wicker Chair | Garage Sale | $25
Red Cushion | Pier One Imports (Clearance)
Red Ralph Lauren Ticking Stripe Pillow | HomeGoods | $19
Plaid Blanket | Thrift Store | $3
Globe | Kiwanis Club Garage Sale | $4
Wooden Cola Crates | Garage Sales | $5 - $10 ea.
Vintage Looking Baseball, Football and Basketball | Hobby Lobby
Vintage Buddy L Green & Yellow Dump Truck | Givits | $1
Vintage Bingo Card | Antique Store | $0.50
Red Lantern | Thrift Store | $3
Kids Black Converse All Star Shoes | Community Rummage Sale | $1
Pennants | Garage Sales and Gifts
Handy Andy Tool Box | The Sampler in Hudson | $7ish


These hallway pictures may look familiar. They were from my first ever Thrift Challenge project when Dina challenged me to make DIY Silhouettes. To learn how I made them, click here.

Hallway - Thrifty Details
Pennants | Garage Sales | $1-$5 ea.
Football Plate (Pottery Barn) | Garage Sale | $2
Green Letter C | Gift
Green Letter N | Garage Sale 
White Picture Frames | Goodwill | $2 ea.
Silhouettes | Made from thrifted book pages
Fabric Bunting | Made from scrap fabric
Number and Shape Bunting | Made from felt game pieces | $1
Normal Rockwell Sport Illustrations | Cut from a Norman Rockwell Book | $1
Clipboard & Vintage Flash Card | Garage Sales | $.50


The Bed Corner is now under construction! Baby #3 is due at the end of July (hopefully sooner!), which means the crib and nursery needed to be vacated stat. Thus, these two are now bunk mates! 

I'll share more about our long and frustrating bunk bed search in another post. But for now I am just happy the beds are here, that the boys are loving them, and that there was no arguing over who got the top bunk (N didn't have a fighting chance!)

And THAT was a LOT of photos and details! Thanks for sticking it through :) Share your thoughts in the comments! Would love to hear what kind of stuff you collect while out thrifting. Oh, and don't forget, let me know if you have any info on that HUGE Ball Mason Jar. I am really hoping it's a valuable, highly sought after, one of a kind antique :)  And if not, well, my dreams will be crushed and it will remain as a big ol' jar of baseballs on my kid's dresser.

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  1. I love it! I also love pennants and my favorite all-time find of those is when I found my alma mater (University of Kansas) here in Norman - University of Oklahoma............Jayhawks and Sooners don't mix, much. :) I alway buy graphic glasses. It's a sickness I guess but clear glasses with bright colored picture of flowers, birds, or cartoon characters always get my attention!!

    1. Kelli, it's a good thing we don't live near each other or I'd start buying these for you every time I saw them!!

  2. Though it was a lot of photos, I found myself wanting more. Is it strange that I kind of want to wander around your house and see all these amazing finds first hand? I fuzzy heart LOVE all the details you thrifted to make that adorable room. Each item so thoughtfully (and frugally) collected and then arranged so perfectly. If I had a little boy, I would recreate this room exactly.

    I know you are busy, growing a baby and raising a family but come and help me tweak Grace's room...pretty please :)

    1. Ok, so I might be REALLY hormonally emotional right now, but this comment brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for such a thoughtful comment, Amy! It really made my day!

  3. Katie!! These photos are amazing!! The room is SO adorable...I would like to sleep there! Cannot wait to see how it transforms to fit a family of FIVE!! xxoo

    1. Stace - your kids have bunk beds right? They are AWESOME! I kinda want Dan and I to get some :) I'd call dibs on top bunk!!

  4. You have a treasure of collections in that room! Great job, I bet the kids just love it. Outstanding photos and whooohooo to 4K pins!

    1. At some point I need to STOP buying more stuff for this room! Lol!

  5. Baby Connor!!! Love this post.

    1. I know!!!! I cried a little inside when I found those pics.

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  7. Adorable! So many sweet details :)

  8. Love the jar! And, the baseballs! laura

    1. Thanks Laura!! I tend to get tired of some of my home decorations after a year or two but I dont think I'll ever tire of that jar!!

  9. This room is beautiful! Love everything about ti and I'm sure your boys do too! I have also never seen another mason jar like that one, very cool!

    1. Thanks Justine! The boys are SMITTEN with their new bunk beds!

  10. There is just something so fabulous about a boys' room decorated in vintage! I love the jar all filled up with baseballs also - you really found a great deal. Jane

    1. Thanks Jane! I am excited to see how the room evolves as they group up. But I think that jar of baseballs will ALWAYS remain!

  11. Love that jar! The room looks so cute you guys did a great job! Jennifer

  12. It's also a fun place to hang out on Saturday nights! Is it always so clean?

    1. It's the PARTY room!! And of course its not always that clean. You should have seen the hallway once I cleared out all the dirty laundry, school art projects and 70 million stuffed animals. Grrrr. We want to get rid of the stuffed animals but then Dan thinks of the Toy Story characters and feels bad, LOL!

  13. wow, I absolutely loves these rooms. Using vintage sports items is such a wonderful touch. Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. ♥

  14. I totally love this! Pinned. We will be featuring this at our Monday night party! Woo Hoo! Thanks for being a part of our party. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Thanks Kimberly and the Lou Lou Girls!! So honored to be featured :)

  15. super super cute!!! pinned a bunch .

    1. Thanks for the comment Christine. And double thanks for pinning!!

  16. What a great room! I love the baseballs in the vase prob my favorite thing! I just adore vintage for kids bedrooms. I'm in the middle of still fixing up my kids rooms and I always have to add that vintage flare in there.

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

    1. Thanks for the comment Deb! Our baby room is nautical themed. I'm over it, but just haven't had the energy to change it. I've slowly been adding some of my vntage treasures in there (a cast iron tractor, vintage cowboy boots, vintage flash cards), and it's slowly taking on a new theme.

  17. Hello,I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuatio jump game

  18. I absolutely love everything you did with this room!! How did you mount the bat onto the wall?

    1. Hi Kayla. "I" didn't do anything (LOL), but my dad used two of these L shaped hooks, one at the top underneath the lip, and then one at the bottom that we just balanced it on. Does that make any sense?? Here's a link to some similar hooks:

  19. How did you hang your baseball bat on the wall?

    1. Hi! See the response above this one for a link to the hooks.

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  21. Forgive me if you've already stated this but could you tell me the name of the wall color and did you paint his bureau? If so what color is that as well. Thank you!

  22. Love this room. I am doing something similar. I wanted to know how you hung the baseball bat please. It is exactly what I want above the dresser. Thank you! , Alani

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