What to Do With a Lifetime of Greeting Cards

| 4/8/2015 11:27:00 AM

Tags: Scrapbooking, Greeting Cards, Crafts With Greeting Cards, Jewelry, Gift Boxes, Christmas Ornaments, Antique Greeting Cards, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear friends,

With the month of February came the need to sort out a room full of scrapbook supplies, photos, greeting cards, and everything else I’ve neglected the last few years since we’ve become gardeners/farmers. I’ve been working on it for days, weeks, even months by now. I sorted a little here and there, closing the door after each attempt in desperate hope that I would know what to do with more of it at a different time. “Maybe in the morning,” I would say to myself, “I’ll have some inspiration for another pile.” I found it overwhelming, and each time I entered that room I felt depressed and thought, “I hate my life.” Larry would often remind me to tackle it little by little and it would get done. Well, he was right, and I’m just about finished. But, I’m sorry to say that I have three large boxes of photos in which the sorting means just that – I put them all in three large boxes for a future time that may never occur. 

I would like to tell you about one of the more pleasant parts of the task – the greeting cards. Piles of them! Fifty-five years worth! So I asked my Facebook friends for suggestions on what to do with them, and I received some interesting replies. Here they are:

_Toss them so your children won’t have to deal with them. I'm sure they would vote for this one!

_Toss most of them, saving only a few special ones. Obviously, that person hasn’t been around long enough to know just how many are special! Just wait until his children, yes HIS children, grow up and write sweet things in all his Father’s Day and birthday cards!

_Use them to make jewelry, gift boxes, Christmas ornaments, or other crafts. The web is full of ideas. I’m not exactly crafty, but that sounds like fun. The problem might be that crafts usually require bringing in even more stuff to take up space.

4/14/2015 8:29:08 AM

Mary, I'm keeping every card, letter, or scrap of encouraging messages that I can. It's my memory to my kids when they have to clean it up. :-) My mother started it. She had a room full of penpal letters from over 100 penpals since she was 16 years old. They were all organized and filed away in boxes from all those penpals for 53 years. I can't imagine all the journaling history of our family life that got tossed out when she died. My sister tried her best to sort through the massive amount of letters and send them back to those that had written them over the years but it was just too much and most were just tossed out. So yeah, I blame it on my Mom for starting the hoarding of snail mail communications. :0) ***** Have a great day of card sorting.

4/8/2015 7:41:56 PM

Love this post! Love your storytelling throughout as you sort through everything physically and emotionally. Love all the fun pictures (especially that meaningful handwritten orange note). And love all the ideas of what to do with old cards and notes. I'm realizing I've accumulated a little pile of my own that I don't want to get out of hand. I'll have to save a few so my future grandkids can look at them and say, "Wow, that's an old, antique card! Is that really what they sent back then? Now we use telepathic devises to communicate!" =) I hope not, because there's just nothing like receiving a thoughtful, handwritten note in the mail.

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