My grandma recently mentioned her life long neighborhood friend just moved into my grandparents assisted living home. Of course my grandma was thrilled to have an old neighbor join her in her new senior’s home. I was happy for my grandma and did remember the woman I used to visit with my grandma when I was a child. Then my grandma continued on and said she had something for me. She pulled out a greeting card. It was worn and yellowed, and my grandma said, “Amber, look at the date”. It read March 9th, 1985 and only it took only $.22 to mail it back then. I had just turned 5 years old when that card was mailed. I opened the card and found it was a thank you letter I had written as a child to thank my grandma’s friend for giving me a stuffed dog. How funny! What surprised me even more was that this woman had kept it all these years and passed it back to my grandma to show me!
There’s something about greeting cards, which makes people want to keep them. Every one of my client struggles to decide to pitch or keep them . I think it reminds us that we were(are) special to someone. It makes us feel important, that they thought of us and finally, who doesn’t love reading greeting cards. I love going into Hallmarks.
Here’s what I do with mine old greeting cards:
- I only keep the EXTRA special cards where someone has written something VERY meaningful inside
- or cards my husband has given me
- I cut up Christmas card to use as gift tags the following year- so that takes care of Christmas cards.
Those are my handy rules. What are yours?