What to Do with Extra Cards

Over the years, I have amassed a rather large collection of handmade cards that have spent too much time sitting in the bins, taking up space. Some were made in classes, some were blog projects, some were from swaps. Most were finished, a few were not.

So I been reorganizing and down-sizing lately, kindof going through a shift in my priorities and these three bins of cards were taunting. I could not throw them out. I could not recycle them. I don't have the patience to see them on ebay or etsy.

So late one night a few weeks before school started, the light bulb went on over my head. (Please note that I don't share this to toot my own horn--just to share an idea that has been a happy accident for me.) Teachers.

I slipped each card into a clear envelope, along with a mailing envelope. I packed up a basket of cards and when school started, placed it in the elementary teacher's lounge at my son's school. A small sign indicates that the cards are free for the taking for teachers and staff members.

The first bundle of a few dozen cards was gone in two days. :) Subsequent baskets of cards have proven that this is an excellent use of those cards that were just sitting in a closet.

It is my hope that our teachers and staff people will use cards to encourage each other and their family members. Sharing sure has lightened my load and made me feel like it's some small but rather useful to do with something that was not getting used. I like that. :)




Fairy Cardmaker said...

Very lovely idea. Glad they are appreciated by the teachers!

Kelly said...

great idea. I bet the staff loved/loves them!

Tracy said...

Great idea to use your extra cards :)

TracieClaiborne said...

Wow!!! What a great idea!! I love it when something I make actually gets used. I am sure they were impressed by how beautiful your cards are!

KnitterPam said...

Great idea! I've bundled cards into sets of 8 and put them into a cute holder to give as teacher gifts. That gets rid of bunches at a time. Also - there is an organization called Operation Write Home that will take non-glittery cards of any type to send to the soldiers. That way the soldiers can send home beautiful handmade cards to their loved ones. It's a really cool program.