I keep them all. They all bring back memories. I don't really go through them all that often, but I do keep them stored away in a few different boxes just incase I ever feel the need to go through them. I'm glad I have kept them though, they are some of my most prized possessions from people in my life who have passed.
I'll keep a card for probably about a month after my birthday before I'll throw it away. I'd say that almost all of the cards that I've ever gotten have all had just a name inside them. No special messages besides cash, so I never saw any reason to keep them. I'll hold on to some weird stuff sometimes, but cards really never grabbed my interest.
Cards to me, are a waste of money sometimes...I did say sometimes.
I really don't like paying $3.00 for a child's birthday card when the child just rips it open to see if there's money in it anyway *ha*
I do however, send out quite a bit of cards, and I save the special ones that my children gave to me, my grandbabies make for me, and some my Mother gave to me.
I plan on making a large shadow box type of art, to display the prettiest ones.
I would like to share a wonderful card story....I always sent my Mother cards for her birthday, Mother's Day, Valentine's, Grandparents Day, you name it, I got Mother a card.
When I lost her, and we were going thru her things, I found all the cards I had been sending her...some were dated as far back as the 1980s.
She had kept practically every card I ever sent her, she is sentimental like me.
I even found gift wrapping from some of the gifts I had gotten her years before ~LoL~
Anyway, the stacks of cards must have reached 12 inches high or more.
I could never have felt more loved