Don't give them away! They are your family's heritage. Give them to family members or just save them for future generations. When my grandma died she had a chest filled with the same sort of things. All of my relatives fought over the jewelry, I wanted the chest filled with the real treasures - things my grandma and great grandma made. I remember asking my aunt if I could have some of the doilies and embroidered sheets, etc. She said take them all, she was going to throw them away ! I have some of the things around my home, some are stored in a box. I will leave them for my children. They are the true inheritance of our heritage. The Christmas before my grandma passed, she took me aside and gave me a gold necklace and a cameo that were her mother's. Her mother brought them from Italy when they immigrated. There was no huge monetary value to either. But this is what she said: "I want you to have these, you are the only one in the family who appreciates their true value and you will treasure them". It still brings tears to my eyes. Anecdotal story: I took the necklace to a jeweler to get it appraised. It is 18 KT gold but hollow. He said the gold weight was not significant. But, even if I wanted him to buy it for scrap, he would not. He said the workmanship was exquisite and you just don't see things like it anymore. It made me proud for some reason.