When my parents moved, they had three sets of china, crystal, and silver and stainless. My mom did't want to take any of it, except the silver they got for wedding presents.
We had a hard time giving them away. Seems nobody, at least in the US, wants formal dining wear anymore. Same goes for decorative china and glass.
I didn't think of it then, but I should have offered the silver (plated) tea set to TastyR. Although, he probably has every kind of tea set available, already.