When my mother moved to assisted living, her sister & my brothers "went through" everything before they let me know!
Not realizing that the locusts had stripped everything, I borrowed a friend's pick-up truck & went to my mother's house, only to find that what was left was trash & whateveritems no one else had wanted.
I sorted some things into groups & called my aunt to come over.
I showed her the Bibles & textbooks that had been dumped in a box of trash;
lo & behold, they were family Bibles & my grandmother's (my mother's & aunt's mother) schoolbooks from the late teens (1910's), when students had to buy their books.
The math book had my grandmother's notes in the margins.
I suggested that, rather than trash usable items, she might call someone at their church to pick up the Tupperware & the other books, especially the whole set of children's Bible stories, & I took a few things.
including a box of papers that contained a whole stack of photos of a trip my parents had taken in the 40's with their niece, my cousin Pat.
She was tall & beautiful & wore circle skirts & saddle shoes & sweaters, & she & her kids & grandchildren were thrilled to get the photos.
Also in the box was a whole life insurance policy my father had taken out on me when I was born.
I got nearly $300 when I cashed it in.
Maybe it's a good idea to look through those boxes.