I would loan out the 24 clear glass luncheon plates - I paid about $10 at the Salvation Army for a box with some six to seven dozen of the plates, in two different patterns (airline no longer serving food on the plane & donated them, based on the markings on the box). I picked out 24, my sister picked out some for her "open house" parties, we offered the leftovers to Mom for their church's kitchen (small church - still some three dozen or so plates) but she passed and they went to a thrift shop on the other side of town, where Lil Sis lives.
I wouldn't loan out the china to many people.
Lil Sis had three sets of china - wedding present with first husband, his mother had eight sets of family china & told them to pick one because DH's sister had three sets - two wedding presents & one heirloom set (her SIL pitched a hissy fit because as the only daughter, all eight sets of family china were supposed to come to her and ONLY to her and her son & daughter). She got told that her brother & his wife deserved a set of family china and she had gotten first pick. When her DD got married, if there were any sets left, her DD could pick one.
In the meantime - Lil Sis picked a set...and later passed a set to my DD - I just don't remember if it was her MIL's family china or family china that our maternal grandmother passed along...she also had inherited a number of sets from older sisters who never married (but had china they'd bought for their "hope chest", inherited, or bought just to have china because they wanted china). So - there is a lot of china in the family - just every set is different and spread across three states, up to a 14 hour drive away from anything resembling a "central point". Not feasible to drive to get china from Mom, DD, either SIL, but maybe from Lil Sis (other side of Houston is ONLY an hour away, one way, on the toll road).