My family has always donated anything they will take that we can't use anymore. But we use the places that come to the house to pick it up. Don't assume your stuff won't be taken, ask first. I know many people won't donate old underwear or clothes they think are too ratty. But guess what? There is an entire industry around using these fabric scraps & the charity that picks them up, sells them for money to the rag collectors - sometimes, they can get more for the scraps/rags than they can from clothes! The scraps are then recycled/used to make insulation & all kinds of stuff. I know some places even take broken watches & then the people with antiques, or collectors, buy these as a source of spare parts! Not to mention the whole trash-to-treasure movement. You never know what they cam make money selling!