TOSSEDandTARNISHED

Vintage Retro Sterling Silver, Family's Jewelry Estate

Menifee, California | 678 Sales

TOSSEDandTARNISHED

Vintage Retro Sterling Silver, Family's Jewelry Estate

Menifee, California 678 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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SUSAN LUCKY

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Announcement    All Sterling Jewelry is pulled from our estate boxes!
Gifts for Yourself or loved ones are most affordable now!
We know that the gifts of today are the heirlooms of tomorrow.
Sterling Silver is an easy to wear precious metal. You can swim in it, sun in it, hike, picnic and sleep in it. Perfect for the outside days of summer.
So, we are offering our Sterling Jewelry at the lowest prices of the year. Some pieces will be as low as only $2 a gram, which is a crazy low price. Imagine, natural gemstones set in a sterling silver pendant or ring, for under $20! Well, that's what we're gonna do.

Vintage and Retro Jewelry items, We carry unique pieces, to make a Statement, Define your style, by finding a Sterling cuff bracelet from the 60s, or a Brooch of Sterling Silver, from Mexico, and place it on the cuff of your Short Jacket!
Put on a pair of Long, 70s Bohemian Earrings, or 80s BOLD Post Bright color Earrings to set a look for work, or a night out!
Chokers are trending, wide, organic wood, bead styles and can make a simple tee Look Designer!
All from our family estate, over 40 lbs of vintage jewelry and a look for every woman and every girl, every age, every style!
Ask us, we will help find something you are looking for.
*Just put your sterling purchase in your cart and then go to the SALE section and pick out one $5 item, add it to your cart, add the code and check out. You will not be charged for the $5 item!

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 1, 2017

All Sterling Jewelry is pulled from our estate boxes!
Gifts for Yourself or loved ones are most affordable now!
We know that the gifts of today are the heirlooms of tomorrow.
Sterling Silver is an easy to wear precious metal. You can swim in it, sun in it, hike, picnic and sleep in it. Perfect for the outside days of summer.
So, we are offering our Sterling Jewelry at the lowest prices of the year. Some pieces will be as low as only $2 a gram, which is a crazy low price. Imagine, natural gemstones set in a sterling silver pendant or ring, for under $20! Well, that's what we're gonna do.

Vintage and Retro Jewelry items, We carry unique pieces, to make a Statement, Define your style, by finding a Sterling cuff bracelet from the 60s, or a Brooch of Sterling Silver, from Mexico, and place it on the cuff of your Short Jacket!
Put on a pair of Long, 70s Bohemian Earrings, or 80s BOLD Post Bright color Earrings to set a look for work, or a night out!
Chokers are trending, wide, organic wood, bead styles and can make a simple tee Look Designer!
All from our family estate, over 40 lbs of vintage jewelry and a look for every woman and every girl, every age, every style!
Ask us, we will help find something you are looking for.
*Just put your sterling purchase in your cart and then go to the SALE section and pick out one $5 item, add it to your cart, add the code and check out. You will not be charged for the $5 item!

Updates

Another Unique item from our estate! Very modernist look, the brushed effect, gives this a very high end look! And the price is amazing!

About

The Tossed and Tarnished, jewelry from our Family Estate

The Tossed and Tarnished is a family owned business operated full-time by Head Mama, Susan Byrnes, supported by the rest of our family Bill, Ana, Celeste and Savannah

I'm Susan, and I've been selling online for years, starting on eBay in 1999.
In the 60s. I found thrift shops.& began hunting for Treasures, finding colored & crystal beads, satin & silk chiffon dresses, rhinestone laden bracelets & ear clips, always imagining what young beauty 1st owned these? who did she love? What is the story? I had a passion for the personal history in women's vintage items of style.

Fast forward to 2011, and my online business is waning.
September 26th, is the birthday for 2 of my daughter's!
I get a phone call, that my uncle Jimmy has passed away.
James Bernard Byrnes, Widower to Barbara Cecil Byrnes
Now, here is where the story begins.....

He and my aunt Barbara had a place in the early years of the Modern Art Movement.
In Paris and Rome, famous Artists such as Man Ray, Miro, Alberto Matta, Salvador Dali, were all in the circle they ran in.
Back in Los Angeles, my uncle was the first curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art, in 1946. My aunt opened the The American Contemporary Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard. Its exhibitions featured paintings, JEWERLY, and graphics by avant-garde European artists, such as Man Ray,and local Artist Harry Bertoia and Clare Falkenstien,
Both my aunt and uncle lived their lives in the world of art and galleries and museums. My uncle would travel to Mexico to attend "digs" and acquire Pre Columbian artifacts for museum exhibitions, Meanwhile, my aunt would walk the town of Taxco, in the 50s, when the early Maestro's were making the sterling silver pieces, now so sought after.
In the mid fifties, they moved to Colorado Springs and my aunt then traveled about the reservations of the southwest, buying and collecting sterling silver from the Native Navajo Silver smiths.
This began her love and interest in the Art of Jewelry. And she collected up until she became bedridden in the 90s.
Mostly of her stuff is sterling, either tourist Navajo or Mexican jewelry or Studio made pieces from the mid 60s through the 80s.
She also loved the Mardi Gras and attended every year. They lived in New Orleans for 15 years...so masquerade was another passion, so there is also a lot of costume mixed into

Back to September 2011.......I had just gotten my 3 grandkids to raise, 7, 12 and 14! Bill and I are in our fifties and thinking more about retirement. Our Daughter, who is developmentally delayed, is just reaching 16, was getting old enough that we were looking at slowing down, and traveling.
And when my uncle passed, as it turned out, I had an inheritance......there was much, but what what to be Tossed and Tarnished, was found that month.
I was taken to the home, we held the memorial and at the end, I was given, amongst many other items,
22 BOXES.. Taped with masking tape, different markings, all FULL of her jewelry!!!
And so, my new career began.

Now, understand, this is over 60 pounds of jewelry. not sorted, no kind of order and mixed in almost a frenzied haste. I am afraid my aunt started putting this stuff away when she had attendants started coming to the house. I think she got scared.

But, in the end, I have my start at a new business, and it allows me to stay home with my special need grand kids, my husband helps and does the shipping.
We started on eBay and did much. Sold a lot, mostly the sterling. And, it went well, except that eBay became an awful place to work. We stayed and did well, but finally, we have decided to really go BIG.

We moved to Etsy, and opened our New Store!
We are getting are also going to open the rest of the boxes and get all of it sorted and ready for sale.We have teen age girls, who will be modeling and our intention is to get over 1000 pieces up by October 31st!

The idea in our store is to pass on our family heirlooms (we have kept over 1000 pieces) and allow our daughter and grand kids who all have special needs, be included in our family business and teach them ways to become indepndant by working in an ecommerce business. 2 of our girls have Asperger's syndrome, which makes public places and persoanl contact challenging.
Our grandson has sever ADHD and structured schooling is difficult. All of them do well online with specific jobs and all seem to feel the pride in helping to provide a great service and beautiful products to the world.

I teach them the principals we use in our family also apply in business. Tell the truth, be accountable when mistakes are made. Do a good job, take good pictures, give an accurate description and be sure to stand behind everything we sell.

Have empathy for our customers, they are spending thier hard earned money and it matters to them that they feel important and that thier purchase matters. That THEY matter to us.

Shop members

  • SUSAN BYRNES

    Owner

    In the 60s. I found thrift shops.& began hunting for Treasures;The colored & crystal beads, satin & silk chiffon dresses, rhinestone laden bracelets & ear clips, always imagining what young beauty 1st owned these? who did she love? What is the story?

Shop policies

Last updated on June 1, 2015
We provide original unique retro, vintage jewelry from our family estate. My aunt left a huge collection covering 60 plus years of jewelry. From Sterling to Lucite, from Mexico to the southwest, from Rhinestones to the Modernist Studio pieces.
We provide personal service, and believe that family owned and run buisnesses can provide a level of care and integrity that only comes from one on one communication.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
We understand that sometimes items do not meet the expectations of the buyers. WE are happy to accept returns. We only ask that you contact us first. We will refund the purchase price, once the item returns to us, in original condition....We will only refund the shipping costs in any cse where we are at fault.
Payment
We accept credit card payments and also use Paypal. WE can make arrangements to do layaway, if you contact us first. WE also will accept checks and money orders...
Shipping
We ship first class anywhere in the U.S.A....and insure all items.
We ship internationally and use international postal service with insurance.
Please contact us if you have any questions
Additional policies and FAQs
All items are used and from our estate. Over 40 lbs of jewelry was left to us, and we raise our special need grand kids. WE will always give you personal attention.
We are taking pics and listing as fast as we can

IF YOU WANT TO BUY AN ITEM IN A FEW PAYMENTS>>>>LET ME KNOW>
we can keep an item up and listed with your name on it...

More information

Last updated on Apr 16, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging

Just ask and we will add a card and a special gift box, for no additional cost.

Sizing details

We measure all of our items, I use a Mandrel for rings and have noticed differences from one mandrel to another. Allow a half size in either direction, to be sure. I use inches, normally when measuring, feel free to ask about mm and cm.