My Listing Was Removed: Embargoed Goods Policy

Oops.   One of my listings was removed recently due to the Embargoed Goods Policy.  I guess I wasn’t surprised as the item was a hand made doll from Cuba. 

I found a bag of what appeared to be handmade dolls at the thrift store for $4.94.  They looked interesting and I did see where two of them had Cuba on the base of the dolls.  It was 40% off day so the bag was around $3.00.

I listed all three dolls and over time two of them sold.  One went via global shipping to Italy and one went stateside.  The third one had a couple of watchers and I figured it would sell soon enough. 

Then I got the official e-mail from eBay:

Your eBay listing has been removed: Embargoed goods policy

Hello happi_girl_thrift,

Some of your listings haven’t followed our Embargoed goods policy. We understand that you may not have been aware of this policy or that this may have been an oversight. So, in this email, we’re including some policy information to help you with your future listings. We also had to take the following actions:
– Listings that didn’t follow eBay guidelines have been removed. A list of removed item(s) is available further down in this email.
– We have credited all associated fees except for the final value fee for your listing(s).

  • Sellers can’t list embargoed goods or pre-embargoed goods from these countries or regions:
    • Cuba
    • Crimea region of Ukraine (as defined under applicable sanctions)
    • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
    • Iran
    • Syria

The listing was pulled and now I have this cute and unique doll from Cuba.  I may keep it, or I may try to sell it on another platform.  But, I will check their policies carefully before listing

. Isn’t she cute? 

Have you ever had a listing removed by eBay?

Quick Trip to Publix for BOGO’s

Future goals: incorporate coupons into my grocery shopping. But, for now, BOGO’s will work. I am tracking my grocery shopping spending this month to see how much we actually spend. So far this month, and it’s only Nov 6th and I have already spent about $130.00. Since I am shopping sales and BOGO’s, my spending may be a little high in the beginning. The plan is to utilize said groceries to build successful menus and avoid impulse shopping.

Time will tell. At the very least, I will know where the money is going!

What Sold on eBay 10/28-11/3 2019

This week was a better week!  Wouldn’t it be nice if every week like this week?   My biggest sale is a coffee cup that sold for $450.00!  I found this mug at a thrift store earlier this year for next to nothing.  I was not able to look it up on my phone, the reception was lousy at the thrift store. But I had a gut feeling it had some value.   Always go with your gut.  

When I got home, I looked on eBay solds, Etsy and Worthpoint.  The information I gathered led me to list the mug for $599.00 with a best offer.   It would always be wonderful if items sold as soon as you listed them. Sometimes it happens and the item will sell in a couple of days, and then again things will stay listed what seems like forever.

Be patient, and know and trust your gut. Sometimes it seems like nothing will sell and you lose all confidence in your thrifting ability. Don’t worry, you still got it. Thrift, List and forget it.

Total Items in Store 725

Items Sold: 13
Gross Sales: $675.02
Cost of Items Sold: $12.50

Highest Price Sold: $450.00  Wedgewood Eric Ravilious 1937 Blue Alphabet ABC Mug

Average Price Sold: $51.92
Returns: One (Semi Resolved)  Global Shipping Item Ceramic Napkin Rings (One was chipped)

UPDATE:  I asked the customer to initiate the return process, he, in turn, asked for a partial refund.  I explained that eBay would mediate the return and he would get a refund.  He was not happy with that, I guess he wanted a refund and to keep the napkin rings.  In reality, that is what would happen.  Oh well.  I will watch my feedback and if he dings me, I can show eBay that I asked him to return the item but he more or less refused.

I called eBay and they told me to tell the customer to request a return and that they would mediate it.  Typically when you ship an item via Global shipping and the item arrives at the eBay global shipping warehouse at  Erlanger, Kentucky without damage, the seller is off the hook for any returns. 

Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $20.00 at Thrift Store in Orlando  (most items are listed and a stein that sold for $21.00 covered the purchase at the Thrift Store. 

Number of items listed this week: 29

Listed 1/19 From a large bag of Christmas Ornaments $2.99
$0.25 each 



This week I plan to keep on listing.  I set a goal for 50 items a week, I don’t always reach that goal, sometimes life gets in the way and I just do the best I can. 
How was your week? Did you get any listing done? Are you happy with your sales?

Monthly Goals for November 2019

Monthly goals are hit or miss for me.  I have good intentions at the beginning of the month then things sometimes go south.  My last Monthly goal post was in August How’s that for consistency? 

Oh well, I still want to keep trying to do better and keep things on track. 


  • Keep dining out to $150 
  • Track grocery spending this month 
  • Continue to build my eBay business (Here are my 2019 goals)
  • Rebuild  short-term savings account to $1000 Hovering at $865


  • Weekly dinner with grandkids, daughter, and son in law 
  • Have two date nights with my mister 
  • Touch base with my sons with text and or phone calls.


  • Walk at least 2 continuous miles 4-5 times a week. 
  • Lose 8 pounds  
  • Strength training at gym 2-3 times a week We have a gym membership through husbands’ work but have not been for MONTHS!


  • eBay List, list, list!


  • Spend time with a friend (time to use that Disney Pass)
  • Continue to research paternal side of the family  
  • Find a hobby that explores the creative side but does not break the bank 🙂  Gardening, rock painting?

Here is to staying on track with a manageable list of goals this month.  We did get our two-mile walk in this morning.  The weather has finally changed and it was in the 70’s which made for a much more enjoyable walk.  

I am pretty sure I need to upgrade my walking shoes, after this morning’s walk my knees were hurting.  I  am currently icing them down to reduce the pain and inflammation.  I had both knees replaced in 2016-2017 and I sure don’t want to do that again.

Do you set monthly goals?  Are they helpful or do they stress you out? 

Saturday’s List

I love a good list!  They keep me motivated and on track. Yesterday was a good day, all of my things to do were accomplished successfully.  The weather was still warm, about 90 degrees which has been better than the 105-degree temps we have been experiencing for the last week or so. Those temps are just too much.

My daughter, her husband and two kids have been living with us since mid May of this year.  They moved out of their house, put it up for sale, gave away or sold most all of their furniture, home decor, dishes, you name it.  They want to downsize from a 2800 sq feet home to a live a life in a 5th wheel RV.

Their house had a contract in less than 10 days, and the closing will be Tuesday.  Then, when they get the funds, they can pay off two vehicles, the RV and credit card debt and basically start over.  The last month and a half has been lots of fun having the grandkids and their parents right down the hall.  For the most part, all has gone pretty smoothly. We take turns preparing dinner, my daughter keeps her side of the house clean and my son in law is a great cook.

They are planning to stay with us when they get the RV and living out back.  Luckily we have an acre and there is room for everything, the RV, the extra vehicles and the kid’s trampoline.  My daughter works 7 days on and has 7 days off.  They are going to travel on her days off and probably homeschool the kids.  We will see what happens with all that.

Back to getting busy for today with a list of things to do:

  • Continue to go through the closet with the goal of listing the clothes or recycling to Goodwill.
  • Clean and organize my eBay shipping supplies.  
  • Sweep front porch and organize the plants.
  • List 10 more items
  • Garage sales in the AM

We are expecting a buyer from eBay to pick up a vintage Trolley (located in the lower right corner of this picture.  He is traveling from Alabama on his way to Disney.

My husband’s job is always remodeling and upgrading.  He gets to bring the industrial stuff home, otherwise, they would just throw it out.

The buyer might also be interested in the hook in the upper right corner, he said he wants to have a look at it when he gets here.

Update:  He bought the hook too! 

Time to get busy with the day!  Hope you all have a great Saturday!

Things To Do Today

Lists keep me focused.  When I write things down, things get done.  While on summer break from work there are many things that need to get done at home.

  Organizing and going through the closets is on my radar as is repotting a Christmas cactus from its original plastic container into its permanent pot that is being reused and repurposed from a previous Christmas cactus that was moved into a bigger pot after Christmas.

  • Pick 10 items of clothes I haven’t worn in 6 months (or longer) an list on eBay.
  • Repot Christmas cactus
  • Pack up and ship sold item for eBay before the mailman passes by
  • Trim the front hedges
  • Run to Goodwill with donations of unsaleable items

That’s about it for the day.  There are daily chores, laundry,  run the vacuum that are going to get done as well. 

The heat is miserable and oppressive. So it’s best to get out early and get things done or wait for the evening when the sun is setting.  When running errands, I will stalk parking in the shade to try to keep the car cooler.  It may be a placebo effect, because it is still hot as heck regardless. Oh well, that is summertime in Florida!
Happy Friday!  What are your plans for the day?

Listing Daily

While enjoying my summer break I am making a concerted effort to grow my eBay store. My current subscription allows 1000 listings monthly for a base price of around $70-$80 per month. The actual monthly bill is more that the base price, as you have to factor in the fees that are charged when your item sells.

I am spending most of my time listing items I acquired through a purchase I made on Facebook Marketplace in May of this year. An individual posted a picture of 40 packed USPS boxes, two lamps, and several framed pictures for $100. Her stipulation was that the price was for all the items including the boxes sight unseen, just take pay the lady and take them away.

40 boxes filled with leftovers from an estate sale

It has been almost a month and a half since I picked them up, and most of the boxes have been opened and gone through with about half of the items going to the Goodwill. The items I took to Goodwill were damaged, or in my opinion, not adequate for resale in my store.

That being said, there are still a LOT of items that I will be listing, have listed, and I am excited to see how they do in my store. Currently, I have added at least 200 items from what I call the 40 box challenge. I would estimate that there are at least 300 to 400 more items that I can list from this particular purchase.

As of now, about 5 items have sold from the the 40 box challenge for an amount of approximately $60 gross. Breaking even on the purchase will be a relief and then it will be list,list, list and wait for the sales patiently. Thats just the name of the game when it comes to eBay, list and be patient.

I look forward to reasonable weekly encouragement and information related to eBay with a podcast from Jay and Ryanne over at Scavenger Life. They have been selling consisently on eBay for at least a decade with great success in their eBay business and their other businesses. I would recommend listening to them if you want to learn more about running a successful eBay business.

My listings are up to 514 with a goal of 750 by the end of July. Sounds attainable, right? We just do the best we can every day and keep it positive! Earlier this year I did write down goals for my eBay store with regards to the number of listings, expected income, etc. I will share them in an upcoming post. Life does get in the way of plans, but we will continue to make it work.

If you have an eBay store, are you building up your inventory?