I remember back in the late 90's through the early 2000's when the doll shows were big events, but in recent years they've been scaled back. Dolls just aren't as popular anymore. Many doll prices took a nose dive on eBay too. There are still certain Vogue Ginny dolls that command a high price, but things just aren't the same. When I first started collecting I'd be thrilled when I won a beat up Ginny for $45. Now when they're listed for less they often don't even get bids.
I recently bought a Hitty Doll at an antique show. The seller told me that people just don't buy dolls anymore. I told him that I still buy them! Although I stick mostly with Ginny and the Vogue family of dolls this Hitty seemed like too good a buy to pass up. She's hand carved and was only $20. I really don't know much about Hitty, but there are lots of Hitty pictures on Pinterest. This isn't the greatest picture, but you'll get the idea. I found a spot on the bookshelf for her.
I also worked on this molded lash walker Ginny. I bought her at the same doll show for $25 dressed in the Tiny Miss Clown outfit #6041 from 1956. Often the clown outfit is very faded, but this one wasn't. Her hair was a frizzy mess and the wig needed some gluing to keep it on her head.
My friend Linda calls the fixer uppers "previously loved" Ginnys. I really like that term. I remember how much I enjoyed playing with my Ginnys back in the 1950's. To know that most of my current collection were "previously loved" makes them that much more special to me. I don't buy the expensive mint dolls. I know that's what some collectors look for and they like them even better if they're still in the box. Since I like to "play" with my dolls by redressing them and setting them up in scenes I feel like the mint dolls belong to someone that will preserve and take care of them. That's just not me. Besides, I enjoy the challenge of trying to restore my Ginnys. I also enjoy not paying hundreds of dollars. :)