My daughters have discovered American Girl dolls, I was a little taken back with the price. I kept watching Craigslist and Ebay hoping that I might get one for a good buy. To my joy on a local sale site I purchased a Kaya doll and horse for $50. It was in great condition, but my youngest daughter wanted a doll too. By chance I found this gem for $2 at a local thrift store.
Though she looked like she was in rough shape her limbs weren't loose and her body was clean. She did however have bright orange marker marks on her chin, cheek and arm. Her hair was also badly cut, beyond repair. I contacted American Girl and it would have cost me $40 for a new head. I debated, but thought I'd go Googling and see if I could find other options. Two sites came to my rescue. I love this video about getting permanent marker off the doll.
It worked, I probably should do it one more time since the spot on her chin is still faintly there.
The next thing I looked for was wig ideas, I came across this tutorial, how to re-wig a doll. I ordered a wig on Ebay for $12.99. Here's the finished doll.