Suggestion 1- Avoid lots.
Although lot of items are tantalizing and sometimes are great deals, I found most often that the items were not completely as described. I got many duplicates because of this and there was a lot of trash with treasures. In the long run, I don't think the lots really paid off.
Plus, I ended up with dolls that I don't really have a use for. And, a doll case.
Suggestion 2- Don't pass up the single items.
In the long run buying single pieces probably adds up in cost, but you get exactly what you want the first time.
Suggestion 3- Cross reference.
Cross reference prices on Ebay and Etsy. And, make sure to check recently ended auctions also. This gives you a better idea if you are paying a fair price. Sometime paying a little more for a clean item is worth it. Little laundry can be tiresome.
Here are a few of my finds: