Many years ago I purchased a small group of figures at a church sale. The were trimmed with lace which had become grey and tattered over the years. I washed them and the lace of course came off. I realised it should have left the lace in spite of its tattered state.
I started a small collection of these pieces at car boot sale and auctions and finally found some were more collectable than others as some were Dresden. I found some lovely ballet dancers, delicate and lovely but with a few broken pieces of lace on their dresses.
When I obtained a computer and joined eBay I increased my collection. I still collect cheaper pieces with some tattered dresses but have also obtained some lovely pieces. Yesterday I was successful in buying two figurines.
I also am at present bidding for vintage goebel figurines as I have a few of these in my collection. They have no lace but are of similar size and appearance.