What's the problem your having with the inside threads? Give more details type of thing
Yes the prices have gone up a lot in the last few years, the last big jump was after the Sandy Hook thing and they haven't come down much since.
The best way to get one at a cheaper price is to watch for a trade-in at the shops & shows.
And there's no problem making it a color she wants, but I don't know if pink & light blue will work together though, better photo shop it first to get an idea