Several years ago I started a small collection of red and white crocheted hot pads after seeing a friend use hers for coasters. Today at the Royal Oak Flea Market I found a gal selling them for 50 cents each and bought up a whole bunch!
They are so cherry and fun. I just love them.
If you crochet you can get vintage patterns for free at Crochet Pattern Central and at Free Hot Pad Crochet Patterns
See Lori Holt's blog post on Bee in My Bonnet about her collection here..