Finding (Re)Purpose

Soo Succulent all started when I was in Goodwill last fall and saw a small vintage amber glass votive holder that made my heart sing.  It looked like something straight out of the 70s.  A younger me would have *hated* this style, but mid-30s me found myself nostalgic for a time period that I had never even lived during.

As I picked up the container, I thought of how I would love to plant a cute little succulent in it and keep it on my windowsill for years to come.  However, I had just detoxed most of my belongings when moving back from the East Coast–including precious plant babies–and the thought of acquiring more stuff before knowing where my career quest would take me, felt foolish.  I sadly set the container back on the shelf and left the store.

After running a few more errands with my sister, I started telling her about the business idea I had had for the last several years.  I wanted to plant mini succulent gardens in cute little containers and see if they could bring others as much happiness as they had brought me.  While I had been told this was a pipe dream before, my sister supported me and encouraged me to do it.  I thought of the container I had just seen at Goodwill, and, suddenly, I found my (re)purpose.

I realized that not only could I DO this, but I could also do it with a mission.  It was in that moment, that I decided to start my succulent container gardening business and to purchase only secondhand containers from local individuals, businesses, and charities.  I could help reduce waste, while putting money back into the local economy and while supporting businesses I believed in.

So I ended up going back to Goodwill that day and purchased the amber glass votive holder that I was so smitten with.  You can see it in the second picture below, along with the numerous other cute vintage containers I bought over the next couple of weeks.  Soon these will turn into mini succulent “forever homes.”  Stay tuned!

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My Miniature Roots

So I decided to bite the bullet and finally start the small container succulent gardening business I’ve been thinking about for the past several years.  Succulents are perhaps the cutest plants on the planet, and I find they make me smile whenever I catch a glimpse of their fat, little leaves.

I have been stuffing succulents into small pots for most of my life, including collecting cacti as a young girl, but it has been in the past ten years that I really discovered pleasure in creating miniature “gardens.”  I love to upcycle old glass jars or vintage containers that have character and repurpose them as succulent treasure troves.

My goal with starting SooSucculent! is to do something that I love while helping to bring more beauty into the world.  Buying only secondhand containers at local charities or from local individuals helps reduce waste while supporting the local economy.  And it gives vintage containers a second chance at life.  What could be more beautiful?

Please follow my blog, and consider purchasing a succulent, once I have my Etsy shop up and running.  I welcome questions and suggestions for blog posts, as well.  Meanwhile, enjoy this picture of the first mini-succulent garden I ever created:

Miniature Succulent Garden