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January 16, 2006 11:27 AM   Subscribe

Name my store.

Opening an online shop. For sale will be mixed used goods, some useful, some pretty, some just amusing. Mainly designy stuff from '40s-'70s. All selected by people with good taste and humor. Need a great name that is sticky and short. Please consider the domain. Thank you!

My current favorite: Picky (pickyshop.com) but one partner isn't convinced.
Other ideas: leShop, SuperShop, Mixer
posted by Typographica to Shopping (44 answers total)
 
You just thought of it yourself: www.designystuff.com
posted by JekPorkins at 11:30 AM on January 16, 2006


Hmmm. www.RetroJumble.com? www.RetroRummage.com? Thinking of rummage sales and the like.
posted by Gator at 11:38 AM on January 16, 2006


Hmm, when I read "designystuff.com" I think "Design NY Stuff? What's that, all stuff from NYC?

Could you give more details about the stuff? One of my fave names for a site is RetroAndy, can you play with Retro or Vintage in the name, to give an idea of the eras you cover?
posted by GaelFC at 11:38 AM on January 16, 2006


cocktailmix.com
posted by zadcat at 11:40 AM on January 16, 2006


Want to avoid "retro" and "vintage" so we're not locked into a certain genre or era.
posted by Typographica at 11:41 AM on January 16, 2006


retrocrap.com
posted by mikepop at 11:41 AM on January 16, 2006


I like Picky.

Yoink
Mmmhmm
Digs
SWAIN (Shop without an interesting name)
posted by unixrat at 11:42 AM on January 16, 2006


I think "Mixer" is not a great choice, because all things "mix" are approaching overuse.

I like the 70s vibe of "leShop" though of course as a domain name it could look like "les hop". For whatever that's worth.

One of my favorite stores is called Magpie. It is one of my favorites even though I have never been to, nor bought anything from this store. I am just in awe of the strength of the name and bold retro design and with how well it expresses what their store is about. How about a concrete noun like that?
posted by Miko at 11:44 AM on January 16, 2006


"digs" is really good
posted by Miko at 11:44 AM on January 16, 2006


retrocrap.com getswank.com
posted by mikepop at 11:49 AM on January 16, 2006


Eclectic Olio
posted by Constant Reader at 11:50 AM on January 16, 2006


um, "gets wank" might not be such a good one.

I do think "Digs" is great, though. But digs.com is already taken.
posted by JekPorkins at 11:52 AM on January 16, 2006


Clutter.
posted by cardboard at 11:55 AM on January 16, 2006


What about a name involving the "found" nature of the items?

E.g., xxxfinds.com where xxx something indicating special or extra good --

specialfinds / rarefinds / unusualfinds / greatfinds / fabfinds.com (alliteration always good)

choicethings.com / choiceitems.com

...also, what about something implying "far and wide" "farflung" "far sought" "sought after" "hunting"...
posted by cps at 12:01 PM on January 16, 2006


Some nice ideas here, particularly liking Miko's thinking.

We'll be selling some more pricey stuff ($1000-2000) so names like digs, rummage etc. are too downmarket.
posted by Typographica at 12:02 PM on January 16, 2006


bootsale.com
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:03 PM on January 16, 2006


um, "gets wank" might not be such a good one.

Why not? If the store doesn't work out, it could be a good fall-back domain/plan.

I like "Clutter" but since that domain is taken you'd have to add a prefix or suffix.

clutterific.com ?
posted by mikepop at 12:03 PM on January 16, 2006


Note: I haven't checked the availability of any of these (no time right now). I'm pretty sure something along the lines of hotstuff.com has been used but maybe a good variation can be found.
posted by cps at 12:04 PM on January 16, 2006


bah humbug, some of the greatest sites and company names don't reflect anything about what they do...yahoo, amazon, ebay

look at http://www.splorp.com/domain/

i had my eye on Stripple for a while, but it seems someone took it

how about Zaggity or Sporous

both are currently available as .com
posted by poppo at 12:08 PM on January 16, 2006


"Good Taste and Humor"
posted by Izzmeister at 12:08 PM on January 16, 2006


oldiegoodies
like the phrase oldie but goodie
posted by Andrea2880 at 12:08 PM on January 16, 2006


crap vault
cyberspace oddities
krufty
posted by cosmicbandito at 12:09 PM on January 16, 2006


You could collapse "golden oldies" into something like "Goldies".
posted by cps at 12:09 PM on January 16, 2006


Picky is it. It defines the nature of the items for sale (they have been hand-picked for the shop) and the nature of the clientele (they will be "picky" about the things that they like/buy). It also sounds and looks great (I'd choose a really bold sans serif font), and is easy to remember. You have my permission to hit the clueless parter about the head and shoulders with a Poulsen lamp until he/she relents.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:10 PM on January 16, 2006


You'll never get the mixer.com domain name.

If I were you (and depending on how much money you have) think up a bunch of domain names and register all of them, and then ask people to pick.

People shouldn't bother thinking up names that are taken.
posted by delmoi at 12:10 PM on January 16, 2006


I kinda like "Picky" too. It reminds me of that Japanese snack "Pocky". Not a bad association, because Japan is, you know, cool.
posted by Miko at 12:14 PM on January 16, 2006


For a 70's vibe something with Super, Fab, Sweet might work. SweetStuff, SuperFinds, etc. (I still think FabFinds is a great idea, because I'm modest like that.)

Then there's the uniqueness aspect, but the phrase "one of a kind" is a bit long..."one of each"?...
posted by cps at 12:15 PM on January 16, 2006


Get shoppicky.com also. I always prefer the imperative (uh, me done forgots me grammer) version over something like pickyshop.com.
posted by unixrat at 12:15 PM on January 16, 2006


Also get areyoupicky.com - could be good for an ad campaign.
posted by mikepop at 12:20 PM on January 16, 2006


Dr. Picking's design dock.
posted by hortense at 12:25 PM on January 16, 2006


Oddly enough, the question yesterday about selling a good domain cheap and quick made me think that I might part with a shortish one-word domain I own. And I'm betting it would be perfect for this.

Typographica: if your pocket has a little length to it drop me a line.
posted by FlamingBore at 12:28 PM on January 16, 2006


secondpick.com
posted by furtive at 12:47 PM on January 16, 2006


how about "Attic" ?
posted by j at 1:26 PM on January 16, 2006


If I were you (and depending on how much money you have) think up a bunch of domain names and register all of them, and then ask people to pick.

Excellent advice. Domains are dirt cheap, and you can keep buying good ones until your final graphic design work needs to get done.

I'd be careful of trademark issues. Stay way clear of anything that has a chance in hell of claiming that you're a problem. It's not a terrible problem to have a name that's not directly related to your company: see amazon, google, etc.

Of the ones you suggested so far, I like Le Shop best, but it seems like it (and picky) would already be trademarked.
posted by I Love Tacos at 1:31 PM on January 16, 2006


Combine two and get Le Super Shop!

I'm fond of things that end in "Factory" or "Warehouse" because it lends a sense of silliness, but they don't really cater to brevity.

Le Warehouse is kinda funny, but it's taken.

Other words to consider in your hunt for the perfect name (safe to say all dictionary words are pretty much taken, so you're going to have to spell things funny or combine words):

Blender
Form
Mode
Curio
Trunk
Basement
Cellar
Taste
Tasty
Style
Market
Depot
Station
Vault
House
Bank
Box
Stock
Stash

And I like Picky! It's too bad pickypicky.com is taken
posted by Robot Johnny at 1:59 PM on January 16, 2006


Everyone seems to like "Picky" a lot, so maybe I'm a weirdo, but... each time I see it, I get an unpleasant mental image of scabs. I didn't actually see the picky=choosy connection until someone spelled it out.

What about "Choice"? Or "LeChoice"?
posted by tentacle at 2:04 PM on January 16, 2006


"variety show"
"objectoasis"
"things&otherthings"
"thingmonkey"
posted by Radio7 at 2:21 PM on January 16, 2006


I think you could come up with a good one by combining any two on Robot Johnny's list, e.g. Style Market. I think Picky has too many negative connotations, though a lot of people obviously like it.
posted by cali at 2:21 PM on January 16, 2006


I'm not with the Picky, either. I'd look for some other word, e.g., Choice[Stuff], Special[Stuff], Select[Stuff] or Unique[Stuff] usw.

The Uniquery reads a bit like UniQuery to geeks, but it's got potential. Like bakery, haberdashery, etc.

Along the Attic/Vault/Trunk type lines, there's words like treasure, treasure trove, buried treasure etc. to play with.

One Hit Wonders, although I'm sure taken, as a starting point for ideas...[xxx]Hits or WonderStuff or somesuch has a 70s flavor IMO.

SweetShit.
posted by cps at 2:37 PM on January 16, 2006


Don't have a specific name, but my recommendation would be to create a name which isn't a normal english word found on a million websites.

I've been searching just today for a FireFox extension called "Stylish" and the fact that a million pages already contain the word makes it that much harder to find.

So "picky" would get down-voted according to my recommendation, because people searching for you online will get frustrated.

Making up a new word like "pickology" or "pickacity" or "pickalicious" is one way to go, assuming that the word "pick" is a key element of your concept.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 2:42 PM on January 16, 2006


I don't go for Picky either. I'm not quite sure what it does make me think of, but it doesn't make me think of interesting, retro stuffs.

I like treasure. www.TreasurePicks.com? www.PickingTreasures.com? www.TreasurePicker.com? Treasure connotes the high-end stuff more than "Picky" in my opinion.
posted by Gator at 2:43 PM on January 16, 2006


When I think 40's-70's, I think of a wonderfully quirky retro yet futuristic style. If you're going for that kind of feel, I love the word "atomic" - AtomicFinds.com, AtomicThings.com, AtomicCloset.com...

Hmm, I really like Atomic Closet, and it looks like the domain is available!
posted by platinum at 3:04 PM on January 16, 2006


I like names that are plays on words

Pickoftheladder

Pickofthelatter

PickoftheLeader

LeaderofthePick

PickyTikyTavy

register in the Cayman Islands for Pic.ky
posted by Megafly at 5:26 PM on January 16, 2006


Pretty Picky

Picky Picky
posted by IndigoJones at 5:10 AM on January 17, 2006


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