The Sims 3 Walkthrough and Guide

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The Exchange is full of items that are in the main Sims 3 game, but have been customised by players. You can use Create-a-Style to fine tune many aspects of the game's items, though nothing in the Exchange is actually unique or hand crafted – you could create the same item using the in-game tools. Nonetheless, it's a nice feature to get some attractive items from skilled creators. Perhaps its chief advantage is for getting brilliantly-designed houses and celebrity look-alike Sims!

Main: This page lists all the highlights from The Sims 3 Exchange.

Objects: Using this link allows you to search for a Buy or Build Mode object of your choice. You can either use the search box provided or check the box in the Build or Buy category and pick from the list. There is also an Advanced Search mode, though this is hardly more advanced – you can however choose to allow objects in any language, which broadens your possibilities.

Sims: Much like the Objects tab, here you can search using keywords or specify Age, Gender, Skin, Weight and Build parameters to pick from. Again, advanced options are available. Try searching for your favourite celebrity – chances are someone has created them and uploaded the Sim for everyone else to use!

A fitting tribute?

Lots: This is perhaps the most useful part of the Exchange, as creating detailed and impressive houses is both difficult and time consuming. You can select the type of Lot (Commercial or Residential), the Number of Residents and the Size of the Lot. Some of the Commercial lots are just mind-blowing – it really will inspire you to experiment with the game more than before.

TIP: You will probably have to make space in your town for any new lots, so consider that when making your choice.

Households: This is a collection of Sims, complete with stories to go with them. You can pick the number of Sims in the household as well as the funds available to them. In effect you are downloading scenarios to make your game more interesting. Some of the most popular ones right now include a married couple living with the Grim Reaper, the Obama family, and a couple with 82 newborn babies.

Clothing: People are able to be a bit more creative with Clothing, as this is one of the areas that Create-a-Style really comes into play. You can search by Gender, Age, Category (e.g. Everyday, Formal) and Type (e.g. Tops, Bottoms).

Hair Colour: Again, hair colour allows many different types of patterns, not only colours. The options aren't endless, but there are a few worthy downloads in there. There are no search criteria here – just look through the database.

Some of the lots are just incredible.

Accessories: These come largely in the form of shoes, jewellery, socks etc. and the list can be limited by Age, Gender and Type of accessory.

Patterns: The bulk of The Sims 3's Create-a-Style feature is made up of patterns. You can use them on upholstery, objects, wallpaper, carpets – generally you could apply these patterns to pretty much anything in the game. Use the Type box to pick which sort of texture you want the pattern to be associated with.

TIP: To the top right of the screen you can ‘Sort By Recommendations’, which ensures only the most popular items are shown to you – this is a great way to get the best of the Exchange quickly.


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i downloaded lots from the exchange on sims3 i want to edit my town but they arent in my community properties

Added 23rd Jan 2015, ID #505731

Why is the exchange empty on PS3

Added 29th Dec 2014, ID #491980

So I got a car from the exchange, but I can't find it in the store when I'm playing! Is there anyone out there who can help? Thanks so much!

Added 2nd Feb 2014, ID #351185

where do i find th lot i´ve downloaded

Added 17th Jul 2013, ID #298102

"Those idiots from EA made it impossible for everyone to register on Only if you had the licensed copy of the game and entered the serial code, then you can register there. Others can just look on it and dream to download those things. BLEGH!!!!!"

-Why would you want to? You have no game, you get none from the exchange... Anyways you CAN register, maybe they updated the web or something, but it says give serial code when you click 'add to game' in the Exchange. AGAIN, ANYWAYS. If you have no expansion packs then you can't get the good thing on the exchange. EXAMPLE = No Katy Perry's Sweet Treats means no cupcake chair,

Added 12th Feb 2013, ID #253517

It doesn't take anything. Anyone can upload.

Added 9th Feb 2013, ID #252344

Okay so about this exchange thing, whats the catch? if you get something off the exchange does it take something off your game?? is that why its called "EXCHANGE"

Added 27th Jan 2013, ID #247026

Those idiots from EA made it impossible for everyone to register on
Only if you had the licensed copy of the game and entered the serial code, then you can register there. Others can just look on it and dream to download those things. BLEGH!!!!!

Added 13th Jan 2013, ID #242410

Salve... Vorrei un informazione! Quando scarico alcuni oggetti dall'Exchange alcuni elementi non li installa e mi dice scaricare prima bonus materiale associato.. oppure sim3 pack richiede un exspansion pack mancante! grazie mille :-)

Added 30th Dec 2012, ID #232012

Does it cost anything?

Added 15th Dec 2012, ID #222092

i want to play that game!

Added 26th Oct 2012, ID #201300

When in Exchange/Lots, I sort by downloads or recommendations, then by month, etc which the lot will come up but problem is when I go to the next page, it defaults back to "sort by date / today's date. Does anyone know wny this is occurring? Thanks

Added 25th Sep 2012, ID #189020

All you do is if your going to make a sims you just press the little button on the pic of you sim in CAS and then press on the option thAt looks like a arrow then a star and then go into your sims launcher and press upload but IOU need an account

Added 1st Sep 2012, ID #182176

whenever i try to get something i like,like a baby stroller it says i don't have the right content.does anyone know what this means?

Basically you don't have the right expansion or stuff pack that the baby stroller comes with

Added 31st Aug 2012, ID #181948

whenever i try to get something i like,like a baby stroller it says i don't have the right content.does anyone know what this means?

Added 17th Jul 2012, ID #165273

the sims suddenly won't let me go on the homepage website to go on the exchange it says we r not able to ;s

Added 9th May 2012, ID #140721

Im trying to get it on the xbox 360 but it keeps telling me im to young even though I'm an adult on it what do I need to do please reply I want it badly

Added 14th Mar 2012, ID #123011

The Exchange is free :D.
and,if yu have downloading another its probably something on your computer or the item yur trying to get. (idk)

Added 21st Aug 2011, ID #69022

it wont let me download another? i clicked on it but it doesent open a download? do you have to give something to recieve another?

Added 20th Aug 2011, ID #68656

Is the exchange free???

Added 23rd Jun 2011, ID #51490


Added 6th Jun 2011, ID #47318

[quote][/quote] ik me 2!!

Added 1st Feb 2011, ID #27666

i've downloaded the HAIR COLOUR.but when i install it..ITS me pls

Added 1st Jan 2011, ID #23643

do you know how to put it in the game.?

Added 1st Jan 2011, ID #23639

Do you know how to add a background image to your lot when it is on the exchange, it makes it look more appealing than a blank background. I have seen this on the exchange several times before, so i know it is possible but i just don't know how to do it??

Added 23rd Sep 2010, ID #13412