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The Sims 3 Walkthrough and Guide

by Mike Hazleton  

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The Sims 3 Guide - Mod Guide


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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26 comments, latest first.
Jan 23rd 2015 Guest
i downloaded lots from the exchange on sims3 i want to edit my town but they arent in my community properties
ID #505731
Dec 29th 2014 xxMonsterFox
Why is the exchange empty on PS3
ID #491980
Feb 2nd 2014 Melanieshep01
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!
ID #351185
Jul 17th 2013 Guest
where do i find th lot i´ve downloaded
ID #298102
Feb 12th 2013 Guest
"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,
ID #253517
Feb 9th 2013 Guest
It doesn't take anything. Anyone can upload.
ID #252344
Jan 27th 2013 Guest
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"
ID #247026
Jan 13th 2013 Guest
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!!!!!
ID #242410
Dec 30th 2012 Guest
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 :-)
ID #232012
Dec 15th 2012 Guest
Does it cost anything?
ID #222092
Nov 4th 2015 Guest
No-if you have a licensed copy of the game that is! You can however BUY it and download it to your game.

Hope this helps!
ID #622414
Oct 26th 2012 Guest
i want to play that game!
ID #201300
Sep 25th 2012 Guest
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
ID #189020
Sep 1st 2012 Guest
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
ID #182176
Aug 31st 2012 Sims3Guru
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 Smile
ID #181948
Jul 17th 2012 Guest
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?
ID #165273
May 9th 2012 Guest
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
ID #140721
Mar 14th 2012 Guest
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
ID #123011
Aug 21st 2011 Guest
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)
ID #69022
Aug 20th 2011 katiebee2011lol
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?
ID #68656
Jun 23rd 2011 Guest
Is the exchange free???
ID #51490
Jun 6th 2011 Guest
i hope this helps:
ID #47318
Feb 1st 2011 Guest
[quote][/quote] ik me 2!!
ID #27666
Jan 1st 2011 jha01
i've downloaded the HAIR COLOUR.but when i install it..ITS me pls
ID #23643
Jan 1st 2011 jha01
do you know how to put it in the game.?
ID #23639
Sep 23rd 2010 Guest
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??
ID #13412