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Amélie's Oddities - Consignment Shop (no CC)

by wormwoodz Posted 4th Aug 2010 at 7:48 PM - Updated 5th Aug 2010 at 2:03 AM by wormwoodz
24 Comments / replies (Who?) - 16 Feedback Posts, 8 Thanks Posts
I started this project partly inspired by this post by calisims.


I am a bit annoyed that Maxis did not include more premade business lots with Ambitions. So if you want a consignment store for Sunsetvalley or Riverview, you either have to build your own or spam the only one you got. I occasionally enjoy building, but most of the time I think I lack tallent and patience to devote several hours (or days) building and decorating a lot from scratch.
So I found myself bored with the sample consignment shop I had on Sunsetvalley, spent several hours browsing for custom lots online, and pretty much like Stylists and Landromats there are so few to choose from
Another problem I have with Sunsetvalley is the lack of "space" for city improvements. I see a lot of green areas, but when I try to place a lot most of the time I'm blocked by meadows, hills and whatnot. So when I saw calisim's store, I thought it was a great place to build a business lot.

So here is my "tiny" consigment store (also right next to the bistro).



I picked a 20x15 lot and tried to "blend" with the nearby architecture style (which happened to be mostly rabbit holes). Took me several hours building and tearing appart, wasn't exactly aiming for a victorian style of building at first but I guess that's how it went. When I finished decorating the interior it resembled more an expensive antique store than a consignment shop, and I came close to buldozing the whole project out of frustration lol. Ended up taking down some decorations and tried to make it look more "trifty", still perhaps someone will find this building useful for their game.

Main floor has some furniture and random oddities on display, cash register and a bathroom. Second floor is the second-hand clothes area.
The third floor and attic are unfurnished. Personally I don't like to jam too much furniture and decor on my community lots, as it can slow my game at times, so I tend to use only 1 or 2 floors. You can decor these however you wish to best suit your needs






Lot placement: if you want to place the lot in the same location as displayed in this screens - enter edit town mode, pick a 20x15 lot, move some trees next to the bistro and place it adjacent to the road. As you can see, blends quite nicely with nearby buildings from neighbourhood view.



The interiors are somewhat spacey for a lot with this size, and can an easily be revamped for any other type of shop that came with the EPs. You can even turn it into a cute homestead, has enough room outside to fit 2 parking spots and a small garden.


I wanted to keep this lot CC free. Which I accomplished... with a small exception of a free plant from the Sims Store.
You don't really need it for the lot to work, just thought it looked cute. It's the "Ivy K2" from the free EV pack that comes with either the Renault Twizy or Toyota Prius. (You can get it from either one of those links, it comes bundled with the cars and other promotional objects.)

You will however need both Ambitions and Adventures Eps, plus the High End Loft Stuff pack (doors and windows).

Lot size: 20x15
Furnished: 59.112
Unfurnished: 40.465


Have fun!
And please share your community lots, so "build mode slackers" like me don't have to go through all this trouble :D

Lot Size: 2x1
Lot Price: 59112

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3 World Adventures Ambitions + 1 SPs
Built with Game Version: 4.2.32.007
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
AmelieOddities.rar

Size: 2.80 MB · Downloads: 4,586 · 4th Aug 2010
2.80 MB 4,586 4th Aug 2010
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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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Alchemist
#2 Old 4th Aug 2010 at 8:18 PM
Your shop is adorable. Great job!
Mad Poster
#3 Old 4th Aug 2010 at 8:25 PM
Beautiful! I would love this as a home


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Forum Resident
#4 Old 4th Aug 2010 at 8:37 PM
Wow thank you! Sunset Valley really needed this! Now the only thing my Sunset Valley needs now is a Hangout. . .


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Forum Resident
#5 Old 4th Aug 2010 at 9:20 PM
This is cute, and does look loads better than the one store that came with the game in the library. Thanks!
Field Researcher
#6 Old 4th Aug 2010 at 9:23 PM
I had the same problem. I tried to make my own consignment shop but it just wasn't turning out how I wanted it. Thank you for sharing this. It's lovely.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 4th Aug 2010 at 10:32 PM
This looks great - it really does fit in with Sunset Valley. Thank you so much for sharing!
Scholar
#8 Old 5th Aug 2010 at 5:10 AM
Love it, thank you for sharing!
Test Subject
#9 Old 6th Aug 2010 at 1:45 AM
Won't install for me. I right click and hit Open, but nothing happens no sign of it installing.. And it's not showing up under community lots I really want this lot, is it available on the exchange?
Test Subject
Original Poster
#10 Old 6th Aug 2010 at 10:41 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bcollins87
Won't install for me. I right click and hit Open, but nothing happens no sign of it installing.. And it's not showing up under community lots I really want this lot, is it available on the exchange?


Try checking the "Downloads" folder on your Sims 3 Launcher. It might be the case the lot is downloaded, but not instaled. Browse through the downloads and find the lot, and see if it appears "greyed out" (as installed). If not, thick the box next to it and click instal.

If the above does not work, I have uploaded it to the exchange. You can find it here .

Hope this helps. Have fun!
Test Subject
#11 Old 7th Aug 2010 at 3:06 AM
Worked from the exchange! Awesome thx!
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 7th Aug 2010 at 12:33 PM
It also only worked from the exchange for me, thank you so much for this lot!
Test Subject
#13 Old 9th Aug 2010 at 5:00 PM
Hi. I hope that i can use this great lot in my world. Because it is a perfect fit with th theme.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#14 Old 12th Aug 2010 at 3:59 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Padda1794
Hi. I hope that i can use this great lot in my world. Because it is a perfect fit with th theme.


Sure, you're welcome to do whatever you please with it
Feel free to include it in your worlds, modify it, clone it, whatever. No problem with filesharing
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 15th Aug 2010 at 7:23 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bcollins87
Won't install for me. I right click and hit Open, but nothing happens no sign of it installing.. And it's not showing up under community lots I really want this lot, is it available on the exchange?


The same for me - it will not install. I don't download anything from the exchange due to the problems they have with corrupted files so I guess this is my loss. It is a very nice lot though.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#16 Old 3rd Oct 2010 at 2:14 PM
Thanks a lot for this, I'm burnt out on trying to find matching Ambitions lots for Sunset Valley. I've yet to even try the Salon, Fire Fighter, or Inventor professions simply because I haven't found an aesthetically pleasing lot.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#17 Old 10th Oct 2010 at 6:31 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrnickwright
Thanks a lot for this, I'm burnt out on trying to find matching Ambitions lots for Sunset Valley. I've yet to even try the Salon, Fire Fighter, or Inventor professions simply because I haven't found an aesthetically pleasing lot.


I know exactly what you mean :/
I'm still looking for a salon to replace the maxis one (or perhaps I'll build one when I have the patience)

I found a firestation at TSR that pleased me very much and I think fits well with Sunset Valley. I'll leave it out as a friendly suggestion
It's "Fire Station No.2" by shavasite, you can find it here
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#18 Old 19th Nov 2010 at 2:43 PM
this is wounder full by far the best fit I have seen for my town and style of play. thanks
Zombie Socks
THANKS POST
#19 Old 20th Dec 2010 at 6:57 AM
This is perfect! It's adorable and blends perfectly! Thank you so much! And yes, we need more shops and rabbit holes. Perhaps I will upload more.
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#20 Old 8th Feb 2011 at 6:52 PM
This is really pretty, thanks!
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#21 Old 18th Mar 2011 at 3:53 AM
I can't seem to place an empty lot next to the bistro anymore. I did at one time but I had to remove the save as it got corrupted.

I even uninstalled everything and went back to the base game and I still can't put a stupid lot there, it's always red :-(
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#22 Old 18th Mar 2011 at 1:18 PM
Thank you so much! It's just what I need! :-D
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#23 Old 12th May 2011 at 5:03 AM
Yeah, it doesn't work for me either...It is such a shame because (even though you claim not to be a great builder) judging by the uploads you have put here on MTS you seem to have a natural talent for building! This lot is no exception, and I would love to have it in my town.

That being said, is there any chance you could figure out a remedy for this? Although I'm not even sure why it's not working...
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#24 Old 14th Aug 2011 at 6:43 PM
Thanks so much! This is just what I needed!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#25 Old 22nd Aug 2011 at 4:12 AM
@ mrnickwright & mariomaster101
Sorry for late reply, I don't check in here as often as I should.

I don't know what can be causing that problem in your neighborhoods, I have installed mine at least in 3 clean Sunset Valley games and it worked no problem. The placing however can vary a bit from game to game. So in your case you may want to try every possible position next to that spot. Make sure you don't hit street lamps or inclinations.
If this fails and the game doesn't let you place a lot adjacent to the road, you can try pressing alt while trying to position the lot (this should give you more freedom of rotation and placement). You might end up hitting a spot not technically connected to the road but it's the best I can suggest to you both at this moment

I'm sorry, I know that sucks. I hate Sunset Valley's lack of space for this very same reason.