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From SC4 to TS3: Honest Carrie's and Gustav's Knicknacks

by Flora2 Posted 2nd Jan 2015 at 9:20 PM
6 Comments / replies (Who?) - 5 Thanks Posts
I have become very oldschool eventually: I prefer SimCity 4 to Simcity 2013, and I prefer the Sims 3 to Sims 4. Nostalgia is a sure sign of growing old. Anyway, every time I played SimCity 4, I felt an irresistible urge to build / recreate the SC4 lots in the Sims, especially because these tiny little lots on the pixellated screen looked so carefully detailed, designed with a kind of personality that you could guess what type of sims lived there, their lifestyle, family life, etc. I especially loved the low-wealth starter zones of SC4: instead of the usual prettiness and shininess of the Sims homes, they showed garbage, low-budget solutions, industrial decorations, even dirt. So at last they are in my Sims 3 game: the commercial lots that are usually built on the first zones of SimCity 4, the Honest Carrie's Used Cars, and the Gustav's Knicknacks & Gewgaws.

Honest Carrie's Used Cars:
- I built it using the grocery shop rabbithole from the University EP, so technically in Sims 3 it's a 0-24 grocery's because, sadly, cars cannot be bought here. There is an inventing workbench inside the car dealership office.
Lot size: 40 x 40
Price: 47,757

Gustav's Knicknacks & Gewgaws:
- I set it to a consignment store (Ambitions EP), with a storing garage and a small office.
Lot size: 20 x 30
Price: 50,078

No CC used on either lots. Both of them are playtested.
University and Ambitions EPs are essential, but I used objects / decorations from World Adventures, Late Night, Seasons, Generations, Showtime and Island Paradise, too.

Lot Size: 20x30
Lot Price (furnished): 50, 078
Lot Price (unfurnished): 31, 686

Additional Credits:
To Maxis for the excellent design of SimCity 4 buildings.

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 Late Night Generations Showtime Seasons University Life Island Paradise
Built with Game Version: 1.67.2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Size: 1.68 MB · Downloads: 2,242 · 2nd Jan 2015
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Size: 1.55 MB · Downloads: 2,117 · 2nd Jan 2015
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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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Test Subject
#2 Old 3rd Jan 2015 at 6:53 AM
Interesting adding a little real life filth to the sims 3 rather than the usual magical sweet clean fairytale perfect world stuff lol. ( i agree on sim3 over 4 and no comp on simcity 4 over that um recent game i wont call simcity at all.
Test Subject
3rd Jan 2015 at 8:28 PM
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#3 Old 7th Jan 2015 at 4:08 AM
Love them to bits!
Test Subject
#4 Old 13th Jan 2015 at 4:14 PM
Wonderful idea! I would LOVE to see more!
Test Subject
#5 Old 2nd Jun 2015 at 12:41 PM
Really well done. I have been remaking Sunset Valley to make it less cartoon-ish and your buildings are just perfect, not for Sunset Valley alone, but for any world. Really looking forward to more of these. :D
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 8th Sep 2017 at 4:47 PM
I particularly like Honest Gustav's. I think I will redo the right hand shop and turn it into a fortune teller with the rug.