I moved to San Francisco in 2003 to join the videogame industry. I’ve worked with a bunch of talented folks while here and the list of people whom I’m indebted to for sharing their knowledge and friendship with me is extensive.
But it is time to move on, on to Vietnam! If all goes well we’ll be out of our place in less than a month.
There’s a lot that needs to be done to make an international move like this — mainly get rid of most of our worldly possessions. I imagine that there will be some lessons learned or some helpful tips that I discover along the way and if there are I’ll try to share them here.
Likewise, if you have good ideas of where to sell things, please let me know in the comments below!
Here’s my plan of action so far:
- Take care of 2010 taxes
- Procure necessary travel documents (Vietnamese travel visa, statement of a lack of a criminal record needed for work permit, researching precautions or forms necessary for Yuki to maintain her green card)
- Book airplane tickets
- Find a shipping company
- Pick out special books to ship to Vietnam or to my parent’s place in Ohio
- Send great condition hardcover books to Amazon fulfillment (books that sell for under $3 are not worth it due to fixed costs)
- Attempt to sell all other books to local book store
- Attempt to give all remaining books to the library
- Leave remaining books on the street corner
- CDs / DVDs / Vinyl
- Sell at Amoeba Records?
- Ebay and Craigslist
- Game Consoles and Games
- Sell handfull of non-reference quality games to Gamestop?
- Ship consoles and remaining games to Vietnam
- Bring most of them to Goodwill
- Sentimental Items (Mostly small sculptures received as gifts or purchased during travels)
- Kitchen Items (Pots and other great items mostly received as wedding gifts)
- Road Bicycle
- Going Away Party
- Can’t even begin to think of how to do this right now