OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Robert Edelheit had grown sick of a grill he barely used. So when the holiday crowds on Friday began pouring into Ocean City, where his summer home sits next to the boardwalk, he and his wife saw their chance.
Sell the grill. Make a buck.
"We figured, 'What the heck, let's put it out,' " Peggy A. Edelheit said.
A few houses down, a man was selling bicycles and a walker from his yard. Curious beachgoers along the boardwalk leaned onto the rail and squinted through the sunlight at the prices.
For these summer homeowners in Ocean City and others who live along the Shore, a holiday weekend can be a version of spring cleaning, a way to get rid of unused but still-workable items.
And boy, do they sell fast.
"Less than an hour," Peggy Edelheit said about the red Brinkmann grill in her yard.
Robert Edelheit put it on the grass with a for-sale sign around 11:30 a.m. Friday. He figured he at least had time to walk the dog. His wife walked upstairs and made a grilled cheese sandwich.
Then the doorbell started ringing.
When he returned, three people were huddled around the grill. Edelheit gave them an informal hello.
"Any questions?" he asked.
"We're just taking a quick look at it," a man told him.
"I don't think I cooked more than four or five times on it," Edelheit said.
When he bought it at a Home Depot last summer, he paid more than $100. Now he was about to sell it for half that. Edelheit said he wasn't in it for the money.
So when the man who wanted to buy the grill asked if Edelheit would be willing to sell for $40 instead of $50, he agreed. The man gave Edelheit all the cash he had on him, $25, and said he would be back after lunchtime with the rest - as long as Edelheit took the for-sale sign down. He did.
Two houses down, the sale was much larger: seven bicycles, a baby stroller, and a red wagon. The walker, too.
The walker "was from a friend," said Bill, 71, who declined to give his last name. "Their mom passed away, so I'm selling it for them."
He said the bicycles had come from his family or neighbors who know his reputation for selling items on holiday weekends.
Prices from $75 to $150. By early afternoon, he said he had sold two bicycles.
The others still drew plenty of onlookers.
One was Katie Morris, 27, of Delran. Her family keeps a collection of 10 to 15 bikes at its summer home, she said, so she was naturally drawn to the bicycles for sale.
"The road bikes were interesting to me," she said. The prices "seem pretty good."
Still, Morris didn't feel like leaving the boardwalk to actually check out the bikes.
"I'd have to go down and inspect them," she said. Perhaps next year.