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If you’re familiar with the specific type of satisfaction the savvy secondhand shopper gets from digging through people’s stuff at yard and estate sales, finding bargains on everything from kitchenware to new outfits, then Highlandtown is your spot for today.

Blockenstein 12 is, as its name suggests, a monstrously large neighborhood-wide yard sale returning for its 12th consecutive year. It began as “an effort to bring neighbors together to get to know one another with an eye toward creating a safer community,” according to the Highlandtown Community Association’s website. More obviously, it gives locals a chance to get together and rid themselves of built-up belongings to make some space in their home, while making some cash in the process.

What began as a mere idea in 2007 is now a beast of an event in 2018. It’s a friendly community free-for-all, set up on the 3100 and 3200 blocks of Bank Street. Residents need only bring a table to set up shop.

Shoppers can come hungry, as the yard sale doubles as a cookout, according to a Facebook event.

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Bank Street between S. East and Ellwood avenues, (410) 491-3895,, free.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...