Off the Record: Tough Sell


By now you probably know that we’re wont to spill the beans. This week, we’ll let you in on something we’re not supposed to tell you about the making of Tough Sell, writer-at-large Dave Gardetta’s profile of estate sale maven Cynthia Abernethy.

Gardetta took two bottles of champagne to the photo shoot to help relax Abernethy. “I knew she was anxious about the shoot, even though I’d never seen her anxious about anything else. I also knew she was a champagne aficianado, ” says Gardetta, who sneaked the bubbly onto Michael Kelley’s South Pasadena set. “I think it calmed her down.”