Meet the Team

Melly and Mitch

Long time suburban Chicago residents, Melly and Mitch Schwartz, opened the doors to Turn The Tables in July of 2011.

Melly studied art education at Illinois State University and has been utilizing her love of art for thirty years.  Under the company name “Turn The Tables” she established herself by painting and re-purposing furniture, both in a retail and studio environment.  After her clients continuously asked her to find interesting furniture items for their homes, she had a vision that could make this happen. 


In late 2010, Melly approached her husband, Mitch, who had a long career in the commercial lighting industry.  She asked, “What if we partnered to create a consignment shop, combined with my existing custom painting business, all under one roof?”  Mitch, surprisingly replied, “Let’s give it a go."  They pursued a 2,800 square foot vacant retail space in downtown Northbrook.  The space was perfect for both their consignment shop and onsite painting studio.  The feedback from the community, since then, has been tremendous!

Mary Ellen Ward


Mary Ellen, Turn The Tables consignment manager, has been with the shop from the beginning.  She is responsible for selecting, scheduling and pricing new consignments. Her furniture knowledge and past work in research has made her a valuable asset to the business. She prices hundreds of consignment items every month and enjoys filling the store with a mix of current furniture, art, antiques and oddities.


Jackie Hestad

A long time client, Jackie was arm twisted into joining Turn The Tables in May 2015.  When she is not hard at work in the shop, staging, selling and websiting, she is busy showing off her new grandchild to the world.    


Gayle Edmunds

Gayle was promoted from avid customer to Turn the Tables Sales Associate in May 2016.  She loves eclectic furnishings and design.  Her background is in museum education and cultural programming.  She enjoys helping customers as wells as hanging the art that comes in the shop.  In her free time, Gayle works in her garden, knits, and walks her black lab around town. 


Chris Heydt


Chris, a resident of Northbrook for 24 years,  began as a sales associate for Turn the Tables in April 2017.  As a proud Mom of 3 boys, they have always been willing to re-arrange furniture when Mom asks!  At our shop, Chris enjoys the interior design and staging, with all of the wonderful pieces that arrive daily.  In her free time, Chris loves to read, shop and stay current on the latest movies.    


Cindy Kessler