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Welcome to Syl-Lee Antiques – a renowned New York City antique buyer!

We are your one-stop shop for everything antique. We are the most favored buyer and seller of antiques in the New York City and Long Island area. We are very in touch with the current antique and fine art market and will evaluate your items accordingly. We have a natural love for antiques and enjoy seeing rare one-of-a-kind pieces on a regular basis.

Who We Are – Syl-Lee Antique Buyer NYC

Syl-Lee Antiques (read as “silly”) is derived from the names of the owner’s parents, (Sylvia and Lee). We are a family-owned and operated Manhattan antique company. We have been buying antiques, fine art, collectibles, gold, silver, and costume jewelry for over 40 years. We have created a great reputation when it comes to buying and selling antiques.

Gary Zimmerman is the patriarch and creator of Syl-Lee Antiques. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College in NYC. He focused on the areas of painting, sculpture, and design. He also created his own artworks. Gary worked in commercial design for famous store brands like Jade East co.

Sharing his passion, his daughter Marion Zimmerman Rizzo joined him full-time back in the 90’s. She earned her degree in Antique and Art Appraisal at New York University. She has joined her father in purchasing contents of numerous private estates and homes in the New York City and Long Island area.

In 2005, Gary’s youngest daughter, Marnie Robbins entered the antique business. She specializes in dealing with their senior clientele. Her patience and understanding are second to none.

More recently in 2008, Gary’s son Adam Zimmerman joined the family business. He has a fresh outlook on the antique business. He also has an abundance of resources to research any and all types of antiques.

We are a family operated business. You can be assured that only Gary Zimmerman, Marion Rizzo, or Adam Zimmerman will be the ones who show up at your door to evaluate your items.


What People are Saying

Why We Are The Leading Antique Buyers in NYC

Not all antique shops are created equal. What we mean is that some NYC antique stores do not put their clients’ best interests above their own. We understand how tiring and frustrating it is to sell your much-loved antique pieces. It can even be time-consuming and stressful. It is not easy going back-and-forth to antique stores only to have your items underpriced. We also understand how hard it is for you to let go of your collection. We make the lives of each of our antique sellers easier by going the extra mile to serve them.

We do not insist to have your items brought to our Manhattan Antique Store for appraisal if your time doesn’t permit it. We are the kind of NYC antique buyers who are more than happy to make home visits to check your items personally. We help you save time by making the selling process easy for you. We make home visits to the Long Island and Manhattan areas.

We love what we do, and understandably, we care about you...

Adam Zimmerman, Syl-Lee's CEO, talks a little bit about what makes the company unique

Watch Adam Zimmerman of Syl-Lee Antiques in a video interview on “The Donna Drake Show.”

We provide a lot of options to help complete the selling process as fast and efficiently as possible.

Yes, you read it right! We offer a complimentary, no obligation quote so contact us right away if there is something you want to sell.

It’s totally on us! We won’t even charge you with transportation fees. That’s how we value our clients just like their treasured antiques. We travel to all Long Island and New York City areas as well as some parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.

Take note that some Long Island antique buyers pay in installment or take items on consignment. We don’t do that to our clients. We know that when clients decide to liquidate their antiques they deserve to be paid right away. We provide quick on the spot payment.

We bridge the connection between you and auctioneers, especially for estates. We maintain connections with other entities that can assist you in selling your items. The reason for this is that some items are more suitable for auctions. If we feel that your valuables are better suited for auctions, we will connect you to the right auction specialist.

You don’t have to worry about anything at all, we have major connections that can assist you in liquidating your entire estate. Once we have appraised your possession, we will give you the necessary information to the necessary parties. Our estate specialists have more than 40 years of experience in appraising properties in Long Island.

If you wish to empty the entire contents of your home even after you have sold most of your antiques, we also work with companies that offer “broom sweep” clean outs. They empty whatever furniture or other antique items that don’t have significant value.

Unique rare antiques and fine art pieces are also in demand at our shop. The rare items include Asian antiquities, contemporary art, rare first addition books, art glass, Native American art, military items and much more. We know a a lot about every antique subject, but if needed we can contact specialists on your behalf.

Reach us through any of our numbers, email address, and other contact details here and we will be more than glad to get back to you as soon as possible.

Being the Leading NYC Antique Buyer, We Have a Long List of Items That We Buy

You can count on us when it comes to having your antiques sold because we buy almost all the priceless pieces there are.
The items that we buy include (click on item name for more details):

Our clients have exquisite antique jewelry pieces that they never wear and do not know what to do with. Our appraiser will take his time in making sure that your jewelry is evaluated accurately. We will then give you a very reasonable offer.

Syl-lee will also evaluate estate jewelry. These are wonderful pieces that have been left behind by someone who once loved them. They can be loved again by someone new, and we want the chance to make that happen.

Some of the most desired antique jewelry designers we look for and buy include Cartier, Tiffany, David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, and much more.

Our clients have exquisite antique jewelry pieces that they never wear and do not know what to do with. Our appraiser will take his time in making sure that your jewelry is evaluated accurately. We will then give you a very reasonable offer.

Syl-lee will also evaluate estate jewelry. These are wonderful pieces that have been left behind by someone who once loved them. They can be loved again by someone new, and we want the chance to make that happen.

Some of the most desired antique jewelry designers we look for and buy include Cartier, Tiffany, David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati and much more.

Unwanted and unused gold can add up very quickly. You can turn unmatched earrings and broken items into cash. Gold Charm bracelets and bangle bracelets can add up to thousands. 

Once considered as junk items, these vintage costume jewelry pieces are now treated the same way as other traditional types of fine jewelry. Items from this category include necklaces, rings, earrings, bangles, pins, brooches, bracelets, and more.

Furniture from the 50s and 60s is extremely hot today. It’s hard to believe that century-old furniture is now being topped by mid-century modern furniture. The market value and demand for mid-century modern furniture has greatly increased. We look for both American and Danish designed furniture.

The American designers we prefer include Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Herman Miller, Valdimir Kagan, Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin, Curtis Jere, Paul Evans, Edward Wormley, Harry Bertoia, Philip, and Kelvin Laverne, Florence Knoll, Karl Springer, and Paul McCobb.

On the other hand, the Danish designers we prefer include Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, John Stuart, Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, Poul Kjaerholm, Ole Wanscher, Arne Vodder, and Borge Mogensen.

Jewelry with diamonds are in high demand today. Especially rare are those by David Webb. We buy engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks, pins, and other diamond-studded pieces. We prefer designer brands from Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bucellati.

These antique pieces include centerpieces, flatware sets, sterling silver tea sets and spice boxes. We buy antique silver Judaica, Bucellati silver, Tiffany silver, Mexican silver and Native American/Navajo Silver.

Antique bronzes have a vast history. We can find timeless pieces from areas like Vienna, Austria and France. Some antique bronzes we look for are sculptures, mirrors, figures, vessels, lamps and chandeliers.

We look out for notable oil painters like Henry Bacon, Roger Eliot Fry, Grant Wood, Frederick Childe Hassam, and more. We also buy watercolor paintings.

Art included are signed prints, paintings, pottery and sculptures. Artists like Dali, Miro, Picasso, Chagall, Calder, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Lichtenstein are all in high demand.

We look for modern and antique fine art done by Russian artists. These include bronzes, paintings, and jewelry from the Russian region.

Antiques included are delicate ceramic and pottery from Asian regions including China, Korea, Tibet, and Japan. When it comes to Chinese antiques, the most valuable ones are those that were made during the Ming Dynasty.

These figures are lovely collectibles produced in Spain. Subjects often include children and animals.

We specialize in identifying antique porcelain and know the marks. We can also let you know the current market value. Popular porcelain brands in the market today include Sevres, Meissen, KPM and Royal Vienna.

Antique glass may date back from 200 to 700 years. These include finds like art glass, children’s toy glass, carnival glass, pressed glass, historical glass, elegant glass, flint glass, and more.

Antique watches are indeed timeless pieces that never go out of style. We value items from brands like Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier, Omega, and others.

When it comes to buying coins, the condition is very important. Antique coins in good condition can even be more valuable than gold coins from the 20th century. Morgan silver dollars are also in high demand.

We purchase vintage paintings, sculptures, bronzes, thangkas, and jewelry. Tibet, India, and Nepal are the most desired areas when it comes to Southeast Asian antiquities.


We value antique native American art including textiles, baskets, jewelry, and pottery.

We deal with many types of furs including fox, lamb, mink, and others. We buy fur items including coats, stole, shawls, jackets, and hats.

The highest valued vintage comic books in the market today include Detective, Adventure, and Action comics. Early Batman, Superman, and Spiderman comics may also be extremely expensive.

In addition to comics, we can also check the value of your vintage toys.

And a whole lot more!

Feel free to contact us now for FREE appraisal of your antiques.

Antique Buyers in NYC Coupon

We are a Long Island antique buyer that provides the best service possible. We also offer a coupon that entitles you to an extra $50 when we spend over $100 on our 1st visit. See our coupon page to print it out. You may redeem the coupon at the time of our visit.

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We welcome all NYC antique buyers to our Manhattan antique store! Feel free to visit or call us anytime to inquire about specific vintage items that you are interested in. We might have exactly what you are looking for. You have nothing to worry about because we are very happy to serve our clientele. We can also connect you with our experts to help you find what you are looking for. We always love talking to our clients and sharing our love of antiques.

We have many regular clients that we buy from a few times a year. Additionally, we offer referral royalties when you recommend us to your family, friends, and neighbors. We are proud to say that since we are a family business, we make each of our clients feel like family as well. Hear it from some of our satisfied customers. 

Want to get additional information? Visit us anytime at our New York City antique store or call us for inquiries and an appointment.