Cliff's is a landmark variety store in San Francisco selling an eclectic mix of goods for the home & garden.
Opening at 10:00 AM
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Wusthof Classic Knife Sale!

Apr 19, 2019 – Apr 26, 2019

It's the first Wusthof Classic Knife Sale! All in stock Classic Knives are 25% off our regular everyday prices. Compare and see we have the best price.

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Memorial for Ernie Asten

Apr 14, 2019 – Apr 14, 2019

Join the community Sunday, April 14th to say farewell to a local legend, Ernie Asten, 4th generation San Franciscan, and long time owner of Cliff's Variety.

Come march with us to a marching band, Ernie's wish. We'll assemble at 1:45 on the corner of Collingwood and 19th Streets, and march up Cas...

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Posted on Mar 15, 2019

R.I.P Ernie Asten (That's him with the dog)

You have given all you can to this world and your struggle is now over. May you fly among the stars free and unhindered.

Early on the morning of March 15th 2019, Ernie’s body gave up its fight against a disease that had challenged him for many years...

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Posted on Feb 17, 2019

For the second year in a row we have been voted Favorite Hardware Store by our neighbors on Nexdoor. Thank You friends!

Posted on Feb 16, 2019

We've received our Legacy Business digital badge of honor from the city. We are so proud to be recognized as an anchor in our community and thank all of our customers for keeping Cliff's a relevant business at 83!

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AARKE Carbonator II


Upgrade your Sodastream for the holiday! We just received the Stainless and Matte Black AARKE carbonators yesterday. There's no sexier way to make sparkling water!

San Francisco Police Toy Drive Donation Match Weekend

Dec 15, 2018 – Dec 16, 2018

This weekend for every toy donated at Cliff's to the San Francisco Police Department Toy Drive, we will match it with a toy or toys of equal value. Help us put smiles on faces this holiday!

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Posted on Dec 8, 2018

White Elephant Weekend..... We have a ton of gifts around $20. Not to mention Toys, Housewares and Christmas Trees, Lights and Decorations.
One stop shopping at its best!

Posted on Nov 29, 2018

This Saturday is Worlds AIDS Day!

Cliff's will be supporting the cause by donating 10% of our days profits to the AIDS LifeCycle.

If you can't make it in, you can support the cause online at https://www.worldaidsday.org/

Or you can support our own in house cyclist Rich on his ride to stop AIDS.

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3 months ago
I'm a new business owner in the Castro. Went into Cliff's to purchase some paint and had the best customer service from Drew in the paint department. I forgot my glasses and Drew not only helped me choose my colors he took the time to pull paint swatches from the back that aren't on the floor so I could have additional choices. Drew was fantastic! Thanks Drew
- Love 2
3 months ago
Shopping experience at variety has always been good. I have shopped here for years from essentials for the house to gifts for kids & white elephant. Service is great too. They have everything for a party to plumbing supplies for creating a shower for a crawl tub. Love this store.
- Anna C
3 months ago
Love this place! Has toys and kitchenware to hardware and garden. Lots of house repair items that are needed for the old houses in SF. Fun LGBT things to buy. The staff is always really helpful.
- Chris B

About Us

Since our founding in 1936, Cliff's Variety has been constantly growing and evolving in response to the needs of our customers. Our buyers strive to keep our selection fresh, on-trend and competitive. 

We carry the best of everything from hardware & tools to cookware, garden supplies, toys, crafts and gifts.

We also offer re-keying and lock repair, knife sharpening, glass, acrylic & wood cuttingLight fabrication, pipe threading and cable crimping are among the many other services we offer at Cliff's Variety.  If your project has gone a little beyond your abilities, we're here to help.  

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479 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

Business Hours

Mon:10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tue:10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wed:10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thu:10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Fri:10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sat:10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sun:10:00 AM – 6:00 PM