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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Posted on May 17, 2019

Sapadilla is Now in Stock!

The smart formulations, with plant-based ingredients and 100% pure essential oil blends, leave your home sparkly clean and smelling wonderfully fresh.

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Posted on May 16, 2019

These coconut fiber doormats from the Spanish design company fisura are sure to bring a ray of sunshine to even the gloomiest of spring days. In stock now at Cliff’s Variety.

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Bay to Breakers Accessories

May 15, 2019 – May 25, 2019

What better way to run the Bay to Breakers than in rose colored glasses. Cliff's has all the last minute costume accessories you could need for Sundays race. Wigs, crazy hats, tights & socks, inflatables and of course fun sunglasses. Check our Instagram for more ideas or come in and let our staff...

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Color Atelier Lime Paint


COLOR ATELIER is a San Francisco-based paint company owned and operated by wife-and-husband team Burju K. and Olivier Garnier. Together they have created a small batch paint that is some of the most environmentally friendly paint available anywhere in the world today. Combining old world finishin...

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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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a week ago
Always have to stop in to Cliff's when in the neighborhood. They have TONS of stuff you won't find elsewhere. And the guys and gals working there are the absolute BEST
- Gregory S
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
4 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

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