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Since its founding in 1936 Cliff's Variety has been constantly growing and evolving in response to the needs of our customers. Our buyers work to keep our selection fresh and interesting and to maintain a stock of hard-to-find hardware items. Since our selection is constantly changing it's always rewarding to come in and browse, but should you be unable to get into the store, we have included a brief overview of the various departments and we are available to help you find the specific items you are seeking. Just Email, Fax (415.431.0803), or give us a call (415.431.5365).

Home Improvement

Our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with your home improvement and home repair projects. Should it be choosing the best paint for your living room or repairing a leaky toilet, we can help. Not only do we offer advice, we also carry a wide selection of tools and materials for the job. Cliff's features a robust hardware and tool section as well as locks, plumbing, electrical, glass and a complete line of paints. We also have a great selection of garden tools and accessories. Come in and let our experts help you find what you need. If we don't have it, we'll be glad to special order it for you. We have access to over 800 manufacturers and suppliers.

We maintain a large selection of authentic reproductions of Victorian plaster ornaments including ceiling medallions, brackets, moldings, and finials. The Annex features Victorian and Art Deco doorknobs and lock plates. Also on hand are knobs, spindles, plates and bit keys. Our electrical department has a broad array of period lamp parts, fixtures, and glass.

Home Décor

Our Annex houses an array of products for home interiors from an ever-changing selection of decorator items such as pillows, rugs, table linens and housewares. We also offer a broad line of window coverings. Cliff's also has a notorious selection of shower curtains, bath hardware and accessories.


Our cooking department has what you need for everyday living or preparing gourmet meals. We have a great selection of small appliances, professional cutlery as well as quality pots & pans in stainless steel, cast iron, and enamel. In addition we offer all the basics in glassware and dinnerware and feature a unique collection of Asian dishes, teapots and cookware. The department also includes a complete selection of storage solutions for around the house and all the cleaning supplies you'll need to cleanup after the party.

Art & Stationery

For the casual artist our Art department has all the basics from pre-stretched canvases to an assortment of paints and brushes. We also have a good selection of drawing and sculpting materials and paper products. Our stationery department features everything you need for your home office or school project. We also feature an ever-changing selection of trendy journals and desk accessories.

Fabrics & Crafts

Sewing a quilt? Knitting a scarf? Or perhaps you're in need of several hundred silver sequins? Our fabrics and craft departments will most likely have what you need. We carry a selection of fabrics supported by all the basics including solids, prints, glitzy costuming materials and heavyweight upholstery goods. We also have all the notions needed to help you complete your project including buttons, zippers and rhinestone trim. Our needlecraft department offers a broad selection of yarns and needles as well as instructional books for inspiration. In our craft department you will find accessories for jewelry making, Styrofoam, craft boxes, hobby paints and dyes.

Fun & Games

Fun is an important element here at Cliff's. Our toy department is chock full of toys, games and puzzles for all ages. Whether it's a red wagon, a big stuffed dog or hundreds of little rubber insects you can find something that can bring a smile. In addition to our notorious toy selection we have a selection of party goods and gift-wrap for any festive occasion, and of course we have a year round costuming department featuring makeup, wigs and that special tiara or boa for that rainy day or housekeeping pick me up.

Seasonal & Holiday

The holidays are the best time to visit us. Whether it's Christmas with all the lights and ornaments or the high holy days of Halloween we really go all out to create a fun and festive shopping experience. You can count on Cliff's to have all the costumes, wigs, tiaras and stockings the neighborhood will need for a fun and festive Halloween.

Store Hours
Monday - Friday
08:30am. - 8:00pm.
09:30am. - 8:00pm.
11:00am. - 6:00pm.
GE Lighting
Nostalgic Warehouse
Lorna Kollmeyer
michael miller fabrics

479 Castro Street. San Francisco, CA 94114 Tel. (415) 431-5365 Mon- Sat 10:00 am. -08:00 pm. | Sun 10:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
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