Why You Absolutely Need an Outdoor Event Tent
Whether you are planning a large event, intimate gathering, or a casual neighborhood get together, having a tent is a must. Here’s how and why you should include a tent rental in your budget.
AAYS story begins with a Hertz Truck Rental in the 1950’s. At the time, it was one of only four Hertz locations in the US with the others in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. Burt Liss, who was the owner of the Hertz South Bend location, was the first in the nation to begin renting general rental items, such as hand tools and chairs, along with his Hertz trucks.
In 1966 Jim (J.W.) Sharpe bought the general rental side of the company, having the only general rental store within a 75-mile radius. Interesting fact: J.W.’s first rental to the University of Notre Dame was wooden folding chairs in 1967. He and his wife, Terri, began adding tables, chairs, dishes, electronics, highchairs, walkers, and even hospital beds to the inventory. However, it was the rental of tools that carried the company in the beginning.
J.W. and Terri’s three sons, Jim, Mike, and Tim, worked alongside them and joined the company full-time after college. Due to economic demands and the ever-growing inventories, in the 1980’s it was separated into two divisions - party and banquet rentals and tool rentals. Following J.W. and Terri’s retirement, Jim and Mike began overseeing the party and banquet rentals of tents, tables, chairs, china, etc. and Tim the tool division with scaffolding, compressors, generators, bobcats, chainsaws, etc.
In 2017, the tool division was dissolved, and Sharpe’s began focusing exclusively on event rental; rebranding the company as AAYS Event Rentals. Having amassed event rental items of over 450,000 sq ft of tents, over 5,000 tables, over 40,000 chairs, and over 5,000 individual place settings, the size and scope of their capabilities are astounding. Today, over 50 years in business, whether known as South Bend Rent-All, Aay’s Rent-All, or AAYS Event Rental, the company remains family owned and operated and holds the largest, most extensive, inventory in the Michiana area. As the areas premier rental company, AAYS continues to fulfill rental needs with the leading-edge products, professionalism, and the integrity the industry requires.
Great customer service all around!!!!
- Pristina J. | Purdue University | October 2019
The AAYS delivery, set up and tear down crew were prompt, provided attention to detail, courteous, performed all duties in an excellent manner and represented the "excellence in quality of the AAYS Event Rentals" brand. I have used AAYS Rental for graduation rentals, concert staging, etc., for 20 years and will continue to do so moving forward. Thank you for a "job well done."
- Robert F. Smith Assistant Principal | Clay High School | June 2019
The staff was very very friendly and the delivery and pick up was perfectly timed. They made the whole experience very quick and convenient. I would recommend AAYS Event Rentals to anyone looking for a great place to go for their party needs! :)
- Wendy | December 2018
AAYS always has plenty of tables/chairs for our kids grad parties (we have 9 kids, 3 more parties to go!) Appreciate email communication. Easy loading/unloading. Friendly flexible staff.
- Julie E. | June 2019
AAYS provides excellent service. The tents I order are always in place on time. Customer service is always easy to work with and goes the extra mile.
- Sue H. | Notre Dame | September 2019
They were quick and efficient and very reasonably priced!
- Olivia A. | February 2019
I would definitely use AAYS again! The customer service is top notch - the staff is friendly, helpful and the attention to detail is fabulous.
- Tami L. | June 2019