The option of renting is still the easier and most resource-efficient method of obtaining something for occasional use.
– Mike Sharpe, President
1950: Hertz Truck Rental
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.
1966: AAYS Is Born
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.
1980: Two Divisions
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.
2017: The New AAYS
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.
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What Our Customers Say...
Super easy to rent from!
- Kayla H. |
Great customer service, very friendly and professional. You guys are my go-to for party rentals! Thank you! My dad's surprise party was perfect!!
- Crystal L. |
From start to finish, our event was handled with professionalism and a caring touch. We've used AAYS for our large statewide conference for over 20 years without a single complaint.
- Ella A. |
AAYS was great to work with. The staff was kind and very efficient!
- Shawn S. |
Friendly customer service and provided a way to return our rentals after hours.
- Elizabeth C. |
Everyone I dealt with - from the front desk to the guys in the warehouse was very friendly and helpful! Great pricing as well.
- Sheila A. |
My 3rd time renting things for a grad party and another easy transaction. Everything was spot on again. Great people to work with. Highly recommend,
- Dana S. |