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.
Fabulous job! Everything was delivered and set up on time for my vineyard wedding! The crew was very positive and Pam was always a great help to us! I will always use AAYS for any of my rental needs!!
- Audrey A. | October 2019
The staff at AAYS could not have been more helpful - top notch, professional, and very friendly. I would definitely use AAYS in the future for any event rental needs.
- Donna | November 2018
I love working with AAYS, from St. Patricks day parties, birthday parties, and shrimp boils. We have rented trash cans to tents to serving dishes. They have always come clean, delivery is prompt as is pick up. I would recommend AAYS over and over again. Stellar staff and rental options!
- Jess | February 2019
Everyone, from Mike on, was terrific! Great service, personal and professional at the same time.
- Kristine W. | August 2019
Thank you for the great service during our coverage of Notre Dame Football 2018.
- Mike | NBC | December 2018
The entire staff is so great to work with! They're always friendly, communicative and willing to do whatever it takes to make our events go smoothly for us! Wish we had more events! :)
- Amanda H. | March 2019
Very easy to schedule and helped me pick an appropriate tent size. Delivered and removed on time. Did a great job setting up and removing it without any damage to my land... very highly recommend them!
- Debbie G. | July 2019