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.
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
AAYS was wonderful to work with. Ms. Pam was incredibly kind & had my back through the process even as a few adjustments were made last minute. I don't host events often that would require rentals, but I would never consider going anywhere else now that I have done business with you. Thank You so much!
- Amber R. | Bethel University | September 2019
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
Process was easy and delivery went smoothly and all the staff I encountered had excellent customer service.
- Barb C | January 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
Ashley was amazing to work with!! She really eased my mind when planning the wedding and had so many great ideas. She was enthusiastic and I would be happy to work with her again!
- Alexandera W | January 2020
AAYs was very helpful in the event planning process. They created a layout and made updates based on my feedback. I reached out to them last minute and they turned everything around in a timely manner.
- Alaina R. | Notre Dame | September 2019