Top 10 Event Rentals for 2021
I love countdowns. Casey Kasem’s Top 40 Countdown was always a favorite, and anytime I see a show or article with a “Top 10”, I always want to see or read it. Psychologist say we love “Top X Lists” because it doesn’t take any real thought to digest the information (I guess we are inherently lazy even when it comes to thinking). The New Yorker compiled A list of Reasons Why Our Brains Love Lists.
So I decided it would be fun to make a top 10 list for most rented items. I realized when I started putting this list together, that it wasn’t as easy as just running a report. I had to decide, do I want to rank by quantity or revenue. If I choose quantity than items that you rent in multiples will win (glasses, flatware, etc.). If I rank by revenue, then high dollar items (like tents) would win even though far less in quantity were rented. I ultimately chose to go with a list of categories.
Here are the most rented items (by quantity):
Most rented tables need to be covered. Polyester tablecloths are the most popular, and the least expensive to rent.
Tents were the #1 rented item by revenue. In Austin, it is either terribly hot, and you need shade, or it’s really nice so you want to have an outside event. I lumped all tents together instead of sorting by size, but the most popular size was the 20 x 40 tent rental followed closely by a simple 10 x 10 pop up tent.
Almost every large event we helped with this year incorporated games – from corporate events to galas to weddings. The most popular games were Cornhole, Giant Jenga and Giant Tic Tac Toe. Towards the end of the year, we saw a surge in other more unique games like video games and mini golf.
This is a big category and lumps together everything from cocktail tables to vineyard tables. The most commonly rented tables was a 60″ round probably because it seats the most number of people in a space. The next most popular table was a 6′ rectangle.
I’m lumping all glasses together here. If I didn’t we’d just have a big list of glasses. Glasses have an unfair advantage in this ranking since everyone rents multiples. The most rented glass is the wine glass followed by the double old fashioned followed by the champagne flute.
It’s so fun to see what everyone rents and to start to spot trends. If you want more info on what’s popular, get in touch. If you own a rental company, you might be interested in the Top Ten List by Revenue to help you make purchasing decisions next year. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.