Rent it for baby or the beach
SUN PHOTO/LOISE BOLGER
Bob Shaffer shows some of the items available for
rent at the stores in Holmes Beach and Cortez.
Have you heard from the kids yet with their winter travel schedules? Have they added a new baby or two or do they want to bring little Billy's best friend along on the trip? Or maybe Aunt Mildred is flying down but can't bring her wheel chair or walker. Don't despair. Everything you need to accommodate all your winter visitors can be delivered right to your front door.
Bob and Lynn Shaffer started ABC Rentals in Sarasota in 2002 after "retiring" from Buffalo to Florida. Since then, they have expanded the business to include a store in Manatee County, first in Cortez, and now since July 1, in Holmes Beach. In order to keep up with the demand for rental items, they maintain a 5,000 square foot warehouse, three trucks and five drivers to make deliveries seven days a week.
They offer approximately 75 rental items, mostly focusing on baby, toddler and beach needs. Some of their inventory includes cribs, port-a-cribs, toddler beds, rollaway beds, high chairs, car seats, booster seats, joggers, strollers, wagons, bassinets and air beds. They also stock pretty much anything you might need for the beach – umbrellas, beach carts, chairs, cabanas, toys, life jackets and the very popular beach wheelchairs.
The Schaffers are scrupulous when it comes to their inventory and have just purchased all new state of the art cribs and continually retire and replace items. As far as cleanliness, every rental item goes through a professional laundering and sanitizing when returned including their delivery vans designed to protect your grandchild's crib from the elements. They purchase all of their rental items directly from the manufacturer which enables them to be up-to-date on new products and recalled items.
Lynn Schaffer sits on the board of the Juvenile Products Safety Commission, a national organization which promotes child safety products. ABC Rentals is also a member of the Child Safety Board a United States Government agency.
If you happen to stroll into ABC Rental's new shop in Holmes Beach to arrange for a rental, don't forget to take a look around. Not only do they have a very nice display of their rental items, they also have a fun gift shop where nothing is priced more than $50.
They carry exclusively Frisky water shoes and flip flops and Pola Bola sunglasses. There's a nice selection of casual jewelry, including another exclusive, Sadie Green's sea glass jewelry. And just for a little fun ,check out the Life is Crap adult t-shirts with out of wine, out of chocolate and out of beer slogans. You can also stock up on suntan lotion, floats, cover-ups, hats and tote bags.
ABC Rentals can supply pretty much whatever you need to entertain and keep the kids comfortable during their visit. Browse through their website to see the complete list of rental items, as well as child safety updates. Now if they could only figure out a way to get the hot dogs and hamburgers from Publix to the barbeque.
ABC Rentals S & S Plaza
5352 Gulf Drive
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., off season
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in season
Deliveries 7 days a week
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