Rental points were popular in our country. In Soviet times, it was possible to get skiing for a while, a refrigerator, a TV set and a porcelain set. And in 1956 in Moscow appeared even the first point of rental cars. The initiator of the opening of this service was personally Nikita Khrushchev. He was inspired by a similar point of hire in the US.
The assortment of goods is growing all the time, and the level of income allows you to purchase previously inaccessible things. But even this could not destroy the rental system. There are such points and we – Russians rent cars and wedding dresses, skates and skis. But in the world there are many points of hire, where you can borrow something unusual for a while.
Rent a friend.
A couple of years ago in Moscow, an unusual rental service was launched. He brought some to bewildered, but someone directly accused the organizers of immorality. And in this case we are talking about the service “a friend for hire.” I must say that such a service was invented not at all in Russia, it came to us from abroad. There’s nothing surprising in renting, say, a wife, like in the US. And in Japan for a certain time, you can even get a whole family. To rent a spouse in America, you need to show a number of certificates and financial guarantees. In Russia, for the hire of a friend it is enough that the age of the client is more than 18 years, he should not drink alcohol at a meeting and did not insist on intimate relationships. Usually a meeting with a new temporary friend takes place in a cafe. The service of communication with a pleasant person should be paid by the hour. It costs from 500 to 700 rubles. A friend’s rental service also provides additional options. So, you can go shopping together, ride a bicycle and even ask for help when moving. But these services have to be paid separately. If you want to save on a friend, then communication can be made virtual.
Rent of animals.
In our country this service is still poorly developed. But in the West such a service is very popular. So, in the USA there is a system FlexPetz, which provides dogs for hourly use. In Japan, you can order a cat, a hamster or a turtle for time in your city apartment. But most of all went to Switzerland, where you can rent even a cow. Similar experience was decided to adopt in Moscow. The rent of animals began to be offered by the charity fund “Zoozaschita-plus”. He proposes to acquire his own dog for a while. To take such a step shelter has caused a large number of homeless dogs constantly coming to these people. Usually people come here for puppies, wanting to take them forever. But for adult dogs to find a new owner is much harder. Therefore, the nursery staff decided to offer people to take themselves grown dogs for 2-3 days. During this time, the family will be able to understand whether they need a dog. Such a service costs nothing, you just need to sign an obligation to feed and walk the dog. There is another popular service in the Russian capital – renting pigeons. The feathered ones are taken for a while by the newlyweds, releasing birds into the sky at the wedding. Such a service will cost lovers of beautiful gestures of 500-2000 rubles. Rent a “living book.”
This “living library” project offers unusual books for hire. Here, as usual, the reader comes and chooses a book, while handing over the old one. All the difference from the usual library is that people act as books. You can take a bunker from a Buddhist and official, a homeless and trucker, an atheist and a Muslim. The very same reading is replaced by conversation. The first such “living library” appeared in Denmark in 2000, eventually the fashion for such “books” spread throughout the world. Usually such establishments are open to visitors only a few times a year. But there are constantly operating “living libraries”. One of the most recent meetings in Moscow readers with their “books” was held at the end of 2011. And you could participate in it for free, and there were no age restrictions.The youngest participant of the “reading” was only 10 years old, and the oldest – more than 80 years. The idea of renting live books provokes rather ambiguous assessments. However, the creators of the project are trying to dispel stereotypes that exist among people of different professions and social groups.
In Moscow, it is difficult to surprise someone with a luxury vehicle. Usually city residents rent a limousine, not only for the sake of celebration, but even for meetings and wires of stars at the airport. But today, more and more often, retro cars are beginning to be used. I got popularity and service of coach rental. There are still few organizations that provide such services, but their number is growing. But 200-300 years ago it was the coach that was the main means of transportation, it determined the social status of the owner and demonstrated his wealth. It was not enough to have only one vehicle, it was necessary to keep the coachman, as well as several horses. Even today, hire a coach is not an expensive pleasure. The cost of renting Glass Lando coaches is the most expensive. The fact is that they are collected manually from valuable wood species at the European Manufactory. There, for more than 80 years, have been preparing carriages for the most notable families in Europe, including for the royal family of Great Britain. One hour of skiing in such a truly elite facility will cost 42 thousand rubles. For fans of a more economical trip there is another option – the hour of renting an open convertible will cost 12 thousand rubles.
Rent a house on wheels.
The World Tourism Organization reports that the most popular type of car tourism in the US and Europe is caravanning. This journey in a house on wheels is preferred by about 17% of the inhabitants. Only in one Germany in 2011, tourists who went on a trip around the country in their own or rented house on wheels, was 5.5 million people. Caravanning begins to penetrate into our lives. As a response to this interest, companies have appeared that rent such mobile homes. The motor-house is equipped with gas heating, several bunks, there is a stove and a refrigerator. You can take a shower in a special booth, and a bio-toilet is responsible for the ecology. The cost of renting such a camera is 3500-7800 rubles per day. Usually the client is given such a house for at least 3 days, but if there is a long-term lease desire, then discounts are given. In addition to money for rent, the developer must leave a considerable deposit, which is returned after the end of the trip. It should be noted that the interest of our compatriots in this type of travel stimulates the emergence of new campsites of the European type, they have already begun to be built.
Rent of elite jewelry.
This service, which includes renting not only expensive jewelry, but also jewelery, is quite widespread in the West. What is most interesting – most often it resorts to rich stars, who seemingly can afford to purchase jewelry. But the thing is that they too often need to appear at solemn events, walk on the carpet. So you have to rent a necklace or earrings in a few dozen carats. The record was a visit to the actress Sophia Vergara ceremony “Golden Globe.” After all, the woman was wearing jewelry worth a total of $ 5 million. In America in general, as in Europe, among celebrities it is considered a bad form to constantly wear jewelry. That’s no reason to buy them. But expensive jewelry is another matter. Now many designers even accentuated to produce elegant jewelry with semiprecious stones. Behind these products, even the term costume jewelery has become entrenched, they have become very popular in Moscow and other world capitals. The cost of this costume jewelry can reach several tens of thousands of dollars, but it can be hired. The usual rental period is 1-2 days.The rental provides for a bilateral agreement with the client, and as a deposit is left an amount equal to the cost of the product itself. A quarter of this money remains for the distributor, as payment for use. The remaining funds are returned to the tenant when he returns the decoration.
Rent a tram.
Vehicles are increasingly available for rent. It is possible for a while to become the owner of a limousine or even a helicopter. There was even an offer to rent a tram. Of course, it still sounds strange. But this is only a matter of time, because the service is already in demand not only in Russia, but also abroad. To become the owner, even for a while, of your own tram can be in Irkutsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov, Riga and Lviv. Moscow was not an exception in this list either. Here you can rent the legendary “Annushka”, which began to run along the streets of the capital back in 1911. For decades the route of the famous tram was constantly changing. Now it’s just a snack on wheels, which runs along the Boulevard Ring. A ride on a leased tram can be done for only two selected routes. You can also suggest your own way if you can agree on it. Depending on the path, the cost of rent will also change. The basic rental rate is 5,000 rubles per hour, and the same amount will have to be paid for the arrival of the tram to the location indicated by the client. You can try to rent and the most common tram. To do this, you should contact one of the Moscow tram depots.
Rent an island.
What do people take with them on vacation? The richest go there on a yacht or choose a villa, modern apartments. It turns out you can rent a whole island in the ocean. And to choose such an exotic option can be in different places on the planet – it can be the Seychelles and Fiji, the islands of Oceania, French Polynesia, British Columbia or the Great Barrier Reef. The lease term is usually a few days, but the richest customers order themselves an island for several weeks or even months. Only here the rental of such a piece of sushi for the most select is still to attend to in advance. The fact is that there are not so many private islands in the world. So it turns out that the best offers have been booked already six months before the planned date of vacation. Prices for rentals vary from high to simply sky-high. The Guanana island in the Caribbean Sea can be considered a budget option. For a week there will have to pay out 88 thousand dollars. This amount implies giving the client seven secluded snow-white beaches and a house for 15 rooms. The segment of premium offers starts from 300 thousand dollars a week owning their own island. To date, one of the most expensive options in this segment is the Bahamian island of Musha Bay. Week stay here will cost 330 thousand dollars. But you can stay on five luxurious forks, and the area of the island is 60 hectares.
Rental of a pilgrim.
This unusual service was invented by the Portuguese, Carlos Gil. He decided to rent out himself, performing the functions of a pilgrim, marching to holy places. Carlos says that he is the one who keeps his promises. Twice a year a man walks from his native city of Karkais to the city of Fatima. After all, it was there that according to legend, on May 13, 1917, the Holy Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children. At this place a temple was built, where pilgrims began to flock. Customers instruct Carlos Guil to come there and voice their prayers. Then the pilgrim returns home. The road of 160 kilometers takes two weeks. At the same time, from every city where Carlos stops, he sends postcards to his customers. Services for hire pilgrims in demand by those people who can not travel for health reasons. Some customers just do not have enough time to go hiking to holy places. The cost of pilgrim services is quite high even by the standards of Portugal – 2500 euros.But you can order the services of Carlos from anywhere in the world, because he accepts credit cards for payment. Glory for hire.
How to feel like a celebrity, if you are an ordinary clerk? An interesting service is provided by the site celeb4day.com. On it you can rent a piece of glory. This is manifested in the fact that photographers and journalists will constantly persecute people. Paparazzi will let you feel all the delights of the stellar life. At the end of this insane marathon, the customer, who is also a victim, will receive photos and videos about his life in the stellar “period”. Also with the help of one of the pictures, a cover of a glossy magazine with portraits of “stars” is created. And founded such a company for rent of glory Tanya Koucher, a photographer from Austin, Texas.
Buying underwear is always risky. After all, it is unclear how this expensive intimate clothing will sit on the figure. Strangely enough, there is a proposal for renting lingerie. What kind of girl will refuse the pleasure of measuring it and vilify a bit before deciding to buy it? And the Japanese company Embeline Marketinf from Kyoto provides this service. Her service is not only in renting lingerie, but also provides an opportunity to buy back the samples you like. Not every woman decides to shell out $ 150 for a bra. But in rent it can be taken much cheaper – $ 45 for the first month and $ 6 monthly for the next 15 months. At the end of the rental period, the girl can leave it to herself. I must say that this step is quite logical. Who will wear underwear after another person.
New Year is a real disaster for the trees, because they are cut down by hundreds of thousands, and a month later they are thrown out. But there is a much more beautiful environmental solution. After all, you can rent a Christmas tree. Such service is offered by the site rentxmastree.com. This service costs 35-100 dollars. Having paid this amount, the customer will receive a tree in the tub directly to his house. It remains only to decorate it, and then spend the New Year around it. And after the holidays, the tree is returned, planting it back in the forest. Toys and jewelry company does not provide, this will have to take care of yourself. It should be noted that this way of meeting the New Year is the most environmentally friendly and humane.