Well, since I have 4 children, I never know what I will find in my vacuum container when I'm done vacuuming. My vacuum has seen better days due to the constant barage of little legos, bobby pins, glitter, beads, jewelry, etc that it tries to pick up. My eyes are not what they used to be either and it seems like every time the girls try new ear rings, somebody drops one and I can't find it! Well, search no more! I place a panty hose (or thin sock) on the end of the vacuum hose and start sucking. The suction still gets through the panty hose, but when the missing ear ring is found..... viola! It doesn't make it inside my vacuum. Hopefully it will keep working a bit longer that way.