One thing you can realize very easily after the first few hours spent walking through Venice is the almost unbelievable amount of souvenir shops. The last few remaining residents find this phenomenon quite sad and annoying, because that’s the direct signal of a city slightly (and unfortunately constantly) turning into a giant theme park for tourists. Venice is more than that. Generations fought many political battles in the past years and many others are still trying to defend the millenary identity of the city, as well as communicating to visitors that alternative ways to discover the real Venice still exist.
For example, Bragorà is one of the small realities in Venice where you can experience a “different” way to keep an object, a small souvenir from this city, that is not a classical cliché-like small gondola or plastic mask.
Here you will not find such things, but rather handmade bracelets, design products, reusable bags, funny t-shirts, and different products made by recycled materials. Bragorà is also a place where workshops about ways to re-think waste in order to limit pollution and consumerism take place, and they provide little services for the residents in this sense.
I often go there to get some paper bags which have to be used to recycle paper waste in Venice.