Well, this week I spotted a Plycraft bent plywood chair with a nice low starting price and those words 'local pickup only.' I peeked at the ad anyway, expecting this to be in California - and discovered it was in Silver Spring, MD, a few miles from where I work!
Two photos showed a mismatched covering on the armrests, missing upholstery buttons, and no pics of the plywood backs. I emailed the seller and asked about condition and he said he would add more pics. He finally posted them and I decided to go for it.
And when the auction closed Thanksgiving night, those good old words 'local pickup only' finally worked to my advantage - I got the Plycraft set for the opening bid of just $75! Woo hoo!
So from what I can tell, the upholstery is leather, and the armrests are vinyl.
I'm going to tear it all apart and give it a good going over, shine up the chrome, repaint the black on the leg frame, refinish the bent plywood and probably get some nice leather and try my hand at reupholstering it.